We had our first significant snowfall of the season yesterday. School was closed, everybody was home, and I spent a lot of time playing with my camera.
I can be pretty down on snow storms (in particular the aftermath of them), but I’ve instructed myself not to gripe about Winter weather until at least January. So this is me, not complaining about the snow, and kinda enjoying it too. It is quite pretty, especially when you’ve nowhere to be, and no need to dig yourself out of the driveway in any hurry.
I was sitting here wracking my brain, trying to come up with something to talk about other than the pictures I’m taking and the one sweater I’m knitting (both of which I have only recently discussed) when it occurred to me that I should put on my sales hat at least once this month.
The sales hat is not my favorite hat. I hate to be seen as pushy, so let me just say this: Handmade gifts can be wonderful, but sometimes making everything yourself can be a recipe for stress and/or disaster.
I might be able to help in that department, because I have these things (and more) available and ready to send to you: Knit hats and patchwork scarves. Crochet hooks. Tile necklaces. One single remaining pair of copper + pearl earrings.
I am willing and able to ship up until December 20th (but please don’t wait that long if you can help it…).
Ok. I just wanted to remind you about the lovelies in the shop. Now that it’s done, I’m sticking the sales hat on the top shelf of the closet until next year.
Thanks for shopping! And for reading, sharing, and otherwise supporting my crafty endeavors!
This past week for Picture the Holidays, we were inspired to capture
- Wish upon a star
- The view from here
- Every little thing
- Comfort yourself
- Up on the rooftops
I find myself looking forward to each new prompt in the mornings. I’m having a lot of fun with this.
In other photography news, my merriment experiment (hey, that rhymes!) is in full swing. So far since the beginning of December, I have made an effort to do at least one “merry” activity per day, no matter how small it may be, and upload a photo of it to Instagram. I’m using the Very Merry Advent book for inspiration, but still doing plenty of my own activities. Since we last spoke, I:
Took the kids out for peppermint frappuccinos (mine was mocha, theirs vanilla bean – peppermint and vanilla bean together taste like a liquid candy cane!)
Cleaned the dining room so that I can decorate it.
Hung up our old friend Tacky Santa. (Ok, actually Neil hung it up, but I promise I was planning to do it!) I did take the picture, though, and I am appreciating him hanging there looking oh so kitschy, so there’s that…
Started our Christmas card clothesline. It’s kind of a miracle that we are still getting cards at all – I haven’t sent any in years – so I really appreciate that there’s something to hang up there.
Turned a cranky day around with a peppermint mocha and a few selfies just as the snow was starting to fall.
I’m really liking this Very Merry thing. In fact, I could see myself incorporating some kind of “simple pleasures” practice into my daily routine next year. Perhaps a new Project 365 theme? It’s been a while since I did a theme with my 365… It’s definitely worth some thought!
How about you? Got any fun personal projects going on?
I’m loving this week’s mosaic. It’s delightfully wintry.
Trust me, I am not someone for whom the phrase “delightfully wintry” rolls off of the tongue. In fact, I spend an inordinate amount of time whining about winter in February, March, and yes, sometimes even April around here.
But even I can appreciate winter in December. Even I can enjoy the first snowfall, the first wearing of the handknit hat, the first evening of keeping warm with blankets, wool socks, and coffee… it’s all got a cozy, romantic glow about it in December.
This mosaic really does a nice job of representing that vibe, I think.
The mosaic below represents other people’s pictures that spoke to me this week. Be sure to click on the titles below the mosaic, if you want to know more about the image or the photographer behind it.
1. instagram weekend, 2. feijoa pops, 3. scrappy joy socks, 4. binding, 5. Thanks @aliedwards for the #decdaily concept & recent IG store window photo that inspired this- (added “the” for spacing) #targetdollarspot alphas), 6. 2013-11-27 16.05.28, 7. stacks, 8. Red, 9. Untitled, 10. fragment no.1 – detail, 11. cowls-some are knit, some are crocheted, 12. hexagon baby blanket
Around the Web
I spend some time each afternoon, Monday through Thursday, sharing my favorite crafty links through social media. And then I repeat them here on Fridays.
- *Grandma Twinkle* a crochet star tutorial from The Royal Sisters
- *How to Dye Yarn with Turmeric* by Elizabeth and Robby Miracle, via Lion Brand Notebook
- *Blossoming Bag* a cute crochet pattern from Cherry Heart
- *Stripy Cowl* a free crochet pattern from Yvestown Blog
- *Large circles in a square* a blanket-making tutorial from Just-Do
- *mad for plaid* shared by Sunshine and Grey
- *Winter Baby Bonnet* a pattern and tutorial from The Purl Bee
- *Steering Wheel Cover* a sewing tutorial from weasinart
- *Christmas Letter Pillow* a sewing tutorial from Hello Beautiful, via Spoonflower Blog
- *Gifts for Boys* a roundup from A Happy Stitch, via Sew Mama Sew
- *Other Mother’s Recipes* a funny essay from Dahlia Lithwick, via Dinner: A Love Story
- *Giving meaning to those educational buzzwords* from Project Based Homeschooling
Nurturing your Christmas spirit
- *Picture the Holidays* a photo-a-day class taught by Tracey Clark
- *A Very Merry Advent* a collection of joyful activities from Heidi Kenney and Amanda Krueger
- *An Online Advent Calendar for Adults* daily blog posts and videos from Loyola Press
- *December photo-a-day Challenge!* a free set of prompts from L U L A B E L L E
- *‘Tis the season to play photo a day: Check out the December challenge list* a list of prompts from Fat Mum Slim
This and that
- *Grab Customer’s Attention on Your Website in Less than 15 Minutes!* from Moxie Pear Design, via Oh My! Handmade
- *Christmas vase with Sparkle Mod Podge* a tutorial from Debbiedoo’s
- *A Coat Story* and impressive dye (and embellishment) job at Attic24
Have a nice, cozy, and dare I say, wintry weekend!
You can tell it’s December because I can’t show you anything I’m working on right now…
Actually, that’s not entirely true. I am working on two big-ish yarn-based projects, one of which I can talk about, and the other of which I cannot.
Both projects, if I document them properly during this stage, will become patterns later on. Nothing like a little multi-tasking, I always say.
So here’s just a tiny peek at what’s on the needles: an Everyday Cardigan like this one.
I know, I know. I had decided it was too ambitious to knit sweaters for Christmas, and I had abandoned the idea of making one for my Mom and my mother-in-law, but then Thanksgiving happened. And Neil’s mother looked at the sweater I was wearing and said something nice about it. And while I could probably have written that off as simple politeness, she took it a step further and pointed out particularly what she liked about it.
And so I had what has become a bit of a Pavlovian response for me: show an interest in my stuff, and I’ll want to make one for you.
I try to resist these urges, but I seem to be helpless. Plus, I’d already bought the yarn and made the buttons… it had to be fate, right? Of course it did.
And so I am just now finishing up the yoke of this sweater. Today or tomorrow I will separate the sleeves. And come Christmas Day, I will place it in a box and give it to my mother-in-law, even if it’s still got needles sticking out of it and the buttons are in a little baggie in the bottom of the box. Almost done is better than nothing!
Working on this makes me nice and happy, of course, but it does pose one eeny weeny little dilemma for me… my love of symmetry and sense of fairness are kind of yelling at me to knit one for my own mother, too. What I end up doing about it is anybody’s guess, but one look at the calendar tells me I’d be crazy to try it.
(Not sure being crazy is enough of a deterrent for me…stay tuned.)