New Crochet Pattern – Joy Joy Coasters

crochet coasters pattern

Hi friends!

I am so glad that you liked the latest post and my crocheted work that I presented there. Thank you for your comments and your very kind words! I appreciate it!

As promised, I have put together a tutorial for you!

It is a step-by-step tutorial (or pattern) for crocheted coasters that I called ‘Joy Joy Coasters’. I chose that name because the coasters are just pure joy to make. 🙂

 
 

crochet coasters pattern

The pattern for this project has 16 pages and 36 helpful step-by-step pictures. I’d say it is pretty easy to follow.

 
 

crochet coasters pattern

To learn more details about the project and the pattern, feel free visit my online store.

I hope you’ll have as much fun creating your cute little coasters as I had.

Thank you for visiting my shop!

Happy crocheting!

Love,
Petra

 

Random Joy

joy joy placemat

Hi friends! I hope you are fine.

I am doing great and have stopped by for a while to show you a few things that have been making me very happy recently…

Like, I fell head over heals in love with the crochet pattern shown in the picture above. I think it is addictive.
 
 

crochet circle coasters

And I have material to prove that… 🙂

I have made a placemat and some coasters too.

 
 

crochet circle coasters

Psst, there’s a pattern for these coming soon!

 
 

crochet basket full of yarn

Some really delicious new yarn has filled my basket recently.

Ahhh, how I love new yarn.

This actually leads me to an idea that I need to crochet a few more baskets like this one, just to be able to store more yarn for crocheting… the sweetest vicious circle I know. 🙂

 
 

book about healing plants and blue handmade mug

These two precious things have been filling my heart with joy as well – an interesting and beautiful book about herbs and healing plants. Love!

 
 

blue handmade mug with small flowers

And this amazing handmade buddy.

Isn’t it just sweet?

 
 

big green shabby chic floral buttons

I went button-hunting. This is my loot.

 
 

colorful buttons

And there’s more.

 
 

crochet joy joy bracelets

Oh, and the pattern I have shown you in the beginning? I made some bracelets too! Have I already mentioned that it might be addictive? 🙂

Wishing you a nice rest of the week!

Love,
Petra

 

Magical Folk Art & Crafts Fair

bobbin lace making

Art and crafts have always been a great love of mine.

A few days ago, I was very lucky to visit a fair dedicated to the traditional folk art and crafts of my native country – Slovakia.

The whole experience was just magical. That is probably the best word I can use to describe the feelings I had when I was watching a selection of very old crafts being demonstrated by the most skillful craftsmen right there in front of my eyes. They are the crafts that helped my ancestors live better and nicer lives. And the best thing is that those traditions are still alive.

I am very thankful to the kind people who came to demonstrate their skills in front of curious people like me and I am also thankful to the people who want to keep the old traditions alive and organize this great festival. It was an amazing, sentimental and important touch with the wisdom of the past. Just have look…

 

bobbin lace making

Bobbin lace making.

 

bobbin lace making
 

bobbin lace making
 

bobbin lace making
 

bobbin lace making
 

bobbin lace making
 

bobbin lace making
 

bobbin lace making
 

blacksmithing

Blacksmithing.
 

blacksmithing
 

blacksmithing
 

cooperage

Cooperage.

 

cooperage
 

cooperage
 

cooperage
 

painting on glass

Painting on glass.
 

painting on glass
 

painting on glass
 

wood carving

Wood carving.

 

wood carving

Chiseling wood.
 

wood carving
 

wood carving
 

chiseling wood
 

chiseling wood
 

chiseling wood
 

making wooden spoons and dishes
 

making musical instruments

Making musical instruments.
 

weaving on loom

Weaving on loom.
 

weaving on loom
 

weaving on loom
 

cast brass bells making

Cast brass bells making.
 

tinkering

Tinkering.
 

heart made from wire
 

gingerbread decorating

Gingerbread decorating.
 

gingerbread decorating
 

gingerbread decorating
 

gingerbread decorating
 

making products from leather

Leathercraft.
 

making ceramics

Making ceramics.
 

ceramics
 

making ceramics
 

crooked needle embroidery

Crooked needle embroidery.
 

crooked needle embroidery
 

crooked needle embroidery
 

crooked needle embroidery
 

making wooden toys

Making wooden toys.
 

decorating Easter eggs

Easter eggs decorating.
 

decorating Easter eggs
 

decorating Easter eggs with wire
 

decorating Easter eggs with wax
 

making whips

Making whips.
 

making shepherd’s dishes

Making shepherd’s dishes.
 

making herding sticks

And making herding sticks.

 
I hope you enjoyed this tour of traditional folk arts and crafts.

