Ink & Lace is nominated ….

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Liebster Award…. 

Liebster Award… have you heard of it?

This weekend we have been away and the internet can be quite a pain in the derrière, on the road. So while away and MIA I can catch a glimpse on my email and I find out that I am nominated for the Liebster Awards 2017

I have seen these awards for bloggers and I was never imagining that I could sit Sunday night and write a blogpost on it, ‘coz I am nominated! OMG

So, this award is run by bloggers and it;s an online /internet award. Bloggers receive this award by other bloggers.


Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging because I wanted to have a voice in the www about my views of style, fashion and about my future designs and ideas….

What does the name of you blog mean?
My current blog name is my last name. Balea – Raitz, I  chose a very simple name for my blog, my name my designs. But the brand is called Ink & Lace. Ink for my arts and Lace for my jewellery designs.

What is your biggest struggle about blogging?
Putting content and writing on a weekly base.Keeping it interesting and exiting for my readers. I guess all bloggers struggle with that. LOL

What is your go to snack?
Dark Chocolate 🙂

What or who makes you laugh the most?
My husband makes me laugh, my little girl makes me lol 🙂 I love it!

What is your favorite quote to live by?

Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams. Ashley Smith

What is your favorite book and why?
Isabel Allende – La Casa de los Espiritus (The House of the Spirits ) A captivate family drama, wrapped with politics, culture and passion.


What is saving your life lately?

My family, my open mind and hunger for life. And of course my brand.

Name your favorite aspect of each season.
I believe that I was lucky in life so far to experience all four seasons, as a child and enjoy it to the fullest possible, from crispy fresh Springs to hot Summers, colourful Falls and dry cold snowy winters. But my favourite season is Summer. I guess it shows living in Queensland Australia.

What is your favorite guilty pleasure?

Your favorite blog

I love discovering new blogs and one of my fav blogs is

I believe every woman should read this blog. It will make you think and smile, it will open your mind… I great pleasure…..

and so she thought

Another great blog is by Valentina Chirico so please check it out.

10 Random Facts about You

1. I lived in many places and enjoyed every moment.
2. I had my first fashion show at 15
3. I’m a  fashion designer and illustrator

4. I’ve always been interested in art and creativity.
5. Purple is  my favorite color. If you know me, you would know this fact!
6. I love coffee and cholate
7. I love spicy food.

8. I am in love with the Spanish Language
9. I need to get back to my pilates
10. Smile and life will be better 🙂

My Nominations


Friend in Fashion

A bikini a Day

and so she thought

Valens per voi



The Rules

If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award AND YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT, write a blog post about the Liebster award in which you should do the following:

1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog. Try to include a little promotion for the person who nominated you.
2. Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. You can download images for the award here
3. Write a 150-300 word post about your favorite blog that is not your own. Explain why you like the blog, provide links.
4. Answer your questions and provide 10 random facts about yourself.
5. Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have less than 200 followers and ask them your own questions.
6. List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here or from this site)
7. Don’t forget to inform the people/blogs you nominated about it!
Answer these questions!

Why did you start blogging?
What does the name of you blog mean?
What is your biggest struggle about blogging?
What is your go to snack?
What or who makes you laugh the most?
What is your favorite quote to live by?
What is your favorite book and why?
What is saving your life lately?
Name your favorite aspect of each season.
What is your favorite guilty pleasure?

Enjoy the blogs and thank you Iris Iris for the blog nominee





Introducing Beverley’s Delight by Lyn Coultas

Introducing Beverley’s Delight …..


Beverley’s Delight, this is a first for me as well. I never purchased a pattern for a doily since I focus on lace pattern, but this one was catching my eye and I love it. Please check out Beverley’s Delight

This pattern is funky, new, and such a delight like it said! Every time I try or want to work on a pattern I deal with picking out thread! AHhhhhhhh…. What about you? But enough of my threads hoarding issue, let’s get back to Lyn Coultas and her funky design.

If you like crochet groups and like to follow Lyn’s Designs she has a Facebook Group here.



Please introduce yourself?

My name is Lyn Coultas. I live in Queensland, Australia, with my wonderful husband, David and 2 of my 3 children – my eldest son is at University. I’m 45yrs old. I work with my husband as a Handyman. I really enjoy the variety of jobs from one day to the next, and I’m always learning something new. I started crocheting 20+ yrs ago. I learned to crochet using books from my local library. I used to only crochet in Winter, learning something new each year. About 4 yrs ago, Winter ended and I haven’t stopped crocheting since 😁. I started out making scarves and hats, then moved on to amigurumi and flowers, and then I started crocheting baby items (booties, hats, headbands and dresses).

 How did you start to design doilies?

My wonderful friend Paul, introduced me to Grace Fearon’s designs. I immediately fell in love with textured doilies! At some point, he suggested I design my own doilies and so, “Beverley’s Delight” was born lol. I really enjoyed the process and the result.

Where can we find you on social media?

I have a facebook group, “Purple Crochet Designs” that folks can join if they have any questions about my patterns, or want share their photos of my designs that they’ve made, and to “get the scoop” on my upcoming designs. I love to see the different colours and combinations others use when making my designs 😁

 What can you tell us about your next project/design?

My newest design, “Oh My Stars” is nearing the end of being tested (thank you my fabulous testers!), and will be published shortly.

 Would you consider designing something else or will doilies be your domain?

I honestly don’t know. For now, I love using thread and designing doilies, but who knows what the future will bring?

Well ladies,  I am looking forward to see the next design, Oh My Stars…….




Oh Bullions , oh Bullions you drive me crazy…..Ode to Bullions



Ode to Bullions 

Yeah Ode to Bullions….

Are yo making Crochet bullions and they drive you nuts? You are at the right place . Check the videos below and your pain should be over… hopefully! If not again Ode to Bullions

For the love of Bullions get the right crochet hook in the first place or you die of frustration! I am serious about! No right hook, no bullion! No money, no funny! 

There are three parts when it comes to creating the bullion!

Part one the base, making the right size donut! And here you can cheat galore! LOL Yup, you can cheat in crochet and lace making ! Is that new to you darling?


Once the base is done, you can do the second part the wrapping! Part Two  Oh well the wrapping, it’s a story for itself. There are golden

rules like 16, 18, 22. Do not raise  your eyebrows now at the screen or at me, yup there are rules, BUT that does not mean you can;t break them 🙂


16 , 18, 22 are the individual strings that form a bullion. One wrap to form a bullion can have 16 wraps on the hook, ( you see in the video) or 18 wraps or 22… oh well talking about braking rules, my have 25 wraps!

Part Three

Now this part most of people like to skip not knowing the insanity of it! You skip this part and your bullion is flat. On top of it it dies not have volume and is useless, at least to get a job in the button industry or as grape for Romanian Point Lace. For this part you need a tapestry needle or a larger sewing needle.

Follow the video instructions.

And now you know about #BULLIONS !


Do you have a technique to create bullions ? Let me see your bullions!






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