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!

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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!

DIY – Flower Wreath

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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.

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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.

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My son got a dinosaur!

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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!

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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:

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DIY – Crochet Bear Rug

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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!

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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!SAM_8220

What better place to lay a Bear Rug than in front of your fireplace! Or rather, your dollhouse fireplace.

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And one more.
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Yep, make it and love it!

If you enjoy crochet, or creating something for your dolls, check out my other related posts:

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DIY – Crochet Collar

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Although craft has always been part of my life, it has always involved doing something creative for something or someone else. In school it was either part of a curriculum or extra-curricular activity.  I remember doing logo for our puppet theatre in school, or being the editor of our college newsletter, or decorating friends’ parties – it was never really just for me. It was always more reactive that proactive. Something needed to be done, let’s get Olga to do it. And while I love getting involved in things like this, it was always directed by someone other than me.

Then one day, I went to a shop, bought myself some yarn and crochet hooks, and learned how to crochet. This was purely for me. No other reason than just me, acquiring a new skill. Whatever I would do with that skill was irrelevant. Crochet was a medium for expressing creativity and I wanted to create, so I taught myself how to crochet.

Today, I am super glad it is something I know how to do, because Cyprus weather has been rather nasty, and crochet proved to be an excellent antidote to bad weather! It is easy, quick and you can pause at any moment (whether that’s pausing your life, or pausing crochet, I don’t know)!

Beginner crochet level + rainy weather = this pretty crochet collar for my daughter!

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It only took me one evening while watching “Come, Dine with me” with my hubby. There is a wonderful tutorial here, do check it out, it is one of the best! I am definitely keeping it bookmarked! The author of the tutorial takes you stitch by stitch through the making of the collar, the petals and these adorable little flowers.

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The back:

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How dreamy is that?

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To my usual “Make it and love it!” I have to add – I made it, but it is my little girl that absolutely loved it!

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Tutorial – Birdhouse Decoration

Blog thumbnail - Tutorial BirdhouseWho said diamonds are a girl’s best friend?  Well, have I got breaking news for you! Glue gun all the way! Glue gun is girl’s best friend. I don’t know how anyone can live without this instant fix! And the craft possibilities are endless!

What do you get when you cross fabric, cardboard and glue gun? Absolutely anything!

Here is a simple idea – making a birdhouse decoration. All you need is the below pattern, fabric, cardboard and – wait for it – glue gun! The instructions are super easy!

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As it is so easy to make, make two! Only takes about 20 min!

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I love how all things crafted and made end up in our crafted and made playhouse.

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A while back I’ve also wrapped letters spelling out JOY in fabric, using very much the same method. Possibilities really are endless!

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This craft also ended up in our playhouse.

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How cute!

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I think I need to add some curtains.

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DIY – Crepe Paper (or Napkin!) Garland

I am preparing for my niece’s 6th Birthday party and decided to share one of the DIY decorations. Super easy, super cheap!

Step 1: Draw a circle on folded crepe paper, or napkin and cut it out.

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Step 2: Sew four or five layers of circles onto a ribbon or tulle strips.

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Step 3: Crunch the circles and separate the petals to make them fluffy.

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Step 4: Love it!

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