Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Crochet Rabbit Blanket

Our Christmas present to our gorgeous rabbits, Toffee and Flopsy, was a blanket crocheted out of string!

Flopsy hiding.

Toffee poking her nose out.

They love throwing it around, chewing it, and snuggling with it! It's also great for covering their food bowl - they have the challenge of moving it to eat!

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Crocheted Mug Cosies

Hello :)
Two of the secret Christmas presents I crocheted (back in November!) were mug cosies. I was inspired by quite a few posts I'd seen round the internet, but loosely based the pattern off this.

The first one was worked in two different pink DK wools...

and finished with a white button...

and two white crocheted stars, worked rather finely!

The second was a penguin version! Worked in chunky black wool, and with a velcro closing this time.

With features added in felt!

Monday, 26 December 2011

Christmas Tree VIII: Next Year!

Happy Boxing Day!

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas day. I had a great time with my family and in laws, but have now been put on bed rest to recover - not so great for my always-wanting-to-be-doing-something self!

It does however give me time to share with you the things that didn't make it onto our tree/into our home this year. Various projects I spied, but just wasn't able to make in time. Hopefully next year!

3D Snowflakes

These are made with simple paper folding and cutting - I love that they are 3D though!

Crochet Christmas Trees
From Annaboo's House

I love these little trees, and the possibilites are endless!

Beaded Snowflakes

I actually first saw these on a friend's Facebook, but various designs are all over the internet! I love how simple and sparkly they are, and I can't wait to make some :) These 3D ones are also simply stunning!

Crocheted robins, and Christmas puddings, Snowmen heads and Father Christmas heads also float round in my brain - oh, the possibilities! It's also time to start planning a potential nativity scene for next year...

What projects have you seen this year that you'd love to make? I'd love to see :)

See what else is on my Christmas Tree!

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Christmas Tree VII: The Finished Tree

I can't wait til we can get some lights with a warmer glow! These are lovely for now tho :)

I love our tree!

There were still some decorations I didn't have time to make, but it gives me something to do next year! I'm hoping to do a round up post next week sharing the unused inspiration.

 I knocked up some gingerbread dough in the hope of making these houses, but so far only men for our tree have appeared!

I am also hoping to have a few posts sharing crocheted Christmas presents - they need to wait til after the weekend though!

I love how our tree has 3 points at the top - it's so unique!
We balance a few presents on the branches for the days surrounding Christmas, to spread the fun.

Me and my husband cooked a candelit Christmas dinner for ourselves on Wednesday, but the time in the kitchen has led to a slight health crash... Tomorrow looks set to be busy with finishing bits off, so I will say farewell for a few days, and hope you all have a lovely Happy Christmas, however you may spend it!

Tran from my childhood running round the base - there is a little elf who bobs up and down at the back!

Monday, 19 December 2011

Christmas Tree VI: Angel Bunny

Lit up on the Christmas Tree

Me and my husband spent a wee while discussing what to have on the top of our Christmas tree. It's our second Christmas together, and last year we had a small glittery star, due to our inability to come up with something unique!

Buttons for eyes and a stitched nose. Maybe he even needs whiskers now I think about it!

I had an idea for a tissue paper star (made in a similar way to my wedding bouquet), but we weren't convinced. I couldn't think of a way to make an angel to the standard in my head, and whilst discussing teddy bears dressed as angels, I remembered these on my "to make" list.

Wings made from gold paper and card, attached with a stitch.

Obviously mine looks fairly different, but it was a nice point of inspiration :) I only had 2/3 of a ball of this wool, and I think I restarted about 6 times as I kept making it too big for the quantity of wool!

And a little fluffy tail :)

As it is, I made the ears from each end of a strand of wool, deeming them finished when there wasn't enough wool to do another stitch on either one! He's now sitting happily on top of our tree :)

I'd love to know - what's on the top of your tree?

See what else is on my Christmas Tree!

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Christmas Tree V: Glittery Felt Baubles

These are actually based on a badge I designed a couple of months ago (I haven't quite perfected them yet, which is why I haven't shared!)

They are a nightmare to stitch together, but they have such a lovely form when finished :)

I've just made a white ball and a deep blue ball. They add some nice sparkle :)

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Christmas Tree IV: Star Wars Snowflakes!

Darth Vader

OK, so these aren't going on our Christmas tree... But my husband received his play code for the pre-release of the new MMORPG Star Wars the Old Republic last night, so it felt fitting to share these! (Yes, I married a gamer who is also Star Wars crazy...)

Boba Fett and a Clone Trooper

 They aren't perfect, but they're so fiddly they are good enough for me, and will help Christmas-fy our house :)

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Christmas Tree III: Crochet Snowflakes!

Can you tell it's my first Christmas with the ability to crochet?!

There are so many different patterns out there, I decided to try a few and see what I liked :)

I want to say some were more fiddly than others, but I think my skills just improved as I progressed ;)

They vary in size hugely, but were all created with 4 ply wool and a 2mm hook.

"Pretty Snowflake" (my favourite!)

And I stiffened them all slightly with a PVA and water spray, and hung with clear thread. I thought about adding a strand of sparkle thread to them, or spraying them with glitter. But there's something rather lovely about the plain white :)

So Christmassy :) Have you tried any snowflake patterns you'd recommend? I'd love to see your results!

Also, I just want to tag this in over at Julia Crossland's Being Creative Winter theme. Not sure how involved I'll be next year with the changes going on, but it's been a great experience and I've met some lovely people. Thanks for stopping by!

See what else is on my Christmas Tree!

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Christmas Tree II: Orange and Grapefruit Slices

I love how Elf has been timed to come on in the small break between the first and second halves of the Snooker finals. It makes for great TV :)
I burnt most of the grapefruit pieces I did. I cut them thinner and had them higher in the oven. The one which survived was the most beautiful though.

The orange slices don't catch the light quite so well because they're thicker. I finished them off on the radiator - I found it to be more effective than the oven :)
Half the orange slices also have cinnamon rubbed into them (not pictured). My sofa is right next to the tree, and I keep getting lovely wafts of cinnamon and orange floating over - mmm!

Has anyone ever dried apple slices? I'm actually thinking of doing it to string across the rabbit's run hehe.

P.S. Changed the labels round a bit in the sidebar, should make things a bit more accessible :) 

See what else is on my Christmas Tree!

Friday, 9 December 2011

Christmas Tree I: Crochet Snowman


Last year you may remember I briefly shared some decorations I had made to brighten up our house. Well, this year I've made a LOT more, and in the run up to Christmas I will be sharing them with you in a series of short but sweet posts :)

First up?

A small crochet snowman based on a free pattern over at The Dapper Toad.
They're so cute!
Here he is hanging on our Christmas tree, with his sparkly little scarf :)

Have you made something special for your tree (or even your house) this year? I'd love to see!

See what else is on my Christmas Tree!
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