Sunday, September 7, 2014

Stashbusting Sunday: September Inspired

Boy oh boy!
This first week of September seems to have just flown by.
School days are busy and when I get home, I really don't feel like doing a whole heck of a lot.  Mostly, I kick cleaning to the curb and turn to crochet for peace and tranquility.

On Friday, a friend asked if I could crochet some anchors for her daughter who has been taking diving lessons.  She has four diving captains that she wants to give gifts to and sent a picture of what she had found online.  The first pattern I googled was in 3 pieces (top left), which was okay, but not what I was looking for.  Later in the day, and quite by accident, I came across a pattern by Petals to Picot that works up as one piece.
The only problem is they aren't very stiff so I am trying to figure that out.  I told her I would just make a bunch up and she could do whatever she wants with them.  As a surprise, I made her a little gift bag and will get some chocolate fish to put inside.
My jar topper collection continues to grow.  Pattern can
 be found here at Nata's Nest.  
Also from Nata's Nest is the Mandala Flower Coaster which I've made a lot of.
Both patterns are great for stashbusting  as they are super quick and use up all those little yarn bits you might have laying about.  

Hope you are having a super Sunday!

42 comments:

crafty cat corner said...

I love the jar toppers they would look great on a batch of home made jame or pickles.
Briony
x

Art and Sand said...

The anchors are adorable. I can picture them as a banner hanging across a fence, window, mantel, etc.

Dagmar said...

Love the anchors, if you want them bendable, crochet around a pipe cleaner. I have a small doll,pattern from Mollie. Makes that came with pipe cleaners that you sew the felt around.not sure if that might work. I love the bag, the jar toppers as well as the flowers, good work Tammy!
Xo

Angela Richardson said...

Hi Tammy,

I love your mandala coasters and that blue anchor.
Chocolate fish sound yummy too.

Stash busting is a good idea, trouble is it never looks any less!

Have a great week.
Angela.xx

girlunwinding said...

Gorgeous, every bit of it!! what are you doing with all of your stash busting prizes?
~Dawn

linda said...

Lovely crochet makes Tammy those anchors are cute, I use spray starch or PVA glue to stiffen. Love the little flower coasters too, I'm sure I have them on my to do list, I love Nata's blog. I know what you mean about not feeling like doing the dreaded housework after work, trouble with me is I never feel like doing it! who invented it anyway? Thanks for linking. :) xx

Createology said...

Tammy your crocheting is such a joy to see. Reminds me of my Grandma always having crochet hook to yarn. Creative Crochet Bliss Dear...

Tanya @ Bead and Needle said...

Way to bust a stash, girl!!! The anchors are adorable - you mentioned stiffening them. Someone, years ago, gifted me with a bunch of beautiful little crocheted snowflakes in thinner cotton yarn, stiffened with starch. I cherish those as much as your friend will what you have done for her, I'm sure! Happy week ahead, Tammy...keep going through that stash!

Alessandra Poggiagliolmi said...

I really love the first anchor, probably because it's red!!!! Even the sachet is such a good idea!!!!
happy week, xxxxx Ale

Little Treasures said...

I love L.O.V.E. your anchors! You can make them stiff by spraying them with / dipping them in starch.

Teresa Kasner said...

As a sailor, you know I was impressed with your anchors! You could run some wire down through the finished anchors to stiffen them. My eyes POPPED when I saw the mandala coasters.. me wantie some!
((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Rostrose said...

Dearest Tammy,
these are sweet little anchors! and I also like your jar toppers and flowers! :o)
Warm hugs from a very busy rusty rose ;o))
Traude
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Blondie's Journal said...

These are darling, T! I'd love to have a banner of them hanging at the lake! Love those jar toppers and coaster, too!

Jane xx

Mereknits said...

I love your crocheting Tammy, you have been very busy this week. My arm is still aching form the ginormous crochet basket I made. I need to do some knitting now to help it heal.
Hugs to you and wishing you a wonderful week.
Meredith

Betsy said...

Wow you've been busy in your after school time! The anchors are great and I'm sure she'll like the little bag with fish in it. Perfect! I think the jar toppers are great too and will brighten up some gifts this holiday season. You put me to shame with your productivity.
Blessings,
Betsy

Lorrie said...

Those anchors are so cute. They would make a great ornament on a sailing themed tree or wreath! What a lot of stash busting you accomplished.

Wanda said...

Anchors Away ~ they are so darling. What a cute gift and the gift bag is perfect.

Your lid covers would make any item in a jar look good.

Pradeepa said...

Those anchors are very cute. I love those colourful coasters. Have a great week!

