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Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman: never again!

I finally finished reading Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman, and all I can say is: if you ever feel like giving it a try, well, read American Gods instead. Really! I mean, honestly, what can I say? It was kinda of predictable and I saw no originality anywhere (ok, there may be a few interesting things in there), unlike Gaiman’s works I know. This was one of the reasons it took me so long to finish it; I dreaded my reading hours quite a bit this time around and would use any excuse to abstain from reading it. Apparently, the story was conceived and formatted to be a BBC series that aired in the late 90s. Writing the whole thing down and releasing it as a book made Neverwhere his debut novel. I’ve read a few complimentary reviews, but, still, I strongly dislike it.

Anyway, don’t really know what I’ll read next. I guess some short stories’ book, as I’ve “inherited” quite a few of them from my stepmom’s parents (who are still alive, btw; it’s that kind of inheritance, you know?).

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Button bracelet

Made this bracelet yesterday, instead of finishing the crochet bird. Even though I really wanted to sew the effing bird, I kinda of got tired of it and had to search a new and easy project. I’m really happy with how it turned out, ’cause it looks great with my two other favourite bracelets – the one with little colourful hearts I bought from Acessorize and the other with tiny metal hearts I made a few weeks ago.

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Lacy flower brooch from MS

I’m sure we all love Martha Stewart, even if it is just a little bit, right? So, in order to keep up (kinda) with all the crafts and suggestions in her website, I signed up for the Daily Craft (or something like it) email. It is a very nice way to be inspired as the messages include a wide range of cradts. I have to admit it, though, I hardly ever think about making of the ideas that get sent over to my mailbox. But this brooch… oh, my! It is truly amazing! It is entirely (and easily) made with lace trim and will grant a delicate touch to that coat that needs a bit of embellishment. I will be definitely making a few of this as soon as possible (i.e. as soon as I finish the crochet birdie), in all possible colours.

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Have a cupcake, will ya?

Cupcakes (almost) readyI’m totally in love with making cupcakes. I got this recipe from a Ravelry user and it really rocks. I mean, making this batch was pretty much a piece of cake (no pun intended!). As I am a slow crafter, it took me about one hour and fifteen minutes to make each one of these, including filling and sewing. I was supposed to make a bird last night, but I’m sick and got very much tired halfway through it. I finished the crochet this morning, but I have to leave to meet my cousin, so I will only be able to finish it tonight. It is adorable, though and will be comfortably sitting in a little white metal cage I bought on Monday.

See the project page here. There, you can find the link for the pattern. Its author, Hannah, is listed in my link page. Click here and you’ll be directed to her blog, BitterSweet.

(in the picture, three of a set of five cupcakes. i used different yarns, so the pink topping was smaller and I had to make it bigger. that’s why it looks kinda crooked – it ended up flatter and bigger than the others, because I enlarged it too much. =p )

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Soon: rainbow stuffie pattern!

I was kinda missing doing all those swaps where I’d send various themed goods and got great things from all over the world back. So I decided to get back in action and joined a few music swaps. Then, I spotted the Rainbow Stuffie Swap and thought it would be a great idead to sign in for it. So, I’m on it but I still don’t really know what I’ll be making. I guess it’ll be a crochet doll, as my crochet is way better than my sewing. Anyway, expect a few updates on the matter AND a pattern after the whole thing is complete. Yay!

(image: getty images)

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Valentines cuteness: pompoms and hearts

Valentine’s just around the corner now. Even though I’m as single as can be, I still love searching blogs for cool inspirations. While doing it this weekend, I found two of the cutest projects ever! The first is pompom in the shape of a heart! How sweet is that, huh? And why not combine two great ideas? Make a few heart pompoms and use it to spice up your gift wrapping (find the link to the post where I talk about the original idea here).

Pompom heart, by zakka life (via craftzine)

The second is a very much adorable crocheted heart that Jenni, from Simple Beans, adapted from another pattern. Totally cute and you can use ’em to make many more items.

Crochet heart, by Simple Beans (via oneprettything)