Thursday, March 30, 2017

Made It #13

~ I love Pinterest and would like to make one thing every week that I find on Pinterest. Since I have lots of pins (that, until now, I've just pinned and only that), I hope this will be a way to reduce the amount of pins on my boards. It can be anything, from cooking to crochet and from sewing to paper crafts. Just small projects that don't take weeks to make ~

The Dr Seuss Cat is ready and welcomed with a lot of oohs and aahs by my oldest daughter, who is into cats.

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I used this pattern to make the cat.

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This recipe is on my Pinterest boards for a long time. What I like about the recipe is that there's no chocolate or cacao involved, because chocolate makes every hazelnut recipe taste like Nutella. Most people would cheer only at the thought, but I'm not very fond of Nutella. I got the recipe here


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My Bunny Mug Cozy was featured this week by Scrapality, by Architecture of a Mom and by April J Harris!


Thank you, Andrea, Rachel and April!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Staphorster Stipwerk

In the country I live in, The Netherlands that is, different regions have different traditions. If you keep in mind that The Netherlands are only about 42,000 square kilometers, I think that's marvellous. One of that regional traditions, or even town committed, is artisanal painting. Most of the time the paintings are flower themed, like this. 

 
. When I was a child, I think about twelve years old, I was fascinated by this kind of paintings and wanted it to learn myself. Not that I was from a region where artisanal painting was common, by the way. I  wasn't particular interested in flowers either, so what makes this sort of painting interesting to me: don't know.
For my birthday I got a book about how to make artisanal art, paint, pencils and something to smear the paint on, namely a wooden chopping board. For weeks I was busy painting everything made of wood I found around the house. Then I had enough of it and never ever thought about it again. 

Until I saw artisanal painting in the house of my old neighbour a couple of days ago. And now the fascination is back. Unfortunately with my fascination somehow my art work has disappeared all those years ago, too. No idea where it's been gone. When I was young, I liked to paint flowers like in the picture above, which is from a town called Hindeloopen, but nowadays I like the painting from Staphorst more. It's called Staphorster Stipwerk (dot work from Staphorst) and is made from only blue, green, yellow, red and white dots on a black background. Love it! 


I had to try this myself as soon as possible, because that's one of the features of my character: no patience. If I have inspiration, I can't wait. Otherwise I can't sleep. So with the things I had, a glass jar and glass paint in colors that aren't the right colors I made this. Just for practice.




And after I made this and searched for more glass things I could paint, to my delight I found my acrylic paint in my daughter's bed room and empty canvas and made this:

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My next Staphorster Stipwerk Project I already found: 


As an OR nurse I'm obliged to walk on clogs, but this pair is so much more stylish than the white leather ones I wear now! I just need those!

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My Easter Bunny is featured by April J Harris, by Coffee with Us 3, by Annemaries Haakblog, by Creative Jewish Mom, Two Chicks and a Mom and by The Cottage Market this week!


Thank you, April, Lucy&Jamie&Kerry, Annemarie, Sara, Ali Rose and Andrea!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Unicorn Cupcakes

While I was busy making the Lolly Pop Cake, I gave my daughters something to be busy with, too. We saw some really cute Unicorn Cupcakes while I was searching for the tutorial about how to make drippings on a cake and of course they really, really, really wanted to make them.



They were so proud of what they made and I think they did a really good job. 

Friday, March 24, 2017

Lolly Pop Cake

A while ago I saw a tutorial about how to make cake drippings on Pinterest, but didn't pin it. When I tought about it again and searched for it, the most beautiful cakes with dripping came along and I wanted to try to make one myself ever since. Today was the first try out. 


As you can see I have to fine tune my skills, but for a first attempt I'm not disappointed. I made it for my daughters and as long as there are lolly pops this size involved, they're okay with everything.



My Mini Terrarium was featured by Pleasures of the NorthWest and by Embracing Change!


Thanks a lot, Helen and Stacey!

Made It #12

~ I love Pinterest and would like to make one thing every week that I find on Pinterest. Since I have lots of pins (that, until now, I've just pinned and only that), I hope this will be a way to reduce the amount of pins on my boards. It can be anything, from cooking to crochet and from sewing to paper crafts. Just small projects that don't take weeks to make ~ 

Last week I told you about the Haasje look-a-like mug cozy I planned to make for Easter. Haasje, our Flemish Giant is my youngest daughter's bunny, so of course she wanted the mug cozy. I had to make it brown, though, just like Haasje.

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My oldest daughter has a cat, Dolly (yes, named after Dolly Parton, I'm a fan) and after making the bunny mug cozy above for my youngest, I remembered just in time a crochet cat I had pinned a while ago, because she really wants it. It's from Dr Seuss (pattern here).


See you next week, together with the cat!

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My Made It-project from last week, the Clay Cacti, were featured by Creative Jewish Mom


Thank you, Sara!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Easter Bunny

I don't know how's the weather in your part of the world, but here in the western corner of Europe, it's pretty cold, so the Easter Bunny still has to wear a shawl and mittens around here. But it looks cute on him, don't you think?
 


The pattern I found on Amigurumi Today.

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My Easter Eggs Sack was featured by Life and Linda and by Plucky's Second Thought this week!


Thanks, Linda and Jessica!

