Thursday, April 14, 2016

New Crochet Projects

When crocheting, the change of weather means a change in direction of the projects I choose. For me, my Etsy shop is all about getting a chance to try new things. Crochet is my hobby. I pick out fun stuff to make and put it up in my Etsy shop so I can buy more yarn to make more stuff! I've had some ideas pinned for a while that I've been meaning to try...

The first bag I made was this fun cupcake! None of my purses were made with a pattern but I did use this idea from Dearest Debi of adding plastic to the bottoms.

New crochet projects, Crochet purses and dolls by Over The Apple Tree

While trying to figure out how to do the cupcake, I came across some watermelon purses! How perfect for summer right? When I looked up how to add beads, I didn't like the method of pre-stringing them first so I came up with my own way. I posted a video on Instagram and I was surprised that people went a little crazy over it!

New crochet projects, Crochet purses and dolls by Over The Apple Tree


The last purse is a light blue and white with a pretty flower. I think the light colors will work perfect with any outfit this spring and summer.

New crochet projects, Crochet purses and dolls by Over The Apple Tree


If you ever look up crochet projects on Pinterest, you've had to have come across Lalylala dolls. There is a huge variety of beautiful doll styles, patterns available from Lydia Tresselt. As gorgeous as the originals are, I wanted to try one first in a smaller size. Lydia shares free minis and mods patterns on her website as well. The pattern I used is from a Dutch blog 2 Steekjes Samen Gehaakt. The pattern is in Dutch but you can translate it to English on your computer.

This first doll sold only two days after I posted it in my shop. New record!
New crochet projects, Crochet purses and dolls by Over The Apple Tree

New crochet projects, Crochet purses and dolls by Over The Apple Tree

New crochet projects, Crochet purses and dolls by Over The Apple Tree


While I was working on the first doll I got an idea for a second. There's a new superhero in town and she couldn't be any cuter! This superhero doll is available in my shop now! I worked with the same pattern as the first doll and then added my own design for the mask and cape.

New crochet projects, Crochet purses and dolls by Over The Apple Tree

New crochet projects, Crochet purses and dolls by Over The Apple Tree

New crochet projects, Crochet purses and dolls by Over The Apple TreeNew crochet projects, Crochet purses and dolls by Over The Apple Tree

New crochet projects, Crochet purses and dolls by Over The Apple Tree

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

21 Tips To Fix Stuff Your Kids Mess Up

We've all been there or will be one day...your kid has destroyed something by accident or just because they're evil. You turn to your friends, family and even Google or Pintetest for advise. With sugestions from some of my mommy friends, I've compiled a list to help you out.

Kids can be rough on your house and your belongings. Here are 21 tips how to fix some common things your kids mess up! Over The Apple Tree


Crayon On Wall
I think this one happens to everyone's walls at some time. Trusty Mr Clean Magic Eraser always worked for me. I've also seen mentioned you can use toothpaste(regular not gel) or a paste of baking soda and water.

Kids can be rough on your house and your belongings. Here are 21 tips how to fix some common things your kids mess up! Over The Apple Tree

Toilet Problems
I'm talking about when you find little Johnny in the bathroom, you just heard it flush and he has a guilty look on his face. The Family Handyman has some great advise and everyone on Pinterest agrees a toilet auger works wonders and can be found at Home Depot for less than $10.

 Kids can be rough on your house and your belongings. Here are 21 tips how to fix some common things your kids mess up! Over The Apple Tree

Clean Stuffed Animals
I've always thrown ours in the washing machine but obviously there are some friends that are more delicate and maybe this wouldn't be the best option. Check out the advice from Stain Removal 101.

how to clean and wash stuffed animals


Nail Polish
Thankfully I've only had small nail polish issues not a giant spill, yikes! Do you have some sugar? Yup Interior Design Info says dump some sugar on wet nail polish to absorb!
Moddy Bee says you can remove nail polish from carpet this way.

