Saturday, December 31, 2011

Ending the Year on a Craft Note

So I have here the last two crafts of the year.

Well, there's one more, but it needs some tweaks and finishing, so that'll be next year's post.

I gave these two gifts for Christmas.

First, I made the Ribbon Cowl Necklace for my Mom. Yes, I know another cowl, but she keeps requesting them, so I'll keep on making them. This was in an issue of Crochet! magazine. I made it with Red Heart Soft yarn.

Second, I made something for my husband.

I saw one of these on Craftster or somewhere and thought it was cute, so I whipped up my own design.

It's not just a rice bag, it's a phone holder!

I'm actually kind of proud of this one. It didn't come out quite as angular as I would have liked, but if I'm going to make another one I think I'll use interfacing.

Happy New Year! Here's to more crafting in 2012!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Happy Birthday Craftykix!

Four years ago today, I made my very first post at Craftykix.

Since then there's been a lot of projects!

I hope you all have enjoyed what you've read as much as I have enjoyed writing.


Saturday, December 10, 2011

CraftyKix Mega Holiday Prep Post

Hey gang!

So, it's the Holiday season, the time of year for crafters to go nuts!

First, decorations.

In the latest Charlottesville Crafter I tackle making your own ball ornaments.

Don't forget sewn ornaments too. Here's last years tutorial on making fleece ornaments.

Second, gifts.

Need a gift for a crafter? Check out the previous issues of my Gifts for Crafters guides.

Need to make a gift? You've still got time to make a hat, a cowl, a small wallet, a scarf, some fleece mittens, a pillow, an amigurumi toy, marble magnets, some ornaments, some zip pouches, a tote bag, some earrings. It doesn't take a lot of time to make something cool and unique for someone special.

What am I making for the holidays? Not a lot, actually. I have one handmade gift that I need to finish. School and work really sucked away my time this year. Next year I should be done with school and will be able to plan ahead and start sooner than the week of Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011


It's officially "Holiday Decorating" season.

I haven't had a chance to think about it yet. Exams are over this week and then I'll think about crafting and decorating and whatnot.

BUT, my friend Linda has been busy. She made us tinsel trees!

So until I dig the Holiday Box out from the closet, this is decking our hall kitchen counter.

And then after Christmas, I get some involuntary time off, so I'll have plenty of time to dig into the fabric stash and so forth.

I'm trying to think of it as 80 hours of free time instead of grumping about the lack of funds that will result from it.

Attitude is everything, right?