Kit said...

You are such a sweetie to make that cute bag for that girl! Love it! I'm with you, after working all day, I am all about dinking on the computer and watching mindless TV. Have a great week! Kit

Gracie Saylor said...

An anchor bag full of chocolate fish sounds like something this Saylor should try to put together :-) Thanks for sharing the idea, and I really love the coaster mandalas you are making...I want to try making them, too!!!

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Tammy,
Someone will be quite happy with your lovely anchors and I love the one on that little bag!
Jars can be used for a multitude of things and make lovely, personal gifts.
We just got back home on Friday evening by plane from Phoenix, AZ. We did do a lot of sight seeing and above all, walking and hiking in those 7 days. A healthy lifestyle. It was 111°F in Phoenix when we got there on the 30th and only 109°F when we left... But I loved the low humidity for a change. Drinking plenty of water, we got us a full pack of 40 bottles right away, at Costco and only 1 bottle was left. Stupid that you are not allowed to take water beyond security check!
Sending you hugs,
Mariette

Patricia Lewis said...

A lovely idea.. chocolate fish sounds pretty tasty to me :)) I have a book on jar topper patterns , another gift idea :)) thanks for sharing Tammy :)) hugs pat ..

Quinn said...

I'll add my voice to the starch (soak or spray) chorus :) And I can see how those crochet mandalas become addictive...each color combination is so appealing! I think the top middle one is my favorite, but it would be hard to choose just one.

Preeti said...

Pretty anchors!! I liked the idea of the crochet small bag to gift. Nice coasters and jar cover. How many are done so far?

Dee said...

Those flower coasters are such happy colors.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I know your friend was so excited to receive the cute anchors and gift bag! They would make a great banner, too!! Anchors away!

The mandalas are BEAUTIFUL! blessings and hugs ~ tanna

Mistea said...

Love your colourful mandala coasters. I think I need to hook up some of these for me!
The anchors are very cute and the little gift bag looks very nautical.
Enjoy your week

Mosaic Magpie said...

The anchors you found by surprise are great and attached to a bag make a nice gift, especially with chocolate inside! Love those flower coasters I "pinned" them so I could find them again. Your crochet hooks need an odometer on them...wonder how many miles of thread and yarn you have crocheted!
xo,
Deb

Linda said...

Those anchors are adorable!! Sarah's best friend Ashlee loves anchors.

As for cleaning, I must confess, besides just sweeping the floor daily, I do little cleaning. In fact, Sarah has known that if she sees me doing deep cleaning, it simply means that company is coming. LOL Truly. Must be why we're hardly ever sick, because we live with a little dirt. :) I just don't have the same urge to make things, but my evenings are pretty standard by my own choice, cooking dinner for my family, tending to the yard and gardens, watching a little television.

Hope you have a great week.
Linda

kathy b said...

Tammy I have a niece who loves Anchors! how fun to see yours.
I love your coasters too!
I'm inspired!

Melanie said...

How cute those anchors and little bags are, and how nice of you to do that for your friend!

podso said...

How cute are the anchors! Great color too. I wonder if you used 100 % cotton--would that make a difference? Or two strands of yarn. I love your coasters!

Yarni Gras! said...

you make the best goodies!

Nancy said...

I'm thinking those flowers coasters would make for a fabulous quilt... =)

Sheryl S. said...

what lovely work. I really like the little bags and jar toppers.

Cheryl said...

What a doll you are to whip those up for your friend :-) That little bag is going to be a big hit...and chocolate fish? Oh my goodness... your over the top fabulous!!!
big hugs!
Cheryl

Ali said...

Fab makes - particularly love the colourful flower coasters!
Ali x

Yesteryear Embroideries said...

The anchors are so cute and how sweet the little gift bag is. I love the coasters........so pretty and your jar toppers are so cute! You are right, crochet is a good way to unwind!

Anitha said...

Lovely anchors and the mandala coasters looks so beautiful!

Sam I Am...... said...

I love your anchors....now that's something unique and could be used in all sorts of ways for decorating any number of items.
I just think your flower manadalas/coasters are precious....so bright and cheery and like you say; a good way to use up bits and pieces.

barbara judge said...

I am intrigued at the beautiful looking Mandala Flower coasters that you crocheted using, as you say in your post, bits of yarn lying about. They are very artistic and would be great to give as gifts of kindness to those around you.-- barbara

Natas Nest said...

Hi Tammy, just found your beautiful coasters over at Linda's, I'm so happy that you tried my pattern and had such success with it at Linda's link party. Wonderful!! Greetings from your new follower Nata :-)

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