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!

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DIY – Crochet Deer Head Banner

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Being only a beginner crocheter, I am amazed at the possibilities! At the moment, I am really only comfortable with single and double crochet stitches, but that’s all you need for this crochet banner!SAM_8268

In case it’s not very obvious, it’s a deer head with a little banner that reads “LOVELY”. I love how subtle it is, not screaming at you, can easily be ignored, yet makes a statement. A quiet statement.SAM_8273

My mum suggested adding some pom-poms, which turns out is just what it needed! Good call, mum!

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As of yet, the idea was not an original one. I saw this gorgeous banner on Pinterest. The link takes you to Etsy.com. I’d gladly buy the pattern if it was for sale, however it said the item was no longer available. In fact, no more details at all. So I looked the banner, counted the squres, drew the pattern on squared paper, and then made it myself.

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I love it, something so whimsical about it.

This is what it looks like against darker background.

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Last row was done around the wooden rail and then a long chain for hanging.

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Final result:

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Make it and love it!

If you liked this post, here are some more crochet adventure suggestions for you:

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DIY – Crochet Doughnuts and Cookies

Blog thumbnail - DIY Crochet Doughnuts and cookiesThis is probably my last crochet project for a while. The weather is getting better and I am running out of yarn.  Unless a really cool project comes my way, of course! But how awesome are these crochet doughnuts and cookies?!

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There were definitely more, but as it took a few days to make (not necessarily consequent few days), the cookies disappeared… I think someone might have eaten them! Before I started, I read several patterns and even tried a couple, and there were some excellent tutorials and some fails that have wasted some of my time, rather needlessly. However ~ never a failure, always a lesson ~ I have learned from each fail and made some delicious yummies!

When making amigurumies years ago and more recentrly the cactii garden, I’ve learned a thing or two about crochet. I have learned how shapes behave with different rates of increasing and decreasing.  I understood what makes a ball or a circle.  All the deserts are based on that principle. Once you figure that out, you don’t even have to follow a pattern.

To make it available for you, if you want dessert exactly like mine, with my modifications, here are my patters:

*Note, I used hook No. 2.5 for all my crochet food, and yarn that indicates to use hook 3-3.5. This gave some sturdiness to the pieces.

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Make 2 with dark brown yarn and 1 with white yarn for each oreo.

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Rnd 1 – Work 13 dc’s into 3rd ch from hook. Join. (14 as last two ch count as one dc). Pull the end yarn tight, pulling dc’s into a tight circle.

Rnd 2 – Ch 2. Dc into the same st. Work 2 dc’s into each next st. Join (28)

Fasten off and weave in the ends. Alternatively you could leave one 40 cm end on one of the brown circles for sewing later.

Lay white circle between two brown circles. Sew them together going up and down through the loops.
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Chocolate chip cookie

With light brown yarn:

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Rnd 1 – Work 6 sc’s into 3rd ch from hook. Join. (6)

Rnd 2 – Work 2 sc’s into each. (12) Do not worry about joining as this is worked as a spiral.

Rnd 3 – Work 2 sc’s into the next st, followed by 1 sc into the next st. Repeat to the end. (18)

Rnd 4 – Work 2 sc’s into the next st, followed by 1 sc into the next two st. Repeat to the end. (24)

Rnd 5 – Work 2 sc’s into the next st, followed by 1 sc into the next three st. Repeat to the end. (30)

Rnd 6 – Work sc into each st. (30)

Rnd 7 – Work sc2tog, followed by 1 sc into the next three st. Repeat to the end. (24)

Rnd 8 – Work sc2tog, followed by 1 sc into the next two st. Repeat to the end. (18)

Rnd 9 – Work sc2tog, followed by 1 sc into the next st. Repeat to the end. (12)

Rnd 10 – Work sc2tog all way round. (6)

Collect all together with one sc. Fasten off and weave in the ends. Decorate with chocolate chip (or white chocolate chip).
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Doughnuts

With light brown yarn:

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Rnd 1 – Work 1 sc into each st. (18). Do not worry about joining as this is worked as a spiral.

Rnd 2 – Work 2 sc’s into each next st. (36)

Rnd 3 – Work 1 sc into each st. (36)

Rnd 4 – Work 2 sc’s into the next st, followed by 1 sc into the next st. Repeat to the end. (54)

Rnd 5 – Work 1 sc into each st. (54)

Rnd 6 – Work 2 sc’s into the next st, followed by 1 sc into the next two st. Repeat to the end. (72)

Rnd 7 – Work 1 sc into each st. (72)

Rnd 8 – Work 2 sc’s into the next st, followed by 1 sc into the next three st. Repeat to the end. (90)

Rnd 9 – Work sc into each st. (90)

Rnd 10 – Work sc2tog, followed by 1 sc into the next three st. Repeat to the end. (72)

Rnd 11 – Work 1 sc into each st. (72)

Rnd 12 – Work sc2tog, followed by 1 sc into the next two st. Repeat to the end. (54)

Rnd 13 – Work 1 sc into each st. (54)

Rnd 14 – Work sc2tog, followed by 1 sc into the next st. Repeat to the end. (36)

Rnd 15 – Work 1 sc into each st. (36)

Rnd 16 – Work sc2tog all way round. (18)

Leave the ends for sewing in the hole.

You should have something that looks like this:

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Sew half the the openings together, stuff with polyfill, sew the rest.

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With pink/white/purple yarn:

Ch 18

Rnd 1 – Work 1 sc into each st. (18). Do not worry about joining as this is worked as a spiral.

