Crochet Camera Bag

I have to confess, I don’t know this pattern off-by-heart because I made it up as I went along, but I’ll give you a rough idea!

Note: I use US notation for my patterns.

I used a 4.5 mm crochet hook and double knit yarn. You’ll also need a button and a darning needle for weaving and sewing the button on.

  1. Measure the width of your camera and make the foundation chain that long plus two sts. (I think mine was around 20).
  2. 2 hdcs in first st  (placing your hook through the third st on the chain) and 1 hdc  to the second last st, 2 hdcs in the last, then start crocheting in the “bottom” or underside of your foundation chain. Start with 2 hdcs and then 1 hdc to second last st and 2 hdcs in last st. Sl st to join.
  3. Ch 2 and hdc into each st around. Sl st to join. Repeat this until you get to roughly the right size of your camera. (It would look like a bowl or basket-type thing at this stage.
  4. When you’ve gotten to this stage, begin rows of hdcs on one half of you bag only to make the flap. (So if you’ve got a bag 44 sts in the round, maybe make the flap 20 sts.) Repeat rows until you reach your desired length.
  5. To the end of the flap on my camera bag, I added triangle edging. Firstly, because it looked nice and secondly, because it saves on having to make a button hole and you can pop your button through the central triangle. The pattern for that can be found here.
  6. Weave in your ends once you fasten off.
  7. Sew button on. I used a contrasting yarn for this, but it’s not essential.

Et voila!



Bottle cap coasters


I collected bottle caps at barbecues and parties (considering I live in Bavaria, I had quite a few in short time.)
I used nine of them per coaster.
I simply cut thick hemp string into pieces that would span three caps. Stuffed the caps with self hardening clay (bought it on amazon) and made sure the rope/string was well in the clay. I let them dry and voila, finished. Handy if you need coasters for outside things (the edges are too rough to use on good furniture inside) garden parties or barbecues are a good place to show off you alcoholic coasters.


The caps will fall off the clay once it’s hard! They won’t last forever. I used a hot glue gun to glue the caps to the clay if they fell off. Worked like a charm.
To be honest you could probably just glue the string in without the clay but I think the clay is good to have to make it all a little heavier, easier to place with one hand and move them about.



Wedding Bells and Sewing Needles


A friend of mine got married last November and I made them a card/picture/gift that they could keep as a date reminder.

I found a cute image on the internet (original source unknown) and printed it the size I needed for my card/picture/gift.

I taped the image under the actual cardboard piece, placed it on glass (glass sheet belonging to another picture frame), placed this on my knees and placed a flashlight under it between my legs so that the light shone the image through the card so I could sketch it. I only sketched parts of it, not all the outlined. Anything I wanted to sew later on was not sketched.


Then I took the image and placed ontop of the cardboard and taped it in place. I used the flashlight to guide me so that I could place my sketched parts exactly ontop of the image.


Then I pinned it in place on a large cardboard box  and started poking holes along the outlies that I didn’t sketch. These are the parts that I then sewed. IMG_20131103_170815

It looked like this after I was done pokng holes. Its not easy on your fingers. I used a small corkboard pin so that didn’t help at all. I would advise you to use a needle that is made for this kind of thing. They look like pencils but have a sharp pin at the end.


Next you’ll need to sew through all of the holes that you’ve made. I chose to add a heart and their initials as well as their wedding date to the card. Last bu not least (if you wish) add a fancy frame. Of course you can also leave it as a card that folds. Whatever you wish.


This card emroidering is a really simple, cute idea for any card you send or  for the envelope. Mashine sewing is also possible.


Advent Calenders

A little lae again … I take too long to upload my stuff…. oh well.

I made myself an advent calendar out of cardboard, empty matchboxes, wrapping paper scraps and a battery operated christmas lights.

First I covered the matchboxes in wrapping paper and numbered them 1 to 24. I bought the boxes on ebay for 3euro. I filled them with a piece of chocolate and a little note with instructions.

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Drew a Tree, made a shoot, coloured it in (badly… it was meant to be the prototype, it will end up staying this year.) stuck the light in from the back, filled the shoot with the matchboxes and lit it.

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I made one for my hubby too. Its a crate of beer with 20 different types of beer and each of them wears a numbered tag. We only need twenty because we’ll be gone for teh last 4 days.




Almost a month late… or maybe just ridiculously early for next year??

Here are a couple pics from our halloween party.


A red light hidden behind a red ball wearing an old war gas mask and a glow in the dark fireman’s helmet…. yes these things are part of our “normal stuff”


Light chain and fog maschine in the hallway. Later that night the fog flowed along the floor because we sent the fog through ice before letting it out onto the floor.



avocado skull, chopped off fingers (with onion finger nails)


cthulu’s tentacle. (made a mould from nwespaper around my arm, cut it in half, lined it with tinfoil -cling film is better – and poured in grape jelly and stuck some halved grapes in as suckers.)



Again, the fingers…. and some “full of shit”eggs.


Bowl of mud with worms.


Yours truly and my other half.


I made a brain. (stuck a piece of cardboard to a headband, glue a crocheted pink rope to it.)


(camera phone pic) it looked pretty freaky in the dark cause you couldn’t identify my actual mouth. just looked like I dropped my jaw clean off. Also, manny te cat is on my shoulder. He kept a close eye on all the guests that night from his perch on the sofa.


A vegetarian large intestine  (stuff spread  on filo pastry and sat in a bed of tomato sauce and baked.) I was told my Bowels were great! IMG_20131031_201622

sangria type witch’s punch  (with an ultrasonic fogger in it) .