Thursday, March 5, 2015

Embroidered Pendant Necklace

 
Here's something I stitched for myself.
 
I don't think I could have enough of these.... like ever.
I've been embroidering them in almost every color palette I could think of and I hope to be able  to show them soon.


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

DIY - A Flower Brooch to Celebrate March





Hi guys! Here we have a slightly overcast weather and right now the sun is peeking through the gray clouds, brightening the day for a bit and radiating and provoking positive energy.
 
If it is gloomy at your place, I am sharing this fantastically easy tutorial to brighten it up a little.
 
So, what better way to celebrate March and the spring we have all been waiting for than with a beautiful brooch.
 
For this project you will need:
- an old napkin with lace trim if possible or a doily,
- some artificial flowers and leaves,
- a sewing needle and thread to sew it all up and
- a felt piece for the back as well as a pin.
 
Gather your supplies.
 
 


 
Step 1: Cut the napkin in half. I cut mine because it was too big. If you have smaller (round) napkins and doilies at hand, that would be even better.
 
Step 2: Gather it at the upper part by sewing a running stitch. Secure that stitch nicely.


Step 3: Work on the arrangement of the flowers. I added some beads for the center of the yellow flower. You can add some charms, buttons or beads. Let your imagination run wild here! When done, sew the whole arrangement into place.
 
Step 4: When you are finished, add the felt piece at the back and sew / glue the pin.



 
And you're done! Enjoy your new brooch.



Sunday, March 1, 2015

Easter Tulip Egg Cozy Pattern

 
 
I have a new pattern for an egg cozy and this time it is a tulip :)
 
The pattern is easy in difficulty and can be done in a matter of minutes. The cozies are the perfect thing to add as your Easter décor this year.
 
You can give the cozies as gifts, decorate your Easter table or mantelpiece or scatter and hide around the house for the children to hunt for. Make them for a unique and memorable experience with your loved ones.
 
The pattern is here
 
My Easter basket pattern still attracts attention.




 

Friday, February 27, 2015

❤12 Amazing Sweater Refashions❤

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Today I want to show you my favourite selection of refashioned sweaters. I have sorted out our clothes, preparing the wardrobes for the seasonal change and decided which ones to keep and which have to go. I give away our sweaters with a heavy heart and see first if I can re-use / repurpose them first - that is if they are in a wearable condition.

Here's a selection of 12 projects I am totally in love with and what I will use as inspiration to change ours. Enjoy and refashion!

The two boards below show Kathleen's sweaters. She had a sweater embellish month years ago, I still cannot take out of my mind. Click on the link below to see all her 30 refashions.

 
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Party Bunting in a Cup Tutorial

 
 
Hi there! Today I am sharing some sparkles with you to lift spirits up.
For Eva's birthday I made this heavenly easy party bunting (in a cup) and just as cute.
 
Here's a short tutorial how to make it
What you need:
 


You will also need glue (and a brush).


  

 1) Add glue to the triangle cut outs
2) Sprinkle generous amounts of glitter and leave to dry
3) Glue the triangles on the thread
4) Add a dab of glue on the stick and roll the thread around it and work on the tension you like for your bunting. Do the same on the other side.

 
 
Put (stuff) the ball of yarn in the cup and then insert the sticks. If they are too big, cut them at the base.
 
And that is it! I hope you like this :)
 
*Tip: This could be even easier if you have an interesting paper / fabric at hand to make the bunting and don't bother with the glitter. 


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Mood boards



My current mood boards I made for inspiration. Between two crochet sessions I throw in a quick stitch or two. What's this about? I am working on an embroidering project that uses the above color combinations. Actually, flowers I am making for my necklaces. So far it is lots of fun!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Butterfly Necklace - romantic mori collection

 
 
 
It may seem that I have laid down my hooks and having a break, but that can't be possibly farther from the truth. I have been working like crazy and to tell you the truth I've accomplished so much in the past week than in the past few months. The reason for this is that I will be having an exhibition of the Romantic Mori Collection soon.
 
I am so excited!
 
 

 

Friday, February 20, 2015

Bottle Cap Ring Tutorial - Courtesy of Cat Morley


Hi guys!
As I mentioned a couple of days ago, wonderful Cat of Cut Out + Keep is promoting the release of her new book and as a gift she offers this superb tutorial for making a bottle cap ring. This is a unique way of showing off vacation snaps. So let's begin!


 
 
What you need:
- a photo (see tip below)
- sticker paper
- bottle cap
- contact paper
- 2" (2.5 cm) plastic disc
- ring base
-craft knife
- dimensional glue
- hot glue gun
 
Follow the steps below:

 
This could also be an interesting pendant :)
For my bottle cap ring, I used an image I cut out from vintage paper and since I didn't have any dimensional glue at hand (but was itching to try this myself right then) I used liquid silicone glue which took ages to dry and when it did it left bubbles inside. However, I think the bubbles add it up to the cuteness and I love how it turned out. Next time I try this, I would use dimensional glue for neater effect!
 
