Winter seems to be never ending here in Quebec… As such, it means cold weather and cute cold weather items are still good to go!
I figured this was an opportune time to post a knit and crocheted headband I made! My cousin commissioned me to make a head band similar to the one her bestest friend lost. She found this great free pattern and I began to teach myself how to knit and crochet! There are some wonderful youtube videos to watch in order to teach yourself!
While I knew how to basically knit and purl, I was clueless as to how to insert extra stitches! You know, make it wider! Then came the decreasing stitches… making it smaller! I will admit I restarted three times…. But third time’s the charm right??
Crocheting was the same deal. While there are wonderful videos on youtube, it took me three go’s to get the tension right and therefore complete the flower.
Moral of the story… while crocheting is easier, it is a b***h to get the tension and that somehow makes it harder in my eyes.
Anywho, I basically got half of this done in one afternoon and worked a little here and there on the rest. It could easily be two afternoons if you devoted the time.
The pattern can be found on http://www.krafty-katie.blogspot.co.uk and she even provides google docs for them!
I love Christmas. Particularly, I love giving gifts. I love the feeling of watching someone open up a gift I have found for them that I truly know they will enjoy. In my mind, it truly is ‘the most wonderful time of the year”.
That being said, I decided I would make quite a few of my gifts this year, like the arm knitting and finger knitting projects I have written about already. However, for these news projects, I did not have to work alone! My bestest friend Miss Allison came over and we had an afternoon of crafting, movie watching, and food eating.
Both of these projects are from the same lady’s blog, bubblynaturecreations.com.
The glass ornaments we used were from Michael’s and the ribbon is from the 1$ aisle at Target. All the spices can be found at your local grocer’s and I went to bulk barn for the tiny chocolate chips and bulk white and regular hot chocolate. You will also need foil to close up the tops. Lastly, make sure you have a funnel on hand! Trust us….. You will need it!
The Dip Mix Ornaments
The 5 dip mixes that are created for this adorable gift are Dill, Bacon, Fiesta, Italian, and Herb Ranch. Be aware that two mixes call for items that we couldn’t find to place inside – non-refrigerated parmesan cheese and non-refiregerated bacon bits. This just means that on the instruction card we have written down that the person must add them themselves.
Hot Chocolate Ornaments
For these ornaments, we used hot chocolate, mini chips and candy canes purchased from the Bulk Barn. The funnel comes in handy again here!
Happy crafting and gift giving!
Do not hate me. I started my Christmas preparations and gift making in July because well…. sometimes I just feel the need to get ahead of the game! I’m not one of those people though that listen to the music in July *cough* Hannah *cough* I prefer to wait until December to actually start getting in the mood. But the gift making and prep can start whenever I have the time and the energy 🙂
Today’s Christmas prep was making ornaments! This was extremely fun and just a little time consuming… Time consuming because the tiny little sequin pins are just that, tiny.
The materials you need to make this craft are:
This idea came from a Pinterest post I saw. Now I do not understand the language AT ALL, however the photos that accompany the article are enough explanation on their own.
I did not add the little bows on top but it is something I am thinking of doing.
Here are a few photos during the process and after 🙂