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Goodbye 2011 and Hello New Year!

Hi and Happy New Year!!!

I hope you had a lovely time celebrating and relaxing with your family. I also had very melow and happy time with my boys and now ready  for new chapter, adventure and fun. I wish this year will be a great and amaizing one for all of us!

Here is some of my highlight in 2011:

I made quite a few orders for local shops…so excited to have my handmade stuff in Bloemfontein, Pretoria and KZN. My Laska dolls traveled to few countries in Europe, U.S. and Australia! And I made couple of fun projects for friend’s birthdays.

Didn’t write many posts (sorry its my biggerst low light); Started using my Flickr account; Was more active on Yuli handmade FB page and managed to gain few fans!!! Yay!!! And of course got some inspirations and wasted sometime on Pinterest;)

Had few requests from local online shops, but still thinking about it. Maybe join couple of shops this year.

Once a week I gave crochet lessons at local wool shop…it was a great fun and got quite a few ladies hooked. I’ll absolutely continue with classes this year!

And stated to give crochet lessons to local ladies from small underprivileged community…hopefully we will continue this year and create opportunity for extra income for them. Just have to learn some basic Afrikaans, not may of them speak English…so its get confusing and funny at some times.

One of the big projects of 2011 was my first crochet blanket for my god daughter …

It’s took me 4-5 weeks to finished it, but I think most difficult of all was to chose and arrange colours. So to make it easier and see it in the big picture I played with colors on my laptop and ended up making colour combinations for flower center of the motif in Power point. It was a great help! I could see how will it look together and how may blocks of each colour combinations I need.

First I made all flower centers

Then I worked with green colour around each colour and my mother in law volunteer to help to hide all the threads…I’m so grateful for that, with 168 blocks it a huge job and not a fun one.

And the last stage was to work cream colour around each square and connected them as I went in planned sequence. And here it the end result…I called this blanket “Forget Me Not” – Photographs by Jenya Zhivaleva

Little Anna was so happy with her present…first time she saw it she start pointing at all different colour flowers and had a big smile:) Her mom told me that she gave it a name and takes blanket everywhere they go!


So you see I had good and exciting year and I’m very grateful to everyone who was part of my creative journey in 2011!

And thank You my friend for visiting me here and readyng my post xxx

Did you had a good year and I would love to know what your creative plans for a 2012…

Look forward to hear from you!

Best wishes and love,

Yuli xxx





Happy Birthday Ladybug and SweetP

  I always want to crochet dress for little girl, I even start making one while I was pregnant with my second child and of course when we found out it was a boy I  lost interest and put it away:( Don’t get me wrong – I love my boys, but I always thought I will have little girl so I can make lovely girly things… and teach her how to knit, sew and all the crafty stuff that I love… 

Year ago my dearest friend Claire gave birth to little girl on the same day as Peters (my beloved young one) birthday – double YAY!!! So this December we celebrated 2 birthdays together – my special man and 1st birthday of the very special girl Anna… She is the cutes thing ever… xoxoxo and what a great excuse to make a summer dress… 

 Party was lots of fun and just look at this birthday girl xxx 






I LoVE this photo… Peter and kids had so much fun with that car…you can see it on Max’s face (; 


It was fun to make this dress and I think it came out really nice (; It’s my own pattern… I crochet top with Elle cotton, at the back I have 3 heart buttons and skirt of the dress I made with lovely cotton fabric and “country” lace that I brought from C T.  


Me just want to make few more… and if you want me to make one for your little lady let me know… 


Yuli xxx