Sunday, June 28, 2015

Crochet Covered Wooden Shoe

I couldn't pass up this cool Dutch wooden shoe from the thrift store! As mentioned before in my Updated Brass Plates post, some of my family hails from the Netherlands. I have a small collection of wooden clogs and if I ever come across some at Goodwill, I can't resist! So I found this one shoe hanging out all by itself. It was unfinished with names burned into it, maybe a souvenir? I grabbed it up and figured I could paint it or something. I've been looking at this thing for months trying to think of a unique way to decorate it without ruining it. Then, inspiration struck...I'll crochet it!

Crochet Covered Wooden Shoe, Dutch Shoe - Over The Apple Tree

Crochet Covered Wooden Shoe, Dutch Shoe - Over The Apple Tree

Crochet Covered Wooden Shoe, Dutch Shoe - Over The Apple Tree

The first thing I did was get rid of the names. I used a knife and some sandpaper to scrape them off. It didn't have to be perfect because I was going to cover it anyway. Next I stained and did a light coat of spray-on polyurethane.

Crochet Covered Wooden Shoe, Dutch Shoe - Over The Apple Tree

The crochet lace was done in five pieces and then sewn/crocheted together onto the shoe. The hardest part was finding patterns I liked and figuring out how it could all fit together. The top section is a round doily with three sections I added on to make it more of a triangle. The front/bottom and sides are three of the same made out of a triangle shawl pattern. The last piece is the top. It's a strip of two sided shells that goes around the opening of the shoe. Pieces are sewn together and I added more crochet on the back to cover open areas.

I won't say this was easy. It did take some time with all the trial and error I went through, but it was definitely worth it and I love the end result!

Crochet Covered Wooden Shoe, Dutch Shoe - Over The Apple Tree

Crochet Covered Wooden Shoe, Dutch Shoe - Over The Apple Tree

Crochet Covered Wooden Shoe, Dutch Shoe - Over The Apple Tree


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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Refections

I've been wanting to try some puddle reflection photos for a while and the perfect opportunity presented itself the other day. 


Thursday, June 11, 2015

Updated Vintage Brass Plates

I inherited these Lombard brass wall plates from my grandmother. From what I can find online, these have been knocking around her house since the 50's! I was a little torn whether I should alter them at all. In the end I decided to go for it because there's no way I was hanging them in my house as they were. As cool as vintage stuff is, I just don't dig beat up ugly brass but really do love the Dutch scene on them. My ancestors are from the Netherlands!

Update vintage brass plates with spray paint >> Over The Apple Tree

The first thing I did was give these a really good cleaning. I used vinegar, water and a scrubby sponge. While researching online how to paint brass everyone says to prime first. Well I'm lazy and the store had spray paint with primer in it! That counts right? I ended up using Krylon Cover Maxx. I did several light coats until it was completely covered. Torture! I hate waiting for paint to dry. After the white, I took some Valspar Tanslucent Color Glaze(Mocha) and applied it with a q-tip into the areas that I wanted a little darker. I wiped it off with a dry rag and played with it until I got the look I wanted. I think the glaze really helps the design pop.

Update vintage brass plates with spray paint >> Over The Apple Tree

Update vintage brass plates with spray paint >> Over The Apple Tree

Update vintage brass plates with spray paint >> Over The Apple Tree

Update vintage brass plates with spray paint >> Over The Apple Tree


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Friday, June 5, 2015

DIY Flag End Table

Here's another project that came about from necessity. We needed a table for our small TV in the living room. We had a bunch of spare wood in the garage and my husband figured he might as well try to make one. When I came home from work, he had this waiting for me! 

We were trying to decide how to finish it and because of the number of wood panels, I jokingly said you should put the Puerto Rico flag on it. Well, don't say stuff like that unless you're serious because once the idea was planted, there was no going back! My husband was born and raised in PR and his little table has become a tribute to it! 

DIY Flag Table >> Over The Apple Tree

DIY Flag Table >> Over The Apple Tree

DIY Flag Table >> Over The Apple Tree

DIY Flag Table >> Over The Apple Tree

DIY Flag Table >> Over The Apple Tree

DIY Flag Table >> Over The Apple Tree

DIY Flag Table >> Over The Apple Tree

DIY Flag Table >> Over The Apple Tree

DIY Flag Table >> Over The Apple Tree

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Water Bottle Carrier Teacher Gift

I was trying to figure out what I should give the teachers this year for the end of year gift. Last year I came up with something I thought was pretty cool with the rocks. While I was working on some of my water bottle carriers...light bulb! How 'bout a specially designed carrier for the teachers? I came up with an apple themed carrier. The pattern I used for my carrier is from Lee Mathewson and I just added on some leaves to the top of it.

These water bottle carriers are really simple to make and can be easily customized to fit different sized water bottles. Living in a dry climate here in Colorado, you have to have water with you. My daughter and I use ours all the time while we're out and about walking, hiking or even shopping.

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