Birthday fishes

Ooh, what a day! Busy morning leading to a late lunch (did involve some of my homemade red onion marmalade though, so worth the wait – ooh it’s so yummmmy) and some manic hooky!

A phonecall from my friend earlier revealed that it is their birthday tomorrow, and I had completely forgotten! Bad Jones! This deserved an Extra Special card. A homemade adventure. I have made lots of cards in the past, but I have never used crochet on a card. I thought this would be a good thing to do, and might prove to this person that my old lady crochet hobby is a good hobby to have! That it doesn’t have to be about lacy doilies, or other such things. 

Thinking cap on, it had to have a marine theme (we like fish) involving a crocheted something, a crocheted fish? No idea how to go about that… crocheted backdrop to a handsewn fish? YES! I suddenly remembered I had seen a beautiful crochet ripple pattern whilst visiting Attic24 the other week. The ripples would look like the waves in the sea… perfect! Lucy at Attic24 is a crochet goddess and her tutorials are amazing, so clear with brilliant photos. I knew that even with the pressing deadline of making the post (which was actually later than I thought – turns out the Post Office closes at 5.30pm, so I needn’t have been quite so rushy), this was definitely doable with Lucy’s expert instructions.

And tra-lahhh!!

Not quite as neat as Lucy’s ripples, but a good job don’t you think? I’m not sure I quite did the swapping colours and subsequent rows quite right (more a comment on my crochet skills, rather than the tutorial) but it still came out perfectly! Just what I wanted. The only things I did differently to Lucy’s pattern was completing only one row of each colour, and finishing with a row of double crochet to edge the top. I LOVE it! The fish were just handsewn using backstitch and satin stitch. Ooh, I am sooooo pleased! The ripple is just brilliant, exactly what I needed, and the little fish make me sooo happy! Let’s have a closer look at one of them…

Ahh, look at his little fishy face! Final touch was to delve into the card making stash for a blank sheet and some sticky pads, and ta daaa!

 

Actually, not ta daaa, I felt something was missing. A border, just to finish it off…

 

And there we have it! Definitely ready for a fanfare now: Ta daaaaaa!! Do you want to see the little touch I put on the back of all my homemade cards…

 

Yes, a little barcode! Haha!!

I was oh so H A P P Y with this card. I know that if I’d had more time I could have done more, but even so I almost didn’t want to part with it. I am definitely going to have to make another fishy scene just like this but on a larger scale to remain at The House of Jones! Ooh yes, that is a VERY good idea. I am excited just thinking about it!

But for now, one very happy, smile-inducing card. One that sends many Birthday Fishes! Yippeee!

After all that excitement, I’m going to have a cup of tea. Bye for now!

Jones x

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About thehouseofjones

Hello! Thanks for visiting, it's lovely to see you! I'm Jones, I'm 31, and I live with my husband (The Bert) and chinchilla (JB) in Gloucestershire. When I'm not at work I love crochet, sewing, cooking, baking, taking photos and dabbling in a bit of gardening and grow-your-own, and this is what I write about mainly. That and the general chit chat of life. So, take a look around, comment if you'd like, just make yourself feel at home really!
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