Monthly Free Printable: Calendar Bookmark 2012 – April

April 2012

April 2012

I had these up for sale on etsy, but decided to rather share them for free. I’ve given them as Christmas gifts and they seem to be a hit!

I wanted to make bookmarks with  real African flair; drawing inspiration from townships, villages, metropole, landscapes, places I’ve lived at, people I’ve met. And not a leopard pattern or safari theme in sight. So each month is different, some designs might reflect that month’s international or local theme: like Valentine’s Day or Women’s month.

When first making this calendar set I knew I wanted to have kudu antlers somewhere, but with a twist. The result looks like a stencil on a few swatches. Background is a shweshwe pattern. The colours are toning down because we’re approaching autumn here in the southern hemisphere.

Every end of the month I’ll upload the following month’s bookmark calendar.

Click on the image for the full version, save and print.

Click here for previous months.

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Easy knitted monster – mini Tutorial

I was sorting out some crap supplies in the garage and came across leftover wool from a bath mat I knitted yonks ago.  It’s a dark-brown’ish shade and I immediately thought of Domo-kun. Remember this little guy? I never watched the episodes, but saw his images on just about every message board and forum I lurked.

I am not a seamstress, nor an avid knitter, I just like to fiddle around a bit with different crafts and hobbies. I didn’t have a pattern and I didn’t want to make the same mouth. I googled for some more ideas and am in love with these. I didn’t want to stuff the legs, but wanted more of a shelf sitter monster. Lastly I simply love the simplicity of garter stitch (every row is kit – no purl in sight!). Doesn’t matter which side is front and it fills out nicely when stuffed.

Wish i'd thought of this earlier

{ Learn from my fail}   Only after I knitted the arms did I figure out to cast on the appendage sets simultaneously. No need to keep track of how many stitches or rows to duplicate.

You will need:

  • At most 1 ball of double knit yarn/wool/plarn
  • Nr 5 knitting needles and darning needle
  • White felt and matching thread
  • Assortment of buttons for face. (I used 2 big black and 4 small white)
  • Stuffing (like teddy bear stuffing or foam off cuts. Heck, you can even use old newspaper)

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Not quite the stone I had in mind

So much to do! I had a few projects planned, or at least some organising to do. That was cut short by a medical emergency…of sorts.

Handy hubby had been complaining from bouts of stomach pain. Only occurs after midnight, and is excruciating. But there was no other pattern for its frequency. We ate the same food, and only he was affected. Eventually he made a doctor’s appointment. Turns out he had a big old 12mm gall stone which needed to be removed ASAP. Heck, not just the stone, the whole gallbladder. In other words, a laparoscopic cholecystectomy.

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This meant a trip to the city for a few days. I discovered this little gem of a bead shop (all puns intended). I picked up a whole bag of beauty-beady-loot. Strung beads and fill-a-bag was very reasonably priced, but the findings were expensive. Our little town might not have the range available, but at least it’s affordable; even considering that we’re 3 hour’s drive from wholesale suppliers (4 hours if I’m driving).

The Color Book of Beaded JewelryBead and Button, Ribbon and Felt JewelleryAlso snagged two beading books for inspiration.

I like the first one for the colour coding. All my beads are sorted into rainbow shades. There are some nice projects in there; but I was more interested in the different clasps, caps and just the array of joining methods.  (But more of a motivator to get these was that I remeber paging through books on my grandmother’s bookshelves. There were all different types of crafting and DIY books for me to ogle. I want to instill the same exploratory atmosphere in my own home. I use online tutorials a lot, but sometimes one needs a good reference books – even if just to look at the pretty pictures.)

The second beading book I got because it was more like my beading technique. I haven’t tried beaded  weaving, I’m not much of a wirework fan. But I do like using a variety of materials. I’ve been using ribbon in beading ever since the lady at the craft shop showed me wich finding to use to pinch the end and connect it to a jump ring.

So it was a fruitful trip. I mostly use acrylic beads; the idea of using semi precious stones just makes dollar signs light up in my eyes..and not in a good way; think I’m much too frugal and rather stick to acrylic, bone and glass beads. Although I did get to keep Handy hubby’s gall stone. I just won’t be turning it into any jewelery.