Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Summery Seaside RainBOW jars!!!

Hello GORGEOUS people!
I do hope you're having the most spendid week?
My weeks of to a good start, as I managed to fit a lovely couple of crafty and creative hours into my Monday afternoon. I had such a lovely time with my music playing, singing along to my favourite songs.
Not only was my creativness flowing, the wine was also!! Nothing better than a glass of RED when your playing happy hooking! :-)

I've been working on a mini project. Using some scraps of 'Creative Cotton', I've been making lots of tiny but bright crocheted rectangles.

Any ideas what these rectangle swatches are going to be???

BOWS!!!!

A few weeks ago a friend asked if I could make her a crocheted bow for her hair. I've been having a little play around with the idea and came up with this very simple design.


I made two different sizes of bow. Small and large, to match the different sized hair clips I bought from the supermarket.


I glued the bows to the hairclips and (of course) added cheery buttons to finish them off.


I think they're cute! They remind me of pasta bows :-)

They are also fun to decorate other little projects with, I think I'll be making a few more of these in the future!




Once I had finished my friends bows, I continued to play around with the 'Bow Theme'
I had some left over jam jars, so I though I'd give them a makeover.


I wrapped some old string around the jars and secured it with a little blob of glue. A very simple look! I added some cute flowers and rustic wooden buttons. OH MY!!!!!! What a transformation!!

I'm so very very happy with how they turned out!!!
Very simple, quick to make and totally inexpensive!

I wanted to add some 'Bow' decorations to the jars. Something similar to the felted hearts or crocheted pegs I had made before.

 

I had some cute little fan things (not sure what these are called?) that I wanted to incorporate.


It turns out I made little jam jars full of Summer Holidays!!  These little jars of joy remind me of vacations at the seaside! Probably something to do with the sand I used to prop the sticks up.



I think these jam jars are going to be with me for a long while! I'm totally in love with them! I love the thought of changing the theme of the sticks or simply using the jars for my crochet hooks or even just for flowers! So simple, but totally satisfying!!!


I hope you're all having a very crafty and creative week!!!

Matt xxx

36 comments:

  1. What wonderfully creative ideas!

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  2. Matt, thanks for sharing your great ideas...they may be simple, but you are gifted in envisioning how they can be designed and displayed. It is a joy to see your designs displayed so beautifully :)
    Gracie <3

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  3. The little fan things are called pinwheels, I believe! Adore your blog!
    Love from New Zealand :)

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  4. Wow....awesome,you are so talented.Love everything....from the bows til' the pinwheels , jar decoration....very nice.I will take it in practice.Thanks and have a wonderful day! "0)

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  5. Those are super duper, all of them! I would wear those bows in my hair, myself! I did a beaded barrette in a US flag design. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  6. Matt, you are a loveable person!
    :)
    Sil

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  7. Too cute! I love how colourful your projects are. xx

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  8. Everything is so beautiful - love the colours, love the idea, love your photography. Cheers from Australia xoxox

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  9. Absolutely love the bow decorations in the white jugs - so lovely and happy!

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  10. Gorgeous colourful little bows Matt!! You can brighten anyone's day ☺

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  11. How clever and super creative are you then?? Way too clever and creative!! Love your blog. So howdy from down under in little old New Zealand!! ♥

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  12. Everything is very simple, creative, charming and clever! Can always trust you to come up with such lovely ways to turn ordinary things into objects of creativity and awe :)

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  13. How talented are you! So many different ideas!

    The fan things are called windmills in the UK - they look great in your fab jars. Maybe your next project will be a CROCHET windmill! You could stiffen it with watered-down PVA...

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  14. Oh my you are absolutely amazing! Just found your blog now, and I be a loyal follower! Those boss are so cute and love your beautiful jars! Have a wondeful day

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  15. Oh My...what a pretty,pretty post. You are SO talented. Off to find some cotton and string...and pretty windmills!Thanks, Matt.

