30 November 2016

Windshield Wednesday

29 November 2016

November Gain

This year's extremely mild autumn spoiled me. I didn't want to let go of my outdoor flowers when the first snow and first really cold night finally came a couple of weeks ago.

I chopped off some of my cosmos and zinnias because they were so full of blossoms, I couldn't bear to let them freeze. I didn't know if they would bloom indoors in a vase. The only way to find out would be to sever them...

It took a few days, but some of the cosmos did indeed bloom!

28 November 2016

Snowflake Monday

Never go to the craft store to pick up jump rings during the Christmas shopping season. Trust me.

However, my little mistake resulted in a cute little snowflake for today, and a bunch more coming up!

Today's pattern works up super-fast, so you can make plenty in time for Christmas!

I also discovered yet another way to enhance store-bought danglies. I found these treasures a year or so ago, not during my most recent jump ring spending spree, and of course, had to snatch them up because they are so cool. I didn't know at the time what they would grow up to be.

Using my jewelry pliers and some extra jump rings (See, those jump rings came in handy after all!), I added snowflakes in between the danglies. You must use sturdy snowflakes for this project. The weight of the danglies will stretch out lacy, dainty snowflakes.

These newly improved creations are hanging on our bookcase with our stockings now!

You may do whatever you'd like with snowflakes you make from this pattern, but you may not sell or republish the pattern. Thanks, and enjoy!

Finished Size: 3.75 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread, size 7 crochet hook, 1-inch 2-holed button, empty pizza box, wax paper or plastic wrap, cellophane tape, water soluble school glue or desired stiffener, water, glitter, small container for glue/water mixture, paintbrush, stick pins that won't be used later for sewing, clear thread or fishing line

December's Coming Snowflake Instructions

Round 1: 1 sc in button hole, ch 7,[1 sc in same buttonhole, ch 7] 2 times, 1 sc in next buttonhole, [ch 7, 1 sc in same buttonhole] 2 times; ch 1, 1 tr in starting sc to form 6th ch 7 space of Round.

Round 2: Ch 2, counts as 1 dc), 4 dc over post of tr directly below, * 9 dc in next ch 7 sp; repeat from * around 4 times; 4 dc in next ch 7 sp, sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2.
If you're not reading this pattern on Snowcatcher, you're not reading the designer's blog. Please go here to see the original.

Round 3: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 in same ch as sl st, * ch 3, 1 sc in next gap between 9/dc groups, ch 3, sk next 4 dc, 3 dc in next (middle) dc), ch 7, 3 dc in same dc; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last 3 dc of final repeat; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2; bind off. Weave in ends.

Finish: Tape wax paper or plastic wrap to top of empty pizza box. Pin snowflake to box on top of wax paper or plastic wrap.

If using glue, mix a few drops of water with a teaspoon of glue in small washable container. Paint snowflake with glue mixture or desired stiffener. Sprinkle lightly with glitter. Wash paintbrush and container thoroughly. Allow snowflake to dry at least 24 hours. Remove pins. Gently peel snowflake from wax paper or plastic wrap. Attach 10-inch clear thread to one spoke, weaving in end. Wrap fishing line around tree branch (or tape to ceiling or any overhead surface) and watch snowflake twirl freely whenever you walk by! Snowflake also may be taped to window or tied to doorknob or cabinet handle.

25 November 2016

White Friday

I'm no fan of Black Friday. Last year, I decided to capture the photographic highlights of the actual day, and the overall results are my rebellion against Black Friday. Welcome to my newest annual tradition, White Friday!

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