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!

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 – Watermelon Bunting

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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!

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This is one lovely piece!

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Watermelon, anyone?

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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:

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5 DIY Party Decorations

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I had a wonderful opportunity to throw a birthday party on practically zero budget! Yes, I said opportunity, not challenge.  I love opportunities like this, push creativity and have a good excuse to browse Pinterest for hours.

Here are 5 wonderful DIY ideas chosen for this party. These particular decorations complement each other very well in more ways than one. First of all, there are two shades of purple, which is not too monotonous yet works together very well.  The economies of scale is another reason for making all of these together, as you make all decoration from the same materials. So, without further ado:

Blog thumbnail - DIY party4With as little as 5 euro, you can make 5 gorgeous party decorations:

1. Cupcake stand

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This particular piece cost me nothing. A kitchen roll (free!) and two circles cut out from cardboard (free!) fastened together with some masking tape and painted over with white paint. I used acrilyc, cause I had acrylic, but gouache would work just as well. I had some tule left over, so I glue-gunned that, but alternatively, doilies or paper or tape could have been used as a trim.

The idea came from this photo on pinterest, however the link is no longer available.

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2. Bunting

Girly purple party8Ok, no need for tutorial here, it’s that easy, however I will insert a printout of how to fit 4 flags on one page. Basically, to figure this out, divide the longest side by 5, mark out those lengths on top and bottom edges and join diagonally.

I used white and purple A4 sheets of cardboard paper.

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3. Pinata

For this project you will need crepe paper (or tissue paper), cardboard box, scissors and tape.

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An excellent tutorial is found here.

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4. Paper Stars

Girly purple party5The center piece of our table was unfortunately a grey umbrella. To hide it, I wrapped it in pink tulle and scattered some pretty white and purple stars. To make these you just need to cut out hexagons from paper and fold away. That easy! Alternatively to hexagons, you can cut out star’s of David and fold them the same way. I have designed a print-out for you so you don’t have to:

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And last but not least,

5. Giant paper flowers
Girly purple party6The tutorial on pinterest is excellent, but the link is lost. Here is the photo Tuto using only some tissue paper and string:

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Four packets of crepe paper, some string and white and purple cardboard cost me  less that 5 euro! Hope this will help you planning your party and not worry about the budget!

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Boy’s Room

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My Boy is growing up so quickly, it is time to change his nursery into something more grown up (perhaps even move him in with his older sister). Before it is dismantled, I decided to take a few more photos of his first room and share some ideas that made up his room. In a way – immortalize the memory.

I have posted about shelves in Charlie’s room before, and mentioned briefly how kids’  rooms are ever changing, adapting to new needs, both mummy and baby.

For now, this is Charli’s baby room.

From his older sister, Charlie inherited a red Ikea chair with a matching foot rest, a baby cot and a red stripy carpet. That’s a lot of red for a boy’s room. My solution was to add a neutral colour or a colour that would sort of neutralise red. Adding turquoise seemed like a good idea, and consequently, a theme started developing. I think it all became somewhat circus inspired.

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I miraculously found some time (with a toddler and a baby!!!) to paint a very simple triptych arrangement  of some bunting on blue sky. I also found a blue lampshade and decorated that with white felt cloud cut-outs. Another wall decoration was a cross-stitched Russian Alphabet. Love that!

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An old moses basket (and when I say old, I mean old – it was not safe to pass on to another baby) became a toy basket and hid under a foot stool.

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Some of my favourite toys made it to Charlie’s shelves – a retro radio tin, a soft stacking toy, Cheburashka, Elmo and some other treasures. A rocking horse found its place in the room, too.

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For Charlie’s first Christmas I made him a beautiful triangle inspired quilt, a tutorial for which you can find there, too.

A sweet little room where Charlie and I spent many hours – laughing, crying (mainly Charlie) and bonding. I will miss this room, just like I will miss my little-baby-boy year. Now,   I will look forward to creating a fun-filled big boy room and all the fun memories we will make there.

If you liked this room, check out more here:

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