Showing posts with label Christmas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Christmas. Show all posts

Friday, January 2, 2015

Favorite Things Friday || Happy New Year

Well, 2014 was quite a year! I was busy around Christmas, but not so much with handmaking gifts. I did at least manage to finish a simple neck warmer that I gave to my dad. I might make myself one sometime too. The yarn I used is 100% wool so it is nice and warm! 

I was given a JoAnn Fabrics gift card for Christmas and there are some plans in the works for what I purchased with that, though that's more for a Tuesday post...which I've been terrible at keeping up with lately. New and different traditions with my husband's family made for a bit of a funky schedule the past couple of weeks. 

Now, I can't wait for things to slow down just a bit so I can develop a little better routine and continue on with the job hunting. And yes, I can't wait to start sewing again!! 
My treasures from today:

Friday, December 19, 2014

Favorite Things Friday || Red, White, Green

There is an apparent lack of snow in my new location. I'm not sure how much I like it yet. I'll get used to it, I'm sure. Once I have a job and realize that I don't need to shovel my way out of the driveway twice a week or start my car at least 15 minutes before leaving, I know I'll appreciate it. Snow sure does make things look awfully pretty though.

The feeder has been crowded with birds lately and I've enjoyed watching them coming and going, darting back and forth to eat the sunflower seeds. Once in a while a Downy Woodpecker will stop by for a few seconds and sometimes I can hear a Nuthatch tapping it's beak on the roof storing a seed under the shingles. I think I like watching the Cardinals the best. They are so beautiful!

Here is a bit of festive fun! My husband and I built a gingerbread house. We were "discussing" if we should decorate it then set it up, or set it up first and then decorate. We ended up setting it up first just to have the extra challenge of trying to decorate without knocking anything over. He mostly set up the walls and I mostly made it look pretty. It was definitely a team effort.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas

This week leading up to Christmas has certainly been a busy one, but I have to say that I am so excited to have a regular post fall on Christmas Eve! I have got to start taking notes throughout the week so I can have somewhat more organized weekly posts. (New Years resolution, hm?) 

So, happenings:
 I saw a pin on pinterest. This one actually: Sweater Restyle And made my own version. I'm not so sure I love it yet. I think maybe by spring I may learn to. 

I finished another Christmas present. It has to be mailed out no pictures yet. (Well, it is on Instagram ;) ) 

Finally, some baking. I braved the supermarket today and got some red and green chocolate chips to put on brownies and I bought a sugar cookie mix. Yeah, totally copping out this year. In the cookie department. I have got to come up with a better plan for picture taking and sweet baking next year. 

I did manage to get some pictures of making ever so festive kale chips! I had to put my ipad on a stool which is why I appear to be a giant! These were deliciously simple. Literally. They also gave me a chance to wear my Olivia Walton apron. The most time consuming part was cutting the spine out of each kale leaf. After that I just tore them into 1 to 2 inch pieces mixed it with copious amounts of olive oil, speared a layer on a parchment paper covered cookie sheet, sprinkled with salt ,and baked at 300 degrees for 16-20 minutes. very easy appetizer for Christmas! And as Lucy Ricardo says "It's so tasty too!"

Merry Christmas to you all, and I wish you a very happy and healthy new year!

Matthew 1:23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Past, Present, Future

PAST (and sort of present): Just barely more than a week to go before Christmas! My friend and I got together today to exchange gifts, shop, and chat for a little while. This means I can post the photo of the cowl now! I used this pattern from Fynes Designs. I love that it works up SO quickly, is not overly frilly at all, and the fact that it fastens with buttons instead of being an actual infinity scarf makes it extremely versatile. 

PRESENT: The Wizard of Odds and Ends is now on Twitter!!  One of these days I'll get all my social media links in one place. I guess I should've mentioned that in "future." Oh well.

