What Are The Most Popular Posts On Lebenslustiger?

12 09 2014

It's really fascinating for me to see, how popular DIY's are these days and how creative people are. 

From up-cycling scrap wood projects and wall art made of toilet paper rolls to jewelry making and of course lots of fiber works.

Everything seems possible and has DIY potential.

And I think, one of reasons why DIY's are so popular is, that the results always turn out unique.

The idea and inspiration is given but you have the possibility to put your own spin on it by choosing your favorite colors, material variation, additions etc.

So the result will be one-of-a-kind, very individual and showcasing your own creative style.

I have been making things as long as I can think back.

My parents grew up in times where making things yourselves by hand were necessary and normal.

I remember the kitchen in the house I grew up in in the seventies where I used to sit on a bench with a crochet hook and yarn making endless chains while my mother would cook or do a handwork project herself. Many of my clothes were sewn or knitted.

I even had yellow crocheted hippie pants! Yes - that's how old I am! :-)

I grew up and picked a creative profession - then I became a mother and my children attended alternativ schools with lots of handwork projects to be made. At some point I started blogging and the most popular posts on my blog are???

Right, DIY's! - See them all here...

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So - for me there were never really a time with no happy busy hands but over the years I got a little more focused and I now only craft and design things I would really love to have myself. 

These are the three most popular DIY post on Lebenslustiger so far:

- Leather bracelet tutorial 

- Knitting a cord  (pictures in this post)

- Leather wrap bracelet tutorial 

It's just simply very rewarding to make something with your own hands and nowadays it's so easy to connect, share ideas, tutorials, patterns and support on various sites, groups, communities, blogs...

Are you a DIY enthusiast, too?

If so, what do you think it's the most important reason why you love DIY's?

Or do you maybe have a different creative outlet like cooking? 

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Happy Weekend,

Anette 


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Leather Bracelet Kit And Tutorial

09 09 2014

My leather bracelet kits were sold out for a while but now they are back in my shops.

You can choose between natural un-dyed or brown leather cord and three different geometrical metal bead colors:

- brass

- copper

- silver 

The "how-to" tutorial comes in written form with the kit. 

leather bracelet kit, Bastelset Lederarmband

leather bracelet kit, Bastelset Lederarmband

leather bracelet kit, Bastelset Lederarmband

You can also find the full DIY tutorial here on my blog.

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Happy Crafting Day,

Anette

Today is Creadienstag


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Big Loop Knitted Hat Tutorial

29 08 2014 DIY

Oh I know I know...none of us want's to talk about fall and winter yet, but fact is, the nights are getting colder and the season change is lingering in the air.

But I have something for you to sweeten the farewell of summer:

A super cozy and chunky hat tutorial.

So fun to make and wear!

Chunky Hat Tutorial by Lebenslustiger.com

Chunky Hat Tutorial by Lebenslustiger.com

It's made of Loopy Mango Big Loop yarn which is available in my Shop or directly at Loopy Mango NY.

You can also use any other mega chunky yarn.

The pattern is similar to the Helsinki hat by Loopy Mango but less in height and I used much thinner needles, because I didn't have thicker ones.

This wool is just gorgeous and my goal was, not to waste even a tiny bit of this precious yarn.

So I wanted to get two hats out of a 36m skein - and it worked!

Here come the patterns for an adult size hat and a kids size hat with a fun bobble on top. 

For two hats you will need:

- About 36m of Big Loop Yarn

- A set of needles size 15mm/US size 19 ( if you have needles size 20mm/US size 36 and you want to use those, please keep in mind, that you might need more yarn)

If you want to use circular needles instead of a set there is a technique called "magic-loop-method".

Someone recently mentioned it to me in the comment section in one of my other tutorials. But I haven't tried that technique yet.

Ok! Let's start with the adult version (and of course you can also add the bobble to the adult version!!!)

Adult hat pattern 

Round 1: Cast on 18 Stitches 

The yarn length you need for casting on is about 3m. Don't pull too tight while casting on.

Generally it's better to knit this yarn fairly loose because you are using small needles for this size of yarn. The yarn needs to be able to breathe a bit.

Make sure there is no twist when you connect to a loop. 

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Now... 

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Crochet - Bangle

22 07 2014 DIY

I have shown this crochet bangle before but haven't done a full tutorial for it yet - so, here it is!

It's such an easy and fun little project - perfect for summer.

I like to crochet my bangles from fabric yarn because it's thick and gives the bangle a nice stability but it's still cotton and therefore feels cool to the skin. 

You could try to make it with several strands of regular cotton yarn - I think that would also be really pretty.

Just make sure your hook has the right size to create that extra chunky look.

Mine is size 12.75mm and you need about 10 meter of fabric yarn. 

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Depending on your hand and wrist size chain about +/- 20.

This crochet bangle shouldn't fit too loose nor too tight.

Making a bangle just takes minutes so you might need to redo it until you find the perfect chain amount for your hand. 

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After you did your chain simply join into a circle by placing a sc in the 1st chain.

Row 1

sc in each chain.

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Row 2:

sc but thru the back loop only. That creates a running ridge. 

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Row 3:

sc thru the back loop - skip two stitches in that last round to create a nice arch. (For example sc 7, than skip 1, sc 7, then skip 1 and finish the round)

Cut the yarn.

Now with your fingers or a needle weave the endings around and through the border stitches to create a smooth line.

Weave the endings further inside the bangle and finish with a little knot. Pull really tight and cut the endings.

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That's it!

Easy, right?

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Happy Creadienstag,

Anette 




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