Playhouse to Veterinary Clinic make-over

It’s been a long time coming! Some ideas born in the head have a few months gestation period! Finally, this came out!

It all started with our volunteering youth. They were fund raising for a mission trip abroad and were looking for opportunities to serve within the local community – for donations. I was starting to think of freshening up the playhouse. The opportunities presented each other, shook hands, and got on with it. They were happy painting, I was happy they were painting. 

Unfortunately, summer came, and we left for the summer. Once we got back, I was six months (going on fifteen) pregnant by then. I needed the master helper. My mum!

In its entirety, I think mum and I have different tastes (she’s way more eccentric), but on most things, I trust her eye. So one morning, she agreed to help while I was busy at work. I left her the choice of paints, and gave her complete creative freedom. I couldn’t trust anyone else like that. The colour choice is perfect! Not too hospital, not too girlie, not too boyish – just perfect for a Pet Clinic. 

First layer done. Now for the furnishings and accessories. 

We didn’t do much painting on the outside, but the white paws really freshened it up!

Veterinary clinic downstairs and adoption centre upstairs. 

Patient patients.

Opticians department.

Record keeping (aka Big book of boo-boos) is a must.

Anxious pups…

Pets looking for their humans.

Ikea dog bum hangers fit perfectly with our theme.

Now, hours of bureaucracy keep out Vet intern occupied. 

Make it and love it!

Toadstool Amigurumi 

This one is my personal favourite. Apart from being so cute and fairy tale like, it’s a pattern that’s entirely my own. In fact, it is so made up that every time I repeat it, it comes out different. However, that’s what I like about craft. It should always be different. We are not machines, and once a certain horizon is explored, we can see new heights to climb. If you crochet, then you know we are counting like crazy calculators, but every count is inspired. 

It still feels like a news craft, by merely switching yarn colour. So, why not brown toadstool. I think I will also try them in yellow and orange next.

As far as technique goes, if you are a fellow crocheter,  you’ll be pleased to hear that each toadstool is made in one go. Start with a magic circle of 6 st, increase either to 8 st, or 10, repeat couple rounds, increase again, repeat, till you reach 24 st. That depends on how tall and wide you want it. Then reduce to 18, 12, 6. Change to white yarn for the leg, and again, improvise. I increased 6 st to 8 to give it an extra curve. 

One of the toadstool Amigurumis lives with my best friend.

The other ones went to Christmas fair, and never came back. Maybe it’s time to replenish my stock. 

I make it, but I love who loves it. As much as I do, she hates to see them go. 

Round pedestal dining table remake

It’s a crazy revelation to me, but my last blog was almost one year ago! And that is not at all due to the fact that I haven’t done any craft – on the contrary, it’s been a busy year. It is definitely time to clean up my phone photo gallery and post some of the recent dos up.

One that I’ve been waiting to share is my dining table remake. It is nothing original, but a great experience for me, with all its failures and lessons. It turned out great, fits right in, and if furniture were pets, this one found its human family. 

Here it is in our old apartment in the kitchen. The dining nook off the kitchen was tiny, so having six chairs out was not optimal. Yet still, a beautiful and cosy table serving it’s purpose.

Here it is in our new abode. Having a bit more space, we have it permanently extended. However, as we have a breakfast table in the kitchen, we keep two remaining chairs there (and a bench).

It was not always easy. At times, we rubbed each other the wrong way (literally), but it was love from first sight, really. 

I first saw it on our local “Buy, Sell, Swap” site, for as little as 50 euro. It looked worn, tired, the soft seats stained and aged, but not dead yet. It could live another life. 

I did the usual. Cleaned it, sanded the flat surfaces (which took a long time!), and painted it white. I think I used a white satin something. I asked for durable and washable wood paint at my local DIY shop. It was a good call. Several layers were required, so I’d use roller first, then fill in the gaps with a brush.

For the table top at first I thought I’d do a stain and a white wash. However,  that didn’t work as I probably did not sand well, and some of the old varnish caused the stain to get absorbed differently. I had to sand it all over again. Also, the wood grain on the extention slabs was going in a different direction to the rest of the table, so second time round I decided against the white wash and just leave it stained. I believe it was the walnut shade.

The chairs were also a boggle. I bought some material to reupholster the old seats. I thought about getting something waterproof, but then I wasn’t sure how comfy that would be in our hot humid climate. I bought some black and white gingham plaid material from Ikea.

Sure, it looked great, worthy of a before and after shot, however, not very practical. After a few days in our house, white became grey, and as it was upholstered, it was not easy to wash. In fact, impossible to wash. Something had to be done. 

Just so happened that our plumber was in fact a carpenter, so he was more than happy to work on a different seat, and cut out wooden seats. After staining, the chair seats looked great.