And, by the way, which craft is your favorite?

Love,
Petra

 

Photography: Surfaces And Backgrounds I Like

surfaces and backgrounds in photography

I often receive a question from you, dear readers, asking what kind of surface or background I used in this or that photo. These questions led me to an idea that it could be fun to share the pictures of surfaces and backgrounds I like to use… so, here they are.

The first picture shows my probably most often used photo surface, a simple wooden table from Ikea that I bought many years ago. It actually moves with me wherever I move and it serves as my office or studio focal point. I love that little table.

 
 

surfaces and backgrounds

What I probably like best about it is its natural look and honey-like color. I like that color a lot and I think it makes the pictures look soft and cute.

 
 

surfaces and backgrounds in photography

I have used my good old table in many photo shoots – like here

 
 

surfaces and backgrounds in photography

… or here.

 
 

surfaces and backgrounds in photography

Since I really love wood and I am a big fan of wooden paneled surfaces (even the header of my site tells this very clearly), I bought these wooden babies about a year ago (you can get them in any good home store, like Home Depot in the USA or Baumax in Europe; the good people there can even cut them for you in any size you want). My official plan was to fit them together at home and use them as one piece, but, for some reason, I did not find the time neither the nails to do that.

 
 

surfaces and backgrounds 6

Just lately it occurred to me that there’s actually no need to fit them together. I can easily place them on top of any surface (floor or table) and they will work just fine. And on top of that, they are much easier to store this way – as individual panels.

 
 

surfaces and backgrounds in photography

And you know what? I really really really love using my wooden panels. You can find them in many of my pictures … like here

 
 

surfaces and backgrounds in photography

… or here

 
 

surfaces and backgrounds in photography

… or here

 
 

surfaces and backgrounds in photography

… or here.

 
 

surfaces and backgrounds in photography

As time went by and I got more and more inspired by darker backgrounds in photography, I decided to get something like that into my life too.

So I gathered up some dark-brown wooden exterior home paint, a brush and a protective plastic sheeting, …

 
 

surfaces and backgrounds in photography

… I laid out my old planks …

 
 

surfaces and backgrounds in photography

… and I did it. In other words, I applied three coats of color to one side of each of my wooden panels.

 
 

surfaces and backgrounds in photography

Oh, how I loved the result. A dream come true! Now my wooden panels can work as a bright and dark background too.

 
 

surfaces and backgrounds in photography

I have been happily testing my new dark background in the past few weeks and I’ve been utterly impressed by the results.

 
 

surfaces and backgrounds in photography

Ahhh, it really makes my heart sing to see something new after years and years of using bright surfaces mostly. Change is good!

 
 

surfaces and backgrounds in photography

Love!

Oh, and this picture brings me to another area of photography that I wanted to mention – backgrounds.

 
 

surfaces and backgrounds in photography

This picture shows how the previous photo was taken. A kind of ‘behind the scenes’. 🙂

Since the natural space in my shooting corner does not offer the neatest background options, in the past I spent hours and hours thinking and trying to figure out the right solution to that situation. Luckily, one happy day, as I was walking the endless isles of Ikea, a gorgeous idea struck me – what if I used a clothes rack for this purpose? It is an inexpensive and really perfect solution!!

 
 

surfaces and backgrounds in photography

So I brought one of Ikea’s clothes racks home and have been happily using it since then.

I have already used a large sheet of colored paper as a background.

 
 

surfaces and backgrounds in photography

And I have also tried to use a dark fabric too.

 
 

surfaces and backgrounds

Here’s the result.

 
 

surfaces and backgrounds in photography

When it comes to backgrounds and surfaces, I would really love to mention this simple solution, my good old buddy, the Lowel EGO Sweep.

 
 

surfaces and backgrounds in photography

The sweep is a table-top background support stand and it comes with many colored paper backgrounds.

 
 

surfaces and backgrounds in photography

I have used it many times … like here…

 
 

surfaces and backgrounds in photography

… or here.

 
 

surfaces and backgrounds in photography

Oh, and of course, then there are fabrics. They can be used as surfaces, backgrounds, props … anything. I love my fabrics. My collection comes from Ikea and the local fabric store. And as with any other props, there’s never enough, that I know for sure. We’ve definitely entered a little addictive area of my life here. 🙂

 
 

surfaces and backgrounds in photography

I used some cute fabrics in my pictures here

 
 

surfaces and backgrounds in photography

here

 
 

surfaces and backgrounds in photography

… or here.

Well, thank you for letting me share my thoughts on surfaces and backgrounds I like.

Feel free to let us know about any ideas you have in the comment section of this post!

Wishing you a great day!

Love,
Petra

 

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