Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Decorative Storage Boxes With Contact Paper

I have this book shelf that is a magnet for junk. I needed a way to still be able to store stuff here but not have it look like a mess. My solution...I hid the mess with decorative boxes! 

Decorative storage box with contact paper, Over The Apple Tree

This project couldn't get easier, you just need some contact paper and sturdy boxes. So I found this pretty contact paper at the Dollar Store. I would not advise you to follow my example! This is one of those items you should pass on in the Dollar Store. It was not very sticky and I ended up having to reinforce it with tape. I have a feeling I'll end up recovering these sometime in the future with better quality paper. We'll see, but for now it's ok. I love how the boxes turned out and my clutter problem has been solved!

Decorative storage box with contact paper, Over The Apple Tree

Decorative storage box with contact paper, Over The Apple Tree

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Crochet Jar

I love to find ways to recycle trash into something useful. I have been waiting patiently for someone to finish off this jar of pickles so I could crochet it!
I used this pattern

Crochet Jar, Over The Apple Tree

Crochet Jar, Over The Apple Tree

Crochet Jar, Over The Apple Tree

These jars could be used for holding flowers, pencils or candles. They would even make cute center pieces for a vintage wedding.

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Girl's Crochet Fat Bottom Bag

I've seen a lot of talk lately about crochet charts and I thought now would be a good time to share a project I made using a crochet chart pattern! 


I came across this pattern a while ago when I first got back into crochet. I was so excited, it was so cute and looked to be fairly easy from the picture. Then I clicked on the pattern...a chart!? I had never seen a chart pattern and had no clue how to read it. I set it aside and never attempted it. Since then, I have followed a couple charts to make crochet doilies that I used on my crochet rocks and found it easier than I thought. After you figure out what all those crazy symbols mean, it's really quite easy and the chart helps you to visualize your project better. I finally made this purse this year as a Christmas gift

The pattern for this purse comes from Pierrot Yarns(Gosyo CO., Ltd.) and is called 210-32 Flower Bag. I did not design this pattern. The chart pattern is very detailed and can be figured out by a beginner chart pattern reader. This post is meant to accompany the original pattern for anyone who still may be nervous to try it. If you are interested in making this purse, please print the original pattern and instructions and follow along!

I used 3 skeins Sugar and Cream cotton yarn in Lilac and a 4.25 mm hook for the whole project. I didn't change hook size for the handle as the pattern calls for. This pattern uses ch, sc, dc, sl st, and whip stitches. My finished bag measures 6.5x11 inches from opening to bottom and side to side.

Body of bag
To start, ch 62. In the chart it says ch 61 but that isn't including your turning chain.
Row 1: sc in second chain from hook, ch2, dc in same as first sc. *Skip 2, (sc,ch2,dc)...repeat to end of row, sc in last stitch, ch1, turn.

Rows 2-38: rows start with (sc, ch2, dc) in first stitch and in each sc from previous row. End each row with a sc in last. Ch1 and turn.



Mouth of bag
At the end of row 38 ch1 and turn. Work 20 sc across top of body section inserting hook under each ch2/dc space. When I reached the end of row I found I didn't like the little section popping out so I end with a sc dec combining the last ch2/dc and the first sc from the previous row. If you want to do this you will have 19 sc, 1 sc dec. Ch1, turn.



Work 20 sc across for each row, 8 rows total. Tie off. Now tie on to opposite side of body and do the other side of the mouth of bag and tie off.



Sides and handles
Make 2 ch 50 sections and set aside.
Row 1: Tie yarn on to corner and work 20 sc up side of body. Now work 50 sc into one of the ch 50's you made. Continue on to opposite side of bag with 20 sc down other side. Work 50 sc in to second ch 50 section. Sl st into first sc to complete round.

Row 2-9: Ch1, sc in same and in each stitch around. Join each row with a sl st into first sc.

*note: I don't actually think it's necessary to make the separate ch 50 sections. If I make this bag again, I would work 20 sc, ch 50, 20 sc, ch 50, join row. Then in second row I would work into the chain 50's, probably adding an extra row so there would be 10 rows instead of 9.





Finishing
All your crocheting is done! Now for each side of the mouth of bag fold in half towards inside of bag and whip stitch in place. Fold handles and sides in half and do the same, remembering to stitch together the short side of mouth to handles as well. Weave in all your ends. Attach button and loop for closure and sew on any embellishments you choose such as flowers. I free-styled this flower I used for my bag, no pattern, sorry!






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