Crochet Butterfly Hair Ties…

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This is an awful photo, but how cute are these??

Yep, I’ve been busy making more hair accessories :D A girl can never have too many accessories!

There are loads of free patterns for these online, and they are so, so simple to make! It’s basically a crocheted 8 petal flower, folded in half and tied in the middle – easy and so cute!

Not to mention, a great way to use up yarn scraps!

I made these with cotton yarn (of course!) and a 3 mm hook. And if you don’t want hair ties these can easily be made into brooches or hair clips or key chains or even a sweet garland for a little girl’s room!

Beaded Eyeglass Strap…

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My latest beading experiment has been these beaded eyeglass straps and I’m rather impressed with them!

They are, of course, super easy to make. All you need is some beads, tiger tail wire, crimp beads and those little rubber eyeglass holder bits for the ends. I’ve found that they are a brilliant way to use up all my ‘left over’ beads. You know, the random parts left from making bracelets or necklaces, where there’s not enough to make another big-ish piece … well here’s what you can do with them!

I used seed bead scraps and mixed them into bead soups and gathered up ‘left over’ 4 mm beads and just randomly strung them onto my wire. EASY!

 

Building Ladders….

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The hubby and I spent Saturday building a new cat ladder for our two little princesses… They didn’t much like version 1.0, which was a thinner bit of wood with no mesh over the top.

Version 2.0 is MUCH more successful! Not to mention much safer for our fur kids to use.

Neither hubby or I are very ‘handy’ but this was actually a piece of cake! The hardest thing about building it was sawing all the steps as we only had an old school hand saw to use, and seeing as hubby’s back isn’t great at the moment I did most of the sawing :( Guess who had a really sore arm that night?

But it’s done, and it works, and it was super easy to make so I’m rather chuffed!

Since we put it up we’ve been trying to get them to use it… Grace, our braver grey kitty had it down that night… it helps that she LOVES tunnels, so this is just a new tunnel for her to play in :D (she’s the grey blob in front of Nennie)

Nennie, our somewhat less brave (complete scaredy cat!!) grey and white kitty has yet to master it. This pic is the ONE time she has been in it, and that’s as far as she got before reversing back into the apartment :(

Ah well, I’m sure she’ll get it eventually… it did take her 3 weeks more to venture into the garden than it took Grace so I guess she’s just naturally more cautious.

It’s so funny how they are sisters and polar opposites! Grace takes months to get to know and trust people – it took her 4 months to let hubby pat her properly and almost double that with me, but she will go off and explore places and get into trouble with the other cats in our street without backing down – even though she is the smallest cat on our street!

Nennie on the other hand, loves people. She’ll let anyone pat her, and she’ll happily snuggle on any available lap. She follows us around the apartment and calls when she can’t find us until we answer her, but she is so cautious of new places and new things it’s crazy.

Lucky I love both of them like crazy!

Fingers crossed that Nennie gets the hang of it soon. poor thing had been cooped up indoors since the weekend :(

Love Birds…

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In honor of wedding season, which is now winding up here in the land of Swiss, I decided to make a wedding card.

Both the bird and the Mr & Mrs stamps are Everyday Mini Stamps from Dovecraft, which of course aren’t available here ( I get them online from fluffpie ). You wouldn’t know it from the photo but the stamps and doily edging are all done in the same blue ink :/

This was my 10 minute creative surge today… must be from working on all those weddings lately.

Crochet Lip Balm Holders…

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I’ve been looking for small things I can crochet for my next market stall as small things tend to sell much better than big expensive things as far as markets go and I came across the idea of key ring lip balm holders or covers or whatever you call them.

I know that almost all my female friends have a tube of lip balm on them at all times so it struck me as something cute I could whip up quickly that may well work on a stall here… It may not, but the outlay isn’t huge so I decided to give them a try.

I usually have a tube of Aldi lip balm in my handbag (which I love, I know its Aldi and super cheap, but I love it) so I used that as my template and started crocheting around it. This is what I ended up with.

Kinda cute, right?

Anyway to make these I used my stash of cotton yarn and a 3.5 mm hook. and made them as follows;

Magic Ring

1/          8 sc into ring, ss to close, chain 1

2/          2 sc into each stitch around, ss to close, chain 1

3/          1 sc into back loop only of each st all the way around – don’t ss to close

4 – ?/    1 sc in each st, working in the round, until the top of the lip balm tube – I just inserted the tube at random intervals and kept going till my crochet was tall enough.

5/         squash your tube of crochet flat and attach a small button about halfway down your crochet on the opposite side to where your hook is, about 3 stitches in from your hook position. (hope that makes sense)

6 – ?/     insert your lip balm into your work then starting where you left off chain 1, then sc in the next 5 stitches turn and repeat until this little flap reaches the top of your button.

7/          chain 5 and slip stitch into the first stitch of the previous row to make a loop.

These take me about 20 minutes to make, and that’s with button sewing, so they’re pretty quick and easy and use up all my yarn scraps :D

I’ve ordered some key chains on eBay so when they get here I’ll attach those to the back and these will be done.

If you’re using something other than Aldi lip balm you can change the size of these pretty easily by changing your hook size or adding and/or subtracting how many sc you start with.

I’ll let you know if I manage to sell any :/

Rainbows and Birthdays…

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Two of my favorite things are rainbows and birthdays so what better way to combine them than making a rainbow birthday card? ;)

To make this card I hand drew a cloud and cut out two of them. I then embossed one and edged it with blue stamp ink and covered it in clear glitter. The other one I sponged the same blue ink on then layered them slightly off center using foam dots for that 3D effect I love. I used quilling paper strips to make the rainbow by sticking some double sided tape to my card base then just laying my paper strips onto it. The cloud was attached using double sided tape too.

Now my rainbow was curling at the ends so I solved that problem by stamping my greeting onto the same white card I used for my clouds, which I then glued onto the bottom of my rainbow to hold it down and edged the greeting with Washi tape, because my rainbow wasn’t colorful enough and I though it needed a bit more :) To finish off, I glued sequins onto the card for the raindrops (and added bling) and my little card was done.

Love it! I just hope whomever I give it to doesn’t read my blog first :D