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!

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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 – Yarn letters

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Some french words are easier than others. I am glad I came across one that was easy enough to make out of yarn and had such a sweet translation – baby!

It was so easy to make, I think words will be wasted if I try to explain what to do, but a single picture will explain everything, and I am sure give you more DIY ideas.

Ta-da!

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It’s a little less glamorous at the back, but, if Ikea can do it, so can I!

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Yarn just makes everything look warm and cosy! Like sheep!

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I have one of those walls where a lot of my projects end up…

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However, after my photo-shoot was finished, my sweet yarn letters were used else-where (more on that later):

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Make it and love it!

If you enjoyed this post, perhaps you would like to check out some of my other posts using the same yarn:

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Tutorial – Dress-up Nurse Apron

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Today both my kiddies had to get vaccinated, and to take our mind off of it, our answer lay with Dress-up Nurse Apron. Nothing like a theme fitted craft!

Just recently I’ve been donated some fabric scraps, all sizes and all colours. Just so happened, I found all the fabric scraps that would work for me. Perfect to turn our stressed up day into a dressed-up day.

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I’ve cut out whatever pieces would make up the nurse apron, leaving enough space for seam allowances. I also planned to make a little red cross on a white circle.

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Next step was to tidy all sides, and work on the little red cross. Looked tidy enough. I also added some rushing on the skirt piece, to make it more girly.

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The remaining steps were about putting all the pieces together, hiding as many seams as possible.

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All I need to sew now is a little nurse hat. In good time.

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

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DIY – Embroidered Hand prints

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Whoever came up with this beautiful idea is a genius! I love the idea of immortalising families’ hand prints. And stem stitch could not be easier! Anyone can do it – so I did!

When idea started circulating on Pinterest, I had everything to make this craft – fabric, embroidery floss and family with kids. It was easiest to get my own hand print. I had to convince my husband to get his hand print, I remember saying “Trust me, you will love it”. I might say that a lot to him when I am trying to convince him of the validity of my next craft. With my daughter it was relatively interesting, too, we made it into a game, and it took us a few fun-filled attempts. Getting a hand print from my baby son was a little more challenging, only because the time was never right. If he was awake, he was fed and if he was asleep, you wanted to keep it that way.

The choice of floss could have been a little more creative, and yet I went for blue, red, pink and baby blue.

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It is amazing how much the hand prints looks like our family. So personal!

Super easy, super fast! Make it and love it!

If you enjoyed this post, perhaps you would like to check out my other entries:

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DIY – Chevron Baby Quilt Tutorial

Both my children got mummy-made quilts. I don’t think it’s old fashioned at all, I think it’s traditional. A quilt is something a little one can have with them for years to come. My daughter spent countless hours with her “blankie”. She learned to crawl by lying around on it; that’s where she sat up for the first time on her 6 month’s “birthday”; she named all her plush toys while playing picnic on this same quilt. I am hoping that one day she will be oh-so-sweetly reminded of her babyhood.

Quilts are a great present for another reason, too. While a quilts in Zara Home are at least 80 euro, this one cost me a fraction of that! Plus this particular one is a Chevron Quit! So IN right now!

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So, grab your enthusiasm, the below list of essentials, and your are on your way to making a quilt!

You will need:

  • 1 square metre of floral fabric
  • 1 square metre of white linen fabric
  • 2 square metres of grey linen fabric
  • 1.5 square metre of fleece
  • matching thread, pins, scissors, ruller, etc.

Step 1: Make a template, a right angle triangle, 15cm by 15 cm.

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Step 2: Cut 48 floral triangles, 66 grey linen triangles, and 66 white linen triangles.

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Step 3: Arrange the triangles in the chevron pattern as shown below using all the triangles.

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Step 4: Sew all the diagonals to create squares. Then sew the squares into panels, which then are sewn together to give you a finished quilt face. See below.

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When sewing these together, make sure to align all the corners perfectly! Linen tends to skew, so use lots of pins to get those corners just right!

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 Step 5:  Once all the pieces are sewn together, lay the quilt  wrong side up and secure it in place with cello-tape.