Thank you Cat for letting us use your fantastic tutorial!
If you want to buy the book and try any of the 50  projects included, you can do so here


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Around the USA in 50 Craft Projects - Book Release Announcement

 
 
Wonderful Cat Morley and Tom Waddington of Cut Out + Keep   set off around the USA, visiting the 50 states following tips and recommendations from visitors of their site to travel, taste, experience the distinctive history and culture of each state and create a project for each and every one.
 

 
Here's how Cat describes the extraordinary experience: "We asked for your suggestions, we slept in quirky motels, we ate gigantic portions of local food and we drove from coast to coast in America to see all 50 states, stopping at off-beat, crazy and crafty sites along the way. Inspired by our travels, we tuned our adventures into a book with 50 step-by step tutorials to make a souvenir for each state.
 
 
 
Make a pair of Ruby Red Shoes for Kansas, a Licence Plate Notebook for Michigan, Hollywood Lampshade for California and bake a batch of UFO Cake Pops for New Mexico."
 
 
 
You can save up to 30% by using the code AROUNDTHEUSA.  You can buy the book here
 
In order to celebrate the release of the book, Cat generously shared a bottle cap ring tutorial, so come back later to see it.
 
 
 


 
Cat Morley started Cut Out + Keep as her craft blog while still at university.In 2007, with her partner Tom Waddington, she turned the blog into a community website (www.cutoutandkeep.net) to which any member can submit craft projects. The website receives a million of visitors a month and now keeps them both busy full time.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Celebrating a Champagne Birthday

 
On the 14th, my Valentine girl had a Champagne Birthday.
 
Champagne Birthday is the birthday on which you turn the same age as the day you were born.
 
Soon after I started blogging I came upon a blogger who had a champagne birthday for her boy. Of course I had no idea such thing existed but I liked it so much, I promised myself I won't forget and have champagne birthdays for my children. 
 
And before I know it - she turned 14!
 
 

 
My little girl...

Friday, February 13, 2015

Shabby Vintage Button Brooch - a how to

 
This is a project I have had on my mind for a long time and now I am glad I did it.
 
The buttons you see here are the most favourite in my vintage button collection - they are all very old with the exception of 2-3 of the small buttons. I have long wanted to use them in a project and I believe this brooch is a fantastic way to display them all in one place.
 
This also makes a frugal and easy, last minute gift to make so here's how I did it:
 
1. Collect buttons you want to use in this project. Put them on a piece of paper.
2. Draw a heart or any other shape you want the brooch / patch to be. I made a provisional design here - as you can see from the final version - I have changed the position of the buttons.

3. Cut the drawing, place it on fabric and cut it out. Since my buttons were heavy gathered together, I cut 4 pieces. I planned the pinks to be on the outside.

4. I sew the pieces with the faces inside, left a hole to turn the heart inside out and at the end sewed that hole up. 

 
 
5. I cut out another heart shaped patch and glued it onto the top. I wanted a shabby look for my brooch so I left it fraying.  
6-6a. I glued the buttons on top of that patch.
7. I glued a brooch pin at the back. That's it!
  



Hope you enjoyed your visit!

 
 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Easy Crochet Headband - free pattern

 
 
 
A week ago I was babysitting my niece and "helping" me she saw my crocheted flowers and fell in love with them. On the spur of the moment I decided to make a headband for the heart.
 
To make the thin headband, with DC yarn and 3.00 mm hook, chain 90.
 
Starting from 2nd ch from hook, make 1 hdc, skip 1, chain 1 and hdc in the next. Repeat this pattern until the end.
 
 



When you come to the end, chain 4 and  sl st between 2 hdcs.

 
Chain 4 and sl st between hdcs to the end in the round, so that both sides have these 4-chains. Add a chain at the sides for tying.




For the heart in the pictures I used this pattern, or you can use this one or any other you find on the internet.

Happy crocheting!


 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

15 Awesome Ideas for Valentine's Day


With Valentine's Day nearing by, I have made selection of 15 fantastic and easy Valentine projects. Some of these are old some are new, but they are all enticing and definitely worth trying. Enjoy the selection!
Love Letters by Julia Usher
Mini Valentine Bears by Lia Griffith
Doily into an Envelope by Fancy Frugal Life
Love Bugs by Dandee Designs.


 Fabric Hearts by Flamingo Toes
Valentine Bark Bites by Number 2 Pencil
Candy Huggers by Lia Griffith
Valentine Oreo Pops by Makoodle 
Rustic Banner by Thoughts from Alice
Valentine Labels by Falala Designs

Valentine Ribbon Pens by the Ribbon Retreat
Valentine Edible Matches by The 36th Avenue
Vintage Arrow Valentine by Design Sponge
Paper Hearts by How About Orange
Wish Jars by Blog Crescendoh.