Wanted for Spring/Summer

Since the beginning of this year I stopped with featuring clothes that I would really like to have in 'Wanted' each week, because after five years most things I posted looked like something I had posted before. But of course no longer having the Wanted posts on my blog, doesn't mean there's nothing I want anymore. Of course not. There are lots of things I want! Like those things for example.

Aye Aye Top by Lena Hoschek

Skipper Top by Lena Hoschek
Lobster Pullover Ocean by Lena Hoschek

Billie Dress by King Louie

Just Like You Dress by Billabong

Friday, March 17, 2017

Little Terrarium

The other day I was in two stores. One was a house decoration store, where I found the tiniest little plant ever, the other one was an ordinary supermarket, where I bought a jar of green peas and carrots, a vegetable combination my husband likes a lot (and I don't). I cooked the vegetables, rinsed the jar, put a layer of dirt and egg shells in the jar and planted the little plant in it. Tadah! Little terrarium!

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My Ice Lolly Rattler was featured by Creative Jewish Mom!


Thank you so much, Sara!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Made It! #11

~ I love Pinterest and would like to make one thing every week that I find on Pinterest. Since I have lots of pins (that, until now, I've just pinned and only that), I hope this will be a way to reduce the amount of pins on my boards. It can be anything, from cooking to crochet and from sewing to paper crafts. Just small projects that don't take weeks to make ~ 

As told last week I would make stone cacti for above the wash basin in one of the bathrooms. Because the real stuff expires after a couple of weeks in my house, making stone cacti seemed a excellent idea. Except I couldn't find stones that looked like cacti. So in the end I bought polymer clay and made cacti out of that, drew spines on it and attached little white flowers.

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There are people who love Easter bunnies and there are people who love a bunny every day of the year. Like me, *cough*. The mug beneath you can make for Easter, but you can also use the mug for the rest of the year. And although I love a bunny, I'm a grown up, so this one's for my daughter. Pinterest project for next week.



Here's the link to the pattern, in case you want one, too. 

And this is the reason I like bunnies: my handsome friend Haasje (meaning Little Hare), the Flemish Giant (you're right, I take every opportunity to show him to the public).


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Chain of Hearts

For the little angler of the Angler Fish Pinata I used aluminium wire for strengthening. I had a lot of wire left that I at first didn't know what to do with, because it's too thick for making Wired Letters Postcards. But I made this with it.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Potholders

Did you buy the knitting book from Zeeman already, dear readers from the Netherlands? Then you'll know where these potholders come from! I bought the book a couples of weeks ago and although it cost close to nothing, it's full of funny patterns. Some designs so corny that it's really funny. Like the knitted sailor suit for babies. Zeeman meaning sailor man, I think that's quite hilarious. Just as the with spinach besmirch baby that is modeling the suit (Popeye, you got it).

All designs are from Club Geluk, famous for their knitted hams and other unusual designs.



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My Easter Eggs Sack (free pattern!) is featured this week by Sew Can Do and Oui Crochet!



Thank you so much, Cheryl and Susie!

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Gunther the Fox (with link to pattern!) was featured by Pattern Paradise, by City of Creative Dreams and by Oombawka Design!


Thanks, Maria, Shanice and Rhondda!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Citrus Ice Lolly Rattler

 My husband's cousin has become a father, so reason enough to make some baby presents again. Starting with this Ice Lolly Rattler.


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The pattern I made up myself while crocheting, but the idea I found here.

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Gunther the Fox was featured this week by Creative Jewish Mom!



Thanks, Sara!

Made It! #10

~ I love Pinterest and would like to make one thing that I find on Pinterest every week. Since I have a lot of pins (that I've just pinned and only that), I hope this will be a way to reduce the amount of pins on my boards. It can be anything, from cooking to crochet and from sewing to papter crafts. Just small projects that doesn't take weeks to make ~

This week I made a toy for my cats. Nice project that only takes a little bit of your time and you know how it is with cats: they will be thankful for ever and ever...

Instead of making the toy in double crochet in one color, I used different colors and used a tapestry pattern, that you can find here.

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A couple of weeks ago my husband renovated one of our bathrooms. Above the wash basin sits a mirror with a frame for pots to put plants in. As someone who hasn't a green thumb at all it doesn't make sense to put plants in it, because even cacti expire in a couple of weeks in my house. So making cacti out of stones seems like a great idea. My Pinterest project for next week:


For instructions, look here.

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The Plaid Hat I made a couple of weeks ago in Made It #6 was featured this week by Threading My Way!


Thank you, Pam!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Easter Eggs Sack


In expectation of Easter I made a sack to collect chocolate eggs in for gifts. For the ones among you who would like to make one, too, I wrote down the pattern. 



Make a chain of 20 and 1 turning chain
Row 1-27: sc in every stitch, chain 1 and turn
Row 28: sc in every stitch, chain 3 and turn (this is your first trc)
Row 29: trc in every stitch, chain 1 and turn
Row 30-31: sc in every stitch, fasten off

Make another one, but don't fasten off

Take the first one you made and cross stitch the bunny pattern as below

 
After cross stitching the bunny lay both halves on each other and crochet the edges together, but leave top edge open. 

Chain 75

Thread the chain through the row of trc's

Wrap in nice paper

Give away

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