Gingham - Chapter 1


Hello Lovelies!
How are you all going,  I hope your week has gotten off to a good start? 
I've been working hard at the theatre, rehearsing people into the show. The rehearsals never seem to end, it"s a good job I love my job though! 😊
Getting "organised and on top of things" continues to be a theme of mine. I'm hoping that this isn't just a phase, but more of a permanent habit of how I'm going to continue to be.....fingers crossed! 
As per usual I'm making daily lists. It's nice having a list each day that's doable and not too long. It"s far less daunting and more manageable than my usual million things todo.  I"d always be so overwhelmed as to how I was going to be able to get everything done. 

Now that I've had the mega sort out of my yarn (as mentioned in my last post), It"s time to get started on a new project.
I had something in mind after seeing a post by Tiffany from  Daisy Farm Crafts on Instagram. Her Gingham blankets were gorgeous and I noticed that she had a full tutorial up on her blog. .. Perfect!!


I popped over to her blog and read the instructions on how to make the blanket. Along with the instructions  Tiffany explained the importance of finding the correct colours of yarn for this project. With her advice in mind, I sat down and had a raid of my new paintbox yarn and played around with some different colour combinations. 
Along with my new yarn I had a flip through the sample booklet I had from Stylecraft, it was tricky trying to find colours that would work well together, in order to create the desired effect of true Gingham. 


From the paintbox yarn I came up with a rather jolly combination. It used a combination of 6 colours instead of the 3 used in Tiffany"s tutorial. 

 

I took some pictures of the colours and arranged the photos in order (using Diptic). This gave me a rough idea of what the blanket could look like with this specific colour combination.
Here's what I came up with:


It's very jolly!
I think that this could look wonderful! My only concern was that I had too many colours to work with and that the blanket would be an absolute nightmare to work up.

I continued to play around colour combinations and had ago at coming up with a 3 colour option, as used in the tutorial. 
I chose these colours from the Stylecraft Life range. I loved them because of the rustic tweed look. 


Again I took some picures of the colours and arranged them so that I could get an idea of what the final pattern could look like: 
 

I liked the look of this!
Nice deep pinks with a slight tweed fleck. I think this was going to be the one!
I of course had to run the idea by my Mum (just for a second opinion), before I splashed out and bought the yarn. She agreed, the pink blanket. She felt the first option was a tad childish looking, I think I agree. Since I was probably making the blanket for myself and I'm certainly no child!! It would have to be the "grown up" option 👵🏻

I ordered the yarn and let it sit on the shelf in my craft room for a couple of weeks.
Then on Monday the time arrived! Time to give it ago.....


I'll keep you posted on how I get on with it! I'm currently working the dreaded foundation chain! BLURGH!!!

Hope you're having a spiffing week?

Declutter



Hello Lovelies!
Thanks for all of the amazing support and love you have shown me over the past days! For the continued encouragement and for giving me the energy and inspiration to knuckle down and get on with things! 

Part of my "getting back into it" has included a mega blitz of my apartment, sorting out the old and unused and making space for a calm and less cluttered environment. 
I kind of live by the mantra "messy apartment, messy head".
Let"s just say for the past months my apartment has been a war-zone, imagine what my head has been like! 

So at some point I needed to get things together and sorting through my belongings seemed like the place to start. I went through every room. I emptied drawers and decluttered. I went through my wardrobe, Did I wear that this year, no? Then off to charity it goes!
I've been ruthless to say the least and it"s felt insanely good to have a little less of everything. 

My final room that need the declutter, was the craft room. 
Do you realise how many random balls of yarn I had accumulate over the past years!? All bought with an idea in mind, but placed in my yarn box and somehow forgotten. 
I tried to sort it, to reason with myself, but I was terrible at deciding and so I rather abruptly decide to get rid of it all! To start fresh. I sorted the yarn into bags; new balls, nearly new balls and scraps. 

