Neon detail blanket

First of all, happy New Year! What better way to start off the New Year with a cosy blanket? (Unless you live in the southern hemisphere off course…)

In september we went to the fabric sale of Strass, a brand of cute kids clothing. (strasskids.com) They sell off their surplus fabrics at the end of each collection. Sample sales like these are a great way to score some interesting fabrics, at very decent prizes. teddy throw with neon piping

I bought some off white teddy fabric and a great black and white chequered knit fabrics. The squares are tiny, so from far off it looks like a grey knit, but I love the detail if you look closer. Turning these soft and warm fabrics into a cosy couch blanket made sense, they are such warm fabrics, but I needed something to set off the neutral colours, so I added some neon orange piping chord from Veritas… Continue reading

Knitted Christmas Tree ornaments

Yes, you read that right. Knitted Christmas balls. I obviously have too much time… Or not, as it took me about a year to make 10 pieces!
various designs of knitted christmas balls

I saw the knitted christmas tree ornaments in a book from Arne & Carlos: 55 Christmas Balls to Knit and was immediately sold on the idea, even though I realised it was going to be a lot of work. The instructions in the book are really clear. Still, if you’ve never knitted with more than 2 needles or more than one colour before, I can definitely say it’s a challenge.Work in progress

Luckily, a well timed Christmas present last year, ‘Ons Breiboek‘ came in handy. ‘Ons breiboek’ is a full-on manual for knitting, covering all the basics and a lot of more advanced techniques as well. (For the belgians reading this, this book is from the same organisation that publishes ‘Ons kookboek’, granny would be proud.)picture of red knitted ornament

So armed with 2 books, 5 needles and some cotton wool I set off on my task, and I have to say, once you master the technique involved, the balls practically knit themselves. Hehe, you didn’t believe that did you? But it does get easier, the general pattern for the ball stays the same every time, just the design changes (you could make the same design over and over again, but where’s the fun in that 😉 )white and blue knitted christmas tree ball

The end result was well worth the effort in my opinion. Now I just wish people would stop focussing on how fat and short me tree is and focus on the ornaments instead!Christmas tree with knitted ornamentsblue and white knitted ornament in the tree

 

 

Work in progress: homemade wooden bench with pipes

I love this hand made pipe bench project by HomeMade Modern:Home made bench by homemade modern

http://homemade-modern.com/ep23-pipe-bench/

The combination of an industrial look with the use of pure materials (iron and wood) really does it for me. Needless to say this project is high up on my to do list. I’ve already bought the pipes, just need to buy the wood and assemble the lot. Two negative points:  I’m  a bit worried about the ends of the pipes damaging my wooden floors and at about €50  for the pipes, and looking at at least another €50 for a piece of wood sturdy enough, this isn’t the cheapest DIY project out there.

On the other hand: this will last forever as the materials used are very solid and it’s a timeless look. I can probably find a way of protecting the pipe ends too… Suggestions anyone?

Colour block quilt tutorial

colour block quiltWe made this colour block quilt for our good friend Laure’s little girl Anna. We decided to keep the patterns super simple (euhm, not less work intensive though) and work with bright colours. Our main inspiration was this ixxi ‘loco’ wall mural:ixxi_Loco_StudioBoot01

If you don’t know ixxi, check them out here: http://www.ixxidesign.com/ great budget friendly solutions to make a statement on a blank wall. I especially love the rijksmuseum plates design, but you have the choice of a wide variety of designs, or you can upload your own.

colour block quilt front

The inspiration sorted, the only thing left to do was make the actual quilt. Here’s a quick run through of materials and step by step of the process.

Read on for full instructions…

How to make perler or hama bead bowls

By popular demand (ie: 2 people asked me), here’s a short how to on the bowls I posted a few days ago.

First of all, for those of you that don’t know, perler or hama beads are little plastic fusible beads (strijkparels). Typically fused using an iron, in this case it’s done in an oven. I bought mine on Amazon, but you can find them in any good toy store, and even Ikea. Continue reading

Hama bead bowls

I first spotted these cute multi coloured bowls on Mme Zsazsa’s blog: http://madamezsazsa.blogspot.be/2012/12/10-minuten-op-200-graden.html and have seen them pop up on pinterest and various blogs since. Ok, so I’m not very original, never claimed to be, but I did put my own spin on them. Since I don’t have any kids and I’m trying to justify playing around with hama beads at my age, I’ve chosen to go for a more grown up version.hama or perler bead bowl in neon pink

I made them in two colours and varying sizes. Neon pink as it’s definitely my favourite colour and is also very conveniently ‘in’ right now. And a solid white, to balance it out a bit. The result is pretty but smells a bit like butter. Actually, that’s not a but, I love the smell of butter. These bowls are super easy to make, and they can add a nice colourful touch to your home, why don’t you give it a try?hama or perler bead bowl in neon pink

PS: turns out they’re not so grown up after all:Glow in the dark perler bead bowls

On a break

You might have guessed by the silence and occasional tumbleweed passing by. We’ve taken a bit of a break. The weather has been exceptionally good in Belgium this year, and well, it’s just been too good to sit inside and write blogposts or edit pictures. It doesn’t mean we haven’t been busy though, and soon we’ll be back with tales of the projects we’ve been working on, and (more entertaining perhaps) the mistakes we made along the way. In the meantime, enjoy the sunshine xsunshine

Handmade quilt and bibs

Really, we’ll use any excuse to start making something. But a new baby is definitely one of the better ones. When our friend Shirley told us she was having another baby we couldn’t wait to make something. For her firstborn we made this cute little cloud shaped mobile.

So now we had to pick something different (I secretly have to admit that mobiles are probably our favourite thing to make). Together with the proud new mum to be we picked out a fabric that would coordinate with the birth announcement card. She didn’t have a clue what we were planning to make, but it was fun being able to incorporate her in a part of the decision making process… We chose this gorgeous red apple fabric, for those of you living in Belgium, it’s part of the new Veritas line of crafting fabrics.

Veritas red apple fabric

Woops, ignore the bad stitching

Then to decide what to do with it. We’ve made some quilts before, and I think it makes a lovely versatile gift: use it as a blanket, put it on the floor to play on, use it in a crib. So one of those was definitely on the list. Then we added some bibs, because Annelies is very good at making them (I still haven’t tried one) and well they’re super useful, obvious. So here’s the final gift:

Bibs

Three cute and practical bibs

bibs detail

The cute ribbon detail was actually added to hide the bad finishing, but shhh

red apple fabric quilt

The finished quilt

Quilt detail

Detail of the quilt

bibs and quilt

The whole finished lot, ready to wrap up

We’re pretty proud of this one!

Washi wall

Inspired by the many decorative applications for Washi tape found around blogs and pinterest, I decided to brighten up a boring white wall in my bedroom. I still had a map of London lying around (bit nostalgic) in need of a wall, and some neon orange washi tape in need of something to stick to. This is the result:

washi wall full view

washi wall detail

I like that it brings a bright touch to my plain wall, but could have probably found a better map of London. Anyone know of any good illustrated London map?