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?

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

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?

Enzo Mari Table

I have the best brother in law in the world. I should probably not put this in writing, he wìll use it against me. Sometimes though, you just have to say things like they are.

I hope you are now wondering what he’s done to deserve this title. Well, he built me a table. Not just any table, a full size (seats 6 to 8) Enzo Mari design, dining table. For those unfamiliar with Enzo Mari, as I was to be honest, Wikipedia tells us he is an Italian artist and furniture designer. One of the things he’s famous for is his book Autoprogettazione, a manual for constructing easy-to-assemble furniture. He explains how to build tables, chairs and even a bed with just a few tools and widely available materials.

So for my combined christmas, easter and birthday present for, euhm, about the next five years… he built me this tabe:

Enzo Mari design table made by Filip Cossement - full view

He added his own inspiration to the design: on top of the basic construction he built a tabletop consisting of under parquet tiles (this is literally translated from the dutch ‘onderparket tegels’, I have no clue what the correct translation is!).

Enzo Mari design table made by Filip Cossement - view of the table leg

Enzo Mari design table made by Filip Cossement - table surface

Enzo Mari design table made by Filip Cossement - table surface

The result is absolutely gorgeous. Thanks Filip!