Saturday, 6 February 2016

5 THINGS I LOVE SATURDAY

1. A heart a day...
2. Yes, please!
3. Twisted or not?
4. Here's a fun weekend project!
5. The easier the better!

Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, 5 February 2016

5 ESSENTIAL APPS FOR BLOGGERS

Happy Friday!

We're all busy with things in life. Whether it be school, work, family, or just all the little things piling up, staying organized is really important, so I thought I’d share some of my favorite uses of blogging, through apps. These are a great way that you can sneak in a few minutes of blog work while making a cup of tea or running errands , so here’s my guide to 5 great apps for bloggers!

1. Analytics: Google Analytics has an app! It's much easier to read than the web version. You can see your real-time viewers, audience information, where your traffic comes from and what your viewers enjoy looking at. If you already haven't downloaded it you definitely should!

2. HootSuite: This is the app I use to schedule most of my social media posts each day. I really like the clean interface which allows me to keep an eye on all my social media accounts. It's really easy to set up and use and it definitely has helped me get ahead of things!

3. Facebook Pages Manager: Yes, there is a different app for Facebook pages. It’s easy to navigate and gives you access to everything from, posting update to responding to messages! The only thing I don't like is the ability to browse your Facebook feed as your page.

4. Wunderlist: Everyday life requires a lot of planning and organizing! Wunderlist is my favorite app for these kind of things! It allows you to create lists for everything you like from groceries to blog posts or movies you'd like to watch, offering the ability to create due dates, and add reminder alarms! I love the minimal design and to be honestly I'd be pretty lost without it!

5. Google Drive: Google Drive is a great way to save and back up important files and documents.
I also keep my digital downloads in there for easy access and organization. The app also lets you sync files and folders between all your devices! This is definitely an app that should be on your phone!

Do you also use apps for blogging? Which ones do you most frequently use?  I'd love to hear!
Wishing you all a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

7 VALENTINE'S DAY IDEAS TO TRY

With Valentine's Day being just around the corner I thought it would be fun to share some Valentine themed favorite projects to try out! So here goes:

1. Heart Pillow via Design Love Fest
2. Love You Mugs via The Pretty Little Girls
3. Crochet Heart Rug via Stitch Craft Create
4. Heart Manicure via Vitamini
5. No Weave Wall Hanging via Classic In Gray
6. Heart Me Forever Skirt  by Girly Knits
7. Crochet Notebook Sweater via Claireabellemakes

Wishing you all a lovely day!

Monday, 1 February 2016

CROCHET MARSHMALLOW BLANKET FREE PATTERN

Happy February, friends!

It’s a new month, a new season (almost), and I am feeling so thankful to have some new patterns to share with you. It's actually been a while since I posted a free pattern on the blog and I am just so excited to put it all into action!

I am so happy to share the Marshmallow Blanket with you! I created this blanket for a little girl some time ago; every time I look at the colors I immediately fall in love! Baby blankets are really useful and essential for newborns and babies, plus this would make a lovely baby shower gift (if it's a boy just use boyish colors)!

The Marshmallow Blanket (32'x32 / 81x81cm exl.border)

Materials
5.00 mm (H/8) crochet hook
100% cotton yarn ( I used Rico Creative Cotton in Rose, Brown and Natural)
Tapestry needle 
Scissors

Gauge
12 sts in dc =4' (10 cm)

Pattern
Ch 98
Row 1: Dc in  4th ch ( counts as dc) from hook and in each ch across, turn, ch 3 (96 sts)
Row 2: Dc in each st across, turn, ch 3 (96 sts)
Row 3 - 74: Repeat Row 2
Fasten off and weave in any ends.

Blanket Border (Scallop/ Shell Edging)
Worked over: multiple of 4 stitches + 1
To begin work one round of sc around entire blanket (work 3 sc in each corner) making sure you end up with the above stitch count.
Pattern: Ch 1, sc in first st, *skip 1 st, 5 dc in next st, skip 1 st, 1 sc in next st; Rep from * to end, sc in last st.  Fasten off.

