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Little Boy Blue

20 Feb

bobblesI recently finished the blanket I have been making for my cousin’s baby.

I was surprised at how wonderfully it turned out, as while I was making it I was having second thoughts about the square and colours I had chosen and to be honest I really didn’t  like it that much.

However, joining the squares and adding the border really transformed it and I now love it.

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The square I used comes from Edie Eckman it combines bobbles with spike dc to create a peak a boo feel.

I joined them together with dc in the back loop only. This was something I had never done, I had always used both loops. By using back loops only the squares are really enhanced as they seem to get a little border around them.

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I was attempting to do a bit of stash busting when I started the blanket, so this led me in my colour choices. I already had the light and dark blues and the white. I added the gunmetal  for some sophistication and keep it masculine as the baby is a boy. It is all acrylic, the gunmetal is 8 ply, thick , squishy and will be so warm for the coming winter.

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For the border I mimicked the same style from the square, I toyed with a more embellished edge but in the end kept it simple and that was the perfect choice.

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I didn’t block the squares individually nor have I blocked the final product, since the yarn and pattern are quite sturdy I am happy with the way it sits, I may change my  mind on this though before April.

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I am really happy with this blanket, I love the tactile bobbles and I can imagine babies loving them too. I am in love with the colours too, the combination of neutrals and brights has to be my favourite.

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A geometric makeover

6 Nov

Earlier in the year I brought back some things from my mums place, you might remember this post. One of the things that I brought back, with the intentions of gussying it up.image

Well, it sat in the garage for 7 months, until last weekend, when I pulled it out and gave it the make over it deserved.

This is how it originally looked

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My grandfather made this table, I think it was made for me as a child and was originally green. My mum painted it red and covered the top with denim contact for my brother. Now after 10 years in storage it was time to give it a new lease of life for my Minimen.

It is destined for life in the playroom so to match the colour scheme in there I painted it bright, sunny yellow after I had removed the contact and sanded it back.

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To give it a a bit of spunk I taped some stripes randomly on the legs and painted them with the blue that is on the walls in the play room

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I found a cute geometric stencil and using the same blue I applied the design. I love geometric patterns, they are always fresh and modern, and put a smile on my face,

So this is the finished product, I think I will probably put a clear gloss coat of varnish on it to protect the stenciling.

I love how it turned out, although the stenciling could be neater. It is going to fit so perfectly in the play room. I also love that I am able to give the Minimen something that was mine as a child.

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Paint chip update

16 Mar

 As promised, I finally got around to hanging my paint chip art works in the Minimens play room, and here is the finished picture.

I am really happy with how they look on the wall. Mr 4 agrees they look great but realistically I don’t think either he or Mr 1 are going to be spending much time pondering over and apreciating any of the art works that I put into their room.

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Chevron Love

5 Mar

I have often been put off sewing because of the high cost of fabric in Australia, but I recently took the plunge and bought fabric from America, one of which was this wonderful yellow and white chevron fabric that I had been eyeing off over here at $22/m and I got it for the bargain price of  $8.79/yd.

I don’t know when the humble zig zag grew up and became the much fancier chevron, but whatever the name I love them for home decor, that is why I decided to use this fabric to create some curtains for the mini mens playroom. I also decided to use an eyelet design as it is simple yet stylish.

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After cutting my fabric to size I ran a small hem around all Four sides.

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I used eyelet tape, which is readily available from the fabric shop and it comes with the grommits to finish your curtains with. When using eyelet tape you need to make sure that you have an even amount of rings for a perfect finish when hanging.

I measured and cut my tape and pinned it to my fabric.

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Using a zipper foot, to make it easier to sew beside the rings, I stitched along all edges of the tape with a straight stitch.

Once the tape was secured to the fabric I was able to cut out the fabric from inside the rings. This was the most time consuming part of the whole project, but once I had a cutting system, I got through I quite quickly.

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It was then time to fit the grommits over the  rings for a clean finish. These easily just click on and voila!..brand new gorgeous curtains. Image

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I am so in love with these curtains, I can’t wait to hang them! (photos will follow once they are hung) I will definitely be using this technique again when I do the curtains for the mini mens bedroom, it was so easy and quick (I ran up two curtains on a Sunday morning)

Pop art with paint chips

25 Feb

When I first saw paint chip art my initial thought was “how tacky” but then I found the3rsblog.wordpress.com. She has some really great graphic pictures made with paint chips, so that inspired my latest project, that and the fact that it cost me nothing. I really like thrifty craft, the cost involved in making things often has put me off in the past.

My mini men have a playroom, which I am slowly decorating for them, my goal today was to make some cute and inexpensive art for the wall.

We took a trip to our local Bunnings to get some paint chips in the colour pallette I am using for the room (blue, yellow and white), while there I also picked up a can of white enamel spray paint, then from home I found some old unused frames.

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The first thing I did was to spray paint my frames so that they would be dry by the time I had finished my art.

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I then cut out the shapes I would be using, I chose to use circles, triangles and squares to create some graphic, pop art style pictures. I used scissors to cut the shapes, but if you had paper punches in a variety of shapes and sizes that would be much easier.

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Using craft glue I glued my shapes onto some paper, trying to arrange them in some interesting and eye catching patterns.

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When I placed my pictures in the frames I was  bit disappointed that the edge of the frame obscured the edge of the pictures but over all I am happy with the final result. They are bright and cheery, the perfect addition to the mini men’s playroom.

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I haven’t hung them up yet, as soon as I do I will post a picture.

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