Saturday, December 6, 2014

Unicorns, Mittens, and Burlap (Crafting All the Things)

I have been fairly prolific in the crochet and craft department lately.  It's not so much about lots of free time, holiday gift crafting, or Christmas decorating.  It's actually been a bi-product of observing Advent intentionally and an endeavor to reset and refresh the ever-present yet ever-new resolution of "order in the home."

I just had too many projects laying around half finished.  It's hard to put away half-finished projects, so the alternative was to finish them and get them out of the way.  

So, show and tell time :)

I had finished making mittens for all the kids back at the beginning of summer.  I wanted everyone to have two fresh pairs for when fall hit.  Well, fall hit and Clare lost three of four mittens...   Rrrrrr.  So I spent a weekend making one purple mitten and a new pair of flower mittens for her.  What are the chances these will be not lost all winter???

I actually set these out backwards... the flowers are on the backs of the hands, not the palms :)
here's a link to the mittens pattern I always use in case you want it :)

A couple months ago I tried my hand at a burlap wreath.  People all over the internet are making cute things out of burlap all the time, but no one ever tells you how messy it is.  Burlap fibers everywhere.  But that didn't stop me from making another wreath and garland, too.  Iis a really nice neutral background for pretty much anything...  And plus, that's why I have children - to vacuum up the debris left in the wake of my crafting sprees ;)


used this flower pattern, with double strands of yarn

Finally, I finished a project I had started on our road trip to Ohio - three unicorn hats for three sweet little girls we know!  This was a fun project!  I took a few pictures of my own girls modeling them before