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!

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 preps

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Last year, my Product Design class, consisting of our beloved graduates have pulled our brains and resources together and created this master piece. Needless to say how proud I am of them! Effort + good project = memorable results! Our class wasn’t that big last year, but we managed to work in several groups, each coming up with, designing and executing a part of the overall installation.

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Fireplace was the focal point, around which everything else was added. Girls made it out of a polystyrene boards.

It was decorated with some festive hand-embroidered stocking.

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The clay Bunting is also hand – made. You can find it in my earlier posts.

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On the mantle we have some pine cones and twinkle lights decorated with felt houses.

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Above the fireplace is a beautiful pine cone wreath. My students surprised me again! This particular project I didn’t see until installation date, but loved it once it came!

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Next to the wreath is cone bunting.  My students’ own design.  Amazing what they can come up with!

There were a few other bits and bobs that were added by everyone, creating a memorable piece that maybe will inspire others to get crafty this season!

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Well done, my darlings! Thank you for your effort, creativity, patience and hours of laughter!

Crochet Ice Cream Bunting

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Just when I thought crochet was behind me, I get back into it again. I have too much yarn left over to abandon it just now. Also, too many ideas and too many orders (albeit I insist on people having them).

Traditionally, crochet is not associated with summer, as anything knitted is usually cosy and warm. And here I am, middle of summer, submerged into 40 degree heat wave, crocheting away! Yet, I am making tiny little Ice creams, and that’s a little summery.

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These are tiny little Ice Cream cones, very similar to the larger ones I’ve previously made, but now these come in  a bundle of five, strung together into a beautiful summer bunting!

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Here is my hand for comparison (I think I have average size hands…).

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This I love! A coleague has used them for decorating the hall for kids’ end of year show, and I think they looked great! My kids love them, too!

If you liked the Ice Cream that you saw, but would like to see a bigger version, or if you like the idea of bunting, but maybe not Ice Cream, checkout my older posts. You might find something you like:

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Oh, oh, alternatively, you can buy some of my crochet things on Etsy! Just search for OlgaMcdalova shop on Etsy.com, or click here!

DIY – Little girl dress

DIY - Little girl dress Craft takes on a whole new dimension when you get to make something that is actually useful. It is especially gratifying when you can tell your spouse that in fact you saved money by making this dress.

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This is a beautiful frilly dress, with butterfly sleeves, just below the knee, with a bunny rabbit applique. Though it is not an original pattern (the pattern is from Burda), I love how customizable it is. You can pick your own fabric, your own ribbons, underskirt, and even make your own applique!

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Lexie said she wanted a Blue Ribbon Bunny applique (from Sofia the first, but in order to avoid infringing on some copyright laws, we improvised). I have a previous post that shows a very simple step by step tutorial how to make appliques using sewing machine. You can find the tutorial here.

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The front of the dress is so simple, yet delicate. Reminds me of the Russian uniform we used to wear during Soviet times (I am that old! Sounds like a different lifetime altogether!)

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Really grateful for the buttonhole function on my sewing machine!

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My little girlie girl was very excited! What girl would say no to a pretty frock!

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Here is a close up of the Blue Ribbon Bunny.

If you enjoy sewing, here are some of my older posts for inspiration:

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DIY – Paper Gerbera Daisies

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It is probably typical of a lot of girls, but my Instagram is mainly pictures or kids, flowers and soups. Kiddos are the highlight of my everyday life, no wonder they are the main subject of my photos. Soup is part of my heritage, it is what I grew up with, it’s what makes me feel good and safe and home (yes, soup does that to me!) And flowers is my other favourite. All flowers photograph beautifully. It is almost impossible to take a bad photo of flowers.

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I stumbled across a wonderful website by Lia Griffith, where she describes in great detail how to make all sorts of beautiful flowers, bouquets, wreaths and other paper crafts. She also provides templates, or at the very least, she provides links to other sites’ tutorials.

Sure enough she has a special magic cutter that cuts the shapes out for her from templates, but if you are like me and don’t mind putting in some work, you can do it without the magic cutter. You may have an advantage if you have a minion.

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I’ve only had enough patience for five gerberas, but they are just so cute!SAM_8410

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Here is the pictorial found at liagriffith.com. There is no need to create my own tutorial as I haven’t changed anything from Lia’s tute. Here it is (or click on the tutorail to be redirected to her site).5bc3548ce27ac0ae846ac67f9a19b6df

This was one awesome craft, just beautiful, and you berely need anything (maybe just a minion).

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If you enjoyed this craft, perhaps you will enjoy these, too:

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