FUTURE: While shopping today I found a great Fair Isle knit turtle neck from L.L. Bean. I have been patiently waiting for a fair aisle sweater to show up at the thrift store! Just $3.99, the price was certainly right. I also got another article of clothing, but that's for another day and another post!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Crazy Christmas Crafting

Well, well, Tuesday night again. It's pretty cold out tonight. I think the majority of the United States is pretty cold right now. Short story: I flew to Florida last January. I left there on a day when it was 70 something in Jacksonville and landed in Boston where is was exactly 2 degrees Fahrenheit!! 

In contrast to freezing-ness, something excellently toasty is this lovely little 28 square, scrap buster, crazy, granny square afghan. I was lazy and just sewed it together with a zigzag stitch. It turned out to be kind of fun looking and it's actually warmer than I expected it to be! That's great right now! I think the high on Thursday is only 17! 

I was also going to post a picture of a gift that I made for a friend, but I was on the phone with her today and told her about my blog. Since she may see this post, that plan is out now. She didn't know I had an etsy shop AND a blog. By the way, she's the one that thought up "The Wizard of Odds and Ends" name. See, she is an awesome friend!!

Just to tide you over until I can post that photo, here are a couple little treasures I found in one of my family's  ornament boxes. The fur trim is coming off of Santa's waist. Superglue would not even hold the trim down! Mrs. Claus is slightly worn and I think I'm going to attempt to do some minor repairs with some red sharpie, felt, and get a white pompon to cover her pseudo belly button. 
My mom thinks she saw the same ornaments in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, but she's not completely sure. I can tell you this, nobody will get me to sit and watch it to find out. I'll watch Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed, or Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney anytime I want to see a great Christmas movie but I will not waste two hours of my life watching Chevy Chase! Anyway. Rant over. Here's the cute Christmas Couple!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

My First Tutorial...

Since I can't post any pictures of Christmas presents, and that is basically all I am working on at the moment, (Whilst falling way behind on my 365 squares. Ugh.) I have decided it was high time to post a tutorial here and my camera decided it was high time for the batteries to die. Well, I'm done complaining. At least I still have something I can take pictures with.

Thanksgiving is in just a few short hours and I suppose that means I'm late, by retail store standards, getting into the Christmas spirit. The fun thing about working at a children's library is decorating for each season and the accompanying holidays. We haven't deecorated for Christmas yet, but we've been preparing...with discarded books! I'm sure you can find this tutorial elsewhere on the Internet, but I can guarantee you that their photos won't have that fuzzy vintage look that invokes feelings of nostalgia from Christmases past.

Here is it folks, the Christmas Tree Book:

Fold the page over so that the top edge is even with the spine of the book.

Fold page again so that the first folded edge is even with spine.

Fold bottom corner of page even with bottom edge of the book and tuck the corner inside of the triangle.


*Note: I made my tree out of four separate sections of 16 pages and glued the sections together. You can make your tree with as many or as few sections/pages as you like for slightly different looks. It's fun to try with different size books too!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Ah, We Meet Again!

Hello again! I'm back! I was traveling, not this past weekend, but the weekend before that. I was away for 5 days and did not crochet a stitch, although I had planned to. I did purchase two new crochet hooks that are on the humongous side! Sizes N and P. I also saw a sausage making demonstration while I was away. The old fashioned way using a hit or miss engine to run the meat grinder. I even got eat pork cracklings that I watched them cook in the lard that they butchered from the same pig! Sorry if that grosses anyone out. I thought it was pretty cool...and delicious! 
It was around 7 on the night I got back home. I ate some dinner and immediately got to crocheting into the wee small hours of the morning hoping to catch up and blog. I did crochet two squares but it took me a few days to finally get back to where I was supposed to be and now I'm even working a little bit ahead! I am running out of yarn much faster than I expected, so in one way this is a fabulous scrap buster project but the fact that I'm going to have to buy some more yarn to get through the whole year is very appealing!

Just a couple of pictures of the mounting pile of squares...and this isn't even a month's worth!

A little, shameless plug for my Etsy shop as well. You might find someone a great Christmas gift!