As we inch closer to Christmas we think of co-workers, that small gift exchange, our hair dresser, or postman. But with little time left, we need something quick. With these projects you can be guaranteed success with quick, last minute gifts and decorations that’s sure to bring a smile.
If you love pumpkins this is the perfect round up for you! Who would have thought that pumpkin patterns from Rebeckah of Rebecakah’s Treasures and my pumpkin patterns would pair so well – party on!
I was given the opportunity to review a new crochet book entitled “Crochetterie” Cool contemporary Crochet for the Creatively-minded by Molla Mills. This fun contemporary, modern, and artsy book sheds a whole new light on crochet – and it’s most definitely not your mama’s crochet!
Just like you eat with your eyes first, sometimes the pull to open a certain gift is in the packaging… And it’s fun to play around with items from around the house to make gaily wrapped gifts extra pretty – and enticing.
One of the ways I like to wrap gifts that are being shipped is using Christmas glitter yarns in place of ribbon. Take several lengths of yarn held together and wrap around a package horizontally, and then crisscross the yarn in the back to wrap vertically. Finish off with a bow tie trimming the ends. And it doesn’t matter if the package shifts in its container. It still looks pretty. And trimming it with a pretty fridgie that creates an additional gift unto itself. Even coasters make a great addition to dressing up a package.
I also find that garlands are so pretty wrapped around packages in place of ribbon. The recipients not only get a pretty wrapped gift, but the garland can be added to their Christmas tree!
One year I trimmed gifts with Hershey kisses. The pretty colored foil wrappers make them festive to use and you can glue them in place on top of the package in various shapes from Christmas trees to bells, even wreaths! Or you can try a mix of Herhsey’s Christmas wrapped candies to add the perfect touch to a bow. Click here for more ideas from Hershey’s! They even offer printables for making your own unique candy bar wrappers! How cool is that?
The use of candy canes tucked into bows or glued in place using two in a heart-shape add another dimension to gift wrapping. Other items to use include doilies, Christmas stockings, gift bags filled with candy or candy canes etc.
We’re moving on to Part 2 of our Thomas the Turkey Coaster Holder – the coasters! These coasters are super quick and easy to stitch – so while the entire project is rated “intermediate,” the coasters are rated beginner to easy. Hope you’re all enjoying the CAL so far! This CAL will be three(3) weeks long.
When it comes to crochet, there’s no better teacher then learning one on one. So obviously the next best thing is videos. And these days you can watch videos for learning stitches to working an entire project.
Rebeckah’s Treasures passed 5000 followers on her facebook page last month! And she’s celebrating this huge milestone with a 5000 FB Fan Appreciation Giveaway, where several of my crochet friends have agreed to contribute prizes. There will be a Grand Prize Winner and several Secondary Prize Winners. In addition, all patterns in my store & ravelry shop are 25% OFF for the rest of the month when you use the code “5000FANS” before you checkout.
How exciting is that! And I’m sponsoring two of the prizes – so if you’ve had your eye on something, maybe you can win it! How cool is that! Check it out today!
Recently these pattern packs were available on Annie’s Attic. Because the holiday season is over – these patterns have been discontinued. And now they’re available for download exclusively to my blog visitors. These packs are no longer available on the Annie’s Attic site nor are they available on my own site as a package deal! Great prices and they’ll only be available for a limited time!
Our fun crochet Easter basket is worked in yarn and fits a 1 1/2 quart casserole dish. Front post sts create texture and design while the basket is accented with two white bunnies and lots of crochet flowers. Fill with grass and Easter candy for your holiday celebration!
Four pretty crochet eggs can be nestled inside our dainty crochet ruffled Easter basket worked up in a fun pattern repeat. The basket is then edged with a lovely chain ruffle and accented with large ribbon bows. Instructions include four different eggs and basket. Decorate your home or office for Easter!
Our pretty crochet basket is perfect for Easter, spring, or Mother’s Day. Worked in pineapples it’s edged with a frilly chain ruffle with a matching saucer and trimmed in floral and ribbon.
Our beautiful thread crochet table topper boasts plenty of pretty pink roses, pineapples, and butterflies. What could be better! Twelve dainty pineapples give way to 24 delicate roses to another set of pineapples and then; elegant butterflies.
An easy spider web stitch lends itself beautifully for our “tartan” style skirt with matching broad brimmed hat. Embellished with ribbon bows, our crochet crinoline is ready for St. Paddy’s! Once I got on a crinoline roll of designing them, customers couldn’t seem to get enough. From holiday to birthdays, special occasions and more, crinoline are just plain fun. Use them on quilt squares or on pillows, or frame them!
Our fun crochet pillow combines two needle arts – crochet and cross stitching, and covers two holidays – Valentines and St. Patrick’s! One side has two hearts while the other boasts a lively shamrock. Each side is edged with a pretty lace ruffle. Work one side or the other, or both! For awhile working cross-stitch on crochet was the “rage” and it was then I designed this decorative pillow for both holidays. And because I love decorating for holidays, this pillow serves up a dual purpose!
I was quite honored and excited to find out this past week that I won the ornament category in the Flamies Awards! The Flamies are the Flaming Hook of Justice Awards, also known as The Crochet Awards. Created by Founder and Fearless Leader of the Crochet Liberation Front, Laurie Wheeler, the awards are a celebration of the best of what the crochet universe has to offer.
I’d like to congratulate the other winners of this prestigious award! Congratulations to each of you! Click here for their names and categories!
And the ornament that’s recognized; the Pineapple Snowflake Tree Top Ornament
Adorned with a double ring of pink hearts and trimmed with a pretty open shell border, this crochet Valentine doily is perfect for Valentines! Works up quickly for gift-giving. I love the holidays and I enjoy decorating for each. One of the easiest ways to decorate for any holiday is with doilies and runners. These are projects to keep your hands busy, your heart content, and something to showcase for years to come.
Who doesn’t love choices! On December 3rd, the pattern below to receive the most votes will be available for free! Please note: only one vote per visitor!
Stitcher's Choice! Vote for your favorite below...
- Jolly Elf Towel Topper (2%, 6 Votes)
- Iced Gingerbread Men Coasters (3%, 10 Votes)
- Miniature Crinoline Angel (4%, 12 Votes)
- Poinsettia Candle Wreath (6%, 18 Votes)
- Jolly Snowman Holder (9%, 29 Votes)
- Christmas Polar Bear Door Hanger (12%, 38 Votes)
- Glittering Snowflake Placemat (15%, 47 Votes)
- Holly Leaf Striped Stocking (22%, 70 Votes)
- Santa Hat Chair Back Cover (27%, 87 Votes)
Total Voters: 317