Dreamy Garland

I was so excited when somebody’s ordering my Dreamy Garland. She doesn’t do crochet but she loves crocheted-things. So here I am ready to make it for her (and for you too if you ask me to). Here the look of the Dreamy Garland she ordered, hope she’s gonna love it!

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If you do crochet, you can also make it by yourself. The pattern is ready to be downloaded on my Etsy shop.

Here’s another Dreamy Garland I’ve made at the first time as a crochet pattern, I hung it on my tiny home too 🙂 It gives a new ambiance inside my nest..

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And here’s the current place where I hung it. I won’t take it off because it makes my home interior merrier 😀

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I hung it at the threshold between my kitchen and dining room..

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Love it much! How about you, do you love it too? Want to make it by yourself?

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Scallops Bunting

If you’re looking for something cute to decorate your favorite room or a warm welcome party at home, maybe this one could be the answer. Scallops bunting could be the first aid to decorate the place where you want it to be merrier than usual days. You only need a crochet hook and some colorful yarns to make it happen.

 

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as a wall decor at my tiny home

I inspired by fabric scallops bunting I used to see on Pinterest or Instagram. I always think if any of thing could be crocheted, why not? Maybe it needs a little bit effort, but it’s worth to try..

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closer look

It consists of large and small scallops. You can make in one size or both size. In this tutorial, I made 3 large scallops and 4 small scallops which alternately arranged and hold together with a crocheted string.

 

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a little bit closer

 

Little things make your room more alive. Could you feel the difference?

Now the pattern is ready on my Etsy shop.

Hope you enjoy it!

 

Tunisan Crochet Stitch

I always curious about crochet, especially about the variety of the stitches. There are so many stitches I can find on the internet and if feels I want to try it one by one >.<

And for tunisian stitch, I forgot when I started making it at the first time. I deeply in love with that stitch because the result looks like knitting. This wonderful stitch is a niche of crochet that allows you to do a crochet in different style and result. To make this stitch, you need a special hook, though you can use the regular one. If you use a regular crochet hook, you should choose the round-plain grip, it’s possible to make a tunisian stitch in a small size. The real tunisian hook has a long-round grip to hold all the loops together nicely. Some of them need a cable extension to hold the extra loops. The stitches work one side only, so you don’t have to turn around your work in each row. That’s what I know about tunisian stitch, please correct me if I’m wrong.

 

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practice makes perfect

 

 

When I lived in Tokyo, I desperately searched the hook everywhere but got no clue at all! I thought to myself one day, I’m in Japan, why it’s still hard for me to find this kind of hook in this country. I went from small craft shop to famous craft shop, and I found nothing! Suddenly i had an idea to search it on Amazon Japan then I made a booking order. I have to wait about 3-4 weeks. A little bit of torture to wait that long, but finally it’s worth the wait. I’ve got a set of tunisian hook! Hooray!!

Now I’m a little bit addicted making a project using this stitch. I love the look of the texture behind, perfectly looks like knitting.

 

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using 2 colors in opposite tone

 

And when I changed the colors and made some color gradations, the result was so excellent!

 

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love the color changing, looks so smooth

 

Practice is needed before you’re going to implement this stitch to your project. It’s very tricky stitch but also challenging at the beginning. Once I made this practice done, and at the end I noticed that I missed 1 stitch in the middle, and it felt like arrrgggghhh!!! I had to pull the yarn off and restart over again from the middle. But after that, I felt so relieved and satisfied :p

Now, it’s time to think another idea, what I suppose to make using this pretty stitch?

Kuma the Bear


Kuma is a Japanese word means bear.

I’ve made this bear crochet applique in Scandinavian style.

Don’t you think he’s so cute and has a generous look?
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I already listed the crochet pattern on my Etsy store, please click this to download. I always write my pattern in easy English and attached some detail pictures as a guidance. This pattern is suitable for crocheter, especially beginner, who is acquainted with basic crochet techniques.

13In my opinion, Kuma is suitable to be framed and put on the table as a kid’s room decor or simply hang it as a wall decor. But it also possible to sew on your baby blanket, or even glue on some invitation cards. He’s very versatile 🙂

What do you think about him? Please tell me..

Hope you have a nice day…Regards,

Regards,

Martika 🙂

Glowey Monster

Here’s a little story about Glowey Monster, a critter i made for “amigurumi monster design contest” by amigurumi patterns.

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Glowey lives in a far far away place called Monster City, the city that full of bad monsters. All human are really scared and try not to have problems with them. But actually the problems always come from the monsters itself. They always make a trouble to human, come to Human City and make a messed. Human always being accused by the monsters for all the troubles. Poor human…

But there’s one monster that looks different than other monters. He doesn’t have a heart to hurt human’s feeling. He’d rather make them happy and please them. His name is Glowey Monster. He’s glowing when happy. But when he’s feeling sad, the glow is dissapeared.

Glowey loves his glow, because he can make human happy. But in the other way, all monsters are not happy at all with that glowy-thing. Usually in the middle of monster’s meeting, or while all monsters busy, Glowey always runs away to Human City. The more he often to show off his glowing body to human, the more he feels happier because human feel the same way too.

Until one day he’s never showed up again in Human City. All human are wondering about his absence, is something going wrong with him, is he ok, does he still love human, etc. The truth was one night at the border line, one of the monster secretly spied on Glowey while he headed to Human City. And that monster right away reported Glowey to Monster Chief and said that Glowey loves human. That against one of the Monster City’s laws.

When Glowey came back to Monster City, Police Monster already waited in the border line and caught him. He’s arrested until who knows when. Poor Glowey…

The End.

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I know this is not a happy ending story. But in actual life, sometimes we’re not always get what we want, right? At that point we have to be patient and find another better clue.

