It’s coming round to that time of year wherein I look at the calendar and panic. I’ve not even started to think about Christmas presents for friends and family, let alone creating an advent calendar. And this year is particularly difficult as I’m trying to do it all whilst sleep deprived and often with a Munchkin who won’t let me put her down. So this year, I’m remaking some of the advents I created last year and thought you might want to do so too.
So here’s a slightly revised Little Mr Robot advent blog post:
A friend of mine dropped into conversation that she thought that I sketch I’d done years ago would look rather cute as an advent calendar. So I spent a little time this week playing with it to see if I could get it to work. Et voilà!! Here is the result!
One of my all time favourite wardrobe items is a silk and cashmere cardigan by Alana Hill that I’ve owned for about 7 years (bought when Alana Hill still made luxurious garments and not the disappointing polyester items you find now). I’ve worn it until it’s almost falling apart. My favourite part of it? It’s covered in crochet cherries!
A few years ago I decided another of my cardigans needed cherries and so created a few crochet cherry brooches. I sold a few of them on Etsy and then started to teach myself letterpress, and so the brooches were put to the side.
But today I decided that one of Munchkin’s onesie/ bodysuit needed a little decoration and pulled out one of my brooches. I’ve re-worked the pattern and I’ve decided to share it with you. They’re quick to do and look fabulous as brooches, sewn onto clothing, glued onto cards… the options are endless.
Never crochet before? No problem, go to the end of this post for a list of video tutorials and links you can use to teach yourself the stitches you need to make this project. All that’s required is a 2.5 mm crochet hook and some thread.
Crochet Cherry Pattern
In the colour you have selected for the Cherry (I used DMC 351 Embroidery thread as I needed such a little bit of thread for this project, I love the colour and it’s beautifully soft) and using a 2.5mm crochet hook create a ‘Magic Ring’.
ch 17. hdc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next ch, dc into next 2 ch, tr in next ch, dc into next 2 ch, hdc into next ch, sl st into next ch, hdc in next ch, dc into next 2 ch, tr in next ch, dc into next 2 ch, hdc into last ch, ch 2 and turn work to start work on reverse side of chain.
hdc in next ch, dc into next 2 ch, tr in next ch, dc into next 2 ch, hdc into next ch, sl st into next ch, hdc in next ch, dc into next 2 ch, tr in next ch, dc into next 2 ch, hdc into last ch, ch 1, join to 1st chain using the Invisible Fasten Off Method.
In the colour for the Stems and Leaves, join to cherry, ch 5, connect to sl st (the center of the leaves) with a sl st and fasten off. Repeat with 2nd cherry. Use the remaining thread from the stems to stitch a center ‘vein’ through the chain in the middle of the leaves.
Now you’re ready to sew it on to whatever garment you’d like. I used a single thread of the matching DMC Embroidery thread to stitch my cherries to this cute onesie/ bodysuit from The White Company
New to crochet?
Here are a whole heap of tutorials and videos for you to use to create this project:
As with the envelopes, they’re very easy. Just print your choice of ‘Front’ design on the thickest card stock you can get through your printer. For the ones in the photos, I used a 220 gsm.
Then, put the paper back through the printer, after flipping it so that you’ll be printing on the reverse. Select the ‘Back/Reverse’ pattern you want and print away!
Finally, grab your scissors or x-acto knife and ruler and crop along the dotted lines shown on the ‘Front’.
Perfect for that emergency thank you note or birthday message! They’d look really pretty with a little personalisation. Add some washi tape or your own illustrations for something really cute and personal.
If you do… send me a photo? I’d love to see what you come up with! Read more
DM and I love fresh herbs. We buy some almost every week from the grocery store, even in Winter, when they’re stupidly expensive and turn into green slime almost quicker than we can get them home. So we decided to attempt a terrarium filled with a few of our favourites to be kept inside. We live in a Minergie rated apartment in Lausanne, meaning that it has fabulous insulation and under-floor heating and so stays a fairly constant temperature indoors all year round. That should give us half a chance of keeping them alive!
This is what I’ve created! We’re hoping to get it happily settled so that we can keep it going through the Winter months. Here is how I did it… Read more
We’re currently holidaying in South-West France. Enjoying some sunshine, sea air and the relaxed surfing culture that Hossegor provides. I’ve just commenced the third trimester and Munchkin is growing quickly! For this reason we are in the mood for a low key holiday. Lots of relaxing by the pool and beach, drives up and down the coast and attempting to eat our bodyweight in fresh seafood are on the agenda.
