Christmas preps

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Last year, my Product Design class, consisting of our beloved graduates have pulled our brains and resources together and created this master piece. Needless to say how proud I am of them! Effort + good project = memorable results! Our class wasn’t that big last year, but we managed to work in several groups, each coming up with, designing and executing a part of the overall installation.

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Fireplace was the focal point, around which everything else was added. Girls made it out of a polystyrene boards.

It was decorated with some festive hand-embroidered stocking.

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The clay Bunting is also hand – made. You can find it in my earlier posts.

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On the mantle we have some pine cones and twinkle lights decorated with felt houses.

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Above the fireplace is a beautiful pine cone wreath. My students surprised me again! This particular project I didn’t see until installation date, but loved it once it came!

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Next to the wreath is cone bunting.  My students’ own design.  Amazing what they can come up with!

There were a few other bits and bobs that were added by everyone, creating a memorable piece that maybe will inspire others to get crafty this season!

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Well done, my darlings! Thank you for your effort, creativity, patience and hours of laughter!

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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 – 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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DIY – Easter Bunny Wreath Kids’ Craft

 

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A half hour craft to do with your little ones this Easter.

You really don’t need much – just some old cardboard (who does not keep those just in case, you never know), shades of green or pastel paper cut into leaf shapes and some paper glue. I cheated a little and used glue gun to attach ribbons, but some superglue or ever tape would do the trick. And anything else you would like to adorn it with, like ribbon or beads or some fluffy pompons!

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I made one to try it out, and it came out all too neat, and instead of random and improvised, it looked too planned, almost calculated.

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That’s why I love my kids’ version!

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Love what they make!