My website!!!

I really am getting into this whole world of technology! So much so that I have my own website 🙂

Selina Green Crafts

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I am transferring my free patterns onto there and will be putting lots of new tutorials on too.

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I will not charge for my tutorials, however, there is a donation button which will help to keep my pattern and tutorials free. Any kind donations will be much appreciated, just donate what you feel they are worth. Thank you in advance and happy crafting 🙂

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Appreciation

It has been a while since I have blogged due to a variety of reasons. Nearly two weeks ago my heart was broken as my darling giant rabbit passed away 😦 I miss her sooooo much and have been trying to deal with our loss xxx

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I am sure she didn’t want to leave us and I am sure she had something to do with the coincidental blessing that has happened!

On the very same day we adopted some kittens that were found abandoned in a derelict house. My partners brother and some friends on his street heard the meowing and rescued them from the house, but they couldn’t keep them as they had babies. So our intentions were to take then to the RSPCA in the morning.

Let the fun commence!

Poooooo party! I have never gagged so much in my life! The kitties had really upset tummies and pooped in the carry case… Seriously… How much can a cat poop? We had two chocolate coated kittens in a tiny Toyota yaris … Quiiiiiicccckkkkk …. Windows down and drive faster!

I know that you are not supposed to bathe cats … But seriously, there was no other way!

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We made them a play pen so they were not too scared by our huge home.

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And then we decided to name them. My partner and I are veggie and the most apt name would obviously be To (pronounced Toe) and Fu … So yes we run around the house calling ‘Tofu’ 🙂

As the kittens were so young we didn’t know the sex, but as they are growing we have a boy (To … The white one) and a girl (Fu … The black one).

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Due to the cats being abandoned they were really scraggy 😦 To had really sore scabby skin under his fur on his face, legs and paws. We have treated him and now he is much better with baldy patches, but the fur is growing back 🙂

We did say we would just get them better then take hem to be rehomed, however I think thy have chosen us and they are sooooo loving! When we are upset they purr so loud, the way they look at us it is as if they are saying thank you, or I love you, or it’s ok to be sad… They are our little angels xxxx

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I think about our rabbit all the time and miss her dearly, but I have to appreciate the time we had with her and what we have now! When times are tough it is easy to give up, but now its my time to make a change… I can make positive changes, and I have been overwhelmed by the responses I have had to my free crochet patterns! I appreciate all of the positive feedback… The first thing I was floored by was how I got 123 views on ONE DAY!!!!! All over the world!

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This is due to the wonderful Janette who shared my pattern on her blog www.greendragonfly.wordpress.com after she had a go at making the cardigans. Really beautiful crochet! Thank you so much Janette!

Yesterday when I couldn’t sleep I checked my etsy and had a browse when I saw that I had my first convo! Woop woop! Colleen shared her beautiful baby set she had created from my pattern! I was over the moon to receive this gratitude and see how I can hav a positive impact on other people … The other side of the world! Truly awe inspiring!

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These have sold already … And I’m not surprised! Beautiful! Here is a link to her website, so many beautiful crochet makes!http://www.tricityhokescreations.weebly.com/
And Colleens facebook … https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tricity-Hokes-Creations/281815340083

I feel as if things are on the up for me and I really should embrace everything. I have a few goals and feel that I can achieve everything I put my mind to. I am going to try my hardest to make all I want a reality 🙂 any help or advice wold be much appreciated 🙂

1.) to share my creativity.
I was a textiles teacher in a secondary school, and I love all things craft! I wish to teach adults how to crochet, knit, sew, embroider, and be all round creative geniuses! I also want to share free patterns and tutorials trough the world of blogging.

2.) to sell my creations.
at present I am loving crochet! Friends and family are being really supportive and encouraging me in every way they can! Anything from borrowing babies for photo shoots, to custom requests. I have an etsy shop which has a few Blythe capes on, plus I intend to list some of my crochet creations for babies over the next week or so.

3.) to publish a craft book.
this has always been an ambition of mine! I have nearly 300 craft books. My favourite has to be the Tilda range! I aspire to achieve the same! … This is where I need he most help! Hopefully my blog will eventually get me there!

So in short … This post today is a big thank you to everyone for your ongoing support! I really do appreciate all of you x

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Kawaii Blythe

Hello World!

