Thursday, 29 December 2016

A SUPERB LITTLE XMAS TREE

crochet xmas tree, crochet decoration

A SUPERB LITTLE XMAS TREE


I am in the process of making a whole load of little things to send off to a really good friend for Christmas, and this is the first blog on the huge basket that’s headed her way. It’s a huge surprise (I hope) that her husband and I are orchestrating .. so fingers crossed that it’s all gonna work out OK.

Materials used : Today I’ve used a combination of our lovely Indian Vardhaman Millenium DK ply yarn and some Bernat Baby Coordinates in off-white

Sometime back I saw this awesome video for a Christmas tree shared on Facebook. Obviously, it went into my “Must do” list and then this opportunity presented itself.

I should also say that this oh, so easy (literally) 5-minute craft video is all that it purports to be – it does take just 5 minutes.
This is not really a crochet project though, unless you are going to make some crochet little hanging objects off the tree – but it is such a cute end product that it must be shown.

I also love to check out all the crafts that *seem* so easy, to double check that they really are.. and this one, I give a huge tick.. IT IS THIS EASY!


For this project, I’ve used the free pattern from this stunning video called how to make a DIY Zen Garden at  https://youtu.be/_lsk--Q5RMA

The wonderful designer in this video has made a lot more stunning things but I've only made the Xmas tree from here. I oh, so loved the little snowman and the sled, but that's kept on a back burner for another date.  


Three pom pom starting bits made... 

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 Tree done

crochet xmas tree
 Tree base attached and decorated

crochet xmas tree
No tree base needed

crochet xmas tree
and both trees ready to be shipped out!

For the Xmas tree, I used green Indian Vardhaman Millenium DK acrylic 4-ply yarn and for the off-white one, I’ve used Bernat Baby Coordinates. 

I used a small circular piece of thermo Cole for the base of the green tree and masked the end of the base with a shiny silver lace to give it a cuter “WOW” effect.  This is a tree meant for the inside of the house, so it has a stand.
The white tree is meant to be a real tree that is standing outside, in your garden, all laden heavy with snow, so one can’t really see the base of the tree, as it’s embedded in the snow.
Now ain’t that a lovely picture I’ve painted?

Right then.. go ahead and click on that link.. and enjoy this 1-2-3 craft.

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Have a great day and see you soon. J

I have a few other miscellaneous crochet stuff I’ve already made, and just in case you want a dekho at those free patterns … here you go 



































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Tuesday, 27 December 2016

MY SPANISH ORANGE BLOSSOM CUPCAKE DOLL

crochet doll, crochet amigurumi

crochet amigurumi, crochet doll

MY SPANISH ORANGE BLOSSOM CUPCAKE DOLL


Sometime last month, I was making some articles for a local donation, and just as I completed making all that, I saw this absolutely superb Cupcake doll .. but by then, it was a tad too late to make it.  Now thanks to the Secret Santa being organised in one of my Facebook groups, I get the chance to make this doll!  J

One of my friend's told me that the person I am making this gift for (as Secret Santa) loves cooking and crochet as well.. and she has made some exquisite crochet food 'toys' as well.. so I am hoping that this gift will have her smiling too.

Materials used : For this creation, I used Indian Oswal Cashmilon acrylic, with a 3 mm crochet hook ; embroidery needle ; safety eyes ; good glue.

Size : 7” tall ; 4” around the base


                                                           
Instructions : (Using U.S terminology)

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I chanced on this recipe for this exotic sounding Spanish Orange Blossom cupcake, and thought this was what my doll was gonna be .. an Orange Blossom Spanish cupcake doll .. doesn’t it just sound so oooooh… divine?
.. and here’s a recipe for this cupcake


But for my Spanish Blossom cupcake doll, I’ve been inspired by this free pattern at
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/magic-cupcake-doll and this was the inspirational photo that got me started on this creative journey


.. and how does this cupcake become a doll ?? Click on the video below



So, as you can see, the dress of the doll folds up and over the body of the doll to ‘hide’ it within and become the outside ‘shell/cupcake paper’ for your doll.  When you are ready to reveal what hides within, you slowly peel back your cupcake cover (as you would to get at the cupcake), and TA DA !! Watch the awed look on the recipient’s face! J

I  have taken a series of photographs to entice you onto your creation..   

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 so first you decide on colours and get your little girl made...  

crochet amigurumi, crochet doll
 then you add on the face features.. If presenting to a child, ensure you are using safety eyes and glue them down well

crochet doll, crochet amigurumi
 finally put her cap (or sombrero) on and ta da! watch her spring to life!

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top view of my splendid sombrero

crochet amigurumi, crochet doll
and finally a view of the little doll just waiting to jump out .. like a "Jill-in-a-box" ?


While working on this doll, I also found this pattern for a Magical Cinderella.

Yes,  once you find one of these topsy turvy little funniness, you are not going to be able to stop either! http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/magic-cinderella

Finally there are a set of topsy turvy dolls, which are stunningly fantastic, but these is not a free pattern.  Buy it at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/cupcake-topsy-turvy-doll

So go ahead, go crazy and create.
One little princess is going to be mighty  pleased

Enjoyed this ?? I sure did.. come back right here for more patterns. J

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I’d also appreciate if you could credit this blog when you complete your project.  Thanks.

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Have a great day and see you soon. J

You may want to take a look at some more beautiful and unusual amigurumi / toy / miscellaneous projects.















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