How to Clean Spilled Nail Polish off the Floor
Luc Viatour flickr.com/photos/luc_viatour/3874430140/
Car Upholstery
Unless you throw down a tarp when your kids get in the car, you are going to have a mess no matter what age they are. This DIY cleaner made with Dawn, vinegar and club soda from Inspired Housewife looks like a miracle worker!

Easy Car Upholstery Stain Remover

Crayon In Dryer
I saw this on Pinterest and thought wow, that would really suck. Not a week later, it happened to me! Carrie Elle tells you how to fix it.

Kids can be rough on your house and your belongings. Here are 21 tips how to fix some common things your kids mess up! Over The Apple Tree

Holes In Jeans
Active kids have holes in their jeans...always. I feel like I'm forever buying jeans. When I see a good deal I grab as many as I can in a variety of sizes because I'm gonna need them. Don't forget, you can always patch them to make them last longer! Here are some cute ideas for patches.

Kids can be rough on your house and your belongings. Here are 21 tips how to fix some common things your kids mess up! Over The Apple Tree

Stickers On Wood
Why do they all do this? Give a kid some stickers and they will put them on everything! Just Joanna shows us how to remove stickers without ruining your wood surface with vegetable oil!

Piano with Stickers

Gum In Hair
I always thought peanut butter was the answer, but here's another idea from Passion for Savings to try if PB isn't an option for you...coconut oil.

how to remove gum from hair

Clean Microfiber Furniture
This "easy to clean" furniture can sure be tricky when it comes to water stains. Personally, when my couch gets very grungy, I unzip the cushion covers and throw them in the washer. If that's not an option or you just have a small clean up rubbing alcohol is amazing. It will even take ink off. Yes, my daughter drew all over my beige sofa with a ball point pen! Follow these tips from One Good Thing By Jillee

Clean Your Microfiber Couch


Permanent Marker
In addition to cleaning microfiber, rubbing alcohol is great for removing permanent marker! Alcohol might not be the best choice for all surfaces though, try toothpaste! My Life and Kids

Looking for tips on permanent marker removal? Removing permanent marker from your hardwood floors is simple and fast with the right tools.

Dry Erase Marker
Can I tell you, I hate dry erase markers. They are not for kids and will inevitably end up in their hands and on surfaces they aren't meant for...like their clothes! When soap and rubbing alcohol didn't work, I went searching. Murphy Oil Soap and a toothbrush is the answer. Scrub, scrub and it will disappear.

Murphy Oil Soap removes dry erase markers from clothes!

Wood Furniture Repair
Whether it's you, your kids or your pets, wood furniture will eventually get beat up and need a little TLC. I personally use olive oil for small scratches. Check out these 8 tips from Yahoo Makers.

Kids can be rough on your house and your belongings. Here are 21 tips how to fix some common things your kids mess up! Over The Apple Tree

Scratched DVD
I found a ton of ways that people claim a scratched dvd can be fixed, banana peel, toothpaste, Vaseline, furniture polish, peanut butter, even shoe polish. A lot of people swear by the toothpaste. Here's something else you may not have considered, Universal Studios has a dvd replacement program. Disney used to offer the same type of program but it has been discontinued.

Kids can be rough on your house and your belongings. Here are 21 tips how to fix some common things your kids mess up! Over The Apple Tree


Hole In Drywall
Whether you have kids or not, holes in drywall can happen. Instead of hiding it behind strategically placed furniture or a picture, let Build.com show you how to fix it yourself.

How to Install a Bath Fan: Step 1

Repair Screen Door
How many times has someone walked right into the screen door? You might be lucky and it hasn't broke yet. When the screen does break, never fear, you can fix it yourself. Supplies can be found at your local home improvement store and Snapguide will show you how.

Remove your old spline and screen. Keep the spline to re-use if it is in good condition

Stuck Garbage Disposal
My kids are always taking their popcorn bowl and tossing it in the sink, unpopped kernels and all. Who knows what else they might toss in there that could get jammed. Don't call a repair technician yet, follow these steps from Curbly. I also found these instructions in my owners manual when this happened to me.