Well at least I hope it ends up that way… A bit hopefull, but you never know unless you aim high and try.

So at the moment I really do not know much about anything really … What a way to start!

I seem to have managed a complete u-turn in my life and I’m finally biting the bullet and pursuing a creative future.

I am new to blogging, Facebook pages, Etsy, EBay as a seller, twitter (I may have to try a little tweeting), and well everything technology based. This one day old iPad may just help me whilst delving into all of these potential communication highways!

What I am not new to is my absolute passion for crafting! Since the age of 5 I have been pottering around with a needle and thread. Ironically … By making dolls clothes … I remember my Aunty Jan giving me a carrier bag every month brimming with the most adorable scraps of fabric. I simply loved rummaging through the bag of goodies, heart racing and ideas overflowing! I distinctly remember making a white fitted shirt for my barbie … Looking at my Sylvanian Family and in my Mums button tin … Thinking why hasn’t she got any tiny buttons… Then taking them off my Sylvanian Family rabbits dungaree dress! Well needs must!

I continued crafting throughout my life. I was given a beautiful old Singer hand sewing machine with gilt work all over it by my Aunty Wendy at the age of 9. Beautiful precise stitches, the sound of the machine whirring away as I turn the handle. My own little world of creation.

I was devastated when they didn’t offer a G.C.S.E in Textiles at school, no reason …they just didn’t. There were many comments like ‘well what will you do with that qualification?’ It just made me more determined to create at home.

I’m rather academic and had some tests at school as I was such a high achiever … But my passion is firmly with the arts. ‘you’re wasting your IQ’ ‘well it is at 172 – so I’m sure I will not miss a few!’ ‘why don’t you be an accountant, doctor, lawyer, blah,blah, blah…’ I was adamant to do something I enjoyed … Fair enough I could whizz through mathematical equations (that was only so I could get out my art work to complete in the remainder of the time!) but it was not me.

When it came to choosing G.C.S.E’s I was seen as being insane … Art and Drama… I was adamant! No one was changing my mind! ‘ You can’t get a job with those qualifications!’ ‘… Your expected grade in drama is a G. ‘

If you tell me I can’t do something … I will prove I can!

So after getting an A* in both Art and Drama I went to college to study acting. 😀

Two weeks from choosing drama schools RADA, Brit School, Italia Conti etc. I decided to apply to LIPA … On the design course… WHHHHAAATTT??!?!!??? My lecturer gave me two weeks off college to compile a portfolio. Long story (cut short) (I’m sure I will waffle on at a later date!) I got an unconditional offer!

So what have I done with the art and drama … Costume designer for 5 years … Teacher for 6 years winning the North West Gold award for 5 consecutive years. I also appeared on Channel 4’s Thelma’s Gypsy Girls as a tutor. So not bad really.

Let’s see where this path leads me!

🙂

Free crochet hat pattern for Premature babies

Free premature babies crochet hat pattern

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This is a simply adorable and highly addictive crochet pattern … I can assure you will be hooked 🙂

So here it goes, Enjoy!

I use a size 4mm crochet hook and 4 ply baby yarn or cotton. I have experimented with other yarns and hooks, but I think this is a perfect combo.

Create a slip knot and chain (ch) 2

6 double crochet (dc) into second ch from hook

Slip stitch (ss) into first dc, ch 1 (6 stitches)

2dc into each st (12 stitches) ss into first st

Ch 1

*1dc into first st, 2dc into 2nd st (rep from *) (18 stitches) ss into first st

Ch 1

*1 dc into 1st and 2nd st, 2dc into 3rd st (rep from *) (24 stitches) ss into first st

Ch 1

*1 dc into 1st, 2nd and 3rd st (rep from *) (30 stitches) ss into first st

Ch 1

This is the bit where I play around a bit with different stitches. The one in the pattern starts with 3 rounds of dc into each stitch followed by 2 rounds of trebles and 2 more rounds of dc into each stitch. ( I hope that makes sense!)

I also put a tiny chain scallop edge around the bottom.

You do this by

*Ch 3 miss 2 stitches ss into 3rd stitch (rep from *)

You can scallop the edge more by chaining more stitches but still ss into every 3rd stitch.

Don’t be afraid of making up your own combo’s … I will update this pattern with more photos of various yarns, stitch combinations and hook sizes so you can choose the best one.

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