Sunday, May 20, 2012

My Most Recent Addiction!

the African Flower...I am eat up with it.  LOL.  Y'all crocheters know exactly what I mean.  You crochet up that first motif and BAM...it's like crack!  Yarn crack!  That's how I was after my first African Flower.
I picked up one of those little foot stools at the thrift store, you know the one, they were so popular in the 70s.  I only paid $3!  My husband looked at it like I was nuts for bringing it home.  I just said, "just wait till I get it done!"
So, after that first motif I knew exactly how I was going to use it.  Don't you just love it!!!  I keep moving it all over the house to find the perfect spot for it.  LOL!  I experimented with the base using different colors of rows and kept ripping it out.  I decided I liked the solid black the best.  It just makes it all pop.  All those colors make my little hooky heart skip a beat!

So, yes, I am now totally consumed with this pattern.  And yes, I have started making more.  My next venture is a bag for moi!!
I think it is going to be awesome.  I love those big messenger style bags, and I think that is going to be where I am headed with these.  My plan is to use only bright solids.

Paired with my vintage Little Red Riding Hood rag doll it is perfect.  My mom confiscated this little doll from her mom.  It was made by her aunt, so it is  old.  My guess would be that it pre dates me, so that would be at least 50 years.
I cherish these little hand made family treasures!

I also worked on more butterflies.  I changed them a little by adding some beads, making a short chain and tassel, and adding a key ring...they make awesome scissor fobs.
My sofa has a way of eating my scissors...but not any more!
I think they would also be great to hang off of a purse.  The beads and tassel was like icing on the cake...it just made them!
Maybe I have inspired some of y'all to make some!

Well, it's Sunday evening, so we are going to watch some Mad Men and chill out.  Of course, I am crocheting African Flower motifs.  Y'all have a wonderful week!

Tah-Tah


19 comments:

Charlotte said...

Great idea for the stool! As always, your work is beautiful.

Amanda said...

Hello Dawn
Although a fairly new follower to your blog I don't think I have commented before however I must this time! That stool is amazing very striking. Did you make up a black crochet covering for the sides too or is it covered in canvas?
In all I just can't stop looking on your blog there is so much to see. the owls are really original too.

Amanda :-)

Petunia Pill said...

Your posts are always so inspirational. Love your "new" stool! And, you're right...the beads and tassels are the perfect finale for the beautiful "flutterbies".

Annie said...

It's gorgeous and SO you!!!

Hartyboys said...

Love the stool and the butterflies. very bright and cheerful

Leah said...

I love your wee stool! What a total transformation! I also love African Flowers and have got a blanket in my WIP pile. I must get going on it again and re-addict myself!!

Have a fab week.
Leah

Leah said...

I love your wee stool! What a total transformation! I also love African Flowers and have got a blanket in my WIP pile. I must get going on it again and re-addict myself!!

Have a fab week.
Leah

Mrs Thrifty said...

Yes I do love it - it looks wonderful Love all those bright colours x

Ali said...

Hi Dawn,

What a beautiful stool. The colours are lovely and very eye catching.

Ali x

Alhana said...

I love your African Flower stool! It has the perfect design with the outer rounds in black yarn.
And those butterflies are such a great idea nicely done. You can also make them with thinner yarn for smaller scissors.

Stel said...

I love your Little Red Riding Hood doll :-)
Are you making those butterflies from African Flowers??? Lovely.

Maria said...

Yes Dawn, you have inspired me. I love the African Flower motif and using it on the op shop foot stool is a stroke of genius! Love your butterflies too...and the Red Riding Hood doll is so sweet.

MrS wiLD said...

Absolutely fabulous workings! LoVe your little vintage stool. Wish I could find one of those :'}

Melissa said...

That foot stool is gorgeous...I could really use it right now :)

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Sandra said...

I love the scissor fobs and know how to crochet a butterfly. Do you give a free tutorial on how to make the tassel with beads, or are all your tutorials by payment only? Thank you!
The African flower stool cover is beautiful. That's such a nice pattern to do and yours is very striking with the black background.

linda said...

I love your stool it's beautiful, I love African flowers. I love your blog and have become a follower :)

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Blondie said...

Omg thanks for the chuckle! I loved you comment about yarn crack!! I hope there's no cure cuz I'm yarn addicted too!! Your work is beautiful and I love the bright colors!!

Have a super day!
Lisa