(Neck)-Tie-Dyed Easter Eggs DIY

08 04 2014 DIY

Maybe you have seen and done this DIY already but I hadn't and just came across it on Pinterest.

I knew immediately I HAD to try this because of the surprise factor :) 

You need:

- some patterned REAL SILK neck ties or a scarf or blouse from the thrift store (it only works with 100% silk!)

- some white un-cooked eggs (you can carefully do it with blown-out eggs, too) 

- additional fabric scraps, for example from an old pillow case 

- sturdy yarn

- scissors

- a large pott to cook the wrapped eggs 

- vinegar 

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If you are going to use a tie cut the silk off the lining and then cut into pieces large enough to wrap around an egg.

Carefully wrap the eggs with the "good side" of the fabric directly onto the egg. Try to do it as smoothly as possible.

Tie with the yarn without breaking the egg! :-)

Now wet the egg a bit and try to wrap some more yarn around the egg - especially along the overlapping parts of the fabric.

The egg will only take the color from the fabric if it has direct contact to it.

Now take your additional fabric scraps and wrap the wrapped eggs again. This helps to contain the colors.

All wrapped up?

Then off to the stove. Fill a large pot with water and add about 5 tablespoons vinegar. Add the wrapped eggs to the cold water and bring to boil.

Simmer them for at least 20min.

And now for the fun surprise part!!!

Carefully get your eggs out of the hot water with a spoon and lay it onto a towl.

Now patiently wait until they have cooled down. 

OR

You are like me and you could NEVER wait that long so you start to unwrap the hot egg...

OR

You rinse them in cold water...

Anyway - it's really fun to un-wrap the little packages to see, if it has worked or not!!!

It depends on the fabric and how much contact it had to the surface of the egg whether the colors and patterns show well or only light.

I think, they are always kind of pretty and they are always one-of-a-kind and unique - no matter how...

You can rub a little bit of oil on to make the eggs shiny.

Please note, because of the fabric dyes the eggs are NOT edible! 

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neck tie dyed easter eggs, Ostereier färben mit Schlips neck tie dyed easter eggs, Ostereier färben mit Schlips

I even had a tie with horses and horseshoes on - perfect for my horse girl... 

Happy Easter Time!

Anette 

P.S. Today is Creadienstag and Upcycle Day @ Ninas Werkeltagebuch


DIY: Easy Wooly Flower - Headband

25 03 2014

End of last week I played a bit with carnations.

My lovely daughter joined in.

DIY easy wooly headband with fresh flowers, Elfenkrone selbstgemacht

Poor girl - she had to stay home from school for a week dealing with a really bad flu-like cold and fever for many days. 

It was a hard week for both of us because she loves her weekly rhythm with lots of sports, activities and friends.

Not being able to do any of this and being tied to the sofa made her even more miserable.

The day I brought home the carnations was the first day she was feeling better.

I was so glad to finally see her smiling and having rosy cheeks again!

We came up with this super simple to make headband. So cute and romantic...

DIY easy wooly headband with fresh flowers, Elfenkrone selbstgemacht DIY easy wooly headband with fresh flowers, Elfenkrone selbstgemacht

In case you like to make one too you'll need:

 - 3,5 meter merino wool roving and some fresh flowers to decorate the headband

Leaving a tail of about 40cm roving simply chain the wool with your fingers until desired length around the head is reached.

Tie both tails together with a knot and then another knot.

Cut the flower stems short and weave them into the wooly chain.

That's all.

DIY easy wooly headband with fresh flowers, Elfenkrone selbstgemacht DIY easy wooly headband with fresh flowers, Elfenkrone selbstgemacht

After we were done playing with the headband I stored it on a wall hook and by now - a few days later - the flowers have beautifully dried up and the headband makes a nice decoration...

Happy Day,

Anette

P.S. Today is Creadienstag


Fun DIY: Use Trouser Hangers To Put Your Prints Up

24 02 2014

Just a very quick and brief "hello" today to show you the very last pictures from my desk...

The moving truck will be here on Wednesday and I need to pack the last boxes.

I love using trouser hangers for my prints and photos - just so uncomplicated and easy to change.

Pur or with some sparkly glitter...so fun! 

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trouser hanger for pictures, Hosenbügel als Bilderhalter

Happy Day,

Anette 


Easy Chunky Crochet Heart Pillow

11 02 2014 DIY

I am really into this extrem thick wool thing lately.

It's fun, because a project is done in a few minutes, looks cool and feels oh so cozy!

For this chunky crochet heart pillow I used un-spun wool called roving.

Chunky Crochet heart pillow tutorial by lebenslustiger.com, Häkelherzkissen aus Kammzugwolle

Since I am located in Germany I ordered my wool from a german supplier but roving is available everywhere online and is usually used for spinnig your own yarn.

I picked this really soft merino roving and a crochet hook size 25mm which I ordered here.

I parted my string of roving in half and rolled it back into a ball - so my yarn size was approximately 12.5mm when I slightly twisted the roving a bit for measuring the thickness.

For one chunky heart you will need about 40 meters (about 650gram) of roving for crocheting the heart and about another 20 meters for stuffing the heart.

You can use the same wool roving for stuffing or some less expensive roving (that's what I did as you can see the white wool on the picture further below) or you can use some polyester filling from the craft store.

Here we go - you crochet in a round and because I usually totally confuse counting crochet in rounds I came up with a really simple tutorial with very little counting :-)

Start: Chain 2

Rnd1: work 4 single crochet in 2nd chain from hook

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Rnd2 and all following rounds: alternate 1 single crochet in next 2 , 2 single crochet in next... repeat until you can count 24 stitches all around.

Chunky crochet heart pillow tutorial by lebeslustiger.com, Herzhäkelkissen Anleitung Chunky crochet heart pillow tutorial by lebeslustiger.com, Herzhäkelkissen Anleitung

Next Rnd: single crochet in each stitch around (you can mark your start point with a piece of ribbon for example so you know when you made it all the way around)

Next Rnd: single crochet in next 6, skip 12, single crochet in last 6

Next Rnd: single crochet in next 12 (each stitch around)

Next Rnd: single crochet in next, skip 1... repeat all the way around

Next Rnd: single crochet in next, skip 1... repeat

Fasten off and weave in ends. 

Chunky crochet heart pillow tutorial by lebeslustiger.com, Herzhäkelkissen Anleitung Chunky crochet heart pillow tutorial by lebeslustiger.com, Herzhäkelkissen Anleitung

Second heart bump:

Rnd1: single crochet in next 12 stitches

Rnd2: single crochet in next 12 stitches

Rnd3: single crochet in next, skip 1... repeat all the way around

Stuff your heart with your extra roving or filling material. 

Rnd4: single crochet in next, skip 1... repeat

Fasten off and with the tail end and using just your fingers weave the hole shut between the heart bumps.

Chunky crochet heart pillow tutorial by lebeslustiger.com, Herzhäkelkissen Anleitung Chunky crochet heart pillow tutorial by lebeslustiger.com, Herzhäkelkissen Anleitung

I then washed my chunky heart on a 30 degree WOOL-cycle in the washing machine together with a tennis ball. 

Afterwards I let it dry on the heater - turn from time to time.  

Note: It's not like the usual felting in the machine were you choose a warm-cold cycle and your piece felts a lot.

This is a very light felting with the wool cycle just to give the roving a bit more strength and to prevent pilling. 

Happy Valentines Day,

Anette 

Today is Creadienstag

P.S. 

You can find my rosé-gold jewelry line here in my own shop  or my other lines at Etsy and DaWanda

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Thanks so much!!!