Tag Archives: handmade

Tennis balls

1 Mar

For some time I have been thinking what to do with some old tennis balls that aren’t performing any more….. in the end I decided to make a couple of cordwrap. The most difficult part was to skin the ball, then I added a snap button and it was done.

I really like my new cordwraps and now I’m studying some other uses for recycled tennis balls….

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A first time

28 Feb

This is my very first crocheted sweater ever. Last Autumn I bought this lovely wool at my local market and I wanted to make something with it rather than the usual scarf. So I searched the web and I found an easy pattern on Pinterest and started from there.

The beginning was a bit rough as I didn’t have a clear idea of the measures. Then I didn’t consider it should be fitting a woman bust…. so I have undone it a couple of time before finding the right way.

It’s not perfect but I made it myself, and I like it!

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A bit late

26 Feb

Perhaps I am a bit too late to post these two craftworks I made for this past Christmas, but since I think they are cute I’ll give it a go nonetheless.

Here is some decorative packaging: the first one has been made with a stamp handcarved by me. It contained a little “survival kit” for blue days (a special teabag and some typical Italian sweets).

The second one is just a parcel with an unusual bow decoration and a hand printed tag also made by me.

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Earrings for me

20 Feb

Just a couple of cute earrings that I made for myself. I don’t like big flashy earrings and I always prefer a simple design. These are made with a white glass bead, two golden brass disks, a purple chrystal and, of coruse, some brass wire.

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Cute little flowers

16 Feb

I made these cute little crochet flower brooches as a gift for some friends in Fuerteventura, where I went for a week holiday last September. I enjoyed making them: a little present for special people.

Minor adjustments

22 Jul

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This top was originally a dress. People who know me are well aware of the fact that I don’t wear dresses that often, so to speak. 🙄 Anyway, I bought this one because I liked the print and it was very cheap and, as predictable as it was, the dress was left unused in the closet for 5 or more years. Then, few weeks ago it suddenly resurfaced from the closet during a late spring-clean… In the spur of the moment I decided that if I wanted to use this garment it had to change. So, I cut the bottom at hips level and turned it into a top. Then I added some broderie anglaise to the sleeves and to the neckline and my brand new wearable top was ready!
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Crochet market bag

19 Jul

Crochet market bags have become quite popular recently due to the growing environmental awareness and I have been thinking for a long time to make one myself. I’ve been looking for tutorials and patterns on the web but in the end I decided to go with the flow and let my creativity free. 😀

The result is this red white and blue market bag that my roommate Nemo decided to test straight away. I used scraps of cotton threads so it’s a win-win situation.

Nemo says, recycle. Upcycle. Be kind to the world and stop using plastic bags!

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Pearls bracelet

22 May

I made this pearls bracelet to match with the necklace and earrings from my previous post.  Not much to say here except that the pearls were beautiful so it was an easy job. 🙂

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Reshaped pearl necklace

21 May

Some time ago a friend asked me to reshape her aunt’s pearl necklace which she thought was a bit over the top. So we agreed to make a long necklace  instead with the pendant pearls and some other pearls from the old matching bracelet she had.

I was able to make the necklace, a pair of earrings and a little bracelet too. (check my next post for the bracelet).

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BEFORE

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AFTER

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Work in Progress

Uninspired necklace

7 May

I made this necklace some time ago for a friend’s birthday. It’s a very simple necklace made with chrystals, black glass beads, blue calcite stones, orange (I don’t remember which) stones, cultivated pearls and chain.

I’m sorry to say that I don’t think it’s one of my best handiwork as I wasn’t particularly inspired. Nonetheless it has been apparently appreciated….

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