Oh, Christmas Tree πŸŽ„πŸŽΆπŸŽΆ ~ Build Your Own Little Forest

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Do you still have a flat surface in your house that’s in need of some Christmas Deco? How about some fast & easy Christmas trees? πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„

All you need is Styrofoam cones (I found mine at Walmart), yarn, and pins.

A little elf is not necessary…she just wants to say ‘Hi’ 😁

The type of yarn is not really important (it shouldn’t be too thin though). A medium weight yarn you want to work into a chain ⬆️ . Fuzzy yarn works great as is, and so does artisan-handspun wool.

You need appr. 9 feet of chain/yarn.

Start by wrapping your chain/yarn around the base of the cone (no glue necessary – the styrofoam does a nice job of ‘gripping’ the material).

So, wrap around, and -about every 2″ -secure the chain/yarn with the pins

You don’t need to secure it on each wrap. 3, r pins every few rows is sufficient. If you see a gap between the rows, just push them together before you add the pin.

Round and round you go…all the way to the top. One more pin…et voilΓ‘

Now you can decorate with ribbon, more pins, and a topper. For that I took the silver cap off a miniature ornament, and pushed it into the styrofoam.

Oh…with the artisan spun yarn (no need to crochet a chain 😁) it would look like this

That will be pretty, don’t you think? 😍

Here are a few more trees I made …

This would make a great Christmas craft for the kids! Maybe a nice gift for Grandma, Auntie, their Teacher… 😊

I hope you feel inspired, and will make your own little Forest. ☺️

Please let me know what you think, what you created! πŸ’•

I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

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Pine Cone Arrangements ~ Bringing Autumn Gatherings Into Your Home πŸ

Hello my lovely friends  πŸ’• A big part of this might sound familiar to some of you – I did post this idea last year – but a lot of you weren’t here then 😊 and if you were, you might like a little reminder  πŸ˜Š 

How would you like to combine a Nature Walk 


with a crafty activity afterwards? 😍
Sound good? Well then…keep reading πŸ€“

But first – this 

    She’s just so cute…you’ll probably see her a lot here 😊

Alright…let’s get walking and crafting 

I start with collecting pine cones on my morning walk  – these beauties are along the way, and greet me every day with a lovely scent 


So if you see two women crawling around under the pine trees…with 3 dogs watching…that’s my friend Carole and me collecting pine cones 😁

Once home I clean them in a water/vinegar mixture – gotta get rid of the bugs πŸ˜–

    

After their ‘bath’ you wanna bake them in the oven at 200 degrees…for about an hour to get rid of the bugs that learned to breathe under water πŸ˜‹

  
While they bake you can gather the rest of the necessary things. Here’s what you need …

~a glass vase

 ~Potpourri

 ~decorative glass gems 

~1. Start by filling the vase with the gems – about 2″ high.

~2. Then add the pine cones and the Potpourri in layers.

I started with some Potpourri, set a pine cone on top – against the side of the vase, added more Potpourri, a cone on the other side, and so on.

~3. When you work your layers, make sure you have 2 or 3 pine cones left over – sticking out at the top they’ll give your arrangement the pretty ‘fall-y’ touch.

There…isn’t that pretty 😍

I’ve used the glass cylinders for a few different arrangements 

For hubby’s man-cave 🎱

This one sits in the powder room πŸ™‚

My ‘Mickey Mouse’ cactus watches me create new patterns πŸ˜€

This one here is my favorite 😍

And of course…one more for the studio πŸ’œ

I hope I triggered your creativity….let me know which arrangement is your favorite/ you decided on making for yourself ☺️

Sending Love ❀️ Smiles πŸ™‚ and Hugs πŸ€— your way! 

Crochet ~ Along Part IIIΒ 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Here it is – the (overdue) Part III of the ‘Wallhanging CAL’ 

Have you been waiting for it? I’m so sorry that it took me ’til now to tell you how to go on. πŸ˜• Next time this happens (which I hope is never!) just yell holler at me. 😊

So let’s hop on the CAL train πŸš‚ ⬅️ Ha… how cute is this? 

Row 11 – The Tapestry Stitch 

This one is really easy. πŸ˜ƒ It’s a great way to use and showcase the beautiful (and valuable) handspun yarn in your stash without breaking the bank. 😍

Besides the handspun yarn I used some frizzy yarn (pick a thin yarn or you won’t be able to see the underlying one)


Now just work a row of double crochet stitches across, while guiding the spun yarn, and enclosing it in each dc.

Of course I forgot to take pictures…so I recreated the stitch on another piece (which has nothing to do with the CAL πŸ™‚)

Make a loop in the first stitch, position the spun yarn across your piece. For the first dc make sure that the yarn you work with is behind the stationary yarn. Yo, insert hook into the next stitch, finish your dc as usual.

