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Craft Book: Eline’s Dollhouse

DIY Miniature dollhouse bookOnce in a while I’ll come across a truly inspiring craft book. Such is the case with Eline Pellinkhof’s book “Eline’s Dollhouse: with more than 90 mini-home decorations you can make yourself”. This book is written in Dutch. There are no pictures or illustrations for making the projects. However, for me it’s more for inspiration than anything else. If I really need the directions for a project, there’s always Google Translate.

The concept of a dollhouse miniature craft book isn’t new. However, a bright, contemporary, cottage style house is. Plus, the styling for the rooms is gorgeous.  I could talk about it all day but it’s best if I just show you.

DIY miniature dollhouse book 2Lets start with the sewing room.  Look at that tiny cork board and the vases have crocheted covers.

DIY miniature dollhouse book…and a sewing room wouldn’t be complete without a fabric stash.  Am I the only one loving this?!

DIY miniature dollhouse book 3Here’s the bedroom.  The hanging fabric lampshade is one of my favorite things about this room.  The lampshade is also one of 90 projects in the book.

DIY miniature dollhouse book 4I like the black and white checker tiles for the kitchen.  It’s hard to see, but on the left, there’s a chandelier hanging from the ceiling with trimmed birthday candles.

There’s so much more to see in this book but I couldn’t photograph it all.  To learn more Eline’s Dollhouse and the author, click here.

I noticed in the book there are some tiny colored pencils.  That reminded me of a post I wrote long ago on how to make miniature pencils .  I’ll be sharing that tutorial again here this Friday so please come back and check it out. 

Craft Trend: Woven Wall Hangings

DIY Woven Wall HangingsHave you noticed in just the past year how popular woven wall hangings have become?  It seems like every time I pick up a design magazine or scroll through Pinterest I find one.  There are so many great designs out there to make and buy.  But since I’m partial to DIY, I’ve put together a list of tutorials for woven wall hangings.

Starting Top Left Clockwise in Image:

1. Black & White Wall Hanging by A Beautiful Mess – You’ll also find a couple other tutorials specifically for wall hangings.

2. Tassel Wall Hanging by Honestly WTF – they use a frame as their weaving tool

3. Macrame Wall Hanging by Brit + Co – all you need is a wooden dowel and some jersey fabric to start making this

4. Bold and Colorful Tapestry by The Gathered Home – this tapestry is made by using latch hook techniques

Pom-Poms, Totoro and a Few Good Links

DIY totoroLast week I was busy working on DIY projects for my daughter’s room.  One of the projects is a -pom-pom rug (pictured above) which I’m still working on.  It has turned into the never-ending project.  Just when I think I’ve made enough pom-poms, I need more.  Have you ever had a project like that? I think this is why I like short and sweet crafts.

Since I don’t have a craft tutorial for you today, I’m sharing a few links that you might want to check out:

Totoro tutorial (pictured above) by Cheek and Stitch – her version looks much better than mine

Sweet Potato Latte Recipe by Eugenie Kitchen – I’m looking forward to making this for breakfast.

Fun With Washi Book Giveaway by Mod Podge Rocks

Decorating for the Christmas Season

reindeer wall hangingIt’s a holiday tradition for our family to put up Christmas decorations the day after Thanksgiving.  This year I decided to have a little fun with my daughter’s room.  Since her walls are still blank (decorating in process), I made a cardboard reindeer to hang over her bed.

I found the tutorial for the reindeer on the Good Housekeeping site.  It was pretty easy to make. It just took a while to cut out all the cardboard pieces.

reindeer wall hanging 2Click here for the reindeer tutorial.

How do you like to decorate for the holidays?  Please share in the comments.

I Heart Mug Rugs

DIY Mug RugsFriends, I did something a little crazy a couple of weeks ago.  I purchased a marble table for our kitchen.   A table that my husband, children and I will eat on every day.  And the one thing I know about marble is that it stains very, very easily.  Even water will leave a mark, if not cleaned up quickly.  So to protect my precious table, I’ve been investing in a lot of placemats and planning on making some mug rugs.  Pictured above are a few of my favorites.  Below you’ll find links on where to get the patterns for them.

1.  Latte to Go Mug Rug by Sew Ichigo – this is a free tutorial and there’s also directions for a matching pouch

2.  Airmail Mug Rug by Amy Morinaka – this pattern can be found in Amy’s book Zakka Handmades

3.  Christmas Star II Mug Rug by Amanda – free tutorial (pop-tart not included)

4.  Cookies and Milk Mug Rug by Nana Company – free tutorial with directions on how to make plate pattern

P.S. If you’re curious about the table, there’s a picture of it on Instagram.

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