12from12

12 04 2013

I had a truly wonderful day today because i got to pick up my son who has been away on a 7th grade class trip this week.

I had not heard from him since I said good bye to him Monday morning. He didn't answer my messages I left on his cell. Everyone told me I should not worry because that is what boys do when they go on a trip but I was a bit nervous.

Turned out he DID HAVE an amazing time in that forest camp. They went there to help planting young tree plants and clean up the forest. They were a great team and worked a lot. Everybody got along well and he thinks his class teacher is even cooler than he already thought he is.

So - I am really glad all went so well - there was no reason to be nervous. What a great experience for the kids. (He didn't even see my messages...)

And I could have saved the money on the shoes I bought to distract me while waiting for his bus to arrive :)

(But I like them a lot - I bought the same pair in grey two years ago and have been wearing them all the time)

Back at home we had cake to celebrate, carefully handled (and decontaminated) the forest clothes and ate the first spring herbs.

Then the mail came and I found out that one of my fabric yarn necklaces is part of the new DaWanda Summer Lovebook!

I worked a bit on a new DIY, got inspired by a Moroccan lantern, ate some Mangostane and hopefully will go out for a little walk later because the sun is shining today.

I am truly thankful for this great day. 

a.s.h.

Glück

Stracciatella cake Bärlauchbrot

DaWanda Lovebook DaWanda Lovebook

Leather bracelet DIY Moroccan Light

Natur Mangostane

Happy Day - 12 from12 is collected by "Draußen nur Kännchen"

Anette 


I Heart Valentine Crochet

13 02 2013 DIY

I collected lots of crochet hearts over at my "Happy Busy Hands" Pinterest board and got really inspired to make a simple one myself. 

They are so fun to make and also make great little gifts or a nice decoration - not only for Valentine's day... 

I used recycled cotton yarn because it's a bit heavier and stiff so that the heart keeps up its shape nicely.

Here is how you start:

Row 1:

Chain 3 plus 1 more chain for turning. You ALWAYS end your row with one turning chain.

Row 2:

One increase in the first single crochet, then one single crochet and another increase in the last single crochet. One turning chain.

Row 3, 4, 5, 6 

One increase in the first single crochet, then single crochet in the middle stitches and another increase in the last single crochet. One turning chain.

Row 7:

Just single crochet - no increases - one turning chain

Row 8,9:

One increase in the first single crochet, then single crochet in the middle stitches and another increase in the last single crochet. One turning chain.

Row 10:

Just single crochet - no increases - one turning chain

Row 11:

One increase in the first single crochet, then single crochet in the middle stitches and another increase in the last single crochet. One turning chain.

Row 12, 13, 14:

Just single crochet - no increases - Total stitches at this point are 19. One turning chain.

Row 15: 

Starting the right lobe:

Single crochet 9 stitches and one turning chain. 

Row 16:

Start the row with one decrease - meaning you "skip" one - single crochet the rest, total stitches in this row: 8. One turning chain.

Row 17: 

Decrease with first two stitches of the row, single crochet in the middle stitches and decrease with the last two stitches of the row. 

Total 6. One turning chain.

Row 18: 

As row 17. Total 4

Row 19: 

Two decreases. Cut the yarn and finish. 

Left lobe:

Single crochet into the 9th stitch from the left side.

There will be one unused single crochet left in the middle of the row.

Complete row. Total of 9 stitches. Make one turning chain.

Row 16 left lobe:

Single crochet 7 then one decrease with the last two stitches. Total 8. One turning chain.

Row 17:

Decrease with first two stitches of the row, single crochet in the middle stitches and decrease with the last two stitches of the row.

Total 6. One turning chain.

Row 18:

As row 17. Total 4

Row 19:

Two decreases.

Don't cut the yarn - instead go all around the outer edge of your heart with single crochet.

Make three stitches in one on the tip of the heart to create a nice tip. You can also go twice in one stitch somewhere around the lobe to make a nice shape.

Sometimes it gets a little tricky finding the right place for your stitch but it will be all fine in the end :) 

It could even be extra fine with adding a little sparkle design to your heart...

Just use plenty of glitter medium and plenty of glitter!

I really like the isosceles cross symbol right now - it stands for stability and protection in celtic tradition.

Happy Valentine's day,

Anette 

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