Rnd 2 – Work 2 sc’s into each next st. (36)

Rnd 3 – Work 1 sc into each st. (36)

Rnd 4 – Work 2 sc’s into the next st, followed by 1 sc into the next st. Repeat to the end. (54)

Rnd 5 – Work 1 sc into each st. (54)

Rnd 6 – Work 2 sc’s into the next st, followed by 1 sc into the next two st. Repeat to the end. (72)

Rnd 7 – Work 1 sc into each st. (72)

Rnd 8 – Work 2 sc’s into the next st, followed by 1 sc into the next three st. Repeat to the end. (90)

Rnd 9 – Create flow effect by going through the sequence of *1 or 2 sl st, 1 or 2 sc, 1 or 2 hc, 1 or 2 dc, 1 or 2 hc, 1 or 2 sc* giving it different variations.

Leave the ends for sewing around the hole and along the circumference. Sew onto the doughnut.

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Decorate with sprinkles.

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Sprinkles make all the difference!

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Can’t stop little hands! My little ones were very excited to play with these. I am very excited to play with these!

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One last photo before kids devour them!

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Make it and love it!

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DIY – Crochet Viking Hat

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I was so excited to come across this ridiculously cute Viking Hat! Just so happens that the pattern was crazy affordable and I had all the yarn and hooks that I needed! I made two (I am a serial crocheter now!) and I can’t get over how easy they are and how effective! Who comes up with these patterns? That’s talent!

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The hat looks like a Viking Helmet, with some really cute detail and bobbles made using “popcorn” stitch.

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On either side of the hat are adorable cow horns! Fierce! They are sewed on separately.

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The hat starts at the top with a loop!

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At the moment, the truth is painful – my son who normally loves hats, refuses to wear this hat. Seeing her mummy’s disappointment, my daughter has stepped in and was more than happy to model! Thank you, my viking princess!

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Make it and love it! And then make it again!

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DIY – Crochet Succulent Garden

Blog thumbnail - DIY Chrochet Succelent GardenThe other day I went to Fasouliotis (the local shop where I buy my supplies) and I could hardly fit through the yarn isle. Not so much because of all those lovely Christmas kilos, but because there were so many other ladies panting for some wool! And its not surprising – its cold and rainy outside, warm and cosy inside – perfect setting for some knitting and crocheting. This is what I came up with!

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And it could not be easier! If your are new to crochet, this is a really easy first time craft to try. It is impossible to mess up as there is no right or wrong way to do it, and it looks great, too!SAM_8020

I am not as proficient in crochet as I would like to be, but I know how to chain, make single and double stitches and increases and decreases.  I found simple instructions here, which gives you the real basic free pattern for a round cactus. Sure, its in Danish, but it has numbers and really, that’s all you need! You quickly learn how to make perfect round cacti or longer ones. There are plenty of other tutorials online, so I wont burden you with my interpretation of them. You just have to play around, that’s all!

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After playing with different colours and shapes, I had enough to work on an arrangement.

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Oh, and then there are flowers. The instructions are on the same site as the pattern for cactus.

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It just so happened that I had a lot of different green and pink yarn, so I could actually make a good colour variety for my succulents.

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I had five different green colours, three pink and one white. I also needed some dark brown to make a long base for my succulent garden.

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Saw it on and its ready!

I love it that it’s something my kiddos can play with and I don’t need to water it!

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The end result:10922247_10152562271546120_1152704685_nMake it and love it!

If you, too, enjoy some crafting, check out my other related posts:

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Tulle and Ribbon Flowers

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Ever wondered what to make with left over ribbon and tulle? Here is a therapeutic tutorial – and I say therapeutic, because who does not like a quick craft that produces a pretty flower that can be used on a hairband, or pinned to a cushion, or even a card? Very therapeutic indeed!

I have two favourite designs.

This one is super easy to make. I used circle cut outs of tissue paper and tulle, which might prove to be a tricky part – I was fortunate enough to have two colours that matched nicely. White tissue paper and white tulle would be easy to match, too.  The wonderful thing is that you can make this flower varying sizes, depending on the template size. Once you have your circles, layer then anyway you like, in my case more tissue layers towards the bottom of the flower, more tulle towards the top. All in all, about 10 pieces of each material. Sew through the centre, crinkle it up a bit, throw in a purl or two, and it is done!
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The other design is just as beautiful! All you need for this is a ribbon, about 25 cm long. The flower size depends on the width of the ribbon. The one thing you have to consider is to use double sided ribbon. I found some ribbons have a shiny side and a matte side. You might want to avoid that. Fold as shown below, either into a square or a pentagon. A square will produce a flower with four petals, while a pentagon will produce a flower with five petals. Stitch through the outter hem, pull the thread, and you have a flower. I used one flower inside the other for a fluffier flower.

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I can’t recall all the places where these flowers found their purpose. They are just too lovely not to be everywhere! Here are a few of my other posts, where I’ve used hand-made flowers:

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Make it and love it!

 


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DIY – Lalaloopsy Embroidery

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My little girl and I love Lalaloopsy Dolls. Our all time favourite, which also happens to be our very first Lalaloopsy is Pillow Featherbed. She is just so cute! We love printing her in colouring pages and let her come to life with colour. The other day, I found a pink Ikea frame, and I knew instantly what was going into that frame.

This was so easy, I could not believe I didn’t do this earlier! Print out the colouring page, and stitch it onto fabric. Next time I will be a little more adventurous and embroider some polka dot material or stripes. I didn’t use any fancy stitching as I was just curious about the end result and wanted it done quickly. I am so excited to discover this for myself.

Here is the outline of the doll I used.lalalopsy_14

It looks great – we love it!

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Isn’t Featherbed a cutie? With all the little details, she is adorable!

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Those button eyes – love them!

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Accents of orange are perfect! And real buttons for buttons.

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And her tiny pet – fluffy lamb!

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Make it and love it!

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