I am LOVING today. Yeah, really loving it! Its the most glorious day here today in my little patch :: the sky is the brightest clear blue, and all morning long the sun has been streaming in through my bay window, sending rainbows dancing over the walls and making me feel so happy.
This chair which sits in front of our lovely bay window is a large, rather unfashionable, boxy sort of a chair which is surprisingly comfortable to sit in. It was the very first piece of furniture we ever purchased when J and I moved into our first house together in 1999. It's an ex-display chair from M&S and cost £200 (original price £550), at a time when two hundred pounds was a LOT of money to us. And as it was the One And Only piece of furniture we owned at the time (well you can't count a dilapidated wooden bench and an airbed), we used to fight over it. A lot. Most often I lost the fight and would toss up between sitting on the wooden garden bench which was standing in for a sofa, or a cushion on the floor, whilst husband of mine would sit his cosy, comfy backside in this new chair.
And now this chair is where I like to sit and crochet, most especially on days like today when the sunlight is so bright and glorious. To be honest, mostly during the week I very rarely crochet during the day :: it is most often my wind-down evening activity for an hour or so once the Little People are tucked up in bed. But on days like yesterday and today, when my duty as Crochet-blogger demanded it, I had to
sit and crochet flowers and leaves because I had promised you I would.
You see what I have to go through for you?? See the work involved in
creating and writing crochet patterns, in making tutorials? Oh, its
been tough, this crocheting work. Its hard work being so damn happy.
Now then, I just need to say a little bit about these flowers of mine. Originally when I made my bag, I wanted to make some little flowers and leaves to add that final touch to it. There are a lot of free crochet patterns to be found on the web, most especially over at Crochet Pattern Central :: take a look at this list of flower patterns and you can see what I mean. I trawled through the whole of this list in search of a suitable flower pattern and settled on a lovely five petaled flower called "Button Blossom Brooch". It was created by a very talented lady who has a blog called Crochetroo, and a very successful Etsy shop by the same name. Now I am very aware of copyright issues, and I did not in any way wish to reproduce Crochetroo's pattern on my blog because it is hers and not for me to bandy about.
So :: what I have ended up doing for you my friends, is making my very own flower pattern to share with you. It's inspired by Crochetroo's button blossom flower, but is different and unique to me. I contacted Mrs Crochetroo yesterday and told her what I was up to. I felt I should let her know that I had made my own flower pattern inspired by her one and wished to share it with you all. Asked if she thought this was ok. And we had a little cyber-chat and agreed that yes, my pattern was indeed my pattern and her pattern was her pattern and there would be enough room in blogland for both.
And I am SO pleased with how they've turned out. Yeah, I really am!! I have spent a long time making and photographing these flowers and leaves, and when the tutorial/pattern has been finished off (later today hopefully) I will post it over on the left there as a page with my other crochet patterns.
I hope you are all having a lovely sunny day too? And I hope you find a little moment in your day to sit in a favourite spot and feel as warm and happy as I am.
Edited to add :: 2.10pm and the pattern/tutorial is there in the sidebar. Have fun with it! :o)