2017 In Review

Whew! What a year!

I believe last year I re-capped the year in 12 photos, and I thought I’d do the same this year, so we can see how my skills have developed. Starting with January:

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February:

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March:

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April:

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May:

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June:

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July:

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August:

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September:

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October:

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November:

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December:

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Looking at the pictures I chose, I seemed to do a lot of sewing and crochet this year! There were quite a few big achievements, including the knitted socks, the shawl (my first crocheted item of clothing), and publishing the Occamy pattern.

I was also able to make some miniature food this year, including the delicious cinnamon rolls – don’t they look delightful? I also think my miniatures skills have improved alongside my sewing/embroidery and crochet skills, what with the trophies.

Hopefully next year I can continue improving, and try to make a few more big projects, like sets (*cough* Diagon Alley), as I find them just as fun as the little projects I make in between.

It’s been amazing sharing this year with all you wonderful readers, your comments truly make me happy, and I enjoy sharing in your blogging journeys too.

Anyways, see ya next year!

FillieFanatic

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Oh Christmas Wreath…

I finished my crochet Christmas wreath recently!

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The little red seeds (?) on the holly are beads that I sewed into place to give the wreath some sparkle.

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I also put the sequins around the bells for sparkle, because Christmas decor should be sparkly, in my opinion. The fancy stitch around the edge of the bells is a crossed treble crochet (double in America). I’ve used it once before and really liked it, so this was an excuse to use it again.

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I love the pompoms – I’m not usually very good at making pompoms but these turned out really well, so I’m very pleased.

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It hangs on my bedroom door with the garland, where the miniature wreath was before:

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The wreath isn’t quite big enough for Sarah to sit inside, but I figured this was pretty close.

Anyways, see ya!

FillieFanatic

Project Roundup

I’m making good progress on the life-size Christmas wreath, all the individual elements are done, they just need to be sewn on.

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I also put fold-down awnings on all the Diagon Alley windows, to add a 3rd dimension to what was previously a flat facade.

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(I also made the Three Broomsticks external windows yellow, as I wanted it to look like the light inside was golden, similar to bakeries in Europe.)

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They do fold flat, it’s just a little difficult as they are made of cardboard. They are all attached with paper glued to the front facade, the long ones with the paper folded underneath so it wouldn’t intrude on any signs.

What have you been up to?

Anyways, see ya!

FillieFanatic

Summer Bunting

Even though summer in Australia doesn’t start until December, I thought I’d make the final of Sarah’s seasonal buntings.

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I wanted to really capture the beach in the colours, which I think I did pretty well.

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You can see it in the living room above the fireplace, looking snazzy.

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All four seasons: spring to winter from the top.

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All together, they’re quite the armful, aren’t they? The pattern I used came from a wonderful little book called Let’s Go Camping by Kate Bruning, it’s probably the crochet book I’ve used the most!

I’m planning a suuuper-long bunting next, with the Hogwarts houses’ colours to hang across Diagon Alley, which will look wonderfully festival-ish!

Anyways, see ya!

FillieFanatic

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The Return of the Blogger

Hello again! I’m back from hiatus, with a completed crochet wreath to show you all.

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I actually started this prior to the hiatus, and only had one or two more flowers to make before it was finished. I was finally able to make the last flowers this weekend.

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I scavenged the flower patterns from a variety of Mollie Makes magazines, and used different colours to the ones used in the patterns.

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Completely by chance, it turned out very warm-coloured, so I added a pair of blue flowers in for a cool colour.

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It hangs on my new bedroom door, along with the flower garland. As my first wreath project, I’m really happy with it! I can’t wait to get started on the second one, which will be a Christmassy one.

Anyways, see ya!

FillieFanatic