new year, new wallpaper! :D

I was feeling very proud of this fluffy wreath and its merry mushroom friends (which I made from a giant pipe cleaner and wine corks), and Mike kindly took really nice photos of them and made it into a desktop wallpaper for me, thought I’d share it with you! :D 

Just click on the size you want and it should bring up an image that you can save.

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Wishing everyone a very happy new year! May 2017 bring much joy, lots of crafty adventures and many blessings :)

 

happy Christmas everybody! :D

Wishing everyone a joyous holiday and many blessings for the new year!

 

And here’s a bit of behind-the-scene with this greeting card… every year Mike and I make Christmas cards together to send to friends and family. It’s a bit of a tradition of ours. This year we came up with the jellyfish idea. We thought about lino block prints (which we may still try another year) and simply printing an image from the computer. Eventually we ran out of time, so I just thought I’d try my hands on whatever we had in the house, which was an eraser and a big old utility knife. 

Turned out not so bad didn’t it? :D I’m quite proud of it actually. I also carved the holly stamp, and the berries are stamped with the end of a bamboo skewer. Mike typed the text with his grandmother’s type writer.

Cheers to another year of simple joys, new adventures and shared journey! :) 

 

this week’s awesome finds

For something different under the tree, make a glowing igloo village! From Miss Red Fox.

 

Socks knitted on 2 needles! I’m intrigued by its origami-like construction. From Zoom Yummy.

 

Sweet mini teacup ornaments, for the tea lovers in our lives. From Thirsty for Tea.

 

Simply fluffy yarn wreath, from A Beautiful Mess.

 

Also something different under the tree — a donut tree skirt! And no sew! From Curbly.

 

A cozy plaid slouchy hat, pattern from Whistle & Ivy.

 

Cheers! :D

 

a merry fluffy Christmas

Our decor is pretty minimal this year but it doesn’t mean that it’s any less fun!

I was hoping to replace the paper flower wreath on our apartment door (which covers up a half-peeled/disintegrating Neighbourhood Watch sticker), and I’ve been wanting to make a pom pom wreath, but I know that I wouldn’t have time to make all the pom poms. While browsing at Michaels I saw this giant, the most fluffy pipe cleaner, so I thought I’d try twisting it into a wreath! 

At first I was just going to twist it into a simple, round wreath, with mushrooms made of wine corks that I’ve been saving for that purpose. But then I thought, what if the wreath has arms? What if it’s a wreath-shaped creature? So the fluffy wreath with its mushroom friends were born :D

I’m only showing a close up of the wreath right now because these friends deserve their own post, so stay tuned! :D

(The wreath ended up on the wall inside the apartment because I couldn’t bear to leave them on the outside of our door in the hallway)

The left over pipe cleaner turned into a tiny Christmas tree :D with a very excited Totoro.

But we still needed something festive on our door. So I finally made the delightful plum pudding pom pom from Fleur Bernadine! There are a number of plum pudding pom pom tutorials out there, but I love that this one incorporates a button at the top. 

The fluffy plum pudding certainly brings some holiday cheers to the currently very grim-looking hallway, which is currently undergoing renovation (please excuse the poor lighting).

I don’t have a pom pom maker so I made one with cardboard using this tutorial, which is very handy with templates for different sizes of pom poms. But it turns out to be quite challenging (perhaps because it was my first time trying to use a homemade pom pom maker and I had dull scissors). Maybe I’ll invest in a pom pom maker. Just think about all the possibilities that pom poms can make! Pom pom animals, pom pom fruits, pom pom wreath…

Merry crafting! :D

 

the most sincere socks

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Tis the countdown to Christmas, I thought I’d share a most sincere idea for the most practical gift. Who doesn’t need an extra pair of socks? Great alternative to chocolate covered marshmallow Santas when you need to get an under $5 secret Santa gift. 

The pom pom on top is actually a fun festive hair tie! I’ll show you how I made that as well.