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 Step 6: Cut out grey linen and fleece fabric exactly the same size as the front side.   Stitch them together.

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 Step 7: Cut the borders out of the grey linen. You will need to do some maths here.  The borders I made are 10cm wide, plus 2cm for seam allowance (that’s folded, so unfolded its 24cm).  Measure your final quilts width and length to calculate your borders lengths.

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Step 8:  To sew the borders together, follow steps below.

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 Step 9: (Optional) Embroider the border. I have an easy step-by-step tutorial on how to do that here:

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 Step 10: Iron the seam allowance inwardly, then pin it onto the quilt, making sure the border seams on the back and the front align. Together with the borders, the width of my quilt came to 130cm by 110cm.

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 Step 11: (Optional) Under the border seam I tucked in a  ribbon loop on one side and two 12 cm ribbons on the other side. These can be used for baby to play with, to tie toys to, or to wrap the quilt (see pics).

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Here is the finished quilt!

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DIY Dream Doll House

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Love the Doll house my mum and dad made for my daughter for her 2nd B-day!

Another dream fulfilled, with the help of my wonderful dad who can do absolutely anything, and my mum, who loves my visions, understands me at half a sentence, and executes my requests better that what I could have ever imagined.

A doll house is not only every little girls’ dream. It’s every little girls’ mother’s dream, too! I thought about getting Lexie a doll house probably before she was even conceived. First time Lexie picked up a toy was my signal to get to it! Plans for this doll house were born in my head, discussed with my dad and it suddenly all came together.

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Lexie was super-excited even with two walls. 🙂 Could have stopped there!

We used only left over boards from old furniture or other projects to keep the costs low.

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We used wrapping paper as wallpaper

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Front of the house

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С Днем Рождения Лекси – Happy Birthday Lexie in Russian

The house can be rotated to reveal a beautiful town house front painted purple and decorated with colourful bunting. The roof was painted with black chalk board paint to add yet another fun element. The walls inside were covered with wallpaper (some of which is just fancy wrapping paper).  The greatest find I would say was the non-slip material to use as carpets on the floors. It keeps all the furniture in place and looks great too!

As the Doll House was Lexie’s birthday present, all her other gifts were coordinated around the house. She got most of the doll house furniture from ELC (Early Learning Centre) the same week.  A few bits and pieces were added the following Christmas. There is one lady in Cyprus that sells doll house furniture, and although its very detailed and fragile, I managed to find two pieces that would go perfectly into our doll house – a light blue high chair and a white fire place. Perfect!

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New addition

When I was packing away Christmas lights, I got this brilliant idea to wrap them around Lexie’s doll house. These lights are quite unusual in a sense that its not a string of lights. They are meant to be hung in the window, cascading down. Which is perfect for the house, as the strings of lights went through all the windows on all the floors.

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Using IKEA Christmas lights to light up the Doll House

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Baby room, completed with a bunk bed, a doll house doll house (what?!), some tiny wooden toys, a pony and a kitchen set that came with a Lallaloopsy.

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Master bedroom on the 2nd floor.
The super posh wallpaper is actually wrapping paper. The baby cot is in the bedroom too, which I love! I nipped a small make up mirror from my mum and now you can see it glue-gunned on the right.

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Poly pocket is about to have a bath in the bathroom on the 1st floor.

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Ground floor holds a huge kitchen which occupies the whole of this space. Christmas tree is seasonal. Lallaloopsy fits well in this Doll House.

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Living room on the 1st floor. A fridge magnet of New York is playing the role of a TV; as soon as I find a miniature TV, it will be replaced. I have made the pink chair and the beige couch you see in the picture. Tutorial will follow.

This truly was one of the best presents! Lexie and I love our Doll House! The best part? The fun isn’t over yet! Over the next few years, we can repaint, redo wallpaper, make new curtains, carpets, etc. My hope is that as Lexie grows, her love for craft will grow too, and this will be her medium for expression.

Thank you, Dedushka! Thank you, Babushka!

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Redecorating the house is one of my favourite craft activities, so please check out my other fun projects: corner sofa tutorial, fun ideas for doll house curtains and an animal rug.

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