Do you have your tree trimmed yet? Sadly, this is the only one I have decorated yet but today is the day to get it done! The rest of the house is all set for the Christmas season though. I was the lucky winner of a one years subscription from Brenda @ It’s A Beautiful Life through a giveaway she was having on her blog. I can’t recall exactly how I came across her blog but I visit it regularly now. She is from Alberta Canada. The subscription is to Jacquie Lawson which is an online card company. While checking out my winnings, I came across an online advent calendar that you download and play with every day during the month of December. This is the tree that I decorated on December 1 on the Advent Calendar. I have been enjoying it and have even e-mailed one to several people and my grandchildren. I have found several things on the site that I will use during the Holidays and during 2016. Do you remember when the thinking was that the world would end when the clock struck the year 2000 and that all the computers would crash? Well…..here we are, getting ready to do it for the sixteenth time since then!
Besides getting my tree up, I need to get busy, busy, busy on the Christmas gifts that I am making. I will show them to you after the giving ☺.
I did want to show you a few other things that I made for myself through the fall season.
The first item is a basket that I made in a class I signed up for through the Mishawaka library. It was put on by an acquaintance of mine that has a blog over at These Are My Words. We met through a friend of mine from South Bend that I met in Goshen at a book signing by my FAVORITE author and blogger of all time the dear Susan Branch. Whew! That was a lot of “around the block” to tell a story, wasn’t it? Maybe I will have to sit down and tell all of you that story sometime but for right now let’s get back to that basket.
Here I am at the basket class. The basket is called “the Gadabout” basket so that is how I signed it on the bottom.
This is the class instructor, Kris and my friend Linda that I took the class with.
Here it is where it sits today on my counter. I stained it a golden oak color and is presently holding an assortment of squash and oranges.
The next thing I did is finish the table runner that I had started last year. I remembered it about a week before Thanksgiving so time was wasting on being able to enjoy it this year but I did manage to get it done in time.
It is hand-stitched and made with wool felt. I am going to get started on a spring themed one after the holidays.
Now on to my most current project which I started AND completed last night. Have you heard of finger knitting? Not hand knitting but finger knitting. (Now if this is WAY old news to you, I apologize for being so far behind the times.) I came across a You Tube video on finger knitting and the gal claimed you could knit a scarf in an evening–like 30 minutes of your evening! I will say that it took me more that 30 minutes, probably about an hour or so but it was FAST and EASY! This would also be a perfect craft for young girls that would like to make their own gifts or an inexpensive craft to make during their holiday vacation. My skein cost me $4.99 minus the 40% coupon I had!! Now that is a cheap scarf. And you knit it with your fingers so all you need is the yarn and a pair of scissors—NOTHING ELSE! Here is the You Tube link if you would like to check it out for yourself.
The scarf is being modeled by the beautiful Stella. She is a mannequin that resides in my sewing room and holds all manner of projects and miscellaneous items for me as needed and always does it without one word of complaining. She is a real worker! Many of you will recognize her from Morton Street Coffee where she use to reside. She was given the name of Stella by one of my favorite customers who named her after his wife.
And here is a close up. The scarf is only about an inch wide and is meant to be wound around your neck several times. If I wear it long, I wrap it 4 times and if I want it short up around my neck, it gets wound around 6 times.
As aghast as I am at this awful picture, I wanted to show you what it looks like on. The queen of selfies, I am not. Did you know that spell check does not acknowledge the word “selfie”? Just a mundane fact in case you care to know.
That is all for now. I must get cracking on getting that tree hauled upstairs and decorated!