Hello! Welcome to December's Winter Project Link Party. This link party is for sharing your current craft projects and giving and receiving encouragement for working on those projects and maybe even getting them finished. I hope you'll want to join me in sharing what you're working on right now!
I finished the My Sweetiepie ABC's cross-stitch sampler and dropped it off at the framer's a couple of weeks ago. It's back home now, ready for Miss GB's Christmas (I'll share it here soon). I moved right on to another project when I finished the sampler. My current crafty pursuit involves these colorful crocheted butterflies. I'm almost done making them; I'd like to add two more solid-colored ones, a light pink and a dark pink. You're probably wondering what I plan to do with them...well, they will soon become a decoration for the GB's room. I plan to give it to her for Christmas, if I can finish it in time, so I've been working on it quite a bit lately.
I'm not usually one for making rainbow-colored stuff, but I loved doing it with these butterflies. Aren't they pretty? I'm using a pattern called Bountiful Butterflies, from crochet designer The Hat and I (that's a Ravelry link). I'll use the butterflies to make a hanging decoration, similar to what you see on the link. The butterflies will hang from beaded strands that are attached at the top to a ribbon-covered embroidery hoop. Fancy! It's actually pretty simple, but it's taken a little bit of guesswork to figure out.
Let me backtrack a little: I first came across the idea on Pinterest, where I saw a photo of a finished decoration, which I just LOVED. Then I tracked it down to Ravelry and saw that there weren't formal instructions for the decoration, just the butterflies themselves, so I studied some of the project photos and came up with a plan for making my own decoration. It will hang from the ceiling, over the GB's bed. Fortuitously, there is already a plant hook in the ceiling exactly where I want it. It won't be exactly like the ones I saw online, more inspired by them.
I've been thinking about this project for months, since July or so. I bought a few new colors of cotton yarns for the butterflies, to add some brighter colors to my mostly-pastel stash. I had fun choosing beads. I found these multicolored, faceted rondelle beads at Hobby Lobby. I'll use bright pink tulle strips to cover the filament strands where they attach to the hoop at the top. The ideas work in my head, but we'll see how they translate to the real thing. With any luck, I'll be sharing it here soon.
This rainbow on my desk has really grown on me. It has also brought to mind just how full of rainbows my 80's childhood was. I've been remembering all the rainbow things I used to have! I had a stretchy Care Bears belt; a pair of Kangaroos sneakers with rainbows on the sides; a Strawberry Shortcake shirt with a rainbow strip running up one arm, across the chest and down the other arm; shoelaces, hair ribbons, plastic barrettes, a ski hat! Rainbows everywhere. Even the Bear had rainbow suspenders when was a little boy (I have photographic evidence).
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