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Project Monday

This is what I’m up to this week.  Can you guess what it’s going to be?

Where does the time go?

These last few weeks have been busier than ever!  With a big influx of orders (thank you thank you!) and holidays, coupled with starting a new job, I’m just about pooped!

Finding the time to post here has been a struggle, and my poor Facebook page is looking a little neglected too.  I don’t even have time for my absolute favourite pass-time – browsing Pinterest!

So, what have I been up to, crochet-wise?  Well, I’ve made a lovely dragon, based on this patter by Sidrun on Craftsy, I’ve made another Huggable bear from A Morning Cup of Jo Creations, also on Craftsy.  Both were massive undertakings.  They are both more than 30cm tall, and in amigurumi terms, that’s pretty huge.  Most toys I make are around 10cm tall.  My poor fingers hated me at the end, having to keep the tension really tight (so the stuffing wouldn’t show through), but I was so happy with the results:

Dragon http://missneriss.com

Huggable bear http://missneriss.com

Not only have I been busy with those two giants, which probably took me on average a week each to make, Spartacus is the coolest thing since sliced bread, so there have been oh, about 10 of those on the go!  Not to mention a couple of Hello Kitty hats and a custom order for a mouse/bunny which will be based on another Sidrun pattern found on Craftsy.  Please do stop by Kristi’s site – Sidrun – which incidentally means “Lemon” in her native language; Estonian.

Following on with the dragon theme, I’ve also made a super cute dragon hat, based purely on a screenshot a friend sent me.  Here is the end result:

Dino hat at http://missneriss.com

I hear the hat has not come off for a week.  When we eventually do get it off, I’m going to take it back and tweak it a little, because as it is now, there will be cold ears come December!

In between all of that I found some absolutely gorgeous yarn in my local craft store last week and I just had to make a hat for my daughter:

Custom hat on http://missneriss.com

The photo really does not do it justice.  The colours are truly neon and amazing.  The yarn is Katia Extreme, and although pricey (I think I paid 8.95 euro), lovely to work with and so, so soft!  I whipped this hat up using a pattern that I bought a while back from Baca Creations and it was done within an hour-ish, so super easy!

Coming up, I have more dino hats to make, a gorgeous hooded cowl (still hunting for the perfect pattern, so any hints would be welcomed), more Spartacus, cake pops (can’t wait to make those!) and Angry Birds.  Not sure when I’ll find the time to work, or sleep in there, but I’ll manage!

What has been keeping you busy?  As it’s Monday, I’m linking up with the Lovely Molly from The Move to America for her regular Monday morning cup of coffee, so head over there to say hi too.

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MCM – Getting Etsy up and running

This weekend I said goodbye to my brown bear.  He went to his new home and I hope he’s greatly loved.


I didn’t really want to say goodbye, and neither did my daughter, so I may have to make another, just for us.

I sent some samples to a photographer friend of mine – Rudi Wells of Rudi Wells Fotografie based in Hoofddorp and he gave me a bit of a plug.  Rudi’s The Man amongst the Amsterdam expat mamas and has a serious amount of influence, so his help here has already been invaluable, generating new orders and interest!

And so, because of this interest, the time has come to actually get on with adding stock to my empty Etsy store.  I’ve been busy editing photos; well, editing is probably a bit extravagant a term – more like cropping and watermarking photos and getting ready to start listing.  First up will be the brown bear!  Wish me luck.

As usual on Mondays, pop over to visit Molly from The Move to America and link up with her for the Monday Coffee Morning.

Have a great week!

The Move to America

Monday coffee morning – conquering the world!

Well, not quite the world, but I did conquer Bruges!

I just had a girly weekend away which is something I haven’t done in god knows how long.  Since before I moved to Holland, in any case.  So that’s at least five years.  We shopped, we ate, we walked, we laughed, we drank cocktails, it was fabulous.  But the highlight by far was climbing the Belfry!

Bruges famous Belfry

The famous Belfry in Bruges. A paltry 366 steps to the top. Easy peasy. ha!

What’s on this week?  Well, I am almost finished the biggest amigurumi project of my life – a gorgeous brown bear that’s a special commission.  Here he is without any legs, what do you think?

amigurumi bear pattern from A Morning Cup of Jo Creations

I finished the legs last night and now he only needs a tail.  My daughter is in love and I’ll have to sneak him out the door I think.

Then it’s on to Minions.  Who doesn’t love the minions, really.  I made this one for a newborn, but there will be adult versions flying off my hook in the coming weeks.

minions minions minions!

Lots of other stuff on; the weather is gorgeous so we’re playing outside as much as possible on the slippery slide and in the pool and have a trip to Sprookjeswonderland planned for this Friday, can’t wait!

What do you have on this week?  Join me at The Move to America for Monday Coffee Morning:

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