October 2011

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CROCHETED PUMPKINS AND AUTUMN WINDS

We haven't been doing a lot of Halloween decorating here. Halloween is not really celebrated here, as it is in North America. Although the stores are more and more catching on to the trend, it tends to be more about a fun and decorative thing here.
 
 
But the other day my sister came over with this bag of fluffy, cute, crocheted pumpkins she'd made and wanted me to photograph them. Of course I wanted it to be in a slightly different environment and since the weather has been very sunny lately, with crisp colors and clear skies,
I thought the beach would be the perfect spot.
 
 
So I dragged all the pumpkins and a chair down to the beach, to give this photo shoot a try. But we all know that with beautiful Autumn days, you sometimes get these very cold and brisk Autumn winds. And it was one of those days. 
 
 
But I was determined to make this work and most of it went really well... until this one situation; I had placed the chair close to the water, with the two bigger pumpkins on the seat, and I was really getting in to my photo mode, when I saw through the lens, how the chair and pumpkins got knocked over by the wind.
 
 
For a moment I just stood still and watched the situation unfold...until I realized how fast the wind had made these crocheted pumpkins accelerate over the sand and towards the sea. And my only thought was; how was I ever going to explain to my sister, that the crocheted pumpkins, which she had spent a lot of time making, just suddenly had disappeared and sat sail for greener pastures.
 
 
So I sprinted...and my high school memories of the 60 meter race, which I did fairly well back then, came back to me, clear as it was yesterday, and carried me up to a speed, that I don't remember having reached, in any situation, over the last 15 years.
 
 
And I won. I tackled those furry pumpkins, rescued them from the cold sea and carried them back to safety, thinking that I probably shouldn't tell my sister about this.
She would never ever, trust me with her creations again  :)
 
May you all have a fun and scary Halloween.
/Annika & Sussi
 
 

PALLET WOOD COFFEE TABLE

It has been an awesome weekend. We have had quite a bit of traffic on the site thanks to Donna from FunkyJunkInteriors. She made a really sweet comment about our blog on her facebook page. Thank you, Donna. (Hurry over and say hello...she makes the most beautiful things out of junk)
At the same time we would like to welcome our new followers and say thanks for all your lovely comments. We are so happy that you'd like to read our blog. We only hope to keep you inspired.


 
Last week I showed you some pictures of a coffee table my partner was making and this is what the finished piece looks like. I'm so in love with this little table. It's both decorative and functional.
 
A couple of pictures of the table 'in the making'.
 

I really liked the color of the table before it was lacquered, and I was a little afraid that it would look very different when finished. 

 
 
But the color just got more deep and beautiful, and it is now wipe-able. It has even handled me spilling a cup of tea over it, without getting stained :)
 
 
Have a great week! / Annika

CROCHET TABLE RUNNER

Thought I'd show you this crochet table runner I made the other day. It's made from jute string and that might not be the most obvious materiel to use, but it does create contrast and it's always interesting to try out different materials. I also think that decorating with rougher materials suits this season well.
 
 
 
 
 
Here are the instructions:

Gauge: Exact gauge is not essential to this project.
You can use yarn and size of hook by your own choice.
 
For this project I have used needle size 5mm, and a 4-threaded jute string
 
Chain 26.
Row 1: Dc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across - 24 dc.
Rows 2-24: turn, ch 2, dc in each dc across.
Fasten off
 
Have a creative weekend! /Sussi

Have a look at this great place for more Fall crafts: http://funkyjunkinteriors.blogspot.com/ 

 

AUTUMN BEACH AND RECLAIMED WOOD

I love living near the beach, but it sometimes can be very harsh and windy when Autumn arrives. Nonetheless does is offer a range of beautiful colors during this season. It's also a great place for exploring materials and structures, which can be used when designing furniture and interiors.
 
 
Lately my partner and I have been quite busy making furniture from reclaimed wood. We love finding an odd or beautiful piece of wood and then turning it into something functional. Giving it a new purpose.
 

In this image collage you can see some shots of a coffee table we made from pallet wood. I just love how it looks like we just found it on the beach. This grayish brown color is a favorite of mine. The table has yet to be lacquered and I will post pictures later of the finished piece.

 
 
May you all have a wonderful weekend!
/Annika