Work all stitches very loosely because 1. the yarn is very thin, and 2. you don’t wanna ‘choke’ your pretty handspun yarn. πŸ€“

Row 12 Dc in black 

Row 13 – 18 – The Star Stitch 

Each Star stitch row really consists of two rows, the ‘Star’ base and a row of hdc stitches. I used 3 different colors, but it’s also very beautiful in one color….that’s completely up to you of course 😁

I found a great photo tutorial at ‘The Spruce’. She’s doing such a great job explaining this stitch that I, instead of copying her, just give you the link to her page. If you’ve never done this stitch or need a refresher ‘course’, click here πŸ˜ I hope you don’t mind! 😍

Row 19 Dc in black 

Row 20 Tapestry stitch – same colors as Row 11

Row 21 Dc in black 

Row 22 Change color to turquoise. Ch3, *skip 2 stitches, Dc 3 in next stitch. Repeat from * to the end of the row. 1 dc in last stitch. 

There…that’s it for Part III. You have my word that you’ll have the next part in front of you next week. πŸ€“

If you missed the beginning, here is 

Part I 

and 

Part II 

Have you started yet? Let me know how far along you are already. 😊 Or do you plan to but get constantly interrupted? πŸ˜‹ What to do? 

She’s ⬇️ got it right 🀣


Thanks for visiting and reading πŸ’• 

Ohhh…tomorrow is WIP Wednesday and I finally have something to show ya 😎

I hope you will be back to take a peek πŸ’œ

Small ~ Project ~ …day – A Vintage Camper Tea Cozy

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

In case you’re wondering about the in the title – this was supposed to be the Sunday post. But since the finishing touches on the project took a little longer than expected, and a Sunday – on a regular basis – has only 2 hours, 15 minutes in it, I’m late. πŸ˜•

So here we are – the ‘Small ~ Project ~ Sunday’ post on a Monday afternoon, finally finished and you can get ready for a new project….

This cozy is stitched entirely in Tunesian Stitch.

You’ll need 5 skeins of Cotton Yarn, worsted, medium (4) – (5 colors) ~ green (A), coral (B), mint green (C),
yellow (D), cream (E)

Hook Size 5mm (H)

Chain 45 in A

Rows 1 – 11 in A

Row 12 (cast off) in B

Rows 13 + 14 in B

Row 15 ~ 9 stitches in B (10 loops), 25 st in C, 10 st in B

Row 16 ~ cast off according to color sequence – When you get to the color transition while casting off (2 different color loops on the hook) always join the loops with the new color.

Row 17
8 cast on (9 loops) in B, 27 cast on in C, 9 cast on in B
Row 18 – and every even numbered row ~
repeat Row 16
Row 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29
7 cast on (8 loops) in B, 29 cast on in C, 8 cast on in B
Row 31, 33, 35, 37, 39, 41
7 cast on (8 loops) in B, 29 cast on in D, 8 cast on in B
7 cast on (8 loops) in B, 19 cast on in D, 8 cast on in E, 2 cast on in D, 8 cast on in B
Row 43 (Starting the Decrease)
work first cast on, work second and third together, 5 cast on (8 loops) in B,
27 cast on in D,
6 cast on in B, 7th + 8th cast on together, 1 cast on in B (8 loops)
Row 45
1 cast on, second + third tog, 5 cast on (8 loops) in B, 25 cast on in D,
6 cast on, 7th + 8th tog, 1 cast on in B
Row 47
1 cast on, second + third tog, 5 cast on (8 loops) in B, 23 cast on in D,
6 cast on, 7th + 8th tog, 1 cast on in B
Row 49, 51, 53
Continue to work in color B, and decrease at the beginning and end of the row as above.


This picture was the ‘first edition’ πŸ˜‰ The decrease is a bit wonky – I figured out how to do it right eventually, and the tire is on the wrong side 😜….fixed as well.

Second Panel
As the first panel, but in Rows 31 – 41 work in a second ‘window’ by casting on
4 in D, 10 in E, 1 in D, 10 in E, 4 in D
The beginning and end of the rows in B is the same.


Wheels
Work 12 dc into a magic ring, then 2dc each into every space between the dcs

Finishing touches
Crochet 2 rows of ‘Star Stitch’ to one panel


connect the two panels with a slipstitch.
Outline the door, the windows, and the door with ‘Surface crochet’.
Stitch on the wheels.
To straighten the bottom edge (it was a bit curly) I attached a length of handspun wool to it, using the Tapestry Stitch


Done, done and done!!!! Woohoo!!!

A little note at the end
If you feel that I ‘overexplained’ things… I wanna apologize. I’ve encountered so many patterns that were very hard to ‘get’, that I had a hard time figuring out, and didn’t get right until I’ve tried multiple times, and then still had the feeling that I was ‘winging’ it. So I might have went overboard with my explanation – I really hope you don’t mind. πŸ€—

If you need more pictures, please let me know. I’m a visual person so I understand.

So, what do you think?  Do you like this little project? Will you be making one? Maybe as a Christmas present? 🎁
Please let me know! I am a curious one – I need to know everything things. πŸ˜‹

I hope you will join me next time! 😍

Until then πŸ’•

‘Bohemian Oasis’ ~ The Crochet-Along Part II

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Show of hands    πŸ™‹πŸ»   Who has started this project? Are your squares done and joined?
If not – no worries, this will keep. 😊

Once they’re joined you want to continue with a few rows of Offset-Filet-Net Stitch.
This stitch is a double crochet, worked into the spaces between the stitches of the former row, instead of the loops at the top.

I picked black as a separating color between the sections, because it serves as a ‘frame’ for each section. It separates colors you normally wouldn’t put next to each other, and makes them ‘go together’. And – I think – it adds a bit of a ‘dramatic’ flair to the piece. πŸ’ƒπŸ»

Note: If you take a closer look at the picture you’ll see that I stitched the first and last dc of every row in black as well. You can save yourself that hassle    πŸ˜   My thought was to give the piece an instant border, in case you don’t want to add one at the end. Oooops 😳  it’ll definitely needs a separately stitched border.

Ready? Alright – here we go….

Row 1:
Attach your yarn to the corner space of the first square and work a dc.
One dc between the next 2 dc of the previous row. *One dc between the next 2 dc.
2 dc in ch1 space of the previous row. Continue from * to the last corner space. Place 1dc in that space.
2dc between the top 2 vertical stitches of the join, 2 dc in the space next to it.
Repeat for all squares and join rows.

Row 2 & 3
Attach a new color, and ch3. Work both rows in the Offset-Filet-Net Stitch.

Row 4
With black yarn work one row of Offset-Filet-Net Stitches.

Row 5  – The Bobble Stitch



A Bobble Stitch = 5dctog (5 double-crochet together) – yo, 1dc, yo, insert hook into designated stitch, yo, pull through stitch, yo, pull through 2 loops, yo, repeat until you have 6 loops on your hook. Yo, pull yarn through all 6 loops. Chain 1.

Start this row by attaching a new yarn color.
1 hdc in first stitch, 1 hdc in 2nd stitch *1 Bobble, 3 sc, repeat from * to the end of the row. End with 2hdc

Row 6
2sc, *sc in eye of bobble, 3 sc, repeat from * to the end of the row.

Row  7
4 sc, *1 bobble (in the middle one of the 3sc of the previous row) 3sc. Repeat from *
End row with 4sc

Row 8
Repeat Row 6

Row 9
Repeat Row 5

Row 10
black dc across

I’m gonna stop this right now and  let you catch up πŸ€“

I really, really hope that this makes sense to you – if not, just holler. I’m just a quick message away! πŸ“¬

Now have fun with your yarn and hook    πŸ˜ƒ   Play with your colors    πŸŒˆ This is a great stashbuster, isn’t it?! 😁

Next time we’ll use the Tapestry Stitch and the Star Stitch – that’s a great one….you’ll love it. Wanna see? Okay…here it is


Other than this…there’s not much going on here. Kind of a boring slow week 😜
So I’ll let you go now. Take good care of yourself. πŸ’œ

Thanks for stopping by! 😍

I hope to hear from you soon – let me know how far you’ve gotten with your ‘Bohemian Oasis’

Until then πŸ’•


 

New ~ Stitch ~ Sunday β˜€οΈ Adorable HydrangeasΒ 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Welcome back! 

Since quite a few of you loved the ‘Hydrangea Purse’ in the making I decided apply the title loosely and make today’s post less about a new stitch, but a cute flower instead. πŸ€“

If you look really hard you’ll find a new stitch – if you wanna call it that – a Picot πŸ”Ί <—– yeah, something like that 😏

Now to the flower 😊 You’re probably tapping your foot by now πŸ˜‰

Here it is 

     Cute, eh? 😊
And really a fast and easy project. πŸ’•

But first – these are the things you need to know (besides the basic sc and ch)

hdc – yo, insert hook into designated stitch, pull yarn through. Yo, pull yarn through all 3 loops

dc -yo, insert hook into designated stitch, pull yarn through. Yo, pull yarn through 2 loops twice 

htr- yo twice, insert hook into designated stitch, pull yarn through (5 loops). Yo, pull yarn through 2 loops, yo, pull yarn through 3 loops

Picot – Ch 3, slipstitch into base of chain 

Magic Ring – wrap yarn around your finger twice, insert hook into the ring, pull yarn through, chain 1 (you want to hold the ‘ring’ and the tail between thumb and forefinger πŸ˜‰)


Okay….now really The Flower 😁

1. Make a ‘Magic Ring’, and crochet 8 sc into it (twice the amount of desired petals); hold the row of sc, and pull the yarntail. Cool, huh? πŸ˜‹ Close circle with a slipstitch into the first slipstitch.

