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.
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.
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?
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.
Once assembled, sanded and painted, it went up on the wall, just above our churches’ coffee counter.
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!
And, as always, ~ Make it and love it!
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!
My first one I tried was with silver wire I had left over from previous projects.
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.
I liked how it looked, but then I bought some gold wire and liked how that came out, too.
Too cute!!! Make it and love it!
This is where most of them ended up, more on this later! One exciting post coming up!
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!
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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!
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Oh, my goodness! I cannot believe how appetizing these little crochet Ice creams look! I made them quite a while ago, but my daughter still sleeps with them and my son still licks them!
This was such a fun project! I guess crochet is lingering a bit! Of all the crochet food I made, this is our favourite! They are easy to make, easy to replicate (unlike the Bear Rug, which does not follow a pattern), and easy to love!
And yet you can still add enough variety to each one, which still makes me feel like I am still expressing creativity, even mass producing!
The pattern is too simple to write, but there are plenty very cheap patterns for sale on Etsy, so I won’t write one here (keep them in business!)
I was flattered to my core when local charity shop asked if they could display some of my items, either as an exhibition or for sale. So all of the Ice Creams in the above photo are available for sale. Hopefully, as my Etsy shop takes off, I will put some there, too!
Make it and love it!
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And so, adding one more crochet “trophy”, or rather “taxidermy” to my collection! A Bear Skin Rug – don’t worry, no animals were injured!
I had to make it with eyes closed… Staring is rude! Especially from your skin…
If you are good at counting crochet stitches and creating patterns, this below shot (shot, ha ha) is for you! I didn’s use an existing pattern for this, but just went along with it. If you are looking to recreate it, I think it is possible to figure it out by looking at the pattern. Have fun!
What better place to lay a Bear Rug than in front of your fireplace! Or rather, your dollhouse fireplace.
And one more.
Yep, make it and love it!
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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!
The hat looks like a Viking Helmet, with some really cute detail and bobbles made using “popcorn” stitch.
On either side of the hat are adorable cow horns! Fierce! They are sewed on separately.
The hat starts at the top with a loop!
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!
Make it and love it! And then make it again!
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