Kids can be rough on your house and your belongings. Here are 21 tips how to fix some common things your kids mess up! Over The Apple Tree

Remove Super Glue
Super glue is literally super. My kids break crap all the time so I couldn't live with out it. Unfortunately it's easy to get in places where it's not supposed to be, especially when the kids get a hold of it. Nail Polish remover can save the day!(who's seen The Wedding Planner?) Find out how to remove from all different places at About.com

Kids can be rough on your house and your belongings. Here are 21 tips how to fix some common things your kids mess up! Over The Apple Tree

Clean Pee On Mattress
Potty training is a tough and dirty business. Dish soap, baking soda and peroxide can make your mattress like new again! What's Up Fagans

how to remove pee stains. Here are 21 tips how to fix some common things your kids mess up! Over The Apple Tree

Chewed Up Crib Rails
Wondering if your child is part beaver? Cover your crib rails with fleece to prevent them from chewing on it or to cover up the teeth marks they already made. This is an easy no sew solution. You could certainly get fancier if you have sewing skills. You could also add some poly batting or a pool noodle under the fabric to give it some cushion!

DIY Crib Rail Cover: Easy Idea With No Sewing Required

Remove Temporary Tattoos
It's school picture day and your child looks like they just got out of prison! No worries, those temporary children's tattoos can be removed with some baby oil

Kids can be rough on your house and your belongings. Here are 21 tips how to fix some common things your kids mess up! Over The Apple Tree

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Thursday, March 3, 2016

DIY Photo and Message Board

When these laser cut wood frames first started popping up in craft stores, I couldn't wait to get one. I didn't know what I'd do with it but I couldn't resist. Years later, I still have this thing sitting in my closet and still no idea what to use it for. The day has come...I have an idea!!!

Use a laser cut wood frame to create a photo and message board for your office. By Over The Apple Tree

Supplies:
Art Minds laser cut wood frame
fabric
foam core board
string
mini clothes pins
spray adhesive
glue gun

Use a laser cut wood frame to create a photo and message board for your office. By Over The Apple Tree

1. Stain the frame

Use a laser cut wood frame to create a photo and message board for your office. By Over The Apple Tree

2. Cut two pieces of foam board for back. I use foam core board all the time for projects because it's super cheap and light weight.

Use a laser cut wood frame to create a photo and message board for your office. By Over The Apple Tree
3. Spray adhesive on one side of one foam board and attach fabric. Cut the fabric a little larger so the edges can wrap around the sides.

4. Glue other foam board onto back of fabric board This is to cover the edges of fabric and give it a more clean, finished look.

5. Hot glue strings on back side of wood frame.

Use a laser cut wood frame to create a photo and message board for your office. By Over The Apple Tree

6. Attach fabric covered foam boards to back of wood frame with hot glue.

Use a laser cut wood frame to create a photo and message board for your office. By Over The Apple Tree

These mini clothes pins come unfinished or painted(Michael's). I painted my own with some watered down acrylic craft paint.

Use a laser cut wood frame to create a photo and message board for your office. By Over The Apple Tree

This board is going on the wall behind my computer desk! I can look at beautiful photos of my kids while I work and now I have a place to put my lists and notes so I won't loose them.

Use a laser cut wood frame to create a photo and message board for your office. By Over The Apple Tree


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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Wordless Wednesday- Crochet WIPs

I truly love to crochet. I get new ideas all the time and thanks to Pinterest and Ravelry, I find patterns I want to try constantly. Want to keep up with what's new? Find me on Instagram.

1. Squares, adapted from Kata pattern
2. Dawn In The Woods Shawl pattern
Finished shawl for sale in my shop

3. Clover Doily-500 Crochet Stitches: The Ultimate Crochet Stitch Bible

4. Amigurumi Rat(Scabbers)

5. Zig Zag Slouch

6. Elegant Shawl


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