Saturday, August 8, 2015

Fall and Winter Crochet

I'm so excited to be getting ready for fall in my Etsy shop! I have a collection of Outlander inspired fingerless gloves posted already and still have more items done and ready to be posted. Usually when I work on new items, my friends and family get a look at them and they want some too!

My daughter was desperate to have some fingerless gloves. She picked out this fun rainbow yarn and I went in search of a cute kid's pattern. I ended up choosing these puff stitch fingerless gloves by Hopeful Honey. This free pattern is for an adult but these are very easily adaptable for any size hand.

Puff Stitch Fingerless Gloves free pattern

Puff Stitch Fingerless Gloves free pattern


Here's another pair of gloves I made using a pattern from Beatrice Ryan. I ended up using a size 6 hook with this. I also changed how I worked the thumb.

Crochet Shell Fingerless Gloves free pattern

Crochet Shell Fingerless Gloves free pattern

I've been inspired by the Outlander series for some of my shop's new fall items. Please stop by and take a look! These Celtic Weave Gloves are available in my shop!

Celtice Weave Fingerless Glove available in OverTheAppleTree's Etsy Shop

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Parisian Flair On A Budget

I was on a mission to find an inexpensive way to add some Parisian flair to my daughter's room. I think I figured out a couple good ideas to get it done while staying on budget!

Add some cute Parisian Flair to a girl's bedroom for not a lot of Money >> Over The Apple Tree

If you hang out around my blog here, you know I like to find the most cost effective way to get things done. A total room makeover isn't in the budget, but I did come up with a couple inexpensive ideas to add some Paris themed decorations to my daughter's bedroom.

My daughter(6 yrs old): "I can't sleep in my room because it's scary."
Me: "What's scary about your room?"
Her: "All the stuff on the walls!"
Me: "Disney posters? What's scary about princesses?"
Her: "Their eyes are looking into my soul!"
Me: "Okaaaay...so what wouldn't scare you?"
Her: "Hmmm, I think the tower of Paris."
Me: "You me the Eiffel Tower?"
Her: "Yup that's the one!"

Dollar Store Eiffel Tower
At the dollar store I grabbed a black foam core board. I didn't have a plan at the time, but I figured maybe I could do something with it. While searching the Eiffel Tower online, it occurred to me that it wouldn't be hard to sketch the outline and cut it out of the foam board.

Add some cute Parisian Flair to a girl's bedroom for not a lot of Money >> Over The Apple Tree

I drew a light line to mark the center of the board. Then I drew one side of the tower. With an exacto knife I cut out one side of the design. I flipped it over and used it as a stencil to trace and cut out the other side of the tower. This black silhouette would be ok as is if it was just black paper, but I wanted to disguise the white foam around the edges. I busted out my trusty puffy paint(dimensional fabric paint). I use this stuff all the time, it's the best! See how I used puffy paint on my daughter's princess mirror also. I put the silver glitter paint around the edges and added some detail. Done.

Add some cute Parisian Flair to a girl's bedroom for not a lot of Money >> Over The Apple Tree

Add some cute Parisian Flair to a girl's bedroom for not a lot of Money >> Over The Apple Tree

Add some cute Parisian Flair to a girl's bedroom for not a lot of money >> Over The Apple Tree

My Cost: $1 ( I already had the paint)


Paris Wood Sign
Wood letters, scrapbook paper, paint, Mod Podge, and a block of wood are all I needed for this cute Paris sign.

Add some cute Parisian Flair to a girl's bedroom for not a lot of Money >> Over The Apple Tree

First paint black around the edges of the wood letters. Cut a piece of scrapbook paper the right size to fit over the letter. Apply Mod Podge to front of letter and firmly press down paper. Using the exacto knife I trimmed the paper to fit the letter. Now just apply another coat of Mod Podge to seal. ($Tip: Mod Podge can be pricey. I spotted small tubes at Dollar Tree!)

Next, paint the piece of wood for the background and attach any hardware you might need to hang it. Attach the letters with glue gun. I added a cute little black bow also.





My Cost: 5 wood letters- $4.20 with 20% coupon, scrapbook paper- $.25(I already had paint, background wood and hardware)
Total- $4.45
 

Glitter Birdcage
Not sure what's "Paris" about a bird cage besides that it looks fancy! I upcylcled an old, used illustration board for this one but you could probably use another foam core board.


Add some cute Parisian Flair to a girl's bedroom for not a lot of Money >> Over The Apple Tree

I painted pink over what was there and then spray painted black around the edges. To spray paint the edges I taped it off but underestimated the over spray so a little black got on the pink part. Whatever! Just make sure if you do it to use newspaper to cover the pink part. This stuff is for my 6 year old's bedroom. I'm positive she won't notice or care if it's not perfect.

I used the puffy glitter paint again to make the cage. This part was a lot easier in theory than in reality. My hand was so shaky! I painted my wood bird black and when the glitter was dry I glue it right on there. 



My Cost: Wood bird- $.29

Total Projects cost: $5.74


The fact that I have a good amount of art supplies already, saved me a lot of money getting these projects done. Another way to get stuff for cheap is to use coupons at the craft stores! For more money saving ideas check out my tips for getting crafty on a budget.

Add some cute Parisian Flair to a girl's bedroom for not a lot of Money >> Over The Apple Tree


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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Crochet Reiki Chakra Doll

I received a special request from a friend for a Reiki doll.  I'm always up for a challenge, so here ya go! Honestly I had never heard of Reiki before now. What I have learned is that Reiki is a Japanese technique of "laying hands on" for healing, stress relief, and to promote well being. The different colors on the doll represent the seven chakras. Dolls are used for reiki training and distance healing.

This doll was based on one by Knot By Gran'ma. I started on this before I realized she had her pattern for sale. Oh well, with a little trial and error, it all worked out. My pattern is not available at this time but may be in the future when I get a chance to write it out so that other people beside me can read it!

Crochet Reiki Chakra Doll >> Over The Apple Tree

Crochet Reiki Chakra Doll >> Over The Apple Tree

Crochet Reiki Chakra Doll >> Over The Apple Tree

Crochet Reiki Chakra Doll >> Over The Apple Tree


Crochet Reiki Chakra Doll >> Over The Apple Tree

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Utah

Family trip to Utah: Arches & Canyonlands National Parks
This place is beautiful! Photos can't even capture what you're seeing, it's so vast. If you have the opportunity to go to the Moab area, do it.

Utah: Arches & Canyonlands National Parks >> Over The Apple Tree

Utah: Arches & Canyonlands National Parks >> Over The Apple Tree

Utah: Arches & Canyonlands National Parks >> Over The Apple Tree

Utah: Arches & Canyonlands National Parks >> Over The Apple Tree

Utah: Arches & Canyonlands National Parks >> Over The Apple Tree


Utah: Arches & Canyonlands National Parks >> Over The Apple TreeUtah: Arches & Canyonlands National Parks >> Over The Apple Tree

Utah: Arches & Canyonlands National Parks >> Over The Apple Tree

Utah: Arches & Canyonlands National Parks >> Over The Apple Tree

Utah: Arches & Canyonlands National Parks >> Over The Apple Tree

Utah: Arches & Canyonlands National Parks >> Over The Apple Tree

Utah: Arches & Canyonlands National Parks >> Over The Apple Tree

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Custom Built Wood Desk

Why buy when you can make it! I've had the same cheap computer desk forever. After my husband built his flag end table, we figured why stop now? Lots of browsing through Pinterest gave us some great ideas, and we finally landed on this desk from Centsational Girl. I love the look and it's a pretty simple design. An added bonus is that we were able to use some leftover lumber and didn't have to spend much on addition pieces we needed. Now I have a custom, solid wood desk that I'll be able to enjoy for many years and my husband will enjoy bragging about his mad woodworking skillz!

DIY Wood Desk, Over The Apple Tree

DIY Wood Desk, Over The Apple Tree

DIY Wood Desk, Over The Apple Tree

DIY Wood Desk, Over The Apple Tree

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