Allys Custom Blanket – Ta-da!

  Ta-da!!!!!!!!!! If you have visited my blog in the last few months you might have seen the very beginning of this colourful granny square blanket. Ally was inspired by this image and came to me to create her own custom design. I have loved every minute of making it. I’m usually a sort of matchy-matchy […]

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Chelsey Crafts A New Name

Today I mixed together the name of my blog, Facebook page and Etsy shop and “Chelsey Crafts” is what came out. I hoped to take things back to basics and make it easier for you and I to find Chelsey Crafts across all social media. Plus I don’t have a pink fringe anymore! I feel better already knowing […]

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How to Crochet a Chain Stitch

Along with the Slipknot the Chain Stitch (ch for short) is the most common way to begin crochet patterns. It is also used throughout patterns – without the chain stitch Granny Squares would just be Granny Circles or Granny Blobs. So it’s fair to say the Chain Stitch is an essential stitch for all crochet […]

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IKEA 2014 Catalogue & My IKEA 2014 Wishlist

It’s out! The 2014 IKEA Catalogue. If your home is begging for an update, or like us you are about to move into a new home (only 5 weeks now!) feast your eyes on the new IKEA catalogue (complete catalogue at the end of this post).  Here are my top picks: If you like, you […]

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How to make a Slipknot for Crochet

Hold the yarn with the tail end in your right hand. (Leave enough tail to sew in later) Make a loop by taking your left index finger under the yarn… …then holding the loop in place with your left thumb (make sure the tail end of the yarn is on the bottom)  Insert your hook […]

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Celebrity Knitters

A couple of weeks ago Australian Prime Minister(now former PM) Julia Gillard caused a fuss when she posed for the July issue of Australian Women’s Weekly magazine surrounded by her knitting needles and balls of yarn. Whilst I’m not a fan of this PR stunt I would like to see more knitters, crocheters, DIYers and crafters […]

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How to add a Categories widget to Blogger

I like Categories widgets. They look pretty but are also very useful. Categories make it easier for your readers to find related posts from your blog. For example, if Chelsey loves crochet and finds the Categories widget that you can see below, she can click on crochet and find all of your posts that relate […]

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Balesin Island, Philippines

Balesin Island. The grand finale of our trip to the Philippines. And grand it was! After a quick 25 minute plane ride from Manila we landed on the lush, members only island. As we stepped off the plane the friendly staff greeted us with fresh Lei’s and coconut water. The seven themed villages on the island are inspired […]

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Tagaytay, Philippines

Tagaytay is a 1.5 hour drive south of Manila. Naval is a popular rest-stop on the way where you can stretch your legs, grab a bite to eat and feed the koi fish in Nuvali’s lake. I stayed on a family farm in Tagaytay. The 5 acre property was great for wandering amongst nature and napping in the […]

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Manila, Philippines

              Manila is a fast paced, tropical city great for shopping and entertainment. For those who haven’t traveled to Asia it can be quite a culture shock with it’s numerous armed guards, poverty and unpredictable traffic. However the people of Manila are some of the friendliest, the retail therapy […]

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