Month: December 2016

A Christmas teepee

Yeehaw! I made a teepee! 😀

Well, I actually made it back in October, but now the big monster finally moved in. The reason why I hid it in the basement for two months is that I didn’t want it to experience the same cruel fate as his cardboard box house earlier this year. Even though I was really close to throwing it out a few times because it was battered so badly, I ended up keeping it until it literally fell apart. It was just so invaluable during those moments where I was cooking and just needed to know the monster was not climbing onto the dining table or living room shelves. And I also thought that the teepee would make for a great Christmas gift, especially to give us more inside playing options for the winter.

I got the fabric at Ikea. I wanted something stable and durable and was happy to find a selection of heavy quality fabrics there. While I don’t love most of their patterns, they also have a few nice solids, so I decided to combine white and dark grey. I chose a hexagonal shape, sewed wide white and grey fabric strips together as walls and cut windows in two of these walls and a long slot in another to be the door. For the dowels I added fabric tunnels along the sides and in order to add some color accents, I trimmed the edges with lime green bias tape.

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Because I wanted the teepee to be as cosy as possible, it also got a floor mat that can be tied to the posts to also give the teepee a little more stability. And the monster was lucky: his new home comes fully furnished with a bunch of pilows. 🙂

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So yesterday, we set up the teepee in our living room. The big monster didn’t try to climb through the windows as I expected… but through the gap between the wall and the floor mat and still almost managed to throw the whole thing over. Oh well…

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This morning we finally succeeded in reading the first book together in there, sitting on the pillows. I hope this will become the main (peaceful!) use of the teepee and it will live a long and healthy life!

And exceptionally a picture of the proud builder… 😉

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A little phone cozy

My phone finally got a protective sleeve! I know that there are a ton out there to choose from, but stupid me always wanted to make one myself, so I never got one… Consequently, it is too late already for my poor phone in a way – after a previous fall (or rather several… 😜) the front glass is beautifully cracked in one corner. But now at least I won’t have an excuse for any further damage…

A tiny bride and groom

My cousin got married last Friday – and obviously, that special occasion called for another handmade card.

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I tried to match the bride’s style by giving her a bun and a pearl necklace, but as it turns out, I guessed wrong with the colors of the flowers. The actual bouquet was white and yellow. 😉

To be honest, I wished I had given the groom a little more personality, too. I find in contrast to the little lady he seems a little too “neutral” and could really be representing just anyone… Next time he’ll get a few more charming details, too!

Congratulations and all the best again, Laura and Dominik! 💛