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.
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.
The clay Bunting is also hand – made. You can find it in my earlier posts.
On the mantle we have some pine cones and twinkle lights decorated with felt houses.
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!
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!
Well done, my darlings! Thank you for your effort, creativity, patience and hours of laughter!
Little girls and ponies, eh? Actually, it’s little girls and ponies, unicorns, mermaids, crowns, princesses, pets and so on. Let’s just say my little girl loves anything and everything, so you could not have gone wrong with a pony. Lucky for me I stumbled across an amazing site, with loads of free amigurumi crochets! allaboutami.com has quite a number of excellent exciting free patterns, which I am still to try! When my wee one saw it, she wanted it just like it was in the picture. In fact, as she was going to bed, I proposed that I make the mane a different colour, perhaps her favourite purple. She wanted it just as she saw it. She even told me she saw red yarn in my yarn collection, and that’s the red she wanted.
The little thing turned out great! It can sit as well as stand!
It’s a very cute size, too. With adorable little eyelashes! Needless to say Lex loved it when she found it waiting for her in the living room!
If you liked this post, perhaps you will find inspiration in these posts, too:
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.
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!
Here is my hand for comparison (I think I have average size hands…).
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:
Oh, oh, alternatively, you can buy some of my crochet things on Etsy! Just search for OlgaMcdalova shop on Etsy.com, or click here!
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.
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!
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.
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!)
Really grateful for the buttonhole function on my sewing machine!
My little girlie girl was very excited! What girl would say no to a pretty frock!
Here is a close up of the Blue Ribbon Bunny.
If you enjoy sewing, here are some of my older posts for inspiration:
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.
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.
I’ve only had enough patience for five gerberas, but they are just so cute!
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).
This was one awesome craft, just beautiful, and you berely need anything (maybe just a minion).
If you enjoyed this craft, perhaps you will enjoy these, too:
It’s hard to believe that until recently I have still been crocheting. Usually, I attempt different techniques, trying all media; tinker, tweak, etc. In the past, crochet was a phase, or a winter hobby at most, but this time it stuck. On several occasions I have even been introduced as the lady that crochets! I have had some orders, too, which is exciting! However, I have been getting a little nostalgic over missed opportunities.
This morning, while shopping at Jumbo, I saw these pretty pink paper flowers, for less that a euro for 15 or so per packet. Taking two packets was a good call, without knowing what I needed then for, I sort of figured I needed them.
My daughter is delighted with anything pink, even more so if its pink flowers, and ever more so if it’s pink flower hair accessory.
My son got a dinosaur!
I love making flowers in the spring. I realise now that my crafts are very season oriented. Here is another sneak peak at some of the flowers I made recently, hopefully with tutorials to follow!
It’s been a while, but glad to have something to share.
Make it and love it!
As I mentioned above, I meddle with a lot of different craft-shmaft, anything that serves as a medium to imagination. Perhaps the below posts will be something you are interested in:
Nothing slams inspiration like poor weather (been there!) and nothing boosts inspiration quite like good weather!
What a great way to welcome summer (in Cyprus, summer usually swallows spring, and fall for that matter, lasting from mid-April to id-October). Watermelons all the way!
This is one lovely piece!
These are available on my Etsy shop, as well as “RightHere” Charity shop in Limassol!
If you are like me, discovering your love for crochet, you might enjoy following my progress by checking out my other posts: