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Malibu Bikini

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Stash Buster 12  My oldest daughter had a request again: a crocheted bikini that she found on TikTok. I had all the colors she wanted in my yarn stash, so I could start right away. I only had to change the colors on the edges, because I just hadn't enough of the lila, but I don't think it looks odd.  This is the result.      Pattern: Malibu Bikini by Deborah O'Leary Yarn: various colors by Katia and Panturo

Ceramic Looking Glass Jars DIY

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 My husband loves haricots verts (which is sort of a chic name for skinny green beans), so we eat them every so often. I always buy them in jars, so I have lots of jars and am always on the look out for nice DIY projects to use them.  Last week several really great tutorials about glass jars looking like structured ceramic pots came along in my Pinterest feed. The best thing was you only need two ingredients: baking powder and acrylic paint, items I have plenty of in my house. I started right away and love the result! And... roses from my own garden! What you need acrylic paint in a color you like 2 tbsp baking powder  glass jars   What to do Mix paint and baking powder 1:1 Clean the jars to degrease them Apply the first layer and let dry completely Apply another layer, let dry  Repeat until the jars are completely covered That's it!     ~*~   My summer necklaces were featured by The Answer is Chocolate !

Terra Madre Top

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 Crocheting clothes for myself isn't something that I often do. I don't know, I don't really like how crocheted tops turn out most of the time. But lately I see great looking crochet patterns for tops come along, so great looking that I want to make them for myself.  The first one I made is this top by Isa Catepill├ín for Purl Soho, named the Terra Madre Top. Really love this top! The pattern asks for silk yarn, but I used cotton yarn. Pattern: Terra Madre Top by Isa Catepill├ín for Purl Soho Yarn: Paris Rust by Drops Design ~*~ Marcia Alpaca was featured by Creative Jewish Mom !

Marcia Alpaca Again

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 A colleague asked me to make an alpaca as a gift for her nephew. I used the Pica Pau pattern that I used many times before. One of my favorites. Pattern: Marcia Alpaca from Animal Friends of Pica Pau by Yan Schenkel Yarn: various colors by Katia   ~*~   Robin the Unicorn was featured by Creative Jewish Mom and Oombawka Design !      

Summer Necklaces 2021

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  Since a week or so we finally have some really sunny days in a row instead of just one and then rain again for a week, so I could finally take out my summer wardrobe. Now that I can wear clothes that show more neck and cleavage, I like to wear a necklace with them. I couldn't find much to my like, though, so I made some things myself.   Suede Stars Choker   Pink with Rose Quartz   turqoise fine ~*~ The Zucchini Cake that I made last week was featured by Simply Sweet Home , Our Mini Family ,  A Pinch of Joy and All Things Kitchen !

Robin Unicorn

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    Just something I made on request for a friend's four year old daughter, who absolutely loves unicorns!   Pattern: Robin Unicorn from the book Animal Friends of Pica Pau by Yan Schenkel Yarn: various colors by Ricorumi   ~*~   My Granny Go Round Jumper from Iron Lamb was featured by Creative Jewish Mom and Oombawka Design !

Zucchini Cake with Nuts

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  In the supermarket where I do my shopping you can purchase 'fresh boxes', boxes that include fresh vegetables and most other required ingredients for a complete meal for four persons. Our favorite is Thai Green Curry. That particular box contains various vegetables, among which zucchini. My kids hate zucchini, so I leave that one out. But what I hate is to throw good food away, so I was on the look out for something else to make with zucchini and I tried Zucchini Cake. Not bad, I think. Not bad at all, so here's my recipe.   What you need 120ml sunflower oil  175grams white caster sugar bit of salt 2 eggs 200grams of grated zucchini 200grams flour tbsp baking powder 75grams nuts (pecans are great, but you can choose whatever you like) 2 tbsp full fat yoghurt 125grams icing sugar What to do Preheat oven at 175 degrees Celsius Mix the oil, sugar and salt  Add the eggs and mix again Add zucchini, flour and baking powder and mix again Stir in the nuts Bake the cake for about

Granny Go Round Jumper

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Someone I follow on Insta shared this nice top she made, together with a link to the Etsy store where the pattern is available. I liked the pattern so much that I made one for my daughter in hot pink (although it looks more like red in the pictures) and white. I am planning to make one for myself as well (in other colors, though), because I really love the result. Pattern: Granny Go Round Jumper by Iron Lamb Yarn: Royal Hot Pink and Royal White by Zeeman   ~*~   My crocheted Porch Lantern was featured by Creative Jewish Mom , All Things Kitchen and Ginx Craft !

