Lovely Christmas

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Merry Christmas Eve! I pray you are well, spending time with loved ones, and taking time to reflect this beautiful season. We are looking forward to several quiet days at home, just us!

Two pretty patterns to share with you today; they work up quickly if you need a last minute gift!

Angie’s Little Stockings– an annual favorite around here! I love playing with the color combinations.
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http://www.lemondedesucrette.com/2011/11/16/little-christmas-socks-the-pattern/

And some lovely ornament angels
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I browsed dozens of patterns and these were just the ticket! Sweet, simple, and free. 🙂
http://mobil.crochetmillan.bloggplatsen.se/2014/11/28/10939246-guardian-angel/

Our tree this year is a giant fuzzball! Many thanks to my husband for taking the girls out to the woods to find it. It smells divine.

A before shot:
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And after:
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It has rained for five days…so my apologies on the few pictures…we are glad the roads have been safe for travel, though! Lots of time to enjoy visits with grandpas and grandmas. ❤

A blessed merry Christmas to you!

See you in 2015 🙂

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Granny Garland Goodness

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I did something I have never done before.
Now, lemme ‘splain.
Knowing I am not Suzy Homemaker, or Martha Stewart, or June Cleaver,
I try to go easy on myself.

So when I have a hundred project ideas, I have to chose just a few. 😦
ESPECIALLY during the holiday season.

Homeade Christmas gifts for the entire class? Not this mama…
Except this year, I did!

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An easy crochet pattern and a few hours of work later, voila!

Tree ornaments for all ❤
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A lovely free pattern here:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/grandma-tree
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After crocheting the trees, I starched and blocked with pins.
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I added a button on a bit of string for hanging and we are good to go.
These would be lovely in a garland or a variety of colors.
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Happy Holidays!

Oh, and just for fun…
I have had a lot of leftover bits lately, so I put them outside for the birds. We’ll see if they like them!
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Starch-ness Raving

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Hello, hello…time for adventure!
We are hustling and bustling here per the season, and I have several fun things to share this week. 🙂

First off…pretty candy canes! With “victorian” in the name, of course I had to try them. They worked up quickly and easily to make darling gifts. We will finish them off with ribbon and rosettes at the top, for hanging.

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Free pattern here:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/victorian-candy-cane-cover

And now to the starch-ness! This has been on my to-try list for months and months…and what better time to give it a go than Christmas…for snowflakes!

I love, love, love Lucy’s pretty pattern, and what a difference a little starch, stretch, pin and block makes. Here’s the link to make your own:
http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/crochet-snowflake.html

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Knowing nothing about starching, I bought the blue bottle my friend Kristina recommended.
Reading the suggested dilutions, we went with 1/2 cup starch to 1 cup water.

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I’ve no idea how it will turn out. 🙂
(Took one in negative, just for fun!)
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Aren’t they pretty?
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I’ve discovered I haven’t nearly enough pins…ha ha

Now to share the delight of this lovely season with you, some pretty holiday stills of my most favorite things. image

Our antique dresser (made by my husband’s great uncle)
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A nativity for little hands
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The stockings are hung
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An advent nativity
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And precious angel

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My scripture nativity

And stashed away in a corner, my twelve-point star with nearly all the orange rounds finished…with upcoming parties and concerts it’s anyone’s guess if that will be finished anytime soon!
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Praying you are able to enjoy this blessed season despite the busy-ness, and making lovely memories with you and yours. Until next time!

For Those Frenetic Frozen Fans

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Hello and happy Tuesday!
For those of you who celebrated last week, I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving holiday. Ours was delicious. 😀

Of course the lovely four-day-weekend sped by in the blink of an eye. This made me smile today on facebook:
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I so agree. Only it was just last Wednesday! And now it is nearly Wednesday AGAIN…it will be a busy few weeks!

But I love the holidays. Any excuse for crafting makes me happy. 🙂 Lots of party-planning happening for children, here. I am so thankful for pinterest! Makes my day job a piece of cake.

I spotted this lovely pattern a few weeks ago, then ran across it again with links just the other day.

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Little frozen-obsessed people would be delighted to receive this pretty afghan. And it went together in a snap! I raided my stash for skeins ends in blues, mint and lavendar, and have a VERY happy mini-Elsa here demanding I neglect my housework to sew in the ends. 🙂

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I am so thankful for fellow crocheters who pointed me in the right direction for the file, as the pattern recently underwent a name change. It can be found here
http://www.maggiescrochet.com/pages/christmas-wrapping-afghan-crochet-pattern

And also here
https://www.redheart.com/files/patterns/pdf/LW3102.pdf

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The squares work up quickly and easily, and the directions are well written. There are also helpful groups on ravelry and facebook to assist crocheters who may need a little extra assistance with the tricky parts.

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I may attempt to back this in fleece…I have been wanting to try that and I know my little person would enjoy snuggling with it that much more. It has been cold here! Hmmm, crochet-quilting…that has possibilities…

Enjoy!
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