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  16. Oh more beautiful colours and creative ideas. What a clever idea the hair pin cover lovely.

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  17. I have been reading your blog for a few weeks now and find it very inspiring and colourful and have given you the Sunshine award. But I won't be offended if you choose not to accept xxx

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  18. Ideas geniales, además de super bonitas y decorativas , todo precioso y de unos colores maravillosos!!

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  19. Wahooooo I love a post by you! Love getting home from work and finding out you've been at it again!

    These jars are wonderful. How cool as a party centre piece, or a summer wedding table decoration! You should go into the business!

    Kate xxxx

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  20. how nice is it! very good ideas! I congratulate you!

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  21. I have some jars I painted that need something else. The string, flowers and buttons are extra cute. Thanks for sharing all your clever ideas with us.

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  22. The hair slides are really pretty and I love the jars - what a great idea. I have an empty candle jar that I've been saving to do something with it - I think I've found the something :-) Thank you for the great ideas. Have a great week x

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  23. Hello Matt!!! Just wanted to pop in and say how cute I think all your projects are, I love your creativeness! I wish I had several hands to make all of the cute things you show us!

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  24. Love your jam jars......soooooooo inspirational! I always have lots of jars but don't always get the time to make the jam. Your decoration idea will be something that I shall try.

    Haven't been in Blogland for a while (due to far much other everyday stuff) but looking forward to getting back to it a.s.a.p.

    B xx

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  25. Such a cute and happy little space - and those "fan things" are called pinwheels. I am off to clean out a recently emptied pickle jar - I'm inspired to follow your lead and make a bit of an unexpected color treat for myself.

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  26. I LOVE what you did with the bows for your friends hair!!! She will look absolutely fab and unique!

    The jars, are a terrific holiday project to do with my boys!
    Thank you for the idea!! They can put their crayons en stuff in it !!

    Have a lovely week(end)!!

    Hedwig

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  27. Hi Matt,

    I'm the Editorial Community Manager for AllFreeCrochet.com and a few other yarn sites. I'd love to talk to you about some opportunities we might have in working together.

    Please feel free to email me for further information.

    Thanks,
    Christine
    Editorial Community Manager
    AllFreeCrochet.com
    cweiher@primecp.com

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  28. What fabulous little projects for the summer! Here in the UK we call those 'windmills' and I love the gingham design on them.
    Have a great week.
    Fleur xx

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  29. Hello! I'm a fellow crocheter, from 'The Wug's Backyard Blogspot'. I love a creative crocheting mind! ^_^ I've made bows before too, but mostly I make jewelry and men's boutonnieres thee days...I think the jars are genius, by the way. Keep up the good work, with your crafty self! ^_^ And come and visit my backyard sometime too! :-]

    http://poetesswug-thewugsbackyardblogspot.blogspot.com/

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  30. Hi Matt & Dennis, your blog is very pretty & inspiring. I posted some of your work on my blog, and I hope you don't mind. If you would like to see it, just follow this link http://catarinaregina.blogspot.com/2012/07/eles-tambem-fazem-men-power.html

    Have a great day!

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  31. Oi Matt! Cheguei aqui através do blog da Regina, Casa de Retalhos. Meu nome é Vera e moro no Brasil. Muito cute seus projetos. Adorei. xoxo

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  32. Hi Matt! I arrived here via the blog of Regina, Patchwork House. My name is Vera and I live in Brazil. Very cute projects. I loved it. xoxo

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  33. SO CUTE. I CANT TAKE MY EYES OUT OF IT... THE PICTURES ARE UNBELIEVABLE,, SUCH EASY PROJECT, AND YOU KNOW TO EMBELLISH AND USE EACH ELEMENTS IN THE MOST DELICIOUS WAY... CONGRATULATIONS.

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  34. I really want to make a version of these for my room. What pattern did you use for the flowers? They're gorgeous!

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