Old Plant Pots Looking Like New

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     Years ago I bought those terracotta pots in Menorca, an island in the Mediterranean Sea I go to almost every year since I was a toddler. They were hanging on the wall in the backyard of our former house and when we moved to another house I brought them with me, but they were still unused on a stack of plant pots in the back of our garden, covered in a green rash and a bit damaged. I thought about throwing them away and buying new ones when in Menorca (whenever that could take place in these pandemic times). But I'm glad I didn't, because recently we started to rearrange our garden and suddenly I knew what to do with the pots: paint them and give them a new purpose. One of the things my husband and I want for the garden is to only use plants in certain colors, to give the garden more cohesion. I chose white, light pink, burgundy and black (I love black flowers and there are actually more black flowers than I thought). Because the pots were already blue and g

Lizzy the Honey Bee

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 Today it's World Bee Day so this is the day to share this cute little crocheted bee. My full name is Melissa, which is (old) Greek for honey bee, so I feel a bit related to honey bees. In the Amigurumi Treasures book by Erinna Lee I found a great pattern for a ladybug, which I altered into a honey bee. Love the result! Pattern : Lottie the Ladybug from Amigurumi Treasures by Erinna Lee Yarn : various colors by Katia   ~*~ My wood burned plant labels were featured by Life on Oakhill this week!   

Porch Lantern

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 My husband is busy every weekend renovating the fixer upper we bought almost two years ago. For the porch that  he finished a couple of weeks ago I crocheted a lantern, so we have some light while the sun is setting.      Pattern :  Fairy Tale Lights from Aan de Haak, issue #25 Yarn : Capri Black by Katia    ~*~ Appa , the creature from Avatar that I made for my daughter's friend, was featured by Oombawka Design !     

Wood Burned Plant Labels

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  One of my wishes for our new house was to start a kitchen garden. One part of the house has a flat roof, so since a couple of weeks I'm busy to set up my little garden there. Far out of reach for snails. This year is the experimenting phase, with vegetables and flowers in pots, pans and buckets, but when all goes well I will ask my husband to make two large elevated garden beds on the roof for more serious vegetable growing business.  At the moment I'm growing seeds behind the living room window and planting them over in bigger pots once they're large enough. To see what's planted in each little pot I made plant labels. Last week I showed you the charcuterie board that I decorated with my new pyrography pen; this week I used it to do some wood burning on food skewers to make plant labels for my vegetable garden.   ~*~ This week my Wood Burned Charcuterie Board was featured by My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia !     ~*~   My Macrame Garden Lights were featured by Karin&

Appa from Avatar

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 My youngest daughter's friend from school has her birthday this week and my daughter asked me to make Appa as a present for her from a crochet pattern she found on Pinterest. I didn't even know who's Appa, but she told me it's a creature from the series Avatar. Didnt know what Avatar is either, haha.  Anyway, here's Appa!   Pattern: Appa by Caitie Moore Yarn: various colors by Katia   ~*~   Rex the Dinosaur was featured by Oombawka Design and Artsy Fartsy Mama !  

Macrame Garden Lights

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 As told before my husband and I bought a fixer upper almost two years ago, because what my husband likes to do the most on his days off is some serious home improvement. He does the renovating of the house entirely on his own, only in the weekends because on week days he has a totally different job, so things aren't going very fast, but they definitely are done good.  The last project on the house he finished this weekend: a small porch at the back of the house. I wanted a porch for years, so it's sort of a dream coming true.Unfortunately he weather wasn't very festive the last week, but I can't wait to sit on my own porch, drinking my morning coffee in the sun. For now I'm busy buying flowers and pots and making things to decorate the porch with, like these little macrame lights, made of glass jars and rope.       Tutorial: DIY Glass Rope Lantern by A Wonderful Thought ~*~ My Pyrographied Charcuterie Board was featured this week by An Arftul Mom , French Ethere

Pyrographied Charcuterie Board

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 Every now and then I make some piece of clothing, mostly for my daughters. The finishing touch for me is to sew on the leather label with my name. I order the custom made labels on line, but find them quite expensive, so I am looking for an alternative for a while now and thought about pyrography. So I ordered a pyrography pen, that arrived yesterday. The only thing I have to find now is inexpensive leather to cut little labels from. To practice a bit, I tried my best on this charcuterie board, that I already had.  Not that bad, for a first attempt, but I will use another wood variety next time. This board is made of bamboo and I guess pine will do better because of its softer consistency.     ~*~ My Apple Sauce with Fresh Ginger & Pumpkin Spices was featured by All Things Kitchen !      

Rex the Dinosaur

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   In the context of Baby Presents for Expecting Colleagues I made this dinosaur this week.      Pattern : Rex the Dinosaur from Amigurumi Treasures by Erinna Lee Yarn : various colors by Ricorumi   ~*~   Another baby present, Daisy-Mae the Pig , was featured this week by Pieced Pastimes and Oombawka Design !