Friday, October 15, 2010

Plastic milk bottle mobile...

In one issue of the Ideas magazine(, there was an article on recycling plastic milk bottles. They gave four templates which could be cut out of the bottles, hung with string from a smooth organic stick and functions as a room divider. So this got my creative juices flowing...
 To make your own recycled plastic heart mobile you will need:  
white plastic milk bottles, a permanent marker, a strong-sharp-needle, a thimble, a keyring, a pair of scissors, thread, string, beads and buttons in the colour of your choice.
 *With your marker, draw out the shape onto the plastic bottle(you can use any other template if you wish). 
*To make it easier to cut out the heart, I have cut the bottom of the bottle off first.
 Cut as many shapes as you want...
*Measure out the length of sting you want to use, neatly knot it around your keyring 
*From the other side of your string, thread a bead and make a knot for it to sit on, leave a space and make a knot where your shape will be placed(repeat this for the amount of beads and shapes you want on your mobile. 
*Now, using your needle and thimble, make holes in your shapes keeping an even distance between holes. Remember to make holes for your buttons as well.
 *Thread your needle with your favourite colour, make a small knot at the end and start threading through the holes you have made. 
*With the same thread, sew the heart onto your string(above the knot) through the button.

...and there you have a fresh, GREEN, present to give to someone special...or you could just keep it for yourself, hehehe!

Yummy Hash Hearts

These came out so pretty I just had to share it! One night I told my Hubby I feel like making PRETTY FOOD tonight. My gran(we call her Ouma Pollie) gave me a bunch of recipe's which she'd torn out of some old 80's You-magazines and there I discovered a potato hash brown recipe. It took us a few hours to prepare this lovely meal...

 ...and when we we're done Dave( )just had to photograph it!
The hash browns were delish but I still need to work on my combination of tastes. I put sour cream and sundried tomatoes in between but it needs something more salty. Perhaps next time I shall try something cheesy.....mmmmm, yum!  

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Blue Bottle Throw

When I first heard my parents were moving to the coast, my thoughts went to the bag of old, used blue wool I had collected through the years. I started making a house warming gift with the sea theme in mind... using three different square patterns! 
This gift took quite some time to finish as I only worked on it at night and my wool kept disappearing! After my stash was finished, I had to go out to buy more wool about 4 times...
It was worth it, though! Just look at it, sitting pretty. This is the biggest piece of crochet I have ever made! It really reminds me of Blue bottles with their brilliant blue tentacles.

Leia's cozy blanky

When my Brother's baby arrived, I started this cozy creation! Every winter baby needs a cozy blanky. I wanted to make a simple, continuous square blanket. I just couldn't find a pattern anywhere. So I stumbled upon a pretty bubble square pattern and just modified it into one big square until a blanky was born...
Pretty wool:)   
This one took about a week and a looks like a fairy forrest in Spring.
*Oh so soft and cuddly*
Just for you, Little Leia(and mom, Tricia) 

Chunky Granny Blanky:)

Upon visiting my Gran(on my Father's side), I was given a bag full of wool that she didn't have use for anymore. I never say no to any hand-me-downs! So when she asked me what I was doing to do with the wool, my brain started spinning. I then came across a huge crochet hook at a little shop called Allerlei, in Kleinmond where my grand parents stay. Needless to say... I bought it immediately! I went back to my Gran's and asked for a crochet pattern book, I found this Granny Square pattern and......take off!
I just couldn't stop!
I crochet till the early hours of the morning, it's really addictive!  

So about two and a half weeks later(I only worked on this at night) I finally had a Chunky Granny Blanky:)

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