Oh, Knitted Tree!

Oh Knitted Tree

Think “Oh, Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree!”

So, this was a spur of the moment project (aka: procrastination from packing up my room!), but at least it’s practical!  When we’re in Melbourne for Christmas we usually like to stay in a hotel in the city to have some family time with just us before catching up with extended family.  This means we usually have to go without any Christmas-y decoration for Christmas morning, which just won’t do.  We’ve taken to trying to find some kind of tree ornament on sale that we can surround with presents.  This year, to save us from tears joining the crazy hordes of last-minute Christmas shoppers, I’m getting organised!

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I was inspired by this pin, and decided to use this free pattern on Ravelry to make it a little different.  Mine are all sewn together rather than individually hung, so it stretches a bit when it’s hanging up, but a bit of blue tack fixes that!  I will eventually get around to making a star to put on the top, but this will do in the meantime…

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Something about this picture makes me think of dancing trees – just look at the personality of those bottom corner ones! He he he…

This will be a pretty background for Christmas dinner with the neighbours tomorrow night, along with the magazine trees I made last year.

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Tutorial coming soon!  If you’re looking to make these, fatter magazines work best.  The bigger tree with the star is a Next Magazine, and the smaller one is an Avon catalogue!

If you’re looking for ways to have a crafty tree this Christmas, check out my suggestions on Pinterest:

If you’re away for Christmas too, check out these stick-on trees you could take with you – here and here.

Have a look at my “I ❤ Holidays!” board on Pinterest for more ideas!

Merry Christmas!

Trina xo
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Busy butterfly!

Although things have been a bit quiet on the blog, life has been pretty busy! With so much going on I thought I’d catch you up in one go.  SO – there’s been lots of…

  • Crocheting…

Making a hexagon blanket from this pattern.  No recipient in mind, just a good acrylic stash-busting project!  I plan on adding a border of cream hexagons to match the individual borders.

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  • Knitting…

I made a hat to match this shrug pattern a couple of years ago, but it got snatched away by my sis almost as soon as it came off the needles! I finally got around to making myself another one, with a matching scarf.

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And this – since it’s getting pretty cold here, our new puppy has been feeling it!  More photos to come soon, but project details here.

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  • Reading…

I got this pile of books from my almost-sister-in-law as a late birthday present! I’ve started on “Along Came A Spider” – great so far, as to be expected from one of my favourite authors.

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  • Sewing…

This t-shirt blanket has been on the books for ages! This was supposed to be a Christmas present for sis, then a birthday present, then Christmas present again the following year, and it’s finally been completed – and it was well received!

Pre-sewn: I used a favourite book from childhood as a template for cutting out all her childhood t-shirts…

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After sewing: I used a flannel blanket for extra padding in the middle, with a cute chunky hem, just the right size for a double bed!

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  • Wedding prep…

13 weeks to go, and still SO MUCH to do!  Much of my wedding is DIY, so there’s been lots of cutting…

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… folding…

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… and sheet music cut-outs!

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When things settle down a bit, I’d really like to take on another challenge and get into some style posts, but in the meantime, you can check out these favourites that I read all the time – they are great inspiration!

http://franish.blogspot.co.nz/
http://www.merricksart.com/
http://www.puttingmetogether.com/
http://refashionista.net/
http://www.workclothesisuppose.com/
http://www.ajwearsclothes.com/
http://www.bluepaperlanterns.com/

Or check out my “My Style” Pinterest board to see what I love!

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PS: since it’s the beginning of the month I’ve updated my Popular Posts on the side bar – who knew my “Snapshots of my day” post would be my second most popular post in the last month! Should I do another one?

DIY T-shirt Blanket

MusicalButterfly: DIY T-shirt Blanket

I’ve seen several of these quilts around on Pinterest, and when Mr EP mentioned that he had a few old band t-shirts that he didn’t wear anymore, I thought it would be a good chance to try one out.  Since I have no quilting experience I made it more of a blanket, backing the t-shirts with a soft fleecy fabric.

Before I go into the details of what I did, lets take a walk back through memory lane and have a look at Mr EP wearing a couple of the t-shirts when he was younger!

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As I said, I have never done any quilting before, so I really just did what I thought would work! If you have any suggestions for better ways of doing things I would be grateful for you passing on your knowledge.

Step 1:
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Step 3: (recognise those old t-shirts?)
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Just a shame that I didn’t take a photo of the whole completed blanket! It was a rush in the end finishing it off and wrapping it up ready to gift, but I’m assured that he loves it! Its the perfect size for snuggling on the couch.

Up next – another one for Miss Stiletto, made from her childhood clothes! I think I will go with the same technique, using sweatshirts as the backing rather than a single piece of fabric.

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Photo outtake: Mr EP ‘hulking’ out of his shirt…
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Brownie in a mug!

As I was browsing Pinterest one night after dinner, I came across this pin, and it looked too delicious to resist!  You just put all the dry ingredients in a mug, add the water and oil, mix it up and cook it in the microwave for a minute or so!

Brownie in a Mug

(excuse my cellphone photos, I was too excited to find my camera!)

End result: a little undercooked, therefore deliciously gooey, at the very bottom, but overall – a great success! Definitely one to make again.  Its great that you can make single serves.  Super tasty with French Vanilla ice-cream!

Brownie in a Mug!

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FOs: Crochet Blankets

Remember last week, I told you I was making something from this?

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Well, I’m all finished! Here’s the end result:

Granny square blanket

Granny square blanket

Here’s the link to my Rav page with the pattern details.  Basically its a huge crochet granny square using double crochet.

Granny square blanket

I was using up stashed yarn I’ve had for a while, a shopping bag full of unknown weight and fibre, so I just kept going until I ran out of yarn.  I was hoping I would have enough to make a blanket for my bed, but sadly no. It measures 1.2m x 1.2m so its still a pretty decent size.

While I was channelling my inner-Nanna I decided to stay on the crochet path and try out a pin I saw on Pinterest last week.

Crochet edging

I had a big piece of woven fabric that I was going to bind with ribbon to turn into a proper blanket, but I thought this was a better idea.  I used leftover yarn from my February Lady Sweater (which I haven’t shown you yet – its not quite cold enough here to get away with wearing a wollen cardigan!), and the whole thing took about two hours.  The link has a great photo tutorial, very easy to follow.

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I’m well and truly set for winter!

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And, for my next project…

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T-shirt Market Bag

Ok, so I’m addicted to Pinterest.  There, I’ve said it! One of the cool things about Pinterest though is the wealth of crafty goodness there! I’ve started a whole board just for all the craft and DIY things I want to try!  One of the projects I saw on there the other day was this market bag made from an old t-shirt.  Since I had one lying around to use for a crafty something, I thought I’d have a go.

Here’s a photo tutorial of what I did, but check out this link for more details.

Tshirt Market Bag

Tshirt Market Bag

Tshirt Market Bag

Tshirt Market Bag

Tshirt Market Bag