Friday, 26 October 2012

How to fix a cracked wooden table

As the woman of the household, I find it mildly amusing (and slightly annoying) that I am the resident handyman of the house!  It's made even more amusing by the fact that last Christmas just before we moved up here, hubby got a tool box from his parents as a going away gift.... and guess who's the one that uses it?! :P  Mind you half the time I have to ring my Dad or do some extensive googling to work out what I'm doing, but the point is that I'm the one doing the fixing, not hubby.
The crack in our coffee table!  It went almost
two thirds of the length of the table.

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Christmas Wreath from a Recycled Old Book

Previously the concept of cutting up a book would have had me crying blasphemy, but with the availability of digital media these days, an old book may not be worth all that much any more.  I had some old books that I was planning to clear out anyway, so I decided to turn one of them into a decoration for Christmas.  It cost me nothing at all (except my own time), because I used materials that I had lying around the house anyway.

Recycled Old Book Christmas Wreath

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Christmas Bauble Ornaments from Recycled Cards

Sometimes it is hard to know what to do with the cards people give you for Christmas, birthdays etc... do you keep them or put them away?  Just how many years do you keep them?

Here is a way to not only keep your cards, but turn them into something special that people will admire again and again.

Recycled Card Ornaments

Soap Bag

The idea for a soap bag first came to me when I got frustrated at my hubby's not-so-endearing perpetual habit of leaving bits of soap in the soap dish to get soggy, while just dumping a fresh bar of soap on top to use instead.  It's amazing the kinds of things that the man can just ignore instead of seeing!  Never mind just how horrible and soggy his soap always got, but guess who has to clean up the mess it leaves behind ;)

The soap bag

The Helen Hat

This hat was named after the person it was designed and made for, who is the beautiful and lovely art teacher at our local school.  She is a friendly bubbly person who is always happy, and who comes up with the most amazingly beautiful artworks as easily as she breathes.  She looked after our cat one holiday for us while we were off on our honeymoon (cruise around the pacific - amazing!!  But that's another story :P).  Since she had seen me out and about in my knitted hats before, as payment for looking after our cat she asked me to knit a hat for her, which I was more than happy to do!  

The Helen Hat

Monday, 17 September 2012

The Jamaica Hat

Nicknamed "The Jamaica Hat" by my hubby, this hat does remind me of the Caribbean both in shape and colour :)  I feel like I should have dreadlocks and be playing the steel drums when I wear it!  Shortly after I knitted it I shaved off all my hair, so I needed something to cover my head with and keep me warm.  Good timing, hey!  Since then I wear it around the house in winter all the time, and it's become my favourite hat to put over my hair when I'm doing a henna treatment (over the plastic wrap, that is ;)  The picture below is obviously before I shaved my hair off - after the shave it was about 1cm long.   It started out as an experimental hat, but I think it turned out pretty well, don't you? :)

The Jamaica Hat

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Knitted Lace Hat

Here's a pattern for a hat I made up - I'm starting to build up quite a collection of hats these days! Good for keeping your head warm in winter, or for hiding a bad hair day.  I'm not sure if you'd call this hat a slouch hat or a beret, so feel free to make up your own mind.

Side view of hat

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Simple Knitted Beanie

This knitted beanie is knitted in the round, and uses two different colours of wool to achieve the effect below.    I loosely adapted this pattern from others that I have found around the net, but special mention goes to the Happily Ever After Hat upon which I based the crown shaping for this hat.  I knitted it in acrylic wool, which for anyone who has seen any other of my knitting posts you will know I hate, but unfortunately our local store is pretty woeful in the wool department, so I have a very limited range to choose from.  

Here is a photo of the hat with matching gloves...

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Simple Fingerless Gloves

Just finished my first attempt at fingerless gloves!  First time I have knitted in about 10 years, and they turned out awesome :D I've also knitted a set for a friend's birthday, and she loved them :) 

Fingerless gloves!!

Sunday, 29 July 2012

DIY Wedding Crepe Paper Flowers

One way of saving money and stress on the day for my wedding was deciding to make my bouquet out of crepe paper flowers in the weeks leading up to the wedding.  It has proved to be a mammoth task, but I think the results turned out pretty well!  Here's how they looked on the day - the taller bouquet is mine, and the shorter one is my bridesmaid's.  This photo was taken during the signing of the register :)