Monday, November 14, 2011

D.I.Y. Holiday Time!

Oh, how I love the Holidays!  First Thanksgiving, then Christmas, and then the start of a brand new year!  But before I can enjoy it all I’m going to need to get all of my ducks in a row.

And I’m going to start with my D.I.Y. gift list!

I always start out the Holidays with the ambitious goal of making all of my loved ones’ gifts by hand.  It doesn’t always work out, but I love the challenge!  Of course, I’m not going to share my actual list with you here, that would ruin the surprise for a few too many people.  But I did find some great ideas to show you.  Just click on the picture for a link to instructions for each project!

You could make and give something useful and practical like a scarf, or a bag made out of neckties:

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Or how about something fairly useless, but fun?  Like amigurumi baby monsters!  Or any amigurumi, really.  (Amigurumi are tiny crocheted figures, there are many unique patterns out there, and each one has the sole purpose of being adorable):

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But if you’re looking for something that is sure to be a hit every time, you can’t go wrong with something edible:

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And as always, you should enjoy making it as much as your recipient will enjoy receiving it.  Happy Holidays everyone!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The cold air has arrived… finally!

And you know what that means…

Sweater weather!!

I have always loved the winter down south.  It gets just the right kind of cold; which is to say it gets cold enough to appreciate staying inside with a cozy fire and a hot drink, but it almost never gets cold enough for snow.  I’ve spent exactly one winter up north, and they can keep the dang snow. 

But the best part about winter is the wardrobe.  Check out this one I was able to pull together:

sweater weather!

Nothing beats long sleeves and boots!  I am so glad winter is here, but my sympathies to our neighbors in the north.
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