But before I left I put together a couple of posts that I’ll be sharing with you whilst we’re away. One of them is this cute envelope template! I love the coral and mint colours this season and have a bit of an addiction to paper doilies. So combining them all was something of a given. I love the results. They could be fabulous for letters, invitations, birth announcements, birthday cards or thank you notes… anything that requires a pretty envelope!
They’re really easy to put together. Just print out on A3 paper and print the inside pattern of your choice on the reverse side. Cut out and follow the instructions on the template to score and glue.
I’ve been having some fun of late creating packaging and gift boxes. This diamond shaped one is one of my favourites (second only to my tea cups). They’d make really cute packaging for party favours, for small gifts or just as decoration.
They’re really easy to put together once you know how and can be printed on a standard A4 piece of card stock. I’ve left the template blank so that you can customise and decorate it to your hearts content! Following is the tutorial. click on the images for a larger view. Read more
Mad Hatters Unbirthday Party Themed Invite/ Notecard
A couple of years ago DM and I decided to host one big party per year, to celebrate Summer and well… just because we wanted to! The first year we held an Unbirthday Themed Party. I made a cake and decorations and sent out letterpress invites I’d made. We gave away gifts to all of the children who attended, had a piñata including gifts for the adults, and ate way too much cake whilst quaffing alcohol laced lemonade.
Unfortunately we don’t have many photos of the table or event as we had so much fun we forgot to take photos! Last years event was a little more sedate and adult in nature. And this years will be even quieter as I’ll be 7 months pregnant when the time comes.
But since the first party, I’ve often looked at the letterpress invites and have wanted to do something more with them. So I’ve decided to create printables so you lovely people can use them as invites or note cards.
They’re really simple to put together, just cut out, fold and add a little bit of glue to the envelope. You can download each of the templates below. You’ll need A3 paper for the envelope and A4 Card stock for the invite/ card.
If you live in Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Peru, Switzerland, Canada, Belgium or Brazil (along with a host of other countries) it’s coming up to Mothers Day. Stumped as to a gift idea? Why not make or bake your mum something sweet and nestle it in a cute hexagon gift box?
I’ve had a bit of fun messing around with watercolour splodges and have come up with a couple of templates for you to download and make up. Or you can download the blank template and decorate as you wish!
For this project you’ll need:
Adhesive or double-sided tape
The thickest A4 card stock you can put through your printer (mine takes 200gsm, but check your printer for details)
Scissors, scalpel or exacto knife
Some decorative ribbon (I’ve marked cutouts to allow for 10mm wide ribbon)
Some paints, crayons, pencils or other decorative materials (if working with the blank template)
The templates make up 2 sized boxes 72mm wide in diameter (point to point) x 60mm high
and 90mm wide in diameter (point to point) x 43mm high
You could easily scale them up and print on A3 card if you required them to be larger.
For the ones above I did some quick watercolour scribbles and added handwritten notes in white pencil (white charcoal pencil to be exact). But the sky is the limit. You could bedazzle, embroider, paint, draw… whatever you’d like! This would be rather a lovely project to work on with a small child as you could cut it out and they could decorate the box as they wish and with a little help from you, assemble it.
Print and cut out your desired template. I cut my templates out using my Graphtec cutter/ plotter but it’s not a difficult template to cut out by hand.
If you’ve printed out the plain template, now is the time to get scribbling and decorating to your hearts content!
Fold along each of the dotted lines and glue the edge tab to the underside of the opposing panel to create the hexagonal shape.
If you need a ‘base’ in your gift box for heavier gifts, glue one set of the top tabs and gift box lids together for extra support as shown (I used strong double-sided tape).
To attach the ribbon, glue the ribbon to the underside of the tab shown and thread through the ribbon slot as shown.
Then thread through the corresponding ribbon slot in the lid, pulling though and aligning the lid and tabs. Repeat on both sides and tie into a pretty bow.
And there you have it. Pretty hexagonal gift boxes ready for your gift!
Due to illness and lethargy, I’ve not made any eggs this year. But for the many of you who have found next to nicx over the last few months, I thought I’d share some of the eggs I made last year.
They were very easy.
I made stencils out of sticky backed plastic on my plotter cutter (but you could easily use store bought stickers).
I then carefully applied them to the blown and cleaned eggs.
Painting the eggs and over the stencils with matt acrylic paint.
When the paint had dried, I run a scalpel along the edges of the stencil to make sure the edges were nice and clean.
Very carefully removing the stencil and then cleaning up some of the messier lines with a scalpel (you can etch into the egg slightly).
I then ran ribbon and a bead through the holes in the top and bottom of the blown eggs for hanging.
I was really happy with how they turned out.
Here’s the Star Wars egg I made for my husband. I hope eventually to have made him an army
I hope you’re all having a wonderful Easter weekend!