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Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Jar Lid Christmas Ornaments

I've heard a few times now the tradition of buying or creating one special Christmas ornament to add to the tree each year representing an important moment that occurred that year.  This year we got married (this is our first Christmas as an insular family), so I decided to make an ornament out of a silly photo of our wedding ring fingers taken on our wedding day.  (Yes we are that kind of people!)  I have a rule that every ornament on our tree has to be handmade or otherwise special, so I thought this would be the perfect start to a new tradition of making one ornament every year to celebrate something that happened that year - this year, the wedding.

Jar Lid Ornament

Friday, 26 October 2012

How to fix a cracked wooden table

As the woman of the household, I find it mildly amusing (and slightly annoying) that I am the resident handyman of the house!  It's made even more amusing by the fact that last Christmas just before we moved up here, hubby got a tool box from his parents as a going away gift.... and guess who's the one that uses it?! :P  Mind you half the time I have to ring my Dad or do some extensive googling to work out what I'm doing, but the point is that I'm the one doing the fixing, not hubby.
The crack in our coffee table!  It went almost
two thirds of the length of the table.

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Christmas Wreath from a Recycled Old Book

Previously the concept of cutting up a book would have had me crying blasphemy, but with the availability of digital media these days, an old book may not be worth all that much any more.  I had some old books that I was planning to clear out anyway, so I decided to turn one of them into a decoration for Christmas.  It cost me nothing at all (except my own time), because I used materials that I had lying around the house anyway.

Recycled Old Book Christmas Wreath

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Christmas Bauble Ornaments from Recycled Cards

Sometimes it is hard to know what to do with the cards people give you for Christmas, birthdays etc... do you keep them or put them away?  Just how many years do you keep them?

Here is a way to not only keep your cards, but turn them into something special that people will admire again and again.

Recycled Card Ornaments

Soap Bag

The idea for a soap bag first came to me when I got frustrated at my hubby's not-so-endearing perpetual habit of leaving bits of soap in the soap dish to get soggy, while just dumping a fresh bar of soap on top to use instead.  It's amazing the kinds of things that the man can just ignore instead of seeing!  Never mind just how horrible and soggy his soap always got, but guess who has to clean up the mess it leaves behind ;)

The soap bag

The Helen Hat

This hat was named after the person it was designed and made for, who is the beautiful and lovely art teacher at our local school.  She is a friendly bubbly person who is always happy, and who comes up with the most amazingly beautiful artworks as easily as she breathes.  She looked after our cat one holiday for us while we were off on our honeymoon (cruise around the pacific - amazing!!  But that's another story :P).  Since she had seen me out and about in my knitted hats before, as payment for looking after our cat she asked me to knit a hat for her, which I was more than happy to do!  

The Helen Hat