I didn’t win the contest, but i was proud of my self beacuse i’ve got 365 votes from the audience! And i thank to my kids and my husband who gave all ideas about monster sketches to me (I asked them one by one to made some monster skteches and we selected them together).

Here is Glowey in lime green..

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One of my friend ordered Glowey in shocking pink as a birthday present for her daughter. He’s really cute in shocking pink, isn’t he? 😀

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And now i’m happily sharing the pattern on my Etsy store so you can make Glowey on your own in any colour you like.

Regards,

Martika.

 

Big Nose Puppy

He was my very first crochet applique that I’ve listed on my Etsy store .. And oops! That blog link is the old one :p

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Then I turned the applique version into amigurumi version to joined in a “2nd World Amigurumi Exhibition” by Resobox, that held in winter 2015-2016 at the Resobox Gallery in New York-USA. I’ve sent them with other 20 amigurumi. I was so thrilled ..

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Within 2 weeks I’ve tried to re-create the new pattern and finally, it listed on my Etsy store in crochet pattern section.

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He has a tiny body but his nose really overwhelm..

He has a sincere big smile..

Some people say he also has a diamond freckles on his cheeks that he really proud of.

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So, wanna be his best friend? Because I do 🙂

 

Little Miss Sakura

Spring and autumn are my most favorite seasons. They have a different story to tell. But first, let’s talk about spring because spring is around the corner! What do I think about spring? I LOVE it! Flowers are everywhere, the weather is getting warmer, butterflies are free, busy bees (ooh, I’m scared of it!), and especially cherry blossom. Yes, cherry blossom AKA sakura, she’s the prettiest one. She always amazes me, hypnotized me…

Kawazu Zakura, the earliest sakura that bloom between the last winter and early spring. can’t take my eyes off you

And this Little Miss Sakura, another creation created inspired by sakura.  She really enjoys the beginning of spring, fresh air gently waves her slowly…. oh so nice…

Little Miss Sakura Wall Decor

And now she’s ready on my Etsy shop 🙂 Probably one of you want to enjoy your spring with her, she’s ready to be sent directly to your house 🏡

Once again, sakura is inspiring me.. though now you are far away from my sight, but i always have you deep in my memory 🌸💛 Happy spring from this warm country…

xoxo,

Martika

Sakura Dreamcatcher

Sakura… I always love sakura even now i currently live in a tropical country. My first experience with sakura was about 3 years ago, when I accidentally had to move to Tokyo-Japan, to followed my husband for about more than 2 years. I could say that that was really beyond my expectations, I was so lucky then. Sakura was SO beautiful, they’re SO awesome!

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white sakura is a regular sakura that usually bloom in the mid of April. They looked fluffy just like some clouds from far away..

A few weeks ago I challenged myself to made a sakura crochet. So I opened my old photos to observed sakura to get more details. Sakura has 5 petals, usually comes in white, pale pink, or pale purple. And it has a smooth V-curved at the top on each petal. And that thing was really hard to achieve with crochet technique, but it seemed I did it after trial and error a view times!

 

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my own sakura

And then my friend asked me (read : begged me) to have all sakura crochet that I’ve made after she’s stalking on my Instagram. I know she really loves flowers, no wonder she asked me right away 🙂

After a week passes by, here it is.. a sakura dreamcatcher especially for her 🙂

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sequins, beads, and pom pom lace are part of this wall hanging
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add some sequins and beads as emebellishment
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i think it’s a pretty romantic wall hanging..

I do really hope that she will love this wall hanging!

Uhm.. and… by the way, I think I need to practice how to sew some sequins and beads more properly :p

 

xoxo,

Martika

 

 

Glowey Monster

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Glowey lives in a far far away place called Monster City, the city that full of bad monsters. All human are really scared and try not to have problems with them. But actually the problems always come from the monsters itself. They always make a trouble with human, come to Human City and make a messed.But human always being accused by the monsters for all the troubles. Poor human…

But there’s one monster that looks different than other monters. He doesn’t have a heart to hurt human’s feeling. He’d rather make them happy and please them. His name is Glowey Monster. He’s glowing when happy. But when he’s feeling sad, the glow is dissapeared. Glowey loves his glow, because he can make human happy. But in the other way, all monsters are not happy at all with that glowy-thing.

Usually in the middle of monster’s meeting, or while all monsters busy, Glowey always runs away to Human City. The more he often to show off his glowing body to human, the more he feels happier because human feel the same way too.

Until one day he’s never showed up again in Human City. All human are wondering about his absence. Is there something going wrong with him, is he ok, does he still love human, and a lot of questions for human. The truth was one night at the border line, one of the monster secretly spied on Glowey while he headed to Human City. And that monster right away reported Glowey to Monster Chief and said that Glowey loves human. That against one of the Monster City’s laws.

When Glowey came back to Monster City, Police Monster already waited in the border line and caught him. He’s arrested until who knows when. Poor Glowey…

The End.

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That’s the story i made a bout Glowey, a kind monster i created for “Amigurumi Monster Design Contest” by amigurumipatterns. My kids and husband tried to help me to make some sketch of monster creatures. But unfortunately i didn’t win the contest, Glowey was in 25th place with 365 votes. Able to join that contest made me feel so proud of my self. It’s not an easy for me because actually i’m not an amigurumi artist, i only a person who loves to do crochet and sometimes amigurumi. But i always love to challenge my self out of my comfort zone and trying something new. We never know something is good to ourselves or not until we try, right?

I thank to my dear friend Ria, who has showed me about this contest and “forced” me to tried. And also to my dearest family who always support me, especially my kids 🙂

xoxo,

Martika