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Bringin’ snow to the Tropics and felt ornaments

Yesterday was a crafty day. Actually, I had a crafty afternoon, since I procrastinated all morning. Anyway, I was adamant in finishing most of the ornaments by the end of the day. There wasn’t really a lot to do, it’s just that I’m a terrible lazy bum, so I figured it would take me the whole afternoon to call it a day.  So I embroidered and sew and applied the starched tissue on the back of my felt trees. I also started a crocheted ornaments’ project, with instructions from this CraftStylish post. I’ve used two different yarns and hooks, so I ended up with, surprise, two different size of ornaments. They’re totally cute, even though I’m not sure if they are going to the tree due to the huge amount of things that are already supposed to be on it.

Today will be one more busy day, with little time for crafts, but I really wanna try and make it snow in here. No, I’m not crazy, I’m really hoping for a snowstorm in São Paulo, even if it is fake and only exists in my bedroom. The idea was “borrowed” from CraftStylish’s contributor Jeffery Rudell and will, hopefully, delight my tropical family. You can find details on how to do it HERE, but I can already tell ya that the whole process is supa-dupa easy. I firmly believe that this is one of those things that is ready before you even know it!

So, I’ll let you all with some nice pics from my last crafty burst.


Felt everything! Ornaments for the tree and little trees for decorating other spaces. Oh, the big star is probably this year’s tree-topper. I hope it looks good up there.


Crochet ornaments unfinished. I only wanted to make as much as possible in the shortest time, so I left the weaving in for later.

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Crafting with paper

I love paper crafts, but I’m not very good in scrapbooking. Actually, I’m pretty terrible in it. Therefore, in order to calm down my inner needs for messing with paper, I have to search and come up with different techniques and projects. I mean, I’d love to have the ability to put together a wonderful scrapbook, but I just don’t have it in me. So I was checking out some recent projects that involve paper and thought I should post some links here for anyone who’s interested.

I never really cared much about quilling, specially after seeing a couple of terrible projects on one Brazilian magazine. This beautiful ornament, however, made me change my mind. Make this gorgeous paper snowflake with the tutorial from Reese Dixon’s blog. (via Folding Trees, whip up and craftzine)

Simple and cute paper balls for crafting up your tree. The cool thing here is to use the kind of paper they used, the one with one patterned side. I think the big one with the little flowers on the inside is just beautiful! From Design Sponge. (via whip up)

Easy-to-make origami stars. Check the step-by-step instructions over at Zen Crafting. (via Folding Trees and craftzine)

Want flowers that will last (almost) forever? Try out this tutorial from Dozi Design. (via Creature Comforts and whip up)

Lovely paper chandelier. A bit of glitter and some beads will give it a more sparkling look! Made by Cheeky Magpie. (via craftzine)

Kusudama is an origami paper ball, kind of. Read all about it and learn how to make one in Folding Trees – there are two parts and you can find the link for the final one in the end of the post. (via craftzine)

A little bit more complicated, but still on a quite basic level, you can find these great 3D stars by High Hopes. (via craftzine)

A very simple ornament like this one made by Domesticali can become quite adorable when you mix the right coulours or use special paper, like the sheet music.

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Christmas ’round the corner

Omg, Christmas is less than two months away and preparations MUST NOT wait longer to start. I mean, even though I know I still got time, should I keep on putting it off, nothing will be ready on time. So, I finished my research yesterday and, now, have quite good an idea what I’ll be making in the following days. Here are some good ideas found on some pretty good crafty blogs. Enjoy!

luminary_longthreadhttp://thelongthread.com/?p=1404
This is a tutorial for a very nice luminary. It was aimed at Halloween (hence the black cardboard paper), but I’m sure that if one uses some colourful material, the project will be fit for Christmas decoration as well.


ribbon-wreath_longthreadhttp://thelongthread.com/?p=1310
Still on The Long Thread, I found extremely easy instructions to a ribbon wreath that may be used quite efficiently as a substitute for those more co
mmon ones. Once again, this was Halloween-targeted, but a simple change of the colours will do the trick and make it look more Christmas-y.


paperwreath_craftstylishhttp://www.craftstylish.com/item/13737/how-to-make-a-surprisingly-simple-paper-wreath
One more wreath. This time, one made with paper circles. Coloured paper circles. Really joyful, though I don’t know if it will blend in well with the rest of my intended decoration.


fabricpompom_mollychickenhttp://mollychicken.blogs.com/my_weblog/2008/06/fabric-pom-pom.html
These are very cute fabric pompoms which are sure to give a delicate twist to your décor. Personally, I haven’t got a clue where I’ll be placing the ones I eventually make. But I just love pompoms, so my house is sure to have a few scattered over.


cans_marthastewhttp://www.marthastewart.com/portal/site/mslo/menuitem.3a0656639de62ad593598e10d373a0a0/?vgnextoid=c921608f8532f010VgnVCM1000003d370a0aRCRD&vgnextfmt=default
From Martha Stewart’s to your home, right? So, these are intended for some all-american party, but I’m positive that everybody will be able to use different patterns to turn it into a perfect Christmas’ party item.


feltbutton_zakkalifehttp://zakkalife.blogspot.com/2008/11/cute-as-button-ornament.html
The felt ornaments for the tree are, actually, the things I’m most anxious to
do. It has everything to do with some kind of family tradition. My family’s Christmas tree always had tons of ornaments that were specially made by mom when we were toddlers. So, I guess this is just me wanting to, finally, follow the leader, let’s put it like that. 😉 (via craftzine)


feltornaments_bugsandfisheshttp://bugsandfishes.blogspot.com/2008/10/felt-ornament-how-to-1-stars-and-hearts.html
More felt ornaments. This ones are very simple yet extremely effective, I think, due to them being bicolor. Combine nice shades and have a totally cool tree. (As you may all perceive, I’m not much of a fan of traditional Christmas colours.) (via whipup.net)


feltornaments02_bugsandfisheshttp://bugsandfishes.blogspot.com/2008/10/felt-ornament-how-to-2-baubles.html
Another idea, same blog. This time, with embellishments.


treeornament_revoluzzahttp://www.revoluzzza.com/?p=54
Yet another ornament. The idea of this one is pretty cool: she cut two trees from some fabric with ‘em in its pattern. The she embellished a bit and started to sew the pieces together, not forgetting the filling. The end result was pretty cute.


fairylights_apartmenttherapyhttp://www.apartmenttherapy.com/la/at-australia/how-to-make-flower-fairy-lights-melbourne-067715
Outdoor ambient must not be forgotten, of course! So, what about making these fairy lights to enhance one particular corner of your yard or garden? I know there are lots of options in stores everywhere, but the idea here is to try and use as much handmade decoration as possible. (via oneprettything)


doughornaments_diyalerthttp://www.diyalert.com/node/4090
You know that kind of dough you make at home to kids on vacation? So, here you will find instructions on how to make great ornaments with it. Gotta try it, really! (via craftypod)


balooncandle_candletechhttp://www.candletech.com/techniques-and-ideas/water-balloon-luminaries/
I am pretty much in love with these candles. They are gorgeous and, on top of that, extremely easy to make. I’ve never made something like it in my whole life, bur really am going to give it a try. (via whipup)


paperornaments_dominomaghttp://www.dominomag.com/howtos/diy/2007/12/animal_ornaments
More ornaments, yay! These are made of paper, which is great, ‘cause you can use old magazines to make ‘em. Better than recycle, methinks. (via hostesswiththemostess)