Friday, 26 June 2015

INSTAGRAM: A FEW TIPS

I think I've mentioned it before, but Instagram is one of my favorite social media platforms - not just for sharing my blog content, but also as a fun creative outlet and a way to connect with friends and readers. I have decided to share some tips and tricks on using Instagram and achieve the most of it!

1. Use good lighting.
I do not like dark, grainy photos; I always try to use a white background to lay out my theme and take the picture in front of a window using natural daylight (without flash)! If the weather conditions are not the best there is always the help of brightness and contrast feature of various apps (Instagram has it too, but I like using VscoCam).  When I edit a photo, I boost the brightness just a little bit and then I boost the contrast a bit more (or a lot more, depending on the photo). That's the basic route I follow! I also take a bunch of photos (because I'm a crazy perfectionist) and always try to have at least 5 to choose from! 

2. Post regularly.
If you want to get found keep the photos coming. Try  to post at least one picture a day, as people following your feed will want to see new photos; so continue posting! I try to share at least one photo a day!

3. Use hashtags.
Hashtags are awesome!  I love using them and definitely they are one of the best ways to drive more likes to your posts and more followers to your feed. So personally I always use a couple to accompany each photo!
Keep in mind that over using is not the best idea. I think that specific and relevant hashtags work best. For example the hashtag  #love is very common so it is a bit difficult for a photo to stand out. Try to use your own hashtag (I always add #littlethingsblogged to my photos) or content related at least!

And a last bonus tip! Be yourself and be creative! Just have fun. Post what you'd like to post, say what you'd like to say, and do what you want to do!  It's supposed to be fun! 

I hope you enjoyed these tips. Are you also on Instagram?
You can follow me on Instagram @ltblogged.
Wishing everyone a nice and creative weekend!

Monday, 22 June 2015

CLOSED: AMIGURUMI COLLECTION FEATURE & GIVEAWAY

When Amanda the editor of Amigurumi Collection asked if my Kokeshi Dolls could be included in this special Amigurumi Collection I was more than excited! Amigurumi Collection is part of a UK publishing company, also with Simply Crochet and Mollie Makes. As you may remember my Kokeshi Dolls where featured in Simply Crochet issue 12 last year and later on in the Handmade Toys Bookazine.

Amigurumi Collection includes 43 patterns to crochet! Along my favorites are Stephanie's (All About Ami) Dragon, Mei's (Amigurumei) Hello Kitty and Bathing Buddies, and Sandrine's (Tournicote) Fresh Fruits just to name a few! There are so many fun and whimsical amigurumi patterns included in the magazine so I'm positive there's something in it for everyone! 

I am so happy to have my amigurumi Kokeshi Dolls featured in Amigurumi Collection!  Thank you for including my work in your magazine, Amanda! It truly is a delightful magazine with such a wide variety of amigurumi toys! 

And now the fun part; Amanda sent me an extra copy of the magazine to give away to one lucky reader!
To enter just leave a comment below telling me who is your favorite amigurumi designer! Don't forget to include your email so that I can contact you in case you win! I’m also happy to ship everywhere, so this giveaway is open to readers worldwide!
I will announce a winner next Monday, June 29, 2015!

UPDATE: 29/6 Congratulations Jessie! You are the winner of the Amigurumi Collection Giveaway! Thank you so much to everyone who entered. I will send you an email with details about your prize soon!


Good luck! Enjoy the rest of your day!

Friday, 12 June 2015

FEATURED IN SIMPLY CROCHET MAGAZINE

The latest issue of Simply Crochet Magazine is out and you can see my crochet Tool Set featured in the 5 Fab Find section of the magazine! Couldn't be more thankful and happy that my work has been included in the lovely magazine! Thanks Simply Crochet!

You can always get the pattern here to make your own set here! I made this tool set last year as a quick and fun Father's Day project; an easy yet really fun crafty make!

I love seeing your photos made from my patterns! So please keep sending them in! These photos were are taken from Ravelry! From left to right: MightyStarGazer's Father's Day Crochet, Nadelwerk's Father's Day Crochet Tool Set and ooty's BabyBoy Rattle tools! I truly love them all, the different color and style! 
Have you made your own set yet?
Wishing you all a lovely day!

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

8 CACTI INSPIRED PROJECTS

1. Knitting Cacti by Lucille Randall
2. Crochet Planter Cover by WoodWoolDesign
 3. Crochet Succulents by Whistle & Ivy via Pretty Providence
4. Vintage Doily Colorful Hanging Planter, by I Go By Katie via Home DIT
5. Crochet Cacti by Little Things Blogged
6. Handmade Succulents 5 Ways via Think Make Share Blog
7. Crochet Star Flower Cactus via Safari Fusion
8. Crochet Jute Planter by Karen Larko via Lil Fish Studios

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

CROCHET BABY RIPPLE BLANKET PATTERN

I can honestly say that crocheting this baby blanket was one of the most enjoyable and fun projects! I chose the chevron, ripple pattern to make this striped blanket! Made in soft acrylic fiber with a large crochet hook, it is squishy and soft; perfect for a baby!

The whole inspiration came when a new-to-be mama asked me to make something for her baby! I thought of making a blanket and wanted a design that would be both modern and fun to work! So I ended up with this ripple pattern! 

Generally the blanket works up really quickly ( if you're not working on like a gazillion projects-Haha!) and can easily be customized to accommodate other sizes! I definitely am planning to make an adult version pretty soon!

You can find the pattern on Etsy and Ravelry to make your own! The pattern includes photos, tips and tricks to make your own Ripple Blanket! I have also decided to sell the finished product for a limited time so I'd be happy to hook one up for you!

I hope you like my chunky Ripple Blanket! What are you up to? Crocheting or knitting anything exciting?

Saturday, 16 May 2015

5 THINGS I LOVE SATURDAY

1. Eye candy!
2. So very much yes!
3. My crafty must-have!
4. Perfect for beginners!
5. This makes me happy!

It's been quite a while since my last 5 Things I Love Saturday post! I certainly have missed gathering inspiring finds from around the net so here it is!

I plan on sharing some exciting news in the following next weeks! The above picture taken from Instagram shows my current project basket condition; totally crammed! Haha!
Wishing you all a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

CROCHET AZALEA BABY CARDIGAN

I am so excited to share the Azalea baby cardigan! I wanted to make something for a newborn baby girl and when I spotted this lovely cardigan pattern on Ravelry, I immediately fell in love with it!

I chose a lovely green shade I had in my stash waiting to be patiently turned it something! I guess that this project was just the right one! 

I really loved the pattern; it's pretty easy worked top down ( perfect for beginners) and works up really fast! What's more you can choose  how long you want the cardigan to be! Really cool huh?

To finish off I wanted a contrasting color for the border. I chose a neutral grey shade to make the piece to really pop and stand out! I also decided to add some cute bear buttons I had in my stash! Aren't these the cutest buttons ever?

Currently I am also working on some new patterns that will be added to the shop pretty soon ! What are you up to? Are you knitting or crocheting anything exciting at the moment? I would love to see!
Enjoy the rest of your day!

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