Good Wreath Charlie Brown

Wreath CollageAs I mentioned towards the end of last year I’m going to be doing a Handmade Christmas this year and along with that I’ll also be celebrating ‘holidays’ as the Americans call them.

Thus far I have done a Waitangi Day (New Zealand Day) and Valentine’s Day display. Both of these were rather low key and the photos will form part of the end-of-year review.

St Patrick’s Day is next, but in the meantime here are my yarn wreaths that I created at one of our family Crafternoon’s last month.

They are really quick and easy to make, probably an hour each plus the crochet flowers.

I used polystyrene wreath forms but you could apply this effect to other bases. For the multi-coloured wreath I chose four different ‘Easter’ coloured skeins of wool. Pulled off about four or five double arm lengths of each colour, tied them together with a knot and secured it at the back with a pin, then wrapped it around the form. I did two completed wraps to give it a good solid covering and create the right look. For the crochet flowers, which my sister did as I am still a novice crocheter, we chose two of the four colours and then added an extra accent with a third colour in the form of a button.

For the beige wreath, with is very neutral, it’s a type of cotton but the concept is the same. Draw out 4 or 5 double arm lengths, secured at the back (for this one I actually tied the new length to the old rather than using pins) much easier when it’s just one strand of the yarn. This form also has a double layering. With a single yarn you need to take more care with ensuring there are no gaps. There’s just a single crochet flower on this (as I was nearly out of yarn), and a pearlised shell button. 

I’m really happy with how they turned out. They were very easy. I’ll keep the multi-coloured one as it is but the beige one could easily have colours added to it (and remove the flower if necessary) to make it fit with the other themes throughout the year. I have another smaller wreath that I have wrapped with some ribbon that will be part of the Easter blog, and a much larger one that at present is wrapped with white tulle which will also feature in a future post.

If you have any questions please do ask.

Happy crafting!

Sonya’s Handmade Christmas

For the past few Christmases I’ve been making at least some of my Christmas presents, a few easy decorations, the advent calendar last year, and wreaths. I love how they look and now with the move to the new (very old) house I’m tempted to make some more decorations and other decor items a little trickier than just wrapping some twine around a polystyrene ring!

So I’ve decided that 2014 is going to be be the year of ‘Sonya’s Handmade Christmas’. Each month my family have crafting afternoon and I haven’t really made anything of substance, so the plan is to have one project a month to make that at the end of the year is part of my handmade Christmas.

Because I’m such a theme queen I’m going to need to decide on the colours for each room and where each item I make is going to go before I start work on it. I would like to make several different versions of the some item if I have time, eg; bunting. For the lounge if I stay with my current theme the burlap and black,then I would make a burlap garland and then in the hall perhaps a knitted one similar to the one below.

So there it is, the first resolution for 2014 (which I may even start in 2013!).

Merry Christmas everyone, I look forward to sharing my Handmade Christmas journey with you!

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Advent Calendar 2012 | Day 3

Today’s Advent Calendar was for Hartleigh to choose one of the two goodies I had created for him. This one contained a Kinder Surprise egg which is asks for every time we go to the supermarket and it contained Lightening from the move Cars – one of his favourites, along with this blue window chalk pen with which he promptly went and wrote on his window. I love the cute tree he drew too!

day three final

Advent Calendar 2012 | Day 2

So Day One was a breeze, mostly because we had already completed it before he even opened the envelope! Day Two Hartleigh’s quest was to write a letter to Santa. To be honest I was expecting a five page list, however this is actually short and sweet.

day two final

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We’ll post this off and see what Santa can do about delivering on these requests!

Hartleigh’s Advent Calendar

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This is the handmade advent calendar I created for my son. Each of the envelopes contains a personalised card, listed below:

1 – Put up & decorate your tree
2 – Write a letter to Santa
3 – Choose a goodie to open
4 – Choose an activity to do
5 – $2 to go shopping
6 – Your choice for dinner
7 – Extra time on the computer
8 – Make Christmas Cards
9 – Make a present for Mrs VK
10 – $5 to go shopping
11 – Choose a goodie to open
12 – Choose an activity to do
13 – Picnic dinner at the beach
14 – Extra book at bedtime
15 – Watch a Christmas movie
16 – Play a board-game
17 – Go to Santa’s Choice
18 – Visit Santa
19 – Donate old toys
20 – Buy something at Hospice
21 – Visit Festival of Lights
22 – Wrap present for Nannie
23 – You choose what to do today
24 – Open ‘Night Before Christmas’ box

I’ll be blogging through December as he opens each envelope.

Christmas Frame

I haven’t done any crafts for quite a while now, and I want to put my trees up in a couple of weeks, I like to put them up the first weekend in November and have even been known to put them up Labour Weekend! So I decided I need to just do something Christmassy, crafty, and as it turns out, cute!

This is what I created, and it will form part of the display in the foyer area which will be hesian/burlap and white.

What do you think? Cute or what!

Christmas Crafts – July

This weekend I started some crafts for Christmas. My theme this year is the same as last year which is beige [in the form of burlap, twine, manilla & Hessian] and black. Why am I doing the same theme two years in a row? Well last year my efforts were less than impressive, and although the gifts looked good the tree and other decorations looked, to be quite frank, shite. So I’m actually going to make this year’s effort one with a major ‘wow’ factor, including making my own decorations.

Here’s the first effort – a twine wreath. I wrapped  twine around a polystyrene base, and will add an accent to it once I find the perfect thing. Possibly a black felt flower similar to some I have seen on Pinterest. This photo was taken with Instagram so has a filter on it – when it’s completed I’ll post an unfiltered version so it shows up better.

twine wreath

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This is the start of the Advent Calendar that I have created personalised activities and rewards for Mr 7 for. They’ll be printed onto playing-card sized card and include things like going to visit the lights at the local park, extra book at bedtime, watch a Christmas themed movie, and other fun things for kids (and parents). The are manilla wages envelopes, and I cut the numbers from black card stock using my Cricut [love that thing]. Haven’t decided on the final display method yet, but will probably either be a banner or in a themed bucket.

advent calendar

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You can also see the little ‘Noel” banner I made, just not sure where it’s going to go yet. The squares and letters were also cut using the Cricut and are threaded onto black cord. Could work by the fireplace.