How I design and make my knitted foxes pillows, part 2


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I have finished the knitting part of my winter foxes pillows – I made 2 of matching designs. The fronts of the pillows are knitted and the backs will be fabric – I will sew it with sewing machine.

I was very lucky to find perfect fabric for the back. Where I found it? In fancy fabric shop? Noooo. In Ikea! 100% cotton  – that is what I wanted. It is quite thick, perfect for home textiles.

I like very much Ikea gives credit for the designer on the selvage. Jennifer Idrizi is Swedish designer. She designs for Ikea and other companies. My favourite collection of her designs for Ikea:

Fabric – sorted, now it is time for buttons. I was pondering, shall I put the buttons at the back, or should I leave slip in opening.
It is a pleasure to sew buttonholes with modern sewing machines (I remember dreading the projects which included buttonholes when I was a teenager – because you had to measure and sew very precisely).
Today my Brother Innov-Is 35 is doing the job very well  – just stick in the button to the special sewing feet, pick the stitch, press the foot – and it does job for you 🙂

And I love the buttons! Especially all sorts of the wooden ones 🙂

They are simple and lovely, aren’t they?
I will show you the final result in my next blog post. I hope to finish writing the knitting pattern by that time too!





How I design my knitted foxes pillows, part 1


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I am planing the new project – knitted cushions. The front will be knitted and the back will be of the matching fabric.

I am making it with Stylecraft Special DK yarn. I chose a cooling greys, white, black and contrasting copper:

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They will have wintery, but cozy impression 🙂

For now it is planning and pondering stage, creating design:


Later I need to decide about the opening at the cushion. Opening will be at the back. Shall I leave it just as opening or shall I put wooden buttons?
(I do love wooden buttons ! 🙂 )


It has been a while


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It has been a while since I last time posted here.

Gosh, so many things in my life has changed! I quitted the job which I was not enjoying doing any more. That was a huge step! Yes, the job was well paid, but highly stressful and I was in that industry many years. Then I changed the country I am living – moved from Lithuania to United Kindgom. Then I met my partner and love him very much!
My lovely daughter is grown up now, she works as volunteer on RV Heraclitus (Research Vessel Heraclitus) project . The Ship Heraclitus was in seas for many years, now she needs renewing. A lot of work needs to be done and I am very very proud my daughter is part of this.

What has not changed is my love for creating, coziness and coffee!


I do create a lot lately. I knit, crochet and sell my designs on Etsy shop. I opened my Ravelry store and Craftsy as well. And you know what? I love it! It is so satisfying to see people like something I created.

So I better go back to making and see you very soon! 🙂




Overlay crochet


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My latest explorations with overlay crochet. After seeing amazing blanket at Lilla Bjorn blog here, I was so curiuos to try this technique. It is not that I have never seen it, but probably the time to try it came now. Oh, that blog ot Tatsiana Lilla Bjorn is just amazing. She has some free pattens as well,  I tried this one  Well, yes, I did some moderations, but the rest I kept like in her pattern. The result is here:


I am quite happy with the result 🙂

Red slippers for Valentine Day


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Working – knitting- working 🙂  !

I’m knitting the new slippers  – for comming Valentine Day. Work in progress:


Lovely bright red color.  I will share finished item and PDF pattern on my Etsy shop soon.
I liked reading today’s Etsy blog post about Emily McDowell and her shop   She is real inspiration.  And especially one of her cards, saying: “I know:being single on Valentine’s Day can suck. But it is’s so much better than dating some idiot”  Ha ha !  so true! How many people do you know, who are dating or living together only because they are used to, “everybody does this”, “I have to be with somebody” ? How many of them are together not because they like and love each other, but because they are afraid to be alone, with themselves? It is not a secret – being alone and being lonely is not the same thing. You can be lonely in the middle of the crowd. And it is perfect to learn to be alone, feel comfortably and happy with myself. I think it has big value. When I’m happy and peaceful with myself, I can share it with somebody I want. Is not that great? And I am the one with whom I’ll going to spend all my life :).  So better to be friends 🙂 .
So why not to  knit beautiful red slippers for lovely you? 🙂

House wall painting


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One day somehow I came up with the idea – what would it look like to paint my house (outside) in different way?  I like the personal looks of the homes – both inside and outside.  It is good to feel that people are living comfortably in house; house is full of life and creativity. It is not necessary to have new expensive fashionable things and to do modern house repair works  – which usually looks nice, but is the same everywhere and is not personal at all.  What if I coud give a little bit personal look to my house? I was also inspired by  lady from . She is so brave woman! Kat is true inspiration! And the Heather from youtube videos about tiny houses : .  I am so happy we can share wonderful ideas with people who are far away from us physically, bet very close in soul. Thank you, both ladies !
Soooo , let’s get to work!
I shared this idea with my painting friends and our teacher.  We  meet and  paint once a week in wonderful craft and painting supplies shop. It’s like a club! 🙂   So I offered this opportunity for friends – to get experience by painting on my house wall. Should I tell I was very happy when they agreed?
It’s the beginning – evening before painting day  – the “before” look:


I can tell it is very spontaneous creation – we did not had clear plan or strict sketch  – we only came up with the idea – “it could be mandalas”. I love mandalas! Even if my friends never painted mandalas before, I was lucky they agreed to this idea!
Timid begining:
Painting and designing on the way.


Expert discussion:


even rain can not stop us:


but when the rain water starts dilute paint – it’s not good. So we had to stop that day.
Here comes the sunny day:


Look, how sun rays are playing on the texture and colours:






And the result for now:


Even if it is not finished yet, I already like the result. Than you, thank you, thank you, my friends!!!
P.S. there are some more photos:

Ceramics workshop – part II

Yes! Finished the bowl and the mug! I glazed them, then our teacher brought for the burning. Sooo, here are the results:

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I am quite happy about bowl : )  and am not so happy about the mug. but it is ceramics, and what I already understood – it is very important to experiment and learn by experimenting.  I like that part – learning by experimenting 🙂

Wool yarn


Yay!  I just have filled my Etsy shop with lovely wool yarn. The colours are pleasant and natural. Yarn -pure wool, wonderfull for all projects – for clothes, accessories or for home accessories. I have tested it and work with this yarn myself  – it is pleasant to crochet or knit.

My last finished project – large wool blanket, which will be for sale soon on my Etsy store, also  the tutorial for making this blanket: