12 Crafts of Christmas || A Child Is Born! Dish Towel

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Well, this is it. The last post in my 12 Crafts of Christmas series! I must admit, there were times during the past month when I wasn't sure I was going to actually make it to 12 crafts! Coming up with 12 blog-worthy crafts was a bit challenging, but it was so much fun! 

I thought I would wrap up the series with a project to remind us all of the reason we celebrate this time of year. It's not about presents or Christmas trees or 12 Christmas crafts. It's about remembering the birth of our Savior. It's about showing love to one another and spending time with family. Please don't get caught up in the rush of Christmastime and forget about what is really important this time of year. 

12 Crafts of Christmas || Granny Circle Ornaments

Friday, December 19, 2014

These simple granny circles are a great way to add some color to your Christmas tree! I like to use colors not typically associated with Christmas. I tend to get bored with the typical bright red and green we've all come to recognize as "Christmas colors." What about you? Are you a Christmas color traditionalist or do you like to stray from the norm as well? :)

Whatever colors you decide to use, these ornaments work up very quickly and would make a great gift. Since they only take a few minutes a piece, you could make a bunch of these guys in no time at all!

12 Crafts of Christmas ||Cross-Stitched Gift Tag

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

As you found out in my yarn-embellished gift wrap post, I love adding personal touches to gifts at Christmas-time. This cross-stitched gift tag is a quick and easy way to dress up your Christmas presents this year! I love how the simple cross stitch design looks so special and unique on the paper!

12 Crafts of Christmas || Picture Frame Ornament

Friday, December 12, 2014

2014 has been a big year! I wanted to make a Christmas ornament that will always remind Tyler and I of where we were in 2014. This Christmas, Tyler and I are engaged and it's our puppy's first Christmas! What better way to remind us of this year than with a picture of the three of us?? I love this picture of Tyler, Ned and I and thought it would be perfect for an ornament. :)

The ornament is very easy to make and only takes about thirty minutes. I'm thinking this should become a tradition in our family. Whenever a major event happens in our lives that we want to remember (wedding, kids, etc.), I will make an ornament for our tree. In the end, we will have a bunch of Christmas ornaments reminding us of everything we've been through together!

12 Crafts of Christmas || Yarn-Embellished Gift Wrap

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

I always love adding personal touches to gifts whenever I can. These yarn embellishments were a quick and easy way to dress up and personalize my Christmas gifts. I love how just a little bit of yarn can make the plain brown paper so much more fun and festive!

12 Crafts of Christmas || Embroidered Leather Ornaments

Monday, December 8, 2014

These yarn-embroidered leather ornaments are incredibly easy to make and I love how natural they look! The combination of the natural leather and the craftiness of the yarn is so unique and special. I always love embroidering on things other than the typical cloth and embroidery hoop. 

12 Crafts of Christmas || Granny Square Stocking

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The next craft in my 12 Crafts of Christmas series is this mini granny square stocking ornament. If you've been following my blog for a while, you are probably already aware of my addiction to granny squares. I absolutely love them! The squares are so easy and can be combined to make just about anything. The stocking ends up being about 7 inches tall, a perfect addition to your Christmas tree! :)

- three colors of sport weight yarn (I used Sinfonia's 100% cotton in marino, gris claro, and agua fuerte)
- white DK weight yarn
- size F crochet hook
- scissors

Directions for Squares:
- Begin square either by chaining five and joining with a slip stitch to make a loop or by making a magic loop. (I prefer the magic loop method, it makes your square look much neater in the end.)
- Round One: ch 3 (counts as first dc), 2dc, ch 2, [3 dc, ch2] three times, join with slip stitch in top of first ch 3. You should have 4 shells and 4 corner spaces.
- Round two: Slip st to next corner. Ch 3 [2dc, ch 2, 3 dc] in same space (corner made).*Ch 1, [3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc] in next ch 2 corner space. Repeat from * around. Join with slip stitch in top of first ch 3. Bind off.

- Attach squares together into a stocking shape. There are a variety of different methods to join granny square, I prefer this one. You will need to make a front piece and a back piece (opposite of the front), then stitch the two together with right sides facing. Once all of your squares are attached, flip the piece right side out and make sure all of you ends are tucked inside.

- Attach white yarn to the top of the stocking. Evenly work sc around. It doesn't really matter how many stitches, just make sure it looks even. I ended up with 38 stitches.
- Work 10 rows of sc. Bind off, weave in ends, and fold over.

