Once upon a time…

…there was a box that said ‘ Gingerbread Village’

…and a Tina thinking ‘Oh, that looks like fun’ 😜

Yesterday’s picture in your Advent Calendar reminded me of that day. 😊

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Let’s reminisce…

So I bought the kit, unpacked it at home

Instructions were easy enough

…and so it begins

The first one looks pretty good

Hubby doing Quality control 😜

After a lot of sighing, and (some) cussing strong words and I seem to remember that someone yelled ‘Timber’ to lighten the mood πŸ˜‚ the village was standing

It’s kinda cute, but there is definitely no ‘Hogwarts Castle’ in my future! 😊

Did you ever built a Gingerbread House? What’s your experience? Never again! 😁 Or ‘Hogwarts’ next year?

Have a wonderful day! πŸ’•

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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!

FiPs, WiPs, and a Tip πŸ€“

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Thanks so much for stopping by, even though you must have felt a bit abandoned over the last few weeks. ☺️

I’ve been quite busy with hook and yarn, and that’s what today’s post is about.

FiPs…I’m pretty certain that that’s not a ‘thing’ 😁 It just sounds so nice in the title. I decided – for the sake of a pretty headline – that it will stand for ‘Finished Projects’.

And here they are…

The ‘Blue Skies’ Slouchy Hat

The ‘Falling Leaves’ Infinity Scarf (one of my personal favorites) 😊 If you like a closer look – it is now (with more pictures) in my brandnew Etsy Shop And a ‘ Newsboy/Cabbie’ Hat- Bear seemed to like it…even if he looks a bit grouchy πŸ˜‰

The WiPs The Puzzle Poncho is coming along

The ‘Flower Meadow’ has been a bit neglected lately – but it moved toward the top of the list

New is another ‘Puzzle’ – I just don’t seem to be able to move away from them 😏

A few weeks ago I bought these gorgeous Caron cakes

They’re so pretty and beautifully soft…they are going to be something luscious for me! 😁

First I thought ‘Poncho’ – then I decided that I would much rather have a fabulous, funky sweater. With different stitches and shapes. This is what I have so far

One side and the start of the sleeve

I don’t know what happened here πŸ˜• I followed the instructions, double checked every stitch, and number…but it’s quite ‘ruffly’. I do love it though, so it can go to the bottom of the sweater, and be a quirky finish that just hangs about – probably surrounded by fringes. πŸ€“

I see some trial-and-error frogging in my future, but hopefully it’ll -eventually- turn into something pretty. 😍

That’s all for ‘WiPs in pictures’. I do have to make some smaller things for the store – like hats, headbands, dishcloths…but I don’t have anything to show there yet. 😊

A Tip for my Crochet Friends

Hopefully it’ll help you win every game of ‘Yarn Chicken’ 😁

Oh…one more thing – please join me in a ‘Dance of Joy’

I had my first crochet sales last week πŸ˜ƒ

These pretties found a new home…

Yes…’Feronia’ went to live with someone else. My daughter’s first question was “Was the lady worthy?” πŸ˜‚ And I can wholeheartedly say ‘Yes’! πŸ’•

This hat went home with her too

And ‘ Purple Delight’ is now warming the neck of a lovely friend of mine 😍

So…that’s all the news for today ☺️

I hope to see you again soon πŸ’•

*I am not affiliated with the product/brand mentioned here.

Cozy & Colorful – An Adjustable Headband – The Pattern πŸ˜Š

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Have you done your TGIF Happy Dance yet? πŸ’ƒπŸ» Go ahead…I’ll wait

Done? Great ” πŸ˜ƒ Now you can sit and make yourself a cozy headband for the frosty (shopping) days ahead. 😁

You may have seen it here last week…if not- here it is

What do you think? You like? Well, then get your hook and yarn, and let’s get started πŸ€“

You will need

Material: ~ 1 skein medium weight (4) yarn – I used Red Heart for this project, because it’s warm, and soft. And it shows the stitches off beautifully.

~ 2 Hooks – H (5mm) and I/9 (5.5mm)

Stitches: – Chain, dc, hdc, sc, frontpost dc (fpdc), backpost dc (bpdc)

Details : Fpdc – yo, insert hook from right to left behind the dc post in the previous row, finish dc as usual.

