{Girl Crush} Janelle from @awhitestyle

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Image Credit – Janelle from @awhitestyle

It’s been a while since my last girl crush, so i thought i would share one of my current favourites from Instagram – Janelle from @awhitestyle. I have been following Janelle for a while and i must say that i really LOVE her style. She shares pictures of her daily life everyday on Instagram.

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Image Credit – Janelle from @awhitestyle

I love Janelle’s style simply because it feels so effortless. There’s no overstyling or obsessing about perfectly placed cups – well, at least it doesn’t appear that way. All of her images feel like real, unedited snapshots of her life…..and it’s a beautiful life!

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Image Credit – Janelle from @awhitestyle

She recently shared 20 facts about herself on IG which confirmed why i love her feed so much. She’s a real person! yay! You gotta love authenticity. She loves to knit, crochet, DIY, bake and craft. She’s a cat lover, coffee lover and WINE lover.

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Image Credit – Janelle from @awhitestyle

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Image Credit – Janelle from @awhitestyle

Janelle shares the most divine images of her cooking creations on IG and shares her recipies happily on her blog – www.awhitefarm.blogspot.com.au And while i kinda hate cooking, i do love eating and her bakes looking particularly inticing. I’m almost inspired to take up baking.

pink iced cupcakes

Image Credit – Janelle from @awhitestyle

Baxter and Lolly the cats star pretty heavily in her Janelle’s feed. They are seriously living the dream! Lolly in particular is Janelle’s little furry shadow. So adorable.

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Image Credit – Janelle from @awhitestyle

coffee and cute kittens

Image Credit – Janelle from @awhitestyle

I highly recommend a visit to Janelle’s blog and her IG feed. You won’t regret it. Thanks Janelle, for being my girl crush. xx

Cute fluffy kitten

Image Credit – Janelle from @awhitestyle

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Image Credit – Janelle from @awhitestyle

 

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We have a winner! #craftastherapy

@oliveandpickles crochetWe have a winner for the #craftastherapy gratitude giveaway. A big congratulations to Ryane from @olivesandpickles for her entries into the giveaway. Ryane regularly posts beautful crochet images under the #craftastherapy tag and is a worthy winner. The following two images are Ryane’s entries in the giveaway –

granny squares“I use the #craftastherapy hashtag because crocheting is my escape. Because some days the constant worry, the endless trips up and down the stairs, his crushed hopes and the never ending feeling of wishing you could do more to relieve his pain, takes its toll. Taking care of a loved one is a difficult task but I love him for better or worse, in sickness and in health and I wouldn’t trade my life for anything in the world.”

Crochet for #craftastherapy“I use the #craftastherapy hashtag because of the creative community I have recently discovered. So many people share tips, tricks, opinions and ideas. I am constantly learning and inspired by others tagging their photos and I hope to be able to do the same for someone else.”

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Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway. Your beautiful images made it extremely difficult to choose a winner.

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Features from #craftastherapy on Instagram

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@littlecosythings makes so many gorgeous characters that feature in the #craftastherapy feed on Instagram

The #craftastherapy hashtag on Instagram is quickly approaching 500 images. I am really chuffed that so many creative crafters are using the hashtag to show off their handmade pieces. Crochet is obviously flavour of the month and fills most the feed, but that’s ok with me. There are some seriously talented ladies who know how to use the hook!! Here is a selection of my favourites from the feed. Enjoy!!

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A gorgeous crochet bracelet by @kenjiku_ found in the #craftastherapy feed

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A beautiful hand painted ceramic bowl – by @hookedandneedled

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A stunning crochet blanket and bag by @winterbeachbymab

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Crochet squares in pretty soft shades by @mariam_mim

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Handmade woven bowls by @string_harvest

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Perfectly crocheted blue and white squares by @maritparit

Please feel welcome to join in the fun and use the #craftastherapy tag when posting your creations on Instagram. It’s a lovely, warm and welcoming community. xx

A #craftastherapy story: Jane Balke Andersen

Yarnbombers UnitedWhen I contacted Jane to ask her to be my first #craftastherapy story, I really didn’t know that much about her, but I knew she battled a chronic illness and used crochet as therapy. After she sent through her story, I sat down to find some images to accompany her words. The images were easy to find, but I found myself distracted and lost (in a good way) wandering through her social media world. I began to see there was a lot more to Jane than I initally thought.

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Yarn bombing by Yarnbombers United – Redfern Railway Station

While her story about her battle with Fibromyalgia is a moving one, her zest for life and generous nature is what struck me as her most defining characteristic. While many people of perfect health live in a constant state of negativity, it is beyond inspiring to see someone like Jane, living with chronic illness and being grateful for every moment.

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Jane yarn bombing bike racks in Redfern

You can find Jane in many places online, so please take the time to look her up. You’ll be glad that you did. She’s a member of Yarnbombers United, a small group of creative friends who have completed various yarn bombing projects. You can find her Facebook page here and don’t forget to hunt her down on Instagram! Here is Jane’s story – in her own words.

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The Hope Mandala by @maritparit – project to raise awareness of Fibromyalgia

Getting a chronic illness was like waking up on a new planet. Gravity suddenly worked differently and my balance was thrown off. I learnt to adapt to completely unknown situations, daily challenges and the unpredictable. Added to this I had to survive constant pain, exhaustion, isolation, disbelief, insults, experimentation by well meaning doctors and not knowing what my own body was going to do on an hourly basis.yarn bomber

I needed a coping mechanism, a wall of defence and so turned to creative ideas. I painted, sewed, decoupaged, grew herbs in creative patterns, made soft toys, tried aromatherapy, candle making, quilting, card making, stamping, stencilling, baking, cake decorating, scrapbooking, beading, jewellery making, photography, digital art, crochet, yarn bombing and now machine knitting too!

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Yarn bombing by Yarnbombers United – Redfern Oval

After more than 2 decades of chronic illness, crochet keeps me going. It is both a creative outlet and a meditation. Craft is my therapy. It saves my sanity and allows me to cope with life, illness and depression. It has also allowed me to meet like minded people in craft groups and in social media. It is a way of connecting with others and expressing your artistic side. I encourage everyone to find a hobby they love. It doesn’t matter if you are good at it or not, as long as you enjoy it. Get creative!

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Rainbow Tree and Land Tree at the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence (NCIE)

You can find Jane Balke Andersen on –

Thank you so much Jane for taking the time to share your story! xo

Crochet Star Garland

easy crochet starsI found a really easy tutorial for crochet stars on a blog called Jelly Wares. It’s a gorgeous blog and after losing half an hour looking at all the pretty images, i decided to give the crochet stars a whirl! easy crochet starsThe tutorial is brilliant! Nice clear images and instructions, which are perfect for a beginner like me. I was surprised to find myself with a completed yellow star after 30mins (I’m slow, still learning). 
crocheted star garlandI was so chuffed with my first star! It wasn’t too dodgy looking at all! Yay! And now it’s official that i am hooked….addicted. #crochetaddict #starcrochet #ilovecrochet #yarnlover #hookedoncrochet #icantstop

easy crochet starsSo, yesterday i spent the day in bed with a cold, watching Mr Darcy (Pride and Prejudice) and making crochet stars. I managed to finish my first very first crochet project. 🙂
easy crochet garland