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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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Fabric Covered Mouse Pad

My mouse pad got a face lift! Ok, this is totally embarrassing but my mouse pad is like 15 years old and is disgusting! You can barely see, but it did have Miami Hurricanes(my husband's fav team) on it. It started getting nasty a while ago but he wouldn't let me get rid of it, Since then it's gotten worse and worse and honestly, I just stopped noticing it.

Fabric Covered Mouse Pad, Over The Apple Tree

The other day I finally looked at it and decided to do something about it. All you need for this project is new piece of fabric, some spray adhesive, scissors and the old rubber bottom. First thing I did was peel off the old fabric cover. This was pretty easy since it was half off anyway! After removing the old fabric, go outside(it's toxic) and spray a nice thick coat of the adhesive onto the rubber. Place the new fabric on and trim with scissors around the edges. Done.

Fabric Covered Mouse Pad, Over The Apple Tree

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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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