Christmas stockings

So this Christmas I’m making something small for friends and family – Christmas stockings, in mini format. I found this really great pattern, simple pretty and easy to learn (even though I recommend watching her video of the heel, big help!). Erica made them into a calendar but I gave them mostly as gifts.

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So much fun making different patterns and using different colors

I went and got the “filling” and set about assembling the little socks for my family. In each stocking I included:

A candy cane
Two soft fudge
One scratch lottery ticket
One coin, to scratch with

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The stocking was actually rather full after that 😛 Either way, it was a nice little party gift and my friends and family thought it was a really fun idea. Since I had made different styles everyone got to choose their favorite (except for mom, she stole an extra^^).

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A little basket of joy
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Egg hats

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I started crocheting in the rounds and when it was big enough the fit the egg I made “ears” on the sides and a string to tie under “the chin”. We still have these in the cabin and I think my mother-in-law brings them out every Easter as well to warm the little fellas.

Some glue and pearls

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I’ve actually finished something! In hind sight I might have chosen both another text and skipped the pink pearls but what ever. Had to use the paper glue to have time for the pearls to stick, the glue guns glue got hard too fast before I had time to fiddle the pearl in place with the tweezers.  (Originally posted in Swedish on previous blog the 25th of October 2014)

The canvas was first decoupaged with some napkins before the pearls where added. Bae still keeps this in his bookcase, don’t ask me why but love must be blind 😛 I still agree with my first note about changing content and colors ^^ The quote by the way is something the orcs say in Warcraft II.

 

Yarn bombing!

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My grandmother hates black, I don’t know why but she does. However, she was in need of a new office chair so she got one of mine, unfortunately black… She would put a cushion on the seat and “hide” it but the wheels, tough call! As any good grandchild would do I tried to fix it 😛 Basically I just crocheted rectangles that I sew together around the legs, she got quite a lot of comments on that later, hehe. Could easily yarn bomb anything though to add some color, make something warmer etc. Oh I love yarn!

IKEA hack – upcycling RAST

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This is IKEA’s dresser RAST, simple untreated wood ready to be made into just about anything! What I did was that I coated it first with an adhesive paint and then just painted it white. For the drawers I also decoupaged them with some nice napkins. The knobs got a pretty purple color and the whole thing got a protective coat of varnish!

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Buttons buttons buttons

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I love all these different buttons! I had really fun buying them on Ebay for close to nothing as well 😛 Here I’ve taken another of those cheap mirrors from IKEA, painted it (they only come in black or white) and glued on buttons. Just make sure you keep the mirror right side up, I had to make a new hole in the back for hanging, if you have buttons ” a right way” that is ^_^

Keep track of your yarn!

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When I start using a new skein I always remove the wrapping, you know it’s in the way otherwise.. But then if I need to buy more or wash it I can never find the right wrapping again, so frustrating! So to organize and keep track of my yarn I simple cut a string of it and tape together with the wrapping, that way I can search for the yarn in my little folder and see exactly which skein it belonged to!

Crochet leg warmers

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My mom sent me loads of her left over yarn some years ago so I’ve been doing projects with these ever since. Here are some leg warmers I made that can be opened in the side with the buttons so you don’t have to remove your shoes to get them off. The downside is that the side becomes rather stiff so you can’t scrunch them up like but need to have them full length, which works too of course, they are rather pretty! I haven’t used a pattern for these, it just goes in rows and measured after my leg as I went.