I made sure to keep the yarn I needed to finish off projects that had already been started. Other than that, it all went!
I gave the majority of it to a seniors home down the road and the rest is boxed up and ready to send to my Mum, so she can dish it out to her friends. 

It felt good to start over.....That being said I couldn't have no yarn in the house, so I treated myself to a stash of new yarn.....
I had seen this yarn popping up often on Instagram and was mesmerised by the colour selection. 


This is Paintbox dk and I'm in love!!! It"s a dk weight cotton that comes in 56 colours.
As I'm really into playing around with smaller projects and amigurumi,  I've pretty much only been using cotton over the past months.
The cotton I can get locally comes in 8 colours, but the yellow doesn't match the color range (frustrating to say the least).
So I splashed out on this and got the colour pack from love knitting.com.
It was pricey to buy the whole lot in one go. I had a browse online and found that it was far cheaper to order from the German website than the English (€50 cheeper!!!!!) and I could use a discount code that gave me 15 percent off. So I got all 56 colours for just over 100! That is pretty good value if you ask me!!

The yarn arrived and I was over the moon!!! It's really gorgeous, amazing quality and as hoped....the colours were EVERYTHING!!!!


Being freshly decluttered and having lots of space, I organised the yarn into crates so that I could easily see all of the colours as well as easily access it.


Isn't that just breathtaking!!!
Having a selection of colours at hand is really inspiring me to create and get working on new pattern designs. Sometimes I"d get frustrated towards creating because I didn't have the correct colour for a project, hence the ever-growing stash of yarn that I once had.
I'm hoping this selection of yarn will stop me from hoarding! (Thats the reasoning behind the big purchase at least!)


You know me...... I had to take the yarn out of the crates for a nice picture!!! YUMMY!!!
Here it is with my stylecraft yarn! my complete stash!!!! Aren't you proud!!! ok...so I do have some more yarn on the way, but it"s for a project....I swear!!! Do you think I have a stash problem?
I rest knowing that I'm definitely not the only one.
Maybe we should start a support group?  SAA (Stash-aholics Anonymous)

Be back soon!

The start over


Hello lovelies,
Gosh it"s been a while!!!
Weeks have turned into months and months have gone zooming by. The whole time I've been thinking "I have to get back into my blogging". I tried upon occasion to come back, hence the occasional random post from me, but it never really worked out.

Truth is though I just haven't been focused enough or in the right frame of mind.
It's been a real transition year, I've been discovering myself and learning things about my emotions and personality. After a rollercoaster of ups and downs I feel like over the last weeks I've emerged on the other side and I feel ready again. Ready to do things and ambitious, really ambitious, which is exciting me beyond belief.

I made a little video explaining all that has been going on and want you to really understand that I'm ok, not just ok, but good. Dennis also, he"s doing great and has also found his drive, focus and happiness...we are both doing well is the bottom line.



As mentioned in the video, I have some exciting things lined up for the next weeks, I'm not putting too much pressure on myself though and trying to let things happen as naturally as possible.
Those of you that follow me on Instagram would have seen I've been having a good play around with some nice cheery yarns and have been putting my hand at some rather sunny projects.


I've not only sorted through the trash that had been stored up in my head, but also blitzed the apartment. The craft room is stocked up with lots of scrummy yarns, positively bursting to be played with!


As mentioned in the video I'll  slowly be changing and updating things around here. Changing the name on the blog and on social media. I'll be trying to keep everything very simple, changing things from "Boys and Bunting" to "Boy and bunting" (minus the S). If there are links or information that you can"t find, just send me a message or an email (matt@boyandbunting.com) and I'll get right back to you with answers.

I'm really excited about this and I'm looking forward to the next weeks, getting really stuck into my blogging work.
Finally I want say a BIG thank you to you all, for sticking by Dennis and I. Your continued support and encouragement is truly special and I can not thank you enough. I think the world of you all!

Speak soon lovelies!