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let’s talk about christmas trees today. Real ones and fake ones. There are a couple of really cool “unusual” trees out there on the interwebs. And I especially put my heart to this “Charlie Brown” one: 

 

Ans I’m sure you all know the ornament tree notmartha made a few years ago, it’s pretty famous. And one day I’m going to have something like this. I just loooove the idea of lying underneath the tree, looking up and seeing something like this – it must be magic! 

 

and me? well I don’t have enough space for a real tree or even a big fake one, so I went on and created something big in height and small in depth for my place. I always loved these sketched trees that are often on cards. so simple and yet so elegant. 

 

there would need to be a way to create something like this for myself, only bigger, and brighter! 

and so I made myself a Light Tree

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I needed: thick garden fence wire (3.8mm), for the stand: a wooden board (rest will do) and a leg originally supposed to fit under your sofa, you can buy these separately, I matched my broomstick to the hole of the “sofa leg” and vice versa.
some fishing line. To decorate: LED fairy lights, some glitter and baubles if you wish, I used my amigurumi ornaments

what I did: I started with making the stand by just screwing the sofa leg to the board I had (I put some cardboard underneath as my board was thinner than my screws were long – a little cheater here), then I glued some felt below to make it not scratch my floor.
To make the tree itself I curled the wire. I needed two tryings to find the right circumference, but the wire was bendable enough to do everything I wanted. I always checked on the final form and height by lifting the spiral. Once I knew how much wire I needed I cut it and bent the rest into shape.
Then I fixed the beginning of the spiral to the top of the broomstick and slowly started to bend the wire into a flatter form. I didn’t want a classic round shape for the simple reason that I didn’t have enough room. This took a little time but was a lot easier than bending it this way right from the start. To keep the shape I wanted I added the fishing line.
Now it was time to decorate: Starting from the bottom I wound the fairy lights around the wire. Also wound some glitter around and hung in some ornaments. And that was it. 

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I need to say that I really like this tree and I hope to just lay it flat once I start to put away the decoration early next year. I will keep you updated ^__^ 

coniferous hugs, Diana

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Yesterday I bought some Christmas cards to send some friends and family. I love sending some season greetings and new year wishes at this time of year. To sit down and think about the friends who are not close enough to hug at this time of year and writing them some nice lines feels wonderful.
Now how more wonderful would it be to sit down and make the cards you’re about to write and send?
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So I’ve collected some easy and last minute tutorials for Christmas cards or even gift tags for todays calendar window. I’m thinking about making smaller versions of some these card ideas for tags. enjoy!
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fingerprints


source leapfrogandladybugs


source beneaththerowantree
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glitter and glue


source makeandtakes


source casestudychallenge – using the same method as the tree above
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buttons


source hopefulhoney


source unknown, the link was broken
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paper arts


source howaboutorange


source minieco


source fiskars
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sort of yarny


source amyalamode


I couldn’t find a how to link here, but I guess this self explains, right? a ribbon woven into a paper card like shoe laces
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have a wonderful Dec 16th, Diana

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to kick off my advent calendar this year I want to share the advent calendar I made for my boyfriend.
I saw the idea for this kind of calendar a couple of years ago in a magazine and since then I started collecting the boxes I needed to make one. This year I finally had enough. The boxes I used contained chocolate chips, which I looove but rarely buy, as I always can’t help but eat the whole box in one go. Now looking at the boxes I realized that I started collecting them about 15 years ago, whoo. One still had the prize tag on with our old currency.

anyways, in the picture below you can see how I assembled it: I first positioned all boxes to form a tree, then I started spray paint the closing/opening of all boxes and let them dry thoroughly over night, as otherwise the fresh paint would have “glued” the openings shut. Then I used some spray glue to glue all the boxes together and secured the fresh glued boxes with some string. Meanwhile I started wrapping up all the little gifts that should be found inside the calendar later, I mainly bought a lot of sweets, haribo, chocolate, you name it. To finish off I spray painted the outsides green as well and again let that dry before I attached a big ribbon. This ribbon will give stability to the boxes later and of course looks very pretty ^__^.
Then I just needed to put all the little wrapped packages in one of the containers, I put the heavier gifts (like candles) into the bottom boxes and the very light ones at the edges. I closed all boxes and wrote little labels with numbers on them and voilรก a calendar

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I hope you will enjoy this advent journey with me and tell your friends about it ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a wonderful first December everyone, Diana

