Crafted wedding invitations

This is a very special post, and though it is more than a year old, it marks and celebrates a very special event that shook this planet exactly a year ago. Very special family members, my husband’s brother and my now sister-in-law got married and today are celebrating their first anniversary! This post serves as a treasured reminder of that beautiful occasion, and my tiny contribution towards it.  Congratulations guys and thank you!

I had a priveledge to put my Cricut Cutter to use, and craft out these amazing invitations. Close to a hundred of them (that’s counting all the ones that I’ve ruined, too). 

I wasn’t sure if I can call them “handmade” as the pattern was purchased from an online shop. The puchase gave me some headache, too, as apparently you have to use it quickly, because the file expires and cannot be saved… I learned that the hard way.

My Cricut cutter was amazing! I love it! One of the best purchased for my craft soul, however pricey. 

I have learned a way to streamline my production. I bought two sticky pads, and while one invitation was being cut out, I was busy popping out the cut out pieces and cleaning the mats. Hideous, tideous job. 

It took a few long weeks to bring it all to completion. The cutting took long, but hunting for the right material, in the right quantity, took even longer. 

Once cut and folded, the insert was printed and displayed inside.


The order of service was adorned with a heart, cut out in similar pattern to the invitations. This one, I’m proud to say, I designed myself on CorelDraw. 

Most importantly, they were done in time, and the happy couple were, well, Happy!

Make it and love it!

DIY – Wooden Christmas Tree

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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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Once assembled, sanded and painted, it went up on the wall, just above our churches’ coffee counter.

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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!

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And, as always, ~ 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!

DIY – Christmas Pompom Wreath

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I just can’t wait for Christmas! It is so exciting! And even more so with my babies all grown up (that is 2 and 4!) and ready to engage in all the joys that Christmas brings. I am waiting for Christmas. My craft definitely reflects that.

This is my take on the Christmas pompom wreath. Why did I chose these colours? Which wool did I use? The answer is simple: this is what I had. I did have some pink wool, too, but I fought hard against myself not to use it. Good call, I say!

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I had to make 14 bigger pompoms, and 18 smaller pompoms (3 of them red).  I have another blog where you can find a tutorial on how to make a pompom. For a couple of them, I mixed two colours together – quite a cool outcome.

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Another reason why I did this craft, is because my clothes dryer broke, just as in the picture below. So I ended up with this meter long wire, that was just to good to throw away. So I played with it, twisted it a little in my hands, and suddenly it hit me – Christmas wreath! Then I thought of something that I could stick on it, and pompoms seemed like an obvious choice.

Christmas pompom wreathThe wreath turned out exactly how I imagined it. My daughter immediately put it on her head thinking it was a headband. I guess she imagined differently.

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In any case, make it and love it!

If you enjoyed this, check out my other related posts:

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Dollhouse Decor – 2nd layer

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Continuing the interior decor of the dollhouse, in this post you will find out how to furnish 4 rooms using a garden fence (I think it’s a fence, it could be something else…) bought for 4 euro! Here is the revered relic:

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Here is my favourite one.  Not an absolute necessity, but makes any dollhouse so much comfier!  A few pieces cut to size create a cute little fireplace.

Blog thumbnail - DIY Dollhouse fireplaceSome of the planks from the garden fence were cut up and used for making table and chairs. Admittedly I used some square rods for legs, but the top part of the table was made by gluing those very planks.  The only primer I had was white, so consequently it was painted white.

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More furniture created from the garden fence. Main bed and built-in bunk-bed are adorable!

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The kids’ room has a bunk-bed, a swing, and a mood wall.

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Ok, this wasn’t made from the wooden garden fence, but who doesn’t have some cardboard lying around? Oh, and you will need a glue gun and some material.

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Some Popsicle sticks came in handy for these cute dollhouse frames.

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I wish I knew how to make kitchen and bathroom furniture to complete the house, however, for now, they might have to be bought.

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Here is the completed house ready to be handed over tomorrow to the customer.

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So, made it and fell in love with it. I will miss you, my little dollhouse!

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6 Awesome Dollhouse DIYs

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Tinkering with dollhouse again? What?! Yep, it’s true! I have managed to put together a beautiful sitting room of wonderfully eclectic style pieces – pretty much all handmade from materials that anyone could easily find around their house. I love making something out of nothing and this is one of my ultimate creations! This is what the room looks like:

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With every DIY, you will find a quick picture instruction or a link to where a coherent tutorial might be found. With these simple 6 Dollhouse DIYs, you will pretty much complete one whole room! Enjoy!

1. Popsicle stick frame

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You will need 4 Popsicle sticks, a tiny picture that you are wishing to frame, some cardboard and a glue-gun! Then follow the following steps:

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2. Wingback Chair

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I’ve already posted this tutorial previously, but as it is now part of this special room, it seems fitting to mention it again. You will need some cardboard, scrap material, glue-gun and some trimming, i.e. string.

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3. Crochet Rug

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This is a beautiful touch to any dollhouse room! A super easy wonderful tutorial is found here, however when I did mine, I kind of just went with it, and it came out. Follow your instinct!

4. Curtains

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These curtains were very simple. I had some Ikea curtain material left over. That was cut to size, draped over a BBQ stick, held with beads and glue-gunned to the wall.

5. Lamp

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6. Footstool/Ottoman

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This started with World Cup and loads of Pizza… I had all those three legged tables that come with pizza. They had to be used somehow, and this is how. Take six of them and *puff* make an ottoman!

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Your turn to make it and love it!

If you are like me, crazy for anything and everything doll-size, check out my other posts:

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