Christmas Already??

Wow this year has just flown by. I can’t believe that Christmas is almost here! The last few months I have been busy getting our house ready to sell! Now that I am done painting, cleaning and all that goes with getting ready to sell a home I can finally get to what I love most. You guessed it Crochet!!

Okay I have got to be honest I did find some time while I was watching TV to get some crocheting done. Here is what I have finished.

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I am not real sure I am happy with the way this one turned out. I am thinking that I will have to do some more experimenting with this type of yarn. Which is Bernat Boa!

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I love this yarn which is Bernat Soft Boucle. The way it works up is so nice and soft. This yarn also works up real fast. This scarf will definitely keep you warm on a cold winters day!

Are you all ready for Christmas? Do you have all the decorations and the tree put up, the gifts all bought and wrapped?

Here is a cute Santa Hat to make for the little ones! Click on the image to get the pattern.

Santa Hat and Beard for Kids

Easy Does It Blanket

A Cozy Christmas Afghan to make for those you love!  I love to cuddle up with a blanket on those cold winter nights.

Thanks as always for stopping by my crochet and crafting corner of the world! Have a Blessed and Wonderful Christmas Season 🙂

Laura

A Holiday Baking Tradition

Mmmm Mmmm Good Holiday Baking! I went over to my Mother’s house so we could have some quality time together baking 🙂 We made Filled Sugar Cookies and Cinnamon Rolls!

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This time of year I always love to do baking for me and my children.  It all started out with my Mom and the traditions that I carried over to my family.  When I was young we would bake Sugar Cookies and Cinnamon Rolls with my Mom.

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Our Family Tradition was to have the Cinnamon Rolls Christmas morning while opening up gifts!  When I had been baking for the day the children would come in and smell the deliciousness and want to dive right in after school and gobble them all up.  Of course I made them wait until after they had supper!!!

DSC00103 (2)The finished Filled Sugar Cookies

My son’s to this day still want me to send them the Cinnamon Rolls for Christmas along with some Peanut Butter Fudge.  🙂  They now have to settle for having the Cinnamon Rolls sent to them and not have the aroma that comes from them baking at home.  I love to send them some baking love that comes from the heart!  

What are some of your traditions for the Holidays?  As always Thanks for stopping by 🙂

The Spirit of Christmas

As Christmas draws near I am thinking about what brings about the Christmas Spirit. Is it the traditions that people have and do every year or something else? My husband and I were putting up the tree today and having fun with Christmas songs playing in the background. Even had our dog get into the action as you can see 🙂

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As I sit here to write about the Christmas Spirit it reminds me of the time that I was asked by my employer what the Christmas Spirit meant to me. That was while I was working at Swiss Colony in Monroe WI and my children were still young.  My kids are now all grown and I have Grandchildren but I do believe the same things apply to how I feel about Christmas. I will share what I wrote then….

There are so many things that keep the Christmas Spirit alive for me! To start with it is being able to bake the treats that my family loves so well. Cinnamon rolls with that fresh baked smell, the cookies and candies that are made with sugar and all those fattening ingredients.  Then there is the putting up of the decorations the day after Thanksgiving, which has been a tradition in my house for a long time.  The tree comes out of storage along with all the rest of the decorations and that night after the chores are done we all gather around to put up the tree with the Christmas music playing in the background.

The hustle and bustle of trying to get the things that everyone wants on their list. You can actually feel the excitement in the air with people smiling at each other for no apparent reason.  When the first snowfall comes around, that is another exciting part of the joy of the Christmas Spirit especially for my kids! I go around singing too!! Of course what else would it be but Let it Snow! That song has always been one to give me that warm fuzzy feeling.

The thing that I love the most about this time of the year is seeing that special smile from someone that you really care about.  The sparkle that is in a child’s eyes when he or she looks up at you, saying I love you more than you can ever know.  The over abundance of energy that they seem to have this time of year, constantly asking you when Santa is going to be here.  There is also the list that is hung on the refrigerator for all to see of what they want Santa to bring them for the year.

Last, but not least is the openness of giving that happens around this time of year. I love that too! The kisses and hugs that are given, the warm handshakes, the smiles on people’s faces. Now what would really keep the spirit alive is if we as people could accomplish this feeling the whole year through.  Just think what the world would be like then!!

I also love to do crafts for the Holidays for decorations and gift giving! Here are some craft ideas to try!

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Holiday Charm Festive Reindeer Earrings.

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Ball Jars Snowglobe at Joann.com.

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Photo Mat “Believe” Banner.

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Sugared Black and White Tissue Glass Block.

On this one I think I would have a tendency to use more of Red, Green and White colors!  Thank you for taking a trip with me down memory lane on what the Christmas Spirit means to me.  I hope you all are able to reflect on what the Christmas Spirit means to you!  🙂 Have a Great Week!!

Crochet Butterfly and Flower Hair Clips and Headbands

I was busy last week with designing some Hair Clips and Headbands! I wanted to do something fun and simple.  I also found out that I am going to be having another Grandchild! I was so excited to hear the news last night!  Now I can change gears and start thinking about what to make for a baby 🙂  I guess I have gotten off track but wanted to share the news about being Grandma once again!  I can add this to my list of things I am Thankful For!!

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I had fun making these Headbands. Each Headband is made with Cotton Crochet Thread. The Butterflies are made from the same material and sewn onto the headband. I have some crochet Flowers that I have made that will also be sewn onto a headband.  That will have to wait for a later date!

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The idea for the hair clips are from a pattern of a Butterfly that I had seen and proceeded to make and post on Facebook asking for ideas of what to make with the Butterflies. Quite a few of the suggestions were for hair clips and so here is the finished product!

These Butterfly and Flower Hair Clips are made from Cotton Crochet Thread. They are glued onto an Alligator Clip that is partially covered with Ribbon.  The Flower I added a Bead and glued it to the center of the Flower.

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DSC00176DSC00129DSC00113DSC00057 Now onto the next Holiday after Thanksgiving! Christmas is my favorite Holiday of the year!  Let me know what you think of this project of mine!  🙂 These will be available in my Shop at  www.etsy.com/shop/Dunmirecrochetcorner

I hope that Everyone has a Safe and Wonderful Thanksgiving Day!