Bpdc – yo, from behind your work insert hook from right to left over the dc post in the previous row, finish dc as usual

PicotEdging – *slipstitch in sc in previous row, slipstitch in next sc, ch3, slipstitch in 1st ch. Repeat from * across row

Alrighty…now let’s put all this ⬆️ to good use 😊

Headband: With the I/9 (5.5mm) hook ch 72

Row 1: Switch to your H (5mm) hook. Dc in 3rd ch from hook, and in each following ch. Ch 2. Turn.

Row 2: Fpdc in 2nd dc from hook. Bpdc in next stitch. Alternate fpdc and bpdc to the end of the row. Ch2, turn.

Row 3, 4, 5 – repeat Row 2, mirroring the stitches from the previous rows (fpdc on fpdc, bpdc

on bpdc)

Tapered Ends: When you’re done with Row 5, ch1 and work 10hdc across the short side of your headband. Ch1. Turn. *Sc 2together. Sc in each of the following stitches. Sc last 2 together. Ch 1. Turn.

Repeat from * until there is one stitch left.

Don’t fasten off! Ch 70, turn, slipstitch in each ch. Fasten off.

Attach yarn to opposite end, and repeat the instruction for the tapered ends.

When you finish that part, you don’t have to fasten off. Continue on following the instructions for the ‘Picot Edging’ on one side. Then you either work across the tie-back to finish it in one round, or fasten off, reattach yarn on the other side, and finish the ‘Picots’ there.

Now you’re basically ready to weather the storm. β˜ƒοΈ

If you want to attach the flower – pretty isn’t it? 😊 just click here . Liliia at ‘Mangotree Crafts’ has written an easy pattern for this gorgeous 6-petal flower.

Now sew it on, and tell ’em to bring on the snow ⛄️❄️⛄️

They also make great stocking stuffers, and Teacher’s gifts. 😊

If you love them, and are running out of time – ’cause the holidays are always sneaking up at lightning speed ⚑️ I do have a few in my Etsy Shop 😊 Then you can just click and give 🎁

That’s all for today my lovelies πŸ€—

This weekend is the ‘Fantastic Bake Along’! 😍 You do wanna stop by for a delicious Apple Pie recipe 🍎

I hope to see you then! πŸ’•

πŸ¦‹ WIP πŸ¦‹ Wednesday πŸ¦‹

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Is it just me or is time marching along way too fast? It seems like we just carved the pumpkins πŸŽƒ….or at least played with the idea and looked at carved pumpkins 😜 And now here we are…way into November, and 45 days away from Christmas 😬

So I’ll get to today’s subject…before I waste any more of your time ☺️

Last month I made this Lollipop Cowl…


It was fun to make, and everyone seemed to be quite taken with it 😊 so I decided to make another one 

 Purple is the worst color to photograph πŸ˜•

In my search for the perfect buttons, I came across these beauties by ‘Lauren Birch’ 

But the cats and the Lollipops were too much – even for me πŸ˜‰

So I decided to lose the Lollipops, and will add simple fringe instead. Pictures coming soon. πŸ™‚

The next Lollipop Cowl was not meant to be either πŸ™ƒ

It started well enough…


…but then boring Monday Night Football happened. My mind started wandering designing – and another Puzzle Poncho was born. Apparently I do like to piece things together πŸ€“

So I made more pieces 


Then it looked like this 


One more piece…

….for this 


Now it’s getting somewhere…it needs something though πŸ€” I’ll let you know what, once I figure it out. 

In other news – I just opened an Etsy shop πŸ˜ƒ I’ve been putting it off and putting it off…but today was the day. This is the very first listing …


I’ve been making these adjustable headbands. My daughter already claimed one – let’s hope that many more will follow her example. πŸ˜†

Alrighty…that’s all…I’ll let you get back to what you were doing. 😊

Take good care of yourself πŸ’•

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! 

WIP ~ Wednesday β˜€οΈ

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•  

Remember him? 😜


So…Happy Hump Day to you! 😍

Honestly, I really don’t have a lot to show you today…but – nevertheless – here I am 😎

This here is done I think and is only included because I might add fringe in between the ‘Lollipops’…but then again…maybe not. What do you think?


….aaaand another ‘Gypsy Cardigan’ – I love this color combo (not like the pesky yellow/grey that doesn’t wanna play nice with other colors πŸ˜‰) 

That’s all for this week’s WIPs…can you believe it’s only two 😳 And one is barely one. 

Well, I do have/wanna make more Cupcake Dishcloths…they’re selling like…eh, cupcakes at the shop. 😁

I also have Part IV of the CAL – I’ll bring you that tomorrow. 😊

Take care! πŸ’œ Enjoy your evening 😍

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