How-To: Granny Square

I’ve learned how to make granny squares from the gazillion tutorials that are already out there on blogland and youtube and obviously they are great as I managed to finish a whole blanket not so long ago.
But while working on my “classic” squares I found I made a few changes to the classic granny tutorials that are out there. So instead of making a complete “DIY granny square tutorial” I want to keep notes on what I did, what alterations I made to make my squares look more even and maybe you will find some of the hints useful too ^__^

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1 – start by chaining 4 and closing them to a ring

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2 – start the first dc-cluster by chaining 2 and follow with 2 dc
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note: in most tutorials I found people make three chain stitches to mimic a dc, but I always find that’s too much and makes the chain stand out and look a bit wonky, so I only chain 2

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3 – now chain 3, as now there’s a corner, then do 3 dc, repeat this 3 more times
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note: now whether to make 3 or just 1 chain stitch in a corner really seems to vary amongst fellow crocheters. I liked the 3-ch-spaces for corners and the 1-ch-spaces inbetween dc-clusters along the sides of a square

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4 – to finish off the first round, chain 3 and close round with a slst into the top of the 1st dc you made in this round
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note: I’ve marked the spot to slst in picture 3 above with a blue dot

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5 – chain 3 and work 3 dc into the next space
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note: the beginning chain3 equals a chain2 to mimic the last dc in this round plus a chain1 to space between dc-clusters

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6 – now always chain3 between two dc-clusters in each corner and chain1 between two dc-clusters along the sides of a square

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7 – to finish a round that started with a chain3, make 1 normal dc and 1 “fat” dc
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note: fat-dc: I always found my dc+chain-clusters to be a bit wonky, a little off compared to the other dc-clusters. Therefore I “fattened” the dc between the bordering dc and the chain stitch that mimics a dc. To “fatten” a dc I started a classic dc and pulled the yarn through a second time at the base of the slst of the row below to pull up a fourth loop. To finish this “fat-dc” yo and pull through first three loops on your hook, yo again and pull through remaining two loops (basically treat the two base loops as one and pretend to work a normal dc. You can see the two base loops in the picture below.

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to finish this round close with a slst into 3rd chain from base

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8 – now let’s make a round that starts with a cluster right away: chain 2, make 2 dc
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note: again fatten one dc here to make this cluster look more like all the others. I like to fatten the second dc of the two dc I work here.

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9 – continue this round like before: chain3 between dc-clusters in corners, chain1 between dc-clusters at sides and make 3 dc to form a dc-cluster
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to finish a round that started with a cluster right away just chain1 and slst into the top of the next dc / equals the 3rd chain (remember the blue dot on pic 3)

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10 – repeat the last two rounds as often as required to make a square of your desired size – either start with a chain3 plus a dc-cluster in the next space OR a (chain 2, dc, fat-dc)-cluster

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I hope you will find this helpful in some way .. crochet hugs, Diana

I’m on the edge..

the edge, the edge … *sings*

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so I’m almost finished with my dahlia granny blanket. So exciting! To choose a nice edging (and to crochet it) took quite a bit. Quite a bit of thinking, researching and finally crocheting. The latter one eats up time (and yarn!). Before finally showing you my finished new favorite couch blanket I thought I’d share how I made my border. When searching for nice patterns for edgings/borders on crocheted blankets I didn’t find a lot of posts out there in the interwebs. I did find a few lovely pictures though and that I liked very much. Simple and plain, not too lacey and yet clear and solid. I thought that might fit my blanket quite nicely. So I started and here we go:

I first added one row in a classic granny stitch (*dcx3, chain1*) all around to have a nice base to start from, than I added simple chain (*sc1, chain3*) to start the next round from in the same color I used on the flower centers:

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next I added 4dc in each of the ch3sp for the next round, in the corners I made (dc3, ch3, dc3):

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again I added a chain-round of *sc1, ch3* all around to build the base for the next dc-round. In the corners simply contiuned that way *sc1, ch3*:

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and so I continued for another couple of rounds, in total I made 3 dc-rounds in the base color of the afghan, followed by 2 rounds in the same color I used for the flowers and ended with another round in green/mint. To finish worked one more chain round and added to that a “chain round” in mint/green. For this last round I simply went *sc1, sc1* all around and worked the single crochets into the stitch below the brown chain round. I think you can see it pretty clearly in the picture below (even though the crappy flash light and photoshop did help to loose a bit of the lovelyness of the blanket)

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what is your preferred crochet edging for a blanket? do you go for tassels or lacy edgings?

crochet hugs, Diana