Friday, 15 December 2017

Christmas Succulents

Each year as I consider the people on my Christmas list, there is one person for whom I know a handmade gift is ideal - my Oma. She loves handmade, treasures these gifts (she still has the picture I drew her in kindergarten hanging on the fridge), and receiving them makes her very happy.

Last year I crocheted her a butterfly, and a few years ago, an owl...and she loved them both.

This year I decided to make her a little pot of crochet succulents - Christmas succulents, if you will.
I've made quite a few little crochet succulents this year, but this one is by far my favorite. I found a handy little trick to make the 'dirt portion' (light brown) a perfect circle rather than a hexagonal circle and it has made all the difference. The 'dirt' fits better into the pot and as a result the succulents themselves sit better when they are sewn in place. I am quite pleased with this little garden and I can't wait to give it to my Oma on Christmas Eve.

I don't crochet many gifts for Christmas for the plain and simple reason that there are not many people on my list who are that interested in crochet or handmade gifts. But when I do give a handmade gift to a loved one and they love it to bits, well that makes me very happy indeed.....

Pattern for Succulents: Five Little Monsters
Pattern for a Perfect Crochet Circle: Spincushions
Yarn: scraps of Stylecraft DK

Wednesday, 13 December 2017


"A portrait of my girls, once a week, every week, in 2017."

It's bitterly cold outside, and after walking home from school what better way to warm up than with a mug of hot chocolate topped with marshmallows.

Look at those smiles! I love you girls so much.

Inspired by The 52 Week Project at Practicing Simplicity.

P.S. Can you believe it - only two weeks to go until the end of the year!!??

Friday, 8 December 2017

Seven Hundred

This week I published my 700th post, an accomplishment that gave me reason to pause and reflect.

Some thoughts as I consider this milestone:
  • The content has changed over the years since I started sharing in this space. I used to do a lot more paper crafts, whereas now I am more focused on yarn. This caused me some angst for a while as I felt like I was deserting something that used to be a huge part of my life, but I am settling, happy to simply enjoy my changing interests and loves. 
  • I love how this space chronicles what I have made...and looking back I can see that I have made a lot.
  • There have been moments when I have loved this blog, and there have been moments when I thought I'd quit.
  • I've stressed myself out over how often I am posting or not posting. Completely unnecessary. I think I have now reached a place where I am okay with what it is and with whatever happens, placing no unnecessary pressure on myself. I have a job and a family, and this is a stress needed.
  • I am seriously considering no longer posting photos of my girls in this space. As social media becomes a part of their lives (it's not yet, but I can foresee that it will be in a few years)  I think it may be time to give them a bit more control/influence over what about them is shared with the world. Maybe it is time to make this space about my story only?
  • I am cautiously considering designing some crochet patterns of my own. I do believe that I have the experience under my belt to make this happen, I just need to get started. I am excited about the challenge, though a bit nervous.....but really, what do I have to lose?
  • A site redesign, or at minimum a little tweaking, may be needed.
  • Should I include some of my newer interests here: simplicity, minimalism, cooking?
  • I am really proud of myself; I never anticipated I'd make it this far.
  • Seven hundred posts....are you serious?

Tuesday, 5 December 2017


"A portrait of my girls, once a week, every week, in 2017."

Decorating gingerbread cookies!

It's hard to know what you girls love more - the decorating of the cookies, or the eating of the cookies. It's a toss up for sure, and for good reason.

Inspired by The 52 Week Project at Practicing Simplicity.

Thursday, 30 November 2017


"A portrait of my girls, once a week, every week, in 2017"

I stumbled upon the two of you having a top secret "Sister Conference". What are you girls whispering about?

Inspired by The 52 Week Project at Practicing Simplicity.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Christmas Crochet

Christmas is just a few weeks away so today I thought I'd share with you some of my Christmas crochet makes, quick little projects that are perfect for the holidays.

The first is a crochet angel:
This is a gift for Claire's piano teacher. Every Monday night while Claire is having her lesson, I sit in the corner of Mrs. Kay's living room and crochet, and every week, once the lesson is over, Mrs Kay and I talk about yarn and crochet. Crocheting her a little something for Christmas seemed obvious, and an angel the perfect thing since Claire is playing "Angels We Have Heard on High" in the recital.

The pattern for the angel is available for free courtesy of Sewrella.

I also made a few snowflakes:
These were a little finicky to make, but are very cute and will be adorable on top of gifts. The pattern is available for free from Attic24.

Christmas preparations are in full swing. Many lists have been made, decorations are going up this coming weekend, menus are being planned, and believe it or not, I am nearly done shopping.  I am determined to minimize stress and enjoy the holidays this far, so good.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

A Rainbow Purse to Brighten Your Day

When the weather is grey and dull, and when it is pitch black outside by 5:00 pm, I turn to my yarn basket to revel in some color and to brighten my day.

Today I am excited to show you a little colorful project that I made completely on a whim with no real purpose in mind other than to fulfill my need to make something pretty and colorful: a rainbow drawstring purse
Mission accomplished - this bag is so pretty and obviously colorful.

I found the pattern for this bag among my old pattern stash and used my collection of cotton yarns to work it up. Luckily the blog from which I printed the pattern many years ago is still up and running and on revisiting it now I was happy to find a gorgeous space full of crochet inspiration. There are a few other patterns there that I would love to make and I have added them to my list. I love having a running list of "crochet projects to make" and being continually inspired to add to the list. Having an overabundance of crafty projects and ideas is never a bad thing.

When it came to choosing colors for my bag, I took a completely random approach. I quite like how it turned out, though if I were to make this bag again, I would like to try a more planned color palate, just to see how that would look. This is a small enough project, that experimenting with colors is quite possible.

I've been crocheting a lot lately, in every spare moment I have, and I am more in love with this craft than ever. I have an absolutely amazing project in the works, as well as a few Christmas bits..I can't wait to show you. Until then, happy crafting friends.....

Pattern: Rainbow Purse 
Yarn: Bernat Handicrafter Cotton - so many colors
Colorful: 100%
Pretty: 100%
Fun to Make: 100%