Friday, July 21, 2017

Woman's DIY Muscle Shirt

Is it just me, or are woman's muscle shirts trending? While cruising Michael's, I snagged this awesome Wonder Woman t-shirt decal for a great clearance price. I knew I wanted a muscle shirt, but I didn't want to just cut the sleeves off a tee and call it a day. I found this tutorial for creating a tank top from an old t-shirt. This tutorial is perfect, you get the comfiness of a t-shirt and the top is sleeveless and slightly fitted like a tank. Best of all...NO SEWING!

DIY No Sew Muscle Shirt, Ladies Muscle Shirt by Over The Apple Tree

Monday, July 17, 2017

Strawberry Rhubarb Dump Cake

I love rhubarb. I want straight up rhubarb desserts. For me, there's no need to mix other stuff in to disguise the tartness, that's what makes it good! Well my husband and children would disagree. Sometime I wonder if these kids even belong to me! How can anyone not appreciate this wonderful unique vegetable? As much as it pained me to do it, I tried something new. Turned out it's crazy delicious! I received a recipe for rhubarb dump cake from my dad. He tried it and said that it was too sweet for him so I started experimenting and tweaking the recipe. Thankfully I have my own rhubarb plant that is gigantic, so I have lots to work with.

Strawberry Rhubarb Dump Cake, Over The Apple Tree

If you don't know, rhubarb is a stalky vegetable with large leaves. You cannot eat the leaves! You can find it growing wild outdoors, in the grocery store(fresh or frozen) or if you're lucky like me, you can have a thriving plant in your own yard. There are different varieties. Mostly you'll see the bright red stalks but my plant has green stalks with a little red on the bottom. I think they taste the same.

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Recipe
1 can strawberry pie filling
4-6 cups cut up rhubarb(fresh or frozen)
1 box yellow cake mix
1 stick butter melted

little lemon juice, optional

This is a dump cake so you literally "dump" it all together. First combine the pie filling, rhubarb and a little lemon juice if you have it. I think the lemon juice gives it a little something, but if you don't have any it's fine without. I say 4-6 cups rhubarb because it depends on personal taste. I love the tartness of rhubarb so I put the whole 6 cups and even leave out a little of the strawberry jelly of the pie filling. 

The rhubarb and pie filling goes into the bottom of a glass baking dish. Now sprinkle the cake mix evenly on top of the fruit mixture. Yes, just the powdery cake mix. I find if I use the whole box it's too sweet for my taste. I usually sprinkle 2/3 of the powder. Now just evenly pour the melted butter all over the top. 

Bake in 350 oven for 45 mins to an hour. The top will start to get brown and the filling will be bubbly. Let it cool down because this is HOT! Serve with vanilla ice cream and try not to eat it all at once. 

Strawberry Rhubarb Dump Cake, Over The Apple Tree

Strawberry Rhubarb Dump Cake, Over The Apple Tree

Strawberry Rhubarb Dump Cake, Over The Apple Tree

Strawberry Rhubarb Dump Cake, Over The Apple Tree

Strawberry Rhubarb Dump Cake, Over The Apple Tree



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Friday, May 26, 2017

Lucky Prosperity Panda

Some of the ideas for my cutest projects are requests from other people! I have tons of things that I would love to try but I've also done projects that I never would have thought of if someone else didn't ask for it.

Lucky Prosperity Panda by Over The Apple Tree

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Thrift Store Hutch Makeover

I love the thrift store for two reasons. First of all, and I'll come right out and say it, I'm cheap. Second, I hate to see things get thrown away that just need a little TLC to make them awesome again.

Thrift Store Hutch Makeover by Over The Apple TreeThrift Store Hutch Makeover by Over The Apple Tree

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Mannequin Head For Crochet Hats

I've been making crochet hats for about 4 years now. I've mostly done children's hats, which I photograph using a painted styrofoam ball. Lately I've been doing more adult sizes. I didn't really have a good way to photograph them, aside from a live model. I finally decided to get a mannequin head!

Fabric Covered Mannequin Head for displaying crochet hats by Over The Apple Tree

Fabric Covered Mannequin Head for displaying crochet hats by Over The Apple Tree

I got mine from Michael's. It cost $5.99 but with a coupon, came out to be about $3.60. Not too bad and great pricing if you want more than one for a craft fair display. I've seen people take photos with foam heads where they just left them plain white, just how they bought them. I wanted mine to look different than everyone else's plus this foam can easily be damaged. I don't have a designated craft room so my supplies live in rubbermaid bins. Besides regular wear and tear, I have three kids here, who can't resist playing with a head! I was afraid all the moving around would nick and dent my head. I decided to cover my it in fabric. Besides looking nice, the fabric gives the head some texture so the hats don't slip around.

Fabric Covered Mannequin Head for displaying crochet hats by Over The Apple Tree

I didn't take pictures of the process, but it's fairly self explanatory. I cut fabric into strips about 1-1½ inches wide and long enough to go from crown of head to the bottom of the base. I put some Mod Podge into a disposable container and added a little water to thin it out. I dunked a strip of fabric into the Mod Podge, squeezed out excess and then stuck it on the head. To get around the nose, I cut a smaller strip the sized of the nose. Place it over the nose and cut slits in the sides to form fabric around nostril area. Each strip of fabric overlaps the one before. As I was working with the fabric, it did begin to fray a little. Just keep scissors handy to trim the threads.

Fabric Covered Mannequin Head for displaying crochet hats by Over The Apple Tree

This did take longer than I expected to dry. There are a couple areas where the fabric "bubbled up" as the glue dried. If I made this again, I think I might try using cheese cloth or a thinner cotton fabric.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

New Girls Poncho

My daughter requested a new poncho...

Girl's Poncho by Over The Apple Tree

I few year ago I made a granny square poncho for my daughter, She still wears it and it still fits, but she's older now. She has new style and color preferences. So off to the store we went to pick out a color. I'm thinking neutral, something that will match a variety of outfits. My eight year old and I were not on the same page. She chose red and there was no changing her mind.

I found a pattern I liked, I showed it to her, she liked the style. When it came down to it, we were debating between two different patterns. Of course, I lost again! So here's the two we liked. the first one (my choice) is the Rustically Elegant Shoulder Warmer and my daughter's pick was the Chelsea Wrap. Both of these patterns are easily altered to adjust size. So obviously I made the Chelsea Wrap, designed by Michele DuNaier because that's what girly wanted. It's a super simple design and works up quickly. Park your butt and turn on some Netflix! You'll be done before you know it!

Girl's Poncho by Over The Apple Tree

Girl's Poncho by Over The Apple Tree

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Recycled Yarn

Give unwanted sweaters from the thrift store a new life! 

Recycle Yarn From Thrift Store Sweaters By Over The Apple Tree

It takes a little work, but thrifted sweaters are a great place to source yarn. You can find unique and what might normally be expensive fibers, for a crazy low price. Bonus, you save a sweater from living the rest of its life in a landfill! There are plenty of posts out there showing how to take apart your sweater, how to chose the best and how to wash your yarn. Please defer to the experts, I'm an amateur with this! Here's a good post from How To Spin Yarn. Need more help? YouTube tutorials are great for visual learners!

Recycle Yarn From Thrift Store Sweaters By Over The Apple Tree

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Wordless Wednesday- Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico

It's been forever since I did a Wordless Wednesday but I have some fantastic new photos to share!

Puerto Rico, Wordless Wednesday by Over The Apple Tree

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Cabled Crochet Cowl

This beautiful textured cowl is the perfect accessory for winter!

Cabled Crochet Cowl by Over The Apple Tree

I purchased this pattern back in December and I finally had time to work on it. This pattern is available for purchase on Ravelry from Jennifer Pionk, it's called Timeless Cabled Cowl. My first instinct is to choose grey for all my projects. I just love it and it matches everything! For this cowl I decided to step out of my comfort zone and go for a bold, deep red...

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Coffee and Orange Spice Melt And Pour Soap

Odor neutralizing hand soap, perfect for the kitchen!

Coffee and Orange Melt and Pour Soap by Over The Apple Tree

I've been meaning to do this soap forever. The ingredients have been sitting here looking at me for months! So coffee is known to neutralize odors, which makes it perfect for use in the kitchen. It seems like even after you wash, that garlic or onion smell still lingers on your hands. I thought I'd give this a try as hand soap but you could definitely use it in the shower to wake you up in the morning. It would also be great as garden soap since the texture from the coffee works great to scrub your skin clean.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Crochet In The New Year!

I might not post it online right away, but believe me, I always have something on my hook! Here are a few things that I've been working on. They will be posted in my Etsy shop. If you don't find them, sorry, you're too slow! Better luck next time. I like to try new things and I rarely do the same crochet project more than once.

I have so many patterns saved that I want to get to this year. Check out my free crochet patterns board on Pinterest. Another goal is to make as many projects as I can without buying more yarn. I'm running out of storage! Do you have any crafting goals this year?

1. Autumn Chill Mod Scarf, Pattern by Left In Knots
I finally broke down a couple months ago and tried the Caron Cakes. While I love the feel of this yarn, I think the abrupt color change makes finding a pattern to work with a challenge. Patterns with lots of texture are the key!

Crochet projects in the new year by Over The Apple Tree

Crochet projects in the new year by Over The Apple Tree

2. Neutral Granny Square Scarf, Square Pattern by Penny Davidson
You may have trouble duplicating this square. I edited the original quite a bit to make it smaller. I did join as you go to attach them together. See more about my neutral granny square scarf here.

Crochet projects in the new year by Over The Apple Tree

Crochet projects in the new year by Over The Apple Tree

3. Houndstooth Hat, Pattern at Yarnspirations
I've been searching for a houndstooth hat that I liked and decided to give this one a try. This is actually my second one! 

Crochet projects in the new year by Over The Apple Tree


4. Starlet Yoga Socks, Pattern by Lisa Soutendijk
There's a picture of toeless socks floating around Facebook that everyone is loving. Since I've never done anything like this before, I wanted to give them a try. I think I lost little of my vision working on these, this yarn is so thin! I've done doilies before so I don't know why it bothered me so much. Maybe because it was late and I didn't have great lighting? I plan to try some different styles of socks soon!

Crochet projects in the new year by Over The Apple Tree

Crochet projects in the new year by Over The Apple Tree


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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Neutral Granny Square Scarf

Crocheters Love Granny Squares! I usually think of a mod podge of different colored scraps when I think of granny squares. I think the simplicity of all beige squares gives this scarf a more modern look. I was inspired by this scarf from Eclectic Me.

Neutral Granny Square Scarf by Over The Apple Tree

Do you want this scarf? It's available in my shop

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