Sweet Summer

14 05 2018 DIY

How are you doing? Are you enjoying summer's bounties?

Looks like this fabric yarn i showed you the last couple weeks will become my special summer project. The company that sells it was wondering if I would be interested in a bag full of left overs and remains of this material. In exchange I would share my creative ideas with them. Well - since I love to share creative ideas anyway I did not say no. Plus -  I love surprises - so I hauled the heavy blue plastic surprise bag inside and excitedly opened it to see, what colors I got.

Mostly black and white and a few little scraps of beautiful soft prints. How wonderful because I really like the scandinavian style of black and whites with natural wood. So I had ideas popping up immediately: The first I am showing you today is a small but long crocheted seat cushion for a small bench. There is a special outdoor furniture set called "Biergartengarnitur" in Germany: it will cover the bench of that classic German beer garden set - an easy way to seat a crowd.

I crocheted the simplest pattern of a granny square and just like a true granny blanket these squares crocheted together can grow in any direction, i.e. 8 of them make a nice little rug you could take out to the doorsteps to watch the sun set.

This is one of my favorite childhood memories: Sitting on the front steps of the house watching garden and street winding down and getting quiet for the night while the birds sing their evening songs...

So sweet...

Did you do that, too? 

Next DIY post will be jewelry again - made of fabric yarn...of course :)

Sunny days, Anette 


LAST MINUTE ADVENT CALENDAR WITH DOOR WREATH MAKING AND INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES FOR DOWNLOAD

27 11 2017

Oh - very, very soon December 1st will be here and it reminded me of this Calendar I made for SisterMag in 2015!!

Two years later... now everybody seems to be crazy with door wreath making; adding Eucalyptus and a bit greenery to a metal ring.

How to make a wreath with Eucalyptus and greenery, Advent Calendar DIY, download inspirational quotes, Adventskalender basteln, Kranz aus Eukalyptus binden

How to make a wreath with Eucalyptus and greenery, Advent Calendar DIY, download inspirational quotes, Adventskalender basteln, Kranz aus Eukalyptus binden

I used a simple hanger from the dry cleaners and formed a ring out of it. I wanted to keep the actual hanger to be able to add a little Christmas tree light.

Some pliers are helpful with shaping the hanger. Of course you can also buy a special metal ring just for wreath making.

Cut the Eucalyptus and any greenery or dried flowers in desired length and wrap it together with some thin wire around the shaped metal ring.

Add the twigs right and left and go in direction from the center. Always cover the ends of the twigs you already added with the new ones until you reach the center.

Make sure, your twigs look in the right direction. 

I actually used fine brass wire but you can also use simple green wreath making wire.

If you want to add the quotes for counting down the 24 days until Christmas, you will need some nice paper and 24 envelopes.

Write on each envelope a number from 1 to 24. 

I used the same fine brass wire to wrap each envelop and also to fix it to the hanger.

Here you can print out my 24 inspirational quotes: KartenKalendar.pdf

My tip: You can use the quotes - which are non-christmas-themed - for any occasion in case you are not into wreath making or advent calendars :)

How to make a wreath with Eucalyptus and greenery, Advent Calendar DIY, download inspirational quotes, Adventskalender basteln, Kranz aus Eukalyptus binden

How to make a wreath with Eucalyptus and greenery, Advent Calendar DIY, download inspirational quotes, Adventskalender basteln, Kranz aus Eukalyptus binden

How to make a wreath with Eucalyptus and greenery, Advent Calendar DIY, download inspirational quotes, Adventskalender basteln, Kranz aus Eukalyptus binden

How to make a wreath with Eucalyptus and greenery, Advent Calendar DIY, download inspirational quotes, Adventskalender basteln, Kranz aus Eukalyptus binden

How to make a wreath with Eucalyptus and greenery, Advent Calendar DIY, download inspirational quotes, Adventskalender basteln, Kranz aus Eukalyptus binden

Happy Christmas time,

Anette