11 December 2017

Snowflake Monday


About five years ago, one of my co-workers on a different floor began a tradition by decorating her entire floor for Christmas. Her imagination and creativity sparked such positive feedback, she now decorates here entire floor for every season of the year. It's really fun to take a tour whenever I need to take a quick break from deadlines!

Deck the Halls




My co-worker's decorations inspired other floors to decorate.






One of the newer bosses in my department was inspired to spruce up our own floor last year. She now hosts a door-decorating party after work the first Friday of December each year.

I don't have a door anymore, but I sit (or stand... I have a standing desk, which also has started somewhat of a fad within the office) near a copy room, a storage room and an empty office, all three of which have doors. I also have two bosses who work outside the office so often, they don't get to participate in decorating. So I decorate five doors.

This year, because I've been so busy, I decided to decorate with my crocheted snowflakes leftover from craft fairs of Christmas Past.






One of my absent bosses had a special request for me. He asked if I would decorate his door with a nativity.


My annual craft fair at the office is this Friday. After I got my decorations up, some of me co-workers began stopping by my desk to buy snowflakes “before they sell out.” They knew I hadn't made many snowflakes this year because I couldn't crochet for about four months. My last week has been spent making new snowflakes to replace the sold ones, plus a couple of special orders.

I typically do not take special orders at the craft fair because I want to spend the final two weeks before Christmas concentrating on my own family. A couple of co-workers had requests I couldn't turn down, and there was still time, so I accepted the special orders.

One has a friend whose partner died of cancer a couple of months ago. Her friend's partner loved dragonflies. My co-worker asked if I could make a rainbow Dragonfly Snowflake after she saw all my individual dragonflies. She wanted one that looks just like the photo...


I told her it would have about 48 knots. I asked if she would like a white snowflake with a rainbow of dragonflies attached. She said to go for it.

Here it is!

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: 6 inches from point to point with Dragonflies; 3.5 inches from point to point with Hearts
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread, size 7 crochet hook, 6 crocheted motifs such as hearts, dragonflies, flowers or even miniature snowflakes, 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

Dragonfly Motif
Heart Motif
Daisy Motif
Snowflake Motif

Medallion V Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 4 dc in ring, take loop off hook, insert hook through 2nd ch of starting ch 2 and replace loop on hook, pull loop through ch (popcorn stitch made), * ch 10, * 5 dc in ring, take loop off hook, insert hook through top loop of 1st dc and replace loop on hook, pull loop through top of 1st dc (popcorn stitch made); repeat from * 5 times, omitting last popcorn st of final repeat; sl st in top of starting popcorn. Pull magic circle tight.
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Round 2: * in next ch 10 sp work 2 sc, 2 hdc, 2 dc, ch 1, sl st in crochet motif, ch 1, 2 dc, 2 hdc, 2 sc; repeat from * around 5 times, 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.

4 comments :

  1. The doors sure look all smiley haha neat indeed. She really goes all out on her floor. Nicely done on the boss's door too.

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    1. This is a difficult time at work this time of year, Pat, with crazy deadlines and relentless workloads. So these wonderful, cheery decorations bring so much sunshine into the stressful environment!

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  2. So fun to see the different decorations. That gal on the other floor must put a lot of time in! I have to say though that I like the snowflakes best. :)

    P.S. I have a standing desk at home now and I really like it. Hope yours is working out well for you.

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    1. Sue, supposedly she spends the entire Thanksiving break working on this, and she keeps adding to it every year. I LOVE my standing desk! I want one at home now!

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