Sunday, 17 February 2013

Week In Pictures - Feb 17th 2013

1. Pug cushion! 2. Chococat jumper in Forever21 3. Sleepy cat
4. Retro gardening book! 5. Breakfast, yum 6. My new earrings, I heart!!
7. Tulip 8. Oh, hi! 9. LOVE teabags

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day! I hope you have had a luuuurverly day! William and I didn't get each other pressies this year, but I couldn't resist popping this into our shopping basket. Morrisons 'Love In A Cup' teabags, with cute little love messages on the tags! It is their regular red label tea, but for just £1 I didn't mind spending more for just the packaging.  It was the illustration on the front of the box that drew me to them really - and I'd love to know who created them.

Mmmm tea

5 labels - 'you stir me up,' 'you're sweet,' 'squeeze me,' 'hot stuff,' and 'hey sugar!'

Nothing DOES say 'I love you' like a cup of tea in bed!

Now, lets hope my tea hasn't gone cold whilst I've been writing this :)

Carol xx

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Crochet Weekend!

Hello to you. Well, what a weekend full of crochet I've had! Firstly, I have finished my crochet cushion - yippee!

 William wasn't at home on Friday night, so I had some time to focus on getting the cushion cover completed. I am so chuffed with the result! I'm really pleased with the peach edging I added as I was tempted to stick with the white I'd used around the individual granny squares. I used 7 vintage buttons to close the cover (although I think one new one snuck in there) and I think the mis-matched colours and shapes really suit it. I'm writing up the pattern and shall let you know when it's ready.

I told myself that I had to get the cushion finished before I could start on my next project... a giant crochet blanket! I've been a fan of Lucy over at Attic 24 for a long time, and always admired the blankets she creates. I have set myself a new year's resolution to actually make one this year, and so, last weekend I ordered 19 balls of Stylecraft Special DK wool - each one in a different colour!


Look at the pyramid of wool! That makes me happy :)

Here is the start of my blanket. Lucy has written out the pattern she used over on her blog (see it here) and with the window of opportunity now that my cushion is finished, I started on the blanket. 240 chains to start off with, that was one I definitely turned the TV off so I could concentrate - I wasn't going to re-do that!

Even though it messes up the colours I want to show to you, I couldn't resist a little Instagram snap!

And this rather lovely relaxed weekend was spent sipping this! Delish!

Carol xx

Thursday, 31 January 2013

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Week In Pictures - 27th Jan 2013

1. 4.30pm and still a little bit of sunshine left! 2. New crochet pattern coming soon  3. My little treat
4. New cardigan (not knitted by me!) 5. Strawberry shortcake hearts 6. Breakfast - cinnamon and raisin bagel
7. Tulips from mumma 8. Mr Owl 9....

...My new crochet pattern, available to purchase now!

Click on the image to take you to the listing!

Here is my first crochet pattern for 2013! A cutey little birdie hanging decoration, perfect to brighten up your day.
Both beginners and more experienced crafters will enjoy making this little bird, and they are a great way to use up leftover wool! Don't worry if you are new to creating amigurumis as this is a great pattern to learn with.

I have spent my afternoon perfecting the pattern and taking advantage of the glorious sunshine to take some photographs. A thoroughly enjoyable way to spend a Sunday! 

I hope you like him!

Carol xx

Monday, 21 January 2013

A Thought For Monday

It always seems impossible until it's done - Designed By Wilma

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Week In Pictures - 20th Jan 2013

1. Marks and Spencer Owl Cushion - do I need ANOTHER cushion!? 2. New year, new work mug 3. Just doodling
4. Sunrise on a frosty morning 5. The cutest jumper ever 6. This is me, hello!
7. Snowy seed heads 8. We got a lot of snow today! 9. Do it

Friday, 18 January 2013

Love love love!

I just had to post this!

How utterly amazing?! Carol xx

I heart this!

Good morning to you!

Check out the great Etsy shop: Handz- ReStyleshop. Jan creates retro style prints with funny or inspiring quotes. Here are a selection of my favourite! Click on the pics to take you to the listings.

A morning without coffee is like sleep

Anyone who knows me, knows I LOVE Cathrineholm enamelware. The teapot in the picture above is one of the things I am constantly checking on eBay for, and they do sometimes pop up but usually sell for a lot of money. I'm still hoping to turn up at a bootfair and there be one for sale for 10p or something silly. I can dream!

Cathrineholm Enamelware

Check out this print with a cupboard full of Cathrineholm goodies! SO lovely. I wish my cupboard looked like that.

Vintage Typewriter

Pretty typewriter love print, so cute.

Life is like a bicycle, to keep your balance, you have to keep moving

I really like the sentiment on this print, and the colours are just my thing. I love the muted, retro shades; they all sit so well together.


Why don't you take a look, most of the prints are about £12 (after converting from USD) which i think is a total bargain.

Carol xx

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Week In Pictures - 13th Jan 2013

1. Dancing Solar Flower (finally saw some sunshine!) 2. IKEA bird tray, makes me smile! 3. Hangover cure ;)
4. Starting my granny square cushion 5. My FINACEE William, overlooking the Thames 6. I love succulents
7. Retro carpet 8. Orla umbrella! 9. New wool shades
Are you in Instagram? I am! Find me - @orangebirdstudio 

Carol xx

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Watch this space...

A sneaky peek at what my day will be all about tomorrow! I can't wait!

This makes me happy :)

Carol xx

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

A big hello!

Hello hello to you and you and you! Welcome to the new look, new style, new Orange Bird Studio. I plan to create knitting and crochet patterns for you to purchase (or if I'm feeling generous, then I may even give them away for free!)

Previously, this little venture was all about selling my knitted accessories and hand-drawn greetings cards, and blogging about all things related, but unfortunately I just don't have the same amount of time as I did a few years ago.  However, I have recently picked up my needles again, and I really want to start blogging once more - not only about knitting, but also general life and things that make me smile.

So here we go!

Crochet cushion cover - complete with vintage buttons
Here is a crochet cushion I made for my friend Becci's birthday. I really enjoyed creating this - it gave me a chance to use up the leftover balls of lovely merino wool that weren't big enough to really make anything as such, but I just couldn't bear to throw them out. And I'm so glad I didn't! The 'vintage-y' photo I took of this doesn't show the colours that well, but I used a kingfisher blue, pale grey, cream, dusky lilac and a deep purple. I finished it by adding 10 mismatched vintage buttons from my Grandma's collection!

10p flowers!
Here are some lovely flowers I bought from the supermarket on New Years Day - for 10p! And they are still going strong 9 days later! Maybe it's the GORGEOUS Orla Kiely vase I put them in (it's really a utensils holder, but I couldn't resist using it for these flowers!)

Baby's blanket - work in progress
Here is the beginning of my latest pattern for the brand new Orange Bird Studio venture. It's a baby's pram blanket with a garter stitch border knitted with a chunky weight wool. The pattern I have created is relatively simple, and if you know the basics of knitting and purling, you can make this! I'm halfway there with it, and shall let you know when it is ready to purchase online!
That's it for now, see you soon!
Carol xx