- Ch 21.
- Row One: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and each chain across. Turn.
- Row Two: Ch 1. Sc in each st across. Bind off leaving a long tail for sewing.
- Fold hanger in half and sew to inside of stocking. I sewed it on behind the fold of the white section so that the stitches wouldn't show from the outside.

12 Crafts of Christmas || Salt and Pepper Shaker Ornaments

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

For several years now, my mom and I have been turning vintage salt and pepper shakers into Christmas ornaments. We collect them throughout the year from antiques stores and flea markets and then turn them into ornaments at Christmas time. They are always my favorite ornaments on the tree! I love the vintage touch they add.

- vintage salt and pepper shakers
- green floral wires (cut into pieces about 5 inches long)

- Take off the plugs at the bottom of the shakers and make sure there's not any salt or pepper left inside.
- Stick the two ends of your wire through two of the holes at the top of the shaker.
- Pull the ends through the hole at the bottom. It may be helpful to use a crochet hook to pull the ends through, but it isn't necessary.
- Twist the ends together several times.
- Hide your ends inside the shaker and put the plug back in.
- Pull up on your wire loop and twist it a few times at the top of the shaker.
- Hang your vintage ornament on the tree!

Linked to: Take a Look Tuesday

Wishlist || Christmas

Monday, December 1, 2014

Crochet || Meredith from One Sheepish Girl always has great patterns, and this christmas light garland is no exception. These lights are so fun and festive! I'm also quite jealous of her paper mache moose!

12 Crafts of Christmas || Crochet Snowflake

Friday, November 28, 2014

We haven't had our first big snow of the season yet here in Tennessee, but I cannot wait for it to happen! There have been a few dustings, but it hasn't actually snowed yet. I decided to whip up some snowflakes in hopes that it would hurry the snow along.... we'll see how that goes. :) 

Anyways, these snowflakes are fairly easy to make and you can whip up several of them in a short amount of time. I was able to make six of them in about an hour. 

12 Crafts of Christmas || Crochet Snowman Card

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

I've never been a fan of the generic cards you can pick up at the store. Whenever I can, I always prefer to make my own cards. It's so much more personal that way. This crocheted snowman card is a great way to send a personal touch to your friends and family this year! I can't wait to make up a few more of these and give them out this Christmas! 

12 Crafts of Christmas || Deathly Hallows Ornament

Sunday, November 23, 2014

My fiance and I are big Harry Potter fans. So I thought our Christmas tree this year should have something that reflects that! :) This ornament is easy to make and would be a great weekend project! 

12 Crafts of Christmas || Hexagon Ornaments

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

I realize that I'm jumping the gun a little bit here. It's not even Thanksgiving yet. But... it's never too early to start on some Christmas crafts, right?? My goal this year is to share twelve crafty Christmas projects here on the blog between now and Christmas Eve. I've got some really cool ideas that I cannot wait to share!

My first Christmas craft is these lovely hexagon ornaments! Aren't they cute?? The best part is, you only need very basic hand-sewing skills to be able to make them. I was really surprised how easy they turned out to be!

Wish List || Grannies + Narwhals

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Knitting || Pam Power's Diamonds & Lace Convertible Scarf is just to die for! I purchased the pattern yesterday and cannot wait to head to the yarn store this weekend. I love how the two different sections of the scarf complement each other so well.

Lattice Knit Wrist Warmers

Friday, October 24, 2014

These knit wrist-warmers have been on my needles for quite some time now and I'm thrilled that they are finally done. They actually work up really quickly, but I've just been SO busy lately! Grad school will do that to you I guess. Anyways, I'm really loving the texture of these! And I love that they are so much easier than they look! If you can knit, purl, and slip, you will breeze through this pattern! 

Crochet with One Sheepish Girl

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

This book could not have come at a better time. I preordered it a few months ago, and it just came in this week. This lovely little package waiting in my mailbox was exactly what I needed! Thesis-writing has had me pulling my hair out for weeks now. Overwhelmed has become a good word to describe my life. I was able to take a break for a few hours this weekend to make this lovely little ombre basket. I felt so much more relaxed afterwards! Isn't it amazing how yarn can have that effect on you??

Crochet with One Sheepish Girl by Meredith Crawford is pretty much amazing. I've read her blog for years and have always been inspired by her style. When I found out she was writing a book, I was ecstatic! All of the patterns in the book are bright and fun and perfect for some weekend crafting! 

