Home Made Halloween Costumes

Now I know we don’t celebrate Halloween in Australia (we’re too busy trying to teach our kids not to threaten the neighbours for lollies),  but these home made halloween costume ideas from blog Oh Happy Day are just way too cute not to share!  Which is your favourite?

Frida Kahlo

Field of Flowers

Snail

Eiffel Tower

Strong Man

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Compassion

I just finished reading the amazing book ‘A Tree Grows in Brooklyn’ by Betty Smith.  It was written in 1943 and follows the story of a young girl growing up in the slums of Brooklyn in the 1920s.  I stumbled across it in my ongoing search to find books as equally good/meaningful/moving as ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, which I read way too late in life.  Anyway, I just wanted to share a quote from the book that struck a chord with me.

The author is describing how children were searched for head lice by the teacher and if found to be infected, how they were tormented by their peers.  She then writes:

It might be that the infected child would be given a clean bill next examination.  In that case, she, in turn, would torment those found guilty, forgetting her own hurt at being tormented. They learned no compassion from their own anguish.  Thus their suffering was wasted.

The word compassion means a lot to me—it’s something I aspire to and admire in others.  So I thought this was a great little reminder that even in the awful negativity of anguish and suffering you can still find a positive.  Suffering is not wasted.

Crochet Mug Cosies

I love crochet, but projects always take me a really long time.  Like, a really really long time (I’m talking years for blankets!).  So I went on the search for something that could be done in the course of an evening and be somehow practical.  Mug cosies are super simple to make plus it’s a fun way to brighten up your coffee break at work or your breakfast table at home.

Here’s my pattern:

Abbreviations

ch – chain

hd – half double

sc – single crochet

ss – slip stitch

Method

Start by making as many chains as you need to fit the diameter of your mug.

Row 1 – Starting at the third ch from your hook, do 1hd in each ch to the end.

Middle Rows – At the end of each row, including the first row, do 2ch, then turnaround and do 1hd in each stitch to the end.  Do as many of these rows as required to suit the height of your mug.

Last Row – At the end of the last row is where we make the loop for the button.  When you get to the end of the row, make as many ch as required to fit the button (generally, make 8ch) then ss about 1 cm down the side of the work.

Edging – To give it a nice finish, sc along all of the edges, doing 3sc into the corner stitches.  As you go, join the cosy at the bottom of the mug handle together by putting the hook through two stitches as you sc along that edge of the cosy.

To finish, sew on a button that lines up with the button loop hole.

Enjoy 🙂

DIY Photo Clip Magnets

My sister-in-law Melanie doesn’t have a lot of magnets on her fridge.  I noticed this because I took something off her fridge to look at, then had a really difficult time putting it back on as each magnet is precariously holding up 3 or 4 other items.  Just when I thought I had the balancing act mastered, the thermometer dropped and broke.  Right, note to self, get Melanie some magnets…and a new thermometer.

I got crafty and made Melanie some mini polaroid magnets that had been doing the rounds on Pinterest.  They turned out brilliantly and I mean to make some more in the future and do a post on them, cause they were surprisingly easy.  The subject of this post however is photo clip magnets, which I decided to make because they are very handy, and I had a lot of leftover magnets lying around.

The photos are pretty self explanatory, but here’s a few tips:

  • Buy ceramic magnets, rather than the bendy type, as they are much stronger.  You can get these from hardware stores (I got mine from Bunning’s Warehouse).
  • Apply several coats of varnish spray over the glittered pegs to give them a good seal and prevent the glitter getting all over you every time you touch the peg, or even look at it.
  • Use super glue to adhere the magnets to the pegs.  You can’t go wrong with super glue.  It’s like duct tape – can be used to fix anything, well almost, probably can’t fix relationships.
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