Crochet Elephant Progress – Sewing is the Hardest Part


Hi folks –

I’ve made some great progress on the amigurumi elephant project that I started this weekend. I’ve finished the body, attached safety eyes (and double tested them for strength – these things are strong), and added two ears. The only part that remains is a round patch to complete the belly.

This pattern came together very quickly and I loved picking up each appendage from the main body instead of creating 5 additional cylinders to attach. The shape body has turned out to be charmingly robust – a perfect fit for an elephant.

I can’t wait to share the complete project, but I have a feeling it will hit the back burner as soon as I complete the crochet patch. You see – I can’t stand sewing. I dread it more than anything – it’s frustrating and I always worry that my stitching isn’t strong enough.  I think I’ll do a little research to see if I can find a better technique this time around.  I’ll be sure to post anything useful here on the blog along with the final product.

I really recommend checking out the pattern for this project at Petite Maille – the instructions are in French, but the images are pretty helpful. I can read French, but I also used this chart as a guide. Also, check out my original source of inspiration at All About Ami.


Crochet Elephant in Progress



Yesterday I found this adorable elephant pattern from Petite Maille while surfing Pinterest. What interests me most is the lack of seams; most of my amugurumi creations involve a lot of sewing. The elephant has all four legs attached through an interesting series of chains pictured above – I couldn’t resist giving it a try.

The project is coming together quickly: I worked on it for a couple of hours yesterday and again today. I think I’m already at the mid-way point, which is pretty fantastic. It does reflect the cooler weather that we had this weekend – but I hear the sunshine is coming back to the Island to soon!

Right now it looks like this project will fit in the palm of my hand, which is a good size for a younger child. The lack of seams will make it a lot more durable than my more complex creatures.

How many pencil crayons?



I’ve recently picked up a few colouring books for adults. These are essentially more complex drawings that are relaxing to colour.

I started colouring with an old set of pencil crayons that were left over from my high school days. They were old and brittle. The colours were limited – just 24 – and the pigmentation was lacking. I decided that I needed an upgrade, but was not willing to force out the dollars for an artist-quality set. I am, after-all, using them for colouring books!

I decided to meet halfway and pick up a new set of Crayola pencil crayons. I’ve always liked the Crayola brand for their bright colours. But how many crayons did I NEED?

After using my set of 64 for several weeks now, I have to say that more is better. This has never been a motto of mine, but when it comes to mixing colours, pencil crayons just aren’t the best media. If you want to have access to a rainbow of colours, then you need to buy as many as possible.

The 64 set has many shades of every colour, which is perfect for the basic colouring that I enjoy. I find that there are enough shades to create my image without spending too much time looking for the perfect one. I think that 48 to 64 pencil crayons is just the right amount for anyone looking to relax.

Feel inspired colouring


Hi folks – just a quick post tonight as I get ready for a relaxing Canada day.

I picked up Feel Inspired Colouring, an inspirational colouring book by Prince Edward Island artist Nadine Staaf. The book features journal pages to chronical your inspiration. I’m looking forward to getting started!

It turns out that colouring is as good a stress reliever as any – I highly recommend it. I’ll share more from Staaf’s book soon!

Happy Canada day to all my Canadian readers!!

Picking up Old Projects – the Crochet Bunny



Ok, that’s one unusually ugly photo of a crochet animal.

If you’re new to the blog, then please allow me to explain: I make crochet animals. I started the rabbit above around Easter, when a series of adorable crochet bunnies caught my eye on Pinterest. And then the inevitable happened.

I couldn’t find just the right pattern, so I decided to freestyle. This resulted in a rather enormous bunny head and a bulging body.  I added blue safety eyes and then… I couldn’t get the legs right. Or the ears. So I tossed the project into a bag and tried to forget about the frustration.

Recently a friend of mine started to crochet, which got me thinking about the adorable project I had given up. I hate to give up on projects, especially when the supplies have already been purchased, so I decided to scour the interwebs. And guess what – I came across this tutorial for rabbit ears. I’m going to take a shot at these and see if they do the trick!

I really hope this is the missing piece to my puzzle. Who would have thought that I could just google ‘crochet bunny ears’ and find the solution to such a seemingly uncommon problem? Isn’t the internet a wonderful thing?

Progress on Colouring a Stroll in London



A few weeks ago I blogged about my newest colouring find – the panoramic fold-out “A Stroll in London” featuring the artwork of Thomas Flintham. I’m now three weeks into this project and barely getting started – of the 8 pages, I’ve only just started three.

The difficult part about this colouring project is achieving consistency. It’s nearly impossible to keep up a consistent theme on so many pages. Do you aim for realism? Or do you just wing it? I can’t decide!

I’ve made an effort to aim for some realism, particularly when it comes to well-known landmarks, but also add in plenty of fun colours. I have 60 colours of pencil crayons – so I want to get a little use out of that veritable rainbow!

I have to say that the best part of this project is colouring in the little characters. I decided to create a little Mario look-alike on the bridge below. I love using unique shades of hair and bright clothing to offset the city scene.

One thing I’ve noticed from these image: I need to commit to the greenery. I think that grass should be bright and consistent. I suppose that will go for water as well… I’m surely going to have my work cut out for me!




Any ideas? Suggestions? Let me know!

Watercolour Inspiration from the Garden


I enjoyed a little time outside this weekend and decided to try out some waterolour painting in nature. I think I might have a new favourite subject – I’m all about the bright purple beets and the many shades of an onion!


I may have a way to go with watercolour mastery, but I find the action of painting so relaxing. I’m always amazed by how the colours mix on the paper and how water can make all the difference. An extra stroke with a brush can make or ruin a painting.