Well... It's time for me to get back to writing my thesis. (Chapter one is due today.... EEK!) Hopefully, I'll be able to come up for air in a week or so and have some crafty fun to share with you!

Wishlist || Fall Knitting

Friday, September 12, 2014

It may still be 82 degrees outside, but I am beyond ready for fall. I'm ready for sweaters, cooler weather, hand-knit scarves and hats, and pumpkin spice EVERYTHING. I'm really not the kind of person who enjoys summer very much. I like the sunshine and the warmth for about a month, but then I'm ready for the cold weather again. In hopes that the weather will be cooling down soon, I have found a few patterns that I think I'm going to have to try out this year!

Puff Stitch Flower Necklace

Friday, September 5, 2014

I'm kind of in love with this crochet flower necklace. The idea came to me out of nowhere. I usually spend a lot of time planning and thinking about projects. But yesterday as I was getting ready for work, I thought, "Hey... I wonder what that would look like...." Thirty minutes later, I had this little beauty hanging around my neck and I was off to the library. :) I hope you like it as much as I do!

Hexagon Pendant Necklace

Thursday, September 4, 2014

I like two kinds of jewelry: vintage jewelry and handmade jewelry. Most of my jewelry comes from antique or thrift stores, but I'm always on the lookout for pieces I could make myself. There's just something about a unique piece of jewelry that makes me so very happy. :) I like knowing that what I'm wearing is different and that nobody else is going to be wearing the same thing. 

Granny Square Bookmarks

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

This semester, I am taking a course in young adult literature. I'm really quite excited about it. So many great books! :) We are going to be reading eleven books this semester in a 15-week time period. Meaning I am going to be reading A LOT. Like a lot a lot. Since one of my biggest pet peeves is folded over book pages, I decided I needed to make a couple really nice bookmarks to get me through this semester. 

These bookmarks are incredibly easy and a great project for beginning crocheters. I think each bookmark took me roughly thirty minutes to complete. So you could easily get these guys finished in one sitting.

Basket-weave Laptop Sleeve

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

It's funny how sometimes when you're working on a project, you have a clear and precise picture in your head of how the project is going to look when it is finished. There is no doubt in your mind that it is going to end up just as you imagined it would. This was not one of those times. This was going to be a pillow.

Wishlist || Feeling Foxy!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I love foxes! And I love how popular they have become lately! I feel like I've seen them everywhere. Here are just a few of the foxy things I've found around the interwebs lately. :)


Thursday, August 14, 2014

There has been a lot going on lately. Seriously. A LOT. I got engaged in April, so I've been working on my masters degree, doing loads and loads of practicum hours, planning a wedding and all kinds of other crazy stuff. I've been incredibly busy these past few months. I can't believe how long it's been since I posted! It's kind of embarrassing.

As far as crafts go, there's been a lot of embroidery going on here. I've really been focusing on decorations for the wedding. My ultimate goal is to have one handmade piece on each table at the wedding. We're probably going to have around 11 - 12 dinner tables and a couple more tables for guest book, food, etc. So I've got quite a bit of work to do before next May! Here's what I've got so far:

Granny Square Love

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

I adore granny squares. I love that I can make the same square over and over without having to think too much about the pattern. Once you've made your first couple squares, you can just breeze right through the rest of them. (Which is absolutely perfect when you come home from a long day of school and just want to curl up with some Downton Abbey!) This lovely, little pillow has been in the works for a shamefully long amount of time. It's been sitting in my yarn basket, incomplete for probably over a year. Anyways, since last week was Spring Break, I finally had time to finish it up! You can find the pattern for the squares here

Now that this project is finally finished, I think it's time to start on a new granny square pattern. Maybe a full afghan this time? :) 

Cross Stitched Boxes

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Ages and ages and ages ago, I bought these really wonderful boxes at an estate sale and immediately began imagining what they would look like if the tops were cross stitched. I was sooooo excited about these, but then, unfortunately, they did not get finished for a very, very long time. (Like most of my crafty endeavors lately.) After almost a year of just chilling out at my apartment, I finally finished the last box about a week ago! It felt so good to finish an embroidery project because it has been way too long since my last one! I haven't decided what each of the boxes will be used for (the tea box will probably hold tea), but I can't wait to put them to good use and see how pretty they look around my apartment!

Theme by: Pish and Posh Designs