Wednesday, August 16, 2017

130 days until Christmas!



130 days seems a long way away but the holiday season will be here in the wink of an eye. About this time each year, I try to decide on the ornament design I will make for friends and family. This year, I have it narrowed down to five possibilities.

First up are these darling super duo Christmas trees designed by the mother and daughter team at simplebeadpatterns.com.

Simplebeadpatterns.com tutorial
It may look like a simple thread path but it is pretty tricky. The tutorial is a bit on the pricey side but I thought well worth it since it breaks it down to basic steps. I made three of these so far and think they would be pretty in a metallic green with red and gold decorations.


This next option is not an ornament design but instead is an earring design featured in Bead&Button June 2017. I am always looking for something with a southwest-y feel and thought it would be beautiful as an ornament. This seems pretty involved so I don't know they lend to multiple production but one or two would be doable.

Francesca Walton design in Bead&Button June 2017

Next up is a basic icicle design that I thought would be pretty in turquoise nuggets for a southwest theme. As of this writing, the Etsy shop owner is taking a break so check back if you are interested in this item.

Etsy ornament by Snowflakestudio59

Mark and Marcia DeCoster recently posted about this Peace tutorial with the proceeds going toward Alzheimers research. Not only is the cause a good one but the theme of peace seems to be especially needed this year.

Peace tutorial by Mark and Marcia DeCoster

My last option is an old-but-goodie saved from an Art Jewelry Elements blog post two years ago. I made this sample using some pave beads in my stash with a crystal Swarovski snowflake. I just love the added sparkle of the pave and crystal.

Art Jewelry Elements Christmas Wreath
Decisions... decisions. Maybe I will need to make a few of each!

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Sweet baby is here

After many posts about baby showers and other random baby items, our granddaughter has arrived. Just check out the smile on this sweet face.


I went on a major bootie binge and made these cute moccasin style booties. I bought the pattern from matildasmeadow on Etsy.


Then, just in time for winter, we have some fur-topped booties. The purple ones are so small, all you see is fur! This was another Etsy pattern from OnePaisleyPig. This was the first time I used fur yarn and it is pretty darn tricky to crochet through all that fur.


And then we just have some basic booties. Because a girl can never have too many booties!





Sunday, August 6, 2017

Finishing projects and kitty crochet

Does anyone else just about finish a project except for the last step or two? I have several items in my to-do pile that just need closures. Well, I finally finished a project from last year at this time when I used a cross-country driving trip to work on a bead crochet necklace. I love doing bead crochet in the car (as long as I am not driving) since you pre-string the beads and they stay nice and secure while you crochet.


I finished the rope last August but just couldn't decide on the pendant and closure style. So I went shopping in my stash and found this glass pendant that worked perfectly and, once I had chosen the pendant, the closures were easy. Yay!

And now for a bit of crochet. You might recall some prior posts where I raved about IraOtt's tutorials. Being a push-over for all things feline, I had to try the below design. It was the perfect housewarming gift for my two nieces who are also kitty lovers.

IraOtt Design, Crochet by Paula

I did the kitty in gray to match my niece's kitty, Gus. And they are both just adorable:


And a couple photos of just Gus since you can never have too much kitty:





 
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