Treasury Tuesday

maRRose - CCC --- Treasury Tuesday, Crochet - Crochet Valentine's Hearts-03You must have seen this one coming ……. with only 12 days to go before it’s “Valentine’s Day”, a heart-filled “Treasury Tuesday” was inevitable!

And how I love the pretty crochted hearts I found this time around: just looking at this cheerful and colorful collage makes me all hApPy (I can’t help myself ….).

Tough as always to pick just two beauties, these did it for me and won my heart:
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Wishing you a fun week ahead!
Marianne xx

Valentine’s Day Swap

maRRose - CCC - Valentine's PincushionI sure hope your Valentine’s Day was a good one!
The somewhat grumpy inclined people among us may say it’s an over-commercialized holiday, but really: who does not like being given a card with sweet words written on it, a bunch of flowers, homemade heart-shaped cake, a thoughtful little present, or even simply some nice words from virtual friends?
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One of my virtual friends on Instagram organised a “Valentine’s Day Swap”, how’s that for nice? Once signed up and given a swap partner everybody set to work and made a cute heart-related present, then sent it off.

We all opened our Valentine’s Day gifts and shared photos on Instagram yesterday and really, it was so much fun! Just knowing someone took the time to craft something especially for you made it very special, even more so since we crafters/makers all know how much time and dedication is involved in handmade-with-love projects!
maRRose - CCC - Sharna's presents

Sweet Sharna was my partner-in-crafting and she surprised me with actually two beautiful hearts, one sewn and one crocheted, and I love both of them!
The fact that she made the effort to create something for me in a style different from the one I usually make things in and that her adorable 4 year old son helped sticking on the butterflies on the big heart make me love these wonderful gifts even more!

Now that everyone has opened and shown their Valentine’s Day goodies, I can show the things I made as well. The saying is “giving is better than receiving” – now that I’ve been given Sharna’s lovely presents, I’m not too sure about that anymore, but I definitely loved making my swap-goodies!

I’ve used this tutorial for the triangle pincushion, the little hearts that are sewn on top, can be made with this diy.
maRRose - CCC - Valentine's Pincushion

The lavender heart was crocheted following this pattern, I made two, crocheted them together with a contrasting color, filled the foot part of an old pantyhose with lavender, put that inside, added some fiberfill, closed the heart, stitched a ribbon on the heart and tadah!
maRRose - CCC - Valentine's Lavender HeartI made several cute 3-D hearts following this tutorial. The blue one was for Sharna’s daughter.
maRRose - CCC - Valentine's Heart “Rusty the Dog” was my little gift for her son and is a pattern from a book, “Grappige Gelukspoppetjes & Co.” by Annemarie Arts (in Dutch only, I’m afraid).maRRose - CCC - Rusty the dogmaRRose - CCC - Rusty the dog

With love,
Marianne xx

Valentine’s Day

maRRose - CCC: Valentine's JarsLiving in the USA for almost 8 years has been a wonderful experience. One of the things that I had no problem with to adept to al all, was the joy and exuberance with which holidays are being celebrated over there.

To me this meant having a zest for life, wanting to emphasize the positive, seize the day, celebrate whenever you can and I liked that.
Coming from a country where the most common saying is “doe maar gewoon, dan doe je al gek genoeg” (in short: “act normal”, explained in more detail: here), oh, yes, I liked the US-approach, a LOT!

So, with Valentine’s Day coming up, I couldn’t wait to start making some cute little presents – a variation on what I did last Christmas – and I thought I’d share this project here.

maRRose - CCC: Valentine's Jars

Valentine’s Jars – a diy:
Things you’ll need:
* empty jars with lids
* yarn
* crochet hook
* darning needle
* (excellent) glue
* beads

First you’ll want to crochet the cover for the lid(s) – in US terms:

Chain 2, in 2nd chain: 6 sc, close round with slip stitch;
Chain 3, this being your first dc; 2 dc in every sc from previous round, total stitches in this round: 12 – close with sl st in top chain of initial 3-chain that started this round;
Chain 3 (= first dc), *2 dc, 1 dc – repeat all around, total stitch count in this round: 18 dc’s;
maRRose - CCC: Valentine's JarsThis is the moment to see whether your crochet already fits the jar lid – you’ll want to crochet right up to the ridge of the lid. For some lids I crocheted another round in sc’s, for others one more round in dc’s was needed. If you need a fourth round, you’ll want to crochet this one as follows: chain 1 (for a round in sc’s, or 3 for a round in dc’s) *2 sc’s or dc’s, 1 sc/dc, 1 sc/dc, total stitches: 24.
As soon as the top circle fits the jar lid, you’re ready to crochet the side, by crocheting in the back loops only (thus creating a ridge) and by not increasing any more stitches. Depending on your jar lid, crochet 1 or 2 rounds in sc’s.
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With an excellent glue (I used Pritt Power), you put glue on your jar lid (including the side), and very carefully glue your crocheted cover onto the lid, firmly pressing as soon as you’re satisfied with the position of the cover on the lid.

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Now the real fun begins: prettifying your cover!
For this particular occasion, I’ve crocheted tiny, tiny hearts and simply glued them on my covers (and added some beads on some, just glued these on too).
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Tiny Hearts – pattern:
Chain 3, in 1st chain crochet: 2 dc’s, 2 hdc’s, 1 dc, 2 hdc’s, 2 dc’s, 2 chains, slip stitch in very 1st chain, darn in ends: ta-dah!
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For a crafty friend you could fill your lovely Valentine’s Jar with buttons, spools, needles etc – how about a crafter’s “first aid kit” or some nail polish and make-up: possibilities are endless …..
I plan on baking some heart shaped cookies and fill mine with these!
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Happy Making!