Blanket Color Sequence
6 Rows - Natural
3 Rows - Brown
2 Rows - Rose
4 Rows - Natural
8 Rows - Brown
2 Rows - Natural
9 Rows - Rose
10 Rows - Natural
4 Rows - Brown
5 Rows - Rose
2 Rows - Natural
7 Rows - Brown
3 Rows - Rose
9 Rows - Natural

Blanket Border
Rose
I hope you enjoy this project! What are you working on these days? If you give this pattern a try, use the #littlethingsblogged hashtag so I can see your progress!

Also you can now get 20% off all patterns in the shop using coupon code 'MAKEMENOW'!
Cheers to a new month and a fresh start!

Saturday, 16 January 2016

5 THINGS I LOVE SATURDAY

1. Pink chocolate you said?
2. Cozy & easy!
3. Get your craft on!
4. Here's a weekend knitting project!
5. I love the simplicity behind this!

Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

5 PHOTO APPS WORTH DOWNLOADING

Recently I got a lot of comments asking about my favorite apps to edit my photos! I use my phone for so much whether it's for Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest or just keeping up to date! So below I share my all time favorite photo apps that are definitely worth downloading!

1. Snapseed
Snapseed is a great photo editing app as it really lets you closely control the adjustments made to your photo. It is really easy to use as it includes all basic editing techniques but at the same time offers many advanced tools and some cool filters (HDR & Drama) that can really make your photos pop! I always start all my photo edits with this app! If you haven't tried it yet I highly recommend you do!

2. VscoCam
Another popular and my favorite app! Vsco Cam also functions as a camera app and includes a rich collection of filters making fun to use! The app offers all the necessary and basic editing tools but the interesting part are the filters mostly emulating analog films; most are free and additional bundles can be downloaded from withing the app (some free some paid). 

3. Afterlight
Afterlight is a really complete photo app! It also works as a camera app and apart from offering basic techniques like adjusting the brightness, contrast etc. of a photo it also includes an array of great filters, Original, Guest, and Seasons. It also includes a library of film effects that can be applied over all edits and filters for an additional boost. I also like the silhouette and typeface frames the app offers; really fun and playful to incorporate in a photo! 

4. Pixlr
Pixlr is a fun photo editor that lets you crop, rotate, and fine-tune any photo! I love the fact that apart from the basic edits it offers it also includes a Healing tool (important for correcting or deleting some details of your photo - my favorite) and also has lots of filters, overlays and stylizing options for photos!

5. Instagram
Apart for using the app for posting and sharing photos it also offers some photo editing techniques. 
I always like to fine tune the photo before the final upload so I use its built in editor to add that final touch and make any last minute changes (I really like Structure and I always add it to my photos before posting). The filters are not my favorite ones to use but sometimes I go through them just in case!

These are the apps I frequently to edit my photos! If you want to see more previous photo posts you can check them out here and here!

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Monday, 4 January 2016

RECHARGED

Hello new year, new month and new week!

Over the past few days I got to rest, relax and recharge! It was just what I needed to resume from the crazy and intense whirlwind that this season can so often be! I ate delicious home cooked food, lots of cookies and was able to spend some quality time with beloved ones!
Crocheting and knitting a bit where also included in the above list!
I love the simplicity behind the simple shapes and colors. For example the above triangle granny square (you can find the pattern to make your own here); I really love looking at it! Perhaps make a blanket with it?

I'm so excited for this new year ahead! For the time being I can only say that some changes will happen around here which I cannot share with you just yet! 

I hope you had the best holidays and enjoyed some relaxing time as well!

Saturday, 2 January 2016

5 THINGS I LOVE SATURDAY

1. Just a reminder, or 20!
2. Hello hexagon!
3. Make & wear!
4. Love this!
5. So very much yes!

Wishing you a Happy New Year!
Image via Instagram!

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

BEST PROJECTS OF 2015

This past year was hands down my most creative ever! From the Owl Tapestry Mitts to the Slouchy Knit Beanie I crocheted and knitted my heart out this year! 

I love putting such posts together as it gives me the chance to look through and reflect on all of the content /projects that I've written and created and see how far I've comeBelow are just some of my favorites and I 'd love to know yours! 

From top left corner:

Thanks so much to everybody who has been reading all year and following my content. I couldn't have managed without your never ending support, emails and comments!

I can't wait to see what 2016 will bring and I hope you will follow me along on the journey.
Wishing you all a Happy New Year!

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