I got a pack of 5 reused yarn socks from MUJI, they’re soft and lovely (not to mention that it’s such a nice relaxing experiencing when browsing around at the MUJI store) and cost around $20 CAD, which rounds out to about $4 a pair. 

This is super simple and involves things that you probably have stashed away at home if you’re a crafter:

  • A new pair of socks in cupcake colour
  • An elastic band
  • Light card stock or scrapbooking paper (I bought a sheet of gold metallic paper from Michaels for 99 cents)
  • Cupcake wrapper template (there are tons of printable templates out there, I can’t seem to find the one I used >_<, but this one seems just as great)
  • Scissors
  • Scotch tape
  • Mug of tea (essential!)

Here we have our pair of socks, and the elastic band.

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With the socks stacked together, fold them in half lengthwise. The heels will stick out but that’s ok.

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Starting from the cuff end, roll up the socks.

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Secure the sock roll with elastic band.

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Have a sip of tea. Transfer cupcake wrapper pattern onto the back of card stock / scrapbooking paper, and cut out the pattern.

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Wrap the wrapper around the sock roll, and secure with a piece of tape.

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Repeat with all the pairs of socks you’ve got and set them aside.

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Now we make the pom pom hair tie :D 

I used: 

  • A fork
  • Small amount of red worsted weight yarn 
  • Small amount of sparkly silver yarn (for a festive touch)
  • Scissors
  • Hair elastics
  • Fabric glue (great to have, but not essential)

Using a fork to make small pom poms isn’t my original idea. There are a few tutorials out there, like this one from Eskimimi Makes.

Basically, you would wind the yarn around the prongs of the fork (as you can see I used two different yarns, and I cut off a length of the silver yarn for winding, rather than winding directly from the skein, to make things easier)…

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… after you’re done winding, cut yarn. Then cut a length of red yarn about 6 inches long, and tie the yarn around the middle by threading one yarn end through the base of the 2nd and 3rd prongs of the fork, and the other yarn end between the 2nd and 3rd prongs at the tip.

Trim the pom pom but leave the tying yarn long.

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Using the tying yarn, tie the pom pom to the hair elastic with double knot. Apply a dab of fabric glue (if you have it) to the knot to extra secure it.

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Here we have our cupcake toppings! I also bought these adorable strawberry bells from Etsy seller MimiLolo, I attached them to cell phone charm hangers (not sure if they’re called that, but you know what I mean), thought they’d make great zipper pull or festive backpack ornaments! :D

If you know that the gift recipient won’t like hair ties or zipper pulls, a simple Tootsie Pop might make the best alternative topping.

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I pulled the hair elastic / cell phone charm hanger through the middle of the sock rolls using a crochet hook.

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Ta-da! The most sincere socks of them all! Linus would be proud. (see It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown)

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I put some of them in recycled packaging from gift soaps.

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And I made a flat-bottom gift bag with wrapping paper following this tutorial. I then folded the top down, punched two holes at the top through all layers, threaded a fancy string through and tied a bow.

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Have a sweet week, everyone! 

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weekend quick make, with hex nuts!

Came across a book on making jewelry with hardware store material one day, was curious about what people make with hex nuts, and spent an evening looking at all the different hex nut tutorials. Especially love this brilliant earring idea from Cafe Craftea.

Finally went to Canadian Tire on my lunch break one day and picked up the smallest hex nuts I could find.

I simply glued the hex nut onto a 4mm earring post with some E6000 and let it cure over night. Very simple. Made a pair without glitter because I like the slightly steampunk look :D

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And for the glitter earrings, I glued the hex nuts onto the earring posts like the plain ones, then I filled the hex nuts with a bit of glitter nail polish with the help of a toothpick. Once the nail polish is dried, I applied a layer of Mod Podge Dimensional Magic to seal it, also with a toothpick.

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Quite happy with how they turned out :D

Have a good weekend everyone!