Tadaa: Mystery design

Hello Everyone,

Remember my mystery design that I mentioned here? The things I was making were a gift for a friend so I didn’t want to give away too much just in case. Yesterday was the day of the party (and my first time gifting something handmade!) and that means that I can now share what I made. The party was pretty last minute, so these gifts took up all of my knitting time for the week. The party was announced on sunday so I set to work immediately. For these gifts I created my own patterns, so you can expect to see these on Ravelry soon enough. Due to the time constraint I had to keep things relatively simple, but I believe these designs still look pretty impressive! Thankfully any jitters about how my gifts would be received were completely unnecessary. The recipient loved them and even some of the other guests came up to compliment me on my work. Hurrah!!

I made a cute headband and cowl scarf! In seedstitch. I’m now officially in love with seed stitch. It’s very pretty and feels very soft and comfortable. The texture feels so nice when you run your fingers over it.

I started with the headband. The pattern for the headband is really simple and it would be perfect for new knitters. Or even a good way to get started. If you know the difference between an knit and a purl stitch, you can make this.

I never really wear anything on my head even during the coldest part of winter, but after trying this one on i think I’m a convert. I’m so making one for myself too! It’s soft and warm, but not itchy (hats somehow always give you weird hair and start itching, store bought ones anyway!). It’s like a hug for your head!

I then  made a matching seed stitch cowl. It can be worn wrapped around your neck once, or you can wrap it around your neck twice. It’s very comfy and nice and warm! I think i might need one like this too!

The pattern for this is also quite easy, but a little more complicated than the headband. You need to understand knitting in the round as well as how to knit and purl.

What do you think of these designs? Would you be interested in making these?

Love, Renée

Nails: Grey Haze

Hello Everyone,

I tried out a new nail polish and love it so much! It’s the perfect shade of steely grey, it’s super was to apply and has a gorgeous metallic sheen. It’s called 146 Grey Haze and is by NYC. It’s part of their Expert Last Nail Polish line. The selling point of this line is that it should last up to 10 days! We’ll see how it wears, although usually my nail polish never lasts as long as is advertised.

What do you think?

Love, Renée

Facelook: Rebellious Elegance

Hello Everyone!

Soooo… You might have noticed before that I like dares. I cannot turn down a good challenge. So when Demak’up challenged me to create an inspiring  facelook I could not resist. I had to come up with a fun, modern and daring look that still fits me. And I think I can say that I have succeeded! Today I’m going to share my facelook with you.

This was the result of several experiments, this is my face look. I wanted to do something more than my regular natural look (even though there is absolutely nothing wrong with a natural look, it was just missing the necessary vavavoom). I like darker colours around my eyes, i feel like they make my blue eyes really pop. This look is elegant because of the classic eyes and face and even the bright lips. However this facelook is also a bit rebellious! In traditional make up there is an unwritten rule that one cannot combine bright lips with heavy eye make up. I think this is so old-fashioned! In this day and age there are no more rules. Ladies, it’s time to ditch that handbook and go wild! Challenge yourself! And i did, I boldly combined my dark eyes with a dark purplish pink lipstick. It works!

On my lids I am wearing a grayish purple with a sheen, in my crease is a black shade of shadow with (subtle) gold shimmer. I paired this with a metallic skin toned highlighter on my brow bone.  My lips are sporting a lovely matt lipstick in a purplish pink. My skin (which is being a menace at the moment) appears smooth and clear with the help of a matt foundation, an orange blush and a silver highlighter (and, duh, concealer!) .

Curious as to what I’ve used exactly?

Here’s the shortlist!

Foundation: Catrice All Matt Plus Shine Control Make Up in 010 Light Beige (Finally a pale budget foundation!)

Concealer: Catrice Above and beyond Full Coverage Concealer in CJ01 Light Porcelain.

Face powder: Essence Mattifying Compact Powder in 10 Light Beige.

Under Eye Concealer: Etos Brightening Concealer in 01.

Highlighter: Catrice Limited Edtition SpectaculART Highlighting powder in C01 Artfully Lustrous.

Blush: Catrice Limited Edition Nymphelia Blush in Unbeleafable.

Eye shadow base: Urban Decay Primer Potion.

Eyebrow gel: Etos Wenkbrauw Gel

Eyeshadow: Wet N Wild Eyeshadow Trio in 335 Silent Treatment. These were the only    eyeshadows I used.

Mascara 1: L’Oréal Volume Million Lashes Excess in Black.

Mascara 2: Catrice Glamour Doll Mascara in Black.

Lipstick:  Catrice Ultimate Colour Lipstick in 270 Matt-erial Girl

 

And when I cleaned my face later…

What do you think of my facelook?

Love, Renée

Casting on: Design in progress

Hello Everyone!

First off let me say, I have been blow away by the lovely, kind and encouraging responses to my first ever pattern! Honestly, it has made my week. And apart from making me feel good, I hope it also makes those who have downloaded it feel good when they hook it up. Because if you enjoy what I created, pfieuw! That would be amazing! I was so encouraged, that I have already started on my second design. Apart from it not being a doily this time, it’s not a crochet pattern, but it’s a knitting pattern! And because everyone has been so encouraging, i thought a little sneak peek was in order….

Et voila! As you can see I’m using a tweed like beige yarn. I’m loving it so far, it’s working up quick and easy. This new pattern is going to be perfect for beginner knitters as it doesn’t require a lot of knowledge about knitting yet. Probably also the reason I feel comfortable designing something like this!  The yarn is soft and a pleasure to work with. I think I need to go get some more of this soon! (mom, if you’re reading this… i’lll use up some stash first!) For those interested, it’s Zeeman Tweed. It’s acrylic, but as this design needs to be worn next to your skin, this is a plus. It’s not itchy, can be washed and is super duper soft!