Once the paint was completely dry, I went over the edges with my sander to give it that rustic farm house look. Every finger print and imperfection tend to really stand out on white furniture, but with worn out edges,  it’s not half as bad. 

It turned out beautiful! With more room around it, one can really appreciate the pedestal leg and Art Deco curves on the chairs. Love the end result! 

As true as ever, make it and love it!

DIY – Wooden Christmas Tree

This Christmas tree alternative is so cute, of course I had to try it! You will find it all over Pinterest. My favourite ones are the ones from pallets, but as I didn’t have pallets, new planks had to do.

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There are so many ways to go about making one of these, but as always I make it the way it makes sense to me.
My way was to use my kitches floor tiles as my grid. It was easy to mark out some hypotenuses and use those for the Christmas tree shape.

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All the pieces of wood were cut different lengths, according to my marked template. I used another piece of wood inserted between the planks to make even spaced gaps. Never need a ruler when you don’t need a universal standard measurement. It’s all relative.  Mine are Olgametres (“obtaining an object in close proximity that can be used as a measure without universally accepted graduations to identify a certain length used for that single purpose only and disregarded henceforth”). What are yours?

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When the tree was cut, some pieces got moved by mistake slightly further apart, but I realised that I liked it like that more. It looked taller and slimmer like that.

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Once assembled, sanded and painted, it went up on the wall, just above our churches’ coffee counter.

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Here is the decoration odessey. I say odessey, as this took a while, but only because I got to decorate it with some students, and all the ornaments were handcrafted!  More on that later!

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And, as always, ~ Make it and love it!

Wire Christmas Star Ornament

With Christmas season in full swing, I come across so many fun DIY pins, it’s impossible not to attempt some myself. I found a wonderful idea of wire Christmas ornaments, and all you need is a wire!

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My first one I tried was with silver wire I had left over from previous projects.

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It is so simple! Draw a little star on a wooden plank, hammer in a nail at each vertex and wrap away! Then secure in the intersections and fasten off! I did have to pull the nails out to release the star.

I then tried to spray paint it gold.

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I liked how it looked, but then I bought some gold wire and liked how that came out, too.

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Too cute!!! Make it and love it!

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This is where most of them ended up, more on this later! One exciting post coming up!

Christmas Bunting – Christmas pudding, Ice Cream and Gingerbread hearts

What a blast I am having with crochet. I just can’t get enough! And it turns out that the more you do something, the more ideas you have for more of this something!

I’ve played around with crocheting some Bunting,  and I love it! I love the amount of detail it provides, yet repetitive patterns keep it all nice and uniform. What’s not to love!

And now that Christmas is just around the corner, it is on my mind A LOT. And what’s on my mind is usually reflected in my crochet.🙂 (That explains all the Ice Creams and Doughnuts!)

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This is how I start. I have an idea and I make a lot of unfinished parts. There is the benefit of specialisation, but since I don’t know what end result looks like, it could be a win or a fail. In fact, I have a few started projects that never got completely finished,  because the picture in my head did not match the reality… that’s the issue with crochet… It is very slow…

But the more I practice, the more I am able to see how yarn will behave. I love that!

Here is that finished little pudding!

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And even cuter as a bundle!

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And even cuter on a plate!

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You are so cute, I want to eat you!!!

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Christmas bunting, so cute! I love Bunting,  and garlands, and Christmas and food! Put it together into Christmas pudding Bunting!

I’ve made some other ones a while ago, too.

Pineapple…

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And Gingerbread hearts…

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And Ice cream…

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All of these are for sale at my Etsy shop!

Christmas Bunting – Christmas pudding, Ice Cream and Gingerbread hearts

What a blast I am having with crochet. I just can’t get enough! And it turns out that the more you do something, the more ideas you have for more of this something!

I’ve played around with crocheting some Bunting,  and I love it! I love the amount of detail it provides, yet repetitive patterns keep it all nice and uniform. What’s not to love!

And now that Christmas is just around the corner, it is on my mind A LOT. And what’s on my mind is usually reflected in my crochet.🙂 (That explains all the Ice Creams and Doughnuts!)

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This is how I start. I have an idea and I make a lot of unfinished parts. There is the benefit of specialisation, but since I don’t know what end result looks like, it could be a win or a fail. In fact, I have a few started projects that never got completely finished,  because the picture in my head did not match the reality… that’s the issue with crochet… It is very slow…

But the more I practice, the more I am able to see how yarn will behave. I love that!

Here is that finished little pudding!

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And even cuter as a bundle!

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And even cuter on a plate!

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You are so cute, I want to eat you!!!

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Christmas bunting, so cute! I love Bunting,  and garlands, and Christmas and food! Put it together into Christmas pudding Bunting!

I’ve made some other ones a while ago, too.

Pineapple…

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And Gingerbread hearts…

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And Ice cream…

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All of these are for sale at my Etsy shop!