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

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

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.

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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

If you like to further connect there is more lebenslustiger on FBTwitterTumblrInstagram and Pinterest

Thanks so much!!! 



Aim For Your Goal - Arrow Leather Bracelet Tutorial

29 01 2014 DIY

Do you have an important goal for 2014?

It's quite easy to come up with goals especially in the beginning of a New Year but apparently it's difficult to not lose track of it once the daily routine starts kicking in again and gets the better of us.

We often just simply forget about our goal because it's "out of sight".

Choosing a symbol like an arrow is a great way for a visible reminder. And what is more visible than something around your wrist, right?

arrow leather bracelet tutorial by lebenslustiger.com, Anleitung für ein Lederarmband mit Pfeilsymbol

arrow leather bracelet tutorial by lebenslustiger.com, Anleitung für ein Lederarmband mit Pfeilsymbol

I really like bracelets and rings for this reason - it's nice that you are actually able to see what you are wearing.

Of course you can also choose any other symbol that speaks to you.

Here is what you need for a leather bracelet for a wrist size 6,5'' or 16cm. Please adjust the length of the leather strip to your need.

The bracelet is supposed to tightly fit around the wrist so it is snug.

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- A strip of leather - mine was about 22.5cm long, 2cm wide and 1mm thick.

- 25cm of leather cord about 1.3mm diameter

- A little button or a larger bead as a closure

- Scissors

- A punch to make small holes or a big sewing needle for just poking the holes 

- Glue (I used a multipurpose Gluestick which stated leather as one of the materials and it worked well)

- Thinner beading thread or any other strong sewing thread

- A sewing needle that fits the thread and through the holes of your beads (The leather lady gifted me with a special leather needle - YES, she had a really GOOD day...BUT I lost it (bummer!!!) and therefore just took a regular small sewing needle and it worked well)

 - Little beads for sewing your symbol. I had so called Miyuki beads from the craft store (the shiny golden ones on the cognac leather) and also some of my beloved facetted spacer beads. (I get a lot of questions from readers asking about these facetted metal beads. I bought mine at a bead shop in Santa Barbara, but that shop went out of business. You could try Rings&Things  or Baubles&Beads or this Etsy Shop.) Though I found, that the smaller, more regular beads worked better and more accurate if you are aiming to sew a symbol and not only a single line of beads.

Start by cutting off two 1cm pieces of your leather strip.

Then make three small holes according to the picture about 2cm away from one end. Looks like a little astonished face, doesn't it? :-)

Be careful if you use a big needle for poking the holes. Go back and forth to make the holes large enough for the leather cord to fit through.

Thread your cords through the holes making the two knots on your way. Try to estimate the size of the loop to fit your button.

Pull your cord until the knots are close to the strip and make another overhand knot with the endings of the cord. Cut the endings of the cord.

Now bend 2cm leather on each end of your strip and glue them together back to back. The leather cord closure sits right on the edge.

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arrow leather bracelet tutorial by lebenslustiger.com, Anleitung für ein Lederarmband mit Pfeilsymbol Now take your 2x small 1cm pieces and glue them onto the backside accordingly to the picture to give your bracelet a bit more stability.

Now take your 2x small 1cm pieces and glue them onto the backside accordingly to the picture to give your bracelet a bit more stability.

Take your button or bead and sew it onto the other side. Create a little "room" between the button and the leather for the leather cord to grip.

I used a vintage brass button on the dark brown bracelet and that button already had room underneath.

I actually love the rose quartz bead the best for the closure. I went up through the bead and then threaded another small bead on top and went back through the rose quartz bead. Can you see it on the picture?

arrow leather bracelet tutorial by lebenslustiger.com, Anleitung für ein Lederarmband mit Pfeilsymbol Now take your 2x small 1cm pieces and glue them onto the backside accordingly to the picture to give your bracelet a bit more stability.

Time to sew on your symbol!

Now take your 2x small 1cm pieces and glue them onto the backside accordingly to the picture to give your bracelet a bit more stability. arrow leather bracelet tutorial by lebenslustiger.com, Anleitung für ein Lederarmband mit Pfeilsymbol

It worked best for me to just do a longer strip of threaded beads than sewing on each single bead. I wasn't able to create a straight line by sewing on each bead or every second or fixing the thread by going across and in-between the beads. Just play a little around and see what works best for you.

Now my beads are kinda loosely but when I wear the bracelet it fits snug around my wrist and makes the beads sit perfectly aligned.

That's it!

Arrow leather bracelet tutorial by lebenslustiger.com, Anleitung für ein Lederarmband mit Pfeilsymbol Now take your 2x small 1cm pieces and glue them onto the backside accordingly to the picture to give your bracelet a bit more stability.

As I said - other designs will work as well - even a simple line of beads looks beautiful - but I really like to look at a powerful symbol like an arrow on my wrist.

Makes me feel energized and focused -  aiming right at my goal(s)! :) 

Happy Day,

Anette 

P.S. An arrow is also a nice symbol for something coming up next month: Valentine's Day!!! 

P.S.S it's Creadienstag today... 

And... 

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

If you like to further connect there is more lebenslustiger on FBTwitterTumblrInstagram and Pinterest

Thanks so much!!!