And… any ideas what it’s going to be yet? I’m very curious to hear what your guess is!

Love, Renée

ps. My first pattern is free until midnight on the 27th of August… If you haven’t downloaded it yet, go check it out!

I wrote my first pattern!

Hello Everyone!

Sorry for my absence, but I swear I have a very good reason. This past week I have been very busy designing my first pattern! And today is the day… I finished it and it has been uploaded to Ravelry! Yahoooo! I’m going to celebrate with a beer and some popcorn. Paired with a few more episodes of Charmed (I have seen them a million times, but I still love all the episodes!)

This is my French Doily. I love it. It’s a bit of a mix between modern (the triangles go perfectly with the current aztec trend) and old fashioned (the scallops, the netting, etc. All so very doily-esque!) It would look very fun under a vase or trinket or just on it’s own on a table or sideboard. I’m going to make several doilies in this same yarn and colour and freeform them together to form a bohemian tablecloth. All shapes and sizes are perfect for this project! The fun thing about this doily is that you don’t have to limit yourself at all, you can use any yarn (with the appropriate hook) to change it’s appearance! As a matter of a fact I might hook up a huge one (bulky yarn, or several strands of DK held double) for a bath mat! Imagine how soft and squishy it will be under your feet!

I hooked up the sample in a lace weight yarn with a 2.5 mm hook and that gave the following result. Compared to my hand it looks quite big (and my arm looks tan and my nail polish is so cheery)!

This doily was inspired by some crochet pieces my mom brought back from a trip to France, hence the name, French doily. I also like to think that the French are stylish, old fashioned and yet modern.

You can find the patten in my Ravelry shop, right here. It’s going to be €1,50, but the first 24 downloaders can get it for free with the coupon code FIRST20.

To illustrate the importance of blocking, here’s a photo of the doily pre-blocking:

And a photo during blocking:

The blocking really helps open the netting sections!

I love it!  What do you guys think?

Love, Renée

ps. So pleased! While typing this post it has already been downloaded 4 times, whieeee! 😀

Look: Tropical Fever

Hello Everyone!

Remember how when I reviewed the Gosh eyeshadow trio Tropical Fever I dared myself to create a look using the rather bright (but oh so gorgeous!) colours. I kept to my word and used all three colours to create a wearable look. I wore it all day and felt rather fabulous. It’s really different from the neutrals I usually wear, but i felt surprisingly comfortable wearing this look. I’m pretty sure I’ll be experimenting with more bright colours!

My supplies. It’s all the basics such as mascara, concealer, highlighter, blush and face powder.

Eyeliner, eyelash curler, lipstick.

Blush, eyeshadow base, highlighter, face powder and concealer.

Eyeshadow and mascara.

 

Overview of used products:

Concealer: Catrice Above and beyond Full Coverage Concealer in CJ01 Porcelain

Face Powder: Essence Mattifying Compact Powder in 10 Light Beige

Highlighter: Catrice Limited Edtition SpectaculART Highlighting powder in C01 Artfully Lustrous

Blush: Catrice Defining Duo Blush in 010 Raspberry Ice Cream

Mascara: L’Oréal Volume Million Lashes Excess in Black

Eyeshadow Base: Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Mini

Lipstick: Catrice Limited Edition Papagena Crystal Clear Gloss Stick in C01 Tigerlily

Eyelash Curler: Etos Homebrand

Eyeliner: (Ancient) Catrice Eye liner Pen (pretty dried out) in Carbon Black

Eyeshadow: Gosh Tropical Fever Trio

Catrice Absolute Nude Eyeshadow Palette (lightest colour only, as a highlighter)

 

I applied the blue to the outer corner of my eye, the green in the middle and the yellow in the inner corner.  I applied a highlight to my brow bone and blended all the colours.

I loved the results! I’m definitely going to be doing this again!

The shadows stayed put all day without a smudge or crease. They stayed bright and intense.

 

Love, Renée

5 DIY’s I want to try

Hello Everyone,

It shouldn’t be a surprise by now, but I really like crafting and making things I didn’t think I would be able to make. I love browsing the internet for fun things to try out. Today I want to share a few DIY ideas with you that I want to try out.

1. A bun or ponytail with a braid

This image (from Pinterest, unfortunately I couldn’t find the original source) shows clearly how to achieve this look. It looks like a quick and easy way to turn a regular hairdo into something more special. I’ll have to see if it’s really that easy…

2. DIY Pizza Rolls

These look like the perfect afternoon snack. And they look really easy! We always have some pastry dough in the freezer, and we have a huge drawer full of canned tomato stuff, so I can surely find something there. Add toppings of your choice, et voila! Found here.

3. Heart Card

As I’m now regularly entering in card swaps on revelry, I’m always on the lookout for pretty cards to send. And for a swap hosted on a site like Ravelry, full of crafty, DIY people, handmade does seem the way to go (although store bought cards are fun too!). I see more and more people making their own cards. I’ve watched my grandma do it my entire life. It’s about time I got to it!

This card can be customized in so many ways. It sounds like a good place to start experimenting! Found here.

4. Scrabble coasters

I have been seeing these all over the internet, I wasn’t too sure about them at first, but now I totally love them, scrabble coasters. It could be fun to customize these to your family, with words applying to them (and a few spares for guests!). or just use random letters but hide their name in the mix! You can go so many way with these! Found here.

5. Rainbow Rose

This is so awesome! I need a rose to try this out. I wonder if it really works? Found here.

 

What do you think of these DIY’s?

 

Love, Renée