    

And now you know why it’s called a ‘Magic Ring’ πŸ˜€

2. Place *a hdc into the space under the hook. Now into the same space 1 dc, 1 htr, Picot, 1 htr, 1 dc, 1 hdc. Slipstitch into the next stitch*. 

Move to the next stitch and repeat * to * 3 times. 

And your flower is done! πŸ˜€

  

The bead is optional, but I think it’s a nice touch 😍

I’ve already made a few more for my purse project πŸ€“

 
As soon as it’s done I’ll share the creative process with you – that will hopefully be very soon 😏

As usual on a Sunday I lolligagged a bit – so now it’s dinner time already! 😳 It’s soooo hot here these days that I’m running out of ideas for ‘Hot Weather Dishes’ really fast. πŸ€” Oh well, we’ll find something πŸ˜‚

Thanks for stopping by 😍 As usual…if you have any questions, need to clarify something in the instructions ~ just holler! 

I shall be back sometime this week – probably tomorrow or Tuesday. 😘

Until then πŸ’•



New ~ Stitch ~ Sunday 🌺 Zig-Zag Puff Stitch 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Welcome back! πŸ€—

Today I have a really cute stitch for you… 

Just the name alone 😁 ‘Zig Zag Puff Stitch’ makes me smile a little. 

And it’s actually pretty simple – once you get into a rhythm you’ll see your Blankie/Scarf/Shawl/Pillowcase grow quickly. πŸ™‚

Alrighty…let’s do this 

Start with a loose* foundation chain – a multiple of 3 (+4) 

*you want to crochet the chain loosely (you may even wanna try a larger hook for the foundation) that makes it easier to ‘find’ the desired chain for the stitches of the second row. Plus your piece is less likely to bunch up. πŸ€“

Okay …you have your chain, now…

Row 1 Dc into 4th chain from the hook. *Yo, place your next stitch one chain back (into the 3rd chain from the hook). Draw yarn through one loop, repeat twice. You now have seven loops on your hook. Yo, draw through all 7 loops. (Puff) Ch 1. Dc1.
Skip one chain, dc1, repeat from * until you get to the end of the row. Place a half-crochet stitch into the last chain. Ch2, turn. 

Row 2 Place 1 dc on top of the first Puff. Work one puff stitch into the space between the hdc and the puff in the previous row. 


1 dc on top of the next puff, one puff between the two puffs of the previous row. (gee, I wish there was another word for Puff , so I could change things up a little 😜) 

Repeat to the end of the row. End with a hdc into the turning chain. Ch 2, turn. 

Repeat Row 2 until your piece reaches the desired length. 

Isn’t it pretty? Do you love it? 😊

I hope this all made sense to you ☺️ If not…please let me know! I’m just a quick message away! 

By the way – here’s what happens if your foundation chain is crocheted too tight…you get a little croissant πŸ₯ 


You can reach different textures by pulling the loops higher or lower. I played with that a little here ⬇️ on the bottom rows I pulled the loop to about 3/4″. The top 4 rows are ‘regular’ height double crochet stitches. 


Play with it and have fun. I’m sure you’ll find out what suits your project the best. πŸ˜ƒ

Now I have a little failure to report πŸ˜•

Remember last week I tried the ‘slipstitch only’ piece? Probably not…because you are busy and have other things to remember 😁 

So I’ll recap. I read that projects crocheted in slipstitch only, are superwarm and look like knitted pieces. 


They were right! It’s very thick, and the stitches do look knitted. πŸ™‚

This piece ⬆️ was done by crocheting through the back loop only. Using the front loop only will give it a different look. Well, right again…but that looks just odd. 😬 Unless I made the same mistakes 4 times…it just won’t work for me. Take a look 


See how thick this is? Well, it would be warm! πŸ˜‚ But there’s another problem. Now I don’t know which row to work with. πŸ˜• Either one will leave the other one just hanging there. 

Tell you what….I’ll play with it – one of these days – and see if I can figure this out! πŸ˜‰ Or, even better, have you ever done a piece using slipstitch, front loop only? Maybe you could enlighten me! It would be very much appreciated! 😘

Oh my…look at the time! 😳 The afternoon sure went by fast! It’s already dinner time. 

I let you go now so you can feed yourself! πŸ˜ƒ

Thanks for visiting and reading! πŸ’œ I hope you’ll be back! 

Until then  πŸ’•

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