Collection of Cuteness


We finally have some significant snowfall here in the Midwest.

The spirit-breaking cold gave way to a few teaser days of warm (think fifty degrees following two weeks of negative five!) And then 36 hours of light, fluffy, pretty white stuff…

I decorate my home with the cutest little guys after Christmas– snowmen!

Gets me through until spring.

So as a tribute to the fluffy white stuff, here are some darling free patterns to make your own out of yarn. 🙂

Top Five Cutest Snowmen ❤

1. First, a classic from an amazing designer. Excellent free patterns and a multitude of adorable creations. I just love her work.

2. Another great source for free patterns– Amigurumi Today. I made my first amigurumi, a little hippo, from this website. I love this guy’s earmuffs!

3. This next one is so clever. I just love the look of this snowman afghan. What a fun design!

4. Or how about this one? A cup cozy! Quick and easy, this makes a fun gift or office accessory.

5. And finally, a flat one! No, he hasn’t melted, he’s an applique. 🙂 So cute for a blanket, stocking or garland. Also from Repeat Crafter Me…crochet away!

I hope you’ve enjoyed our little adventure today! Snuggling on my couch with hook and yarn, watching the snow fall, is my favorite winter past-time.

Happy hooking!

Bursting Buttons– Preschool Snowman Craft


We have had a busy week here in Winterland! We welcomed a new little precious into our family daycare, which means most of my time and energy is taken up easing the new family into ours as we transition. The daughters that public-school are quite jealous of our lone homeschooler this year, and with good reason:

She is getting all the snuggles!

Keeping preschoolers engaged is always a challenge during the long winter months (it was harder before the internet, though!) One of my alltime favorites is a craft my mother used to do with us: the egg carton creatures.

You can make just about anything out of these: bugs, caterpillars, monsters, people, animals…

We gathered some pipe cleaners, glue, scrap paper and buttons. I also like to use googly eyes, those are fun!

Then, for academic credit, we sorted buttons. First by size, then color.

We stuck some pipe cleaners in for arms, glued buttons, cut hats and boots, and added a marker smile.

Fun, cheap and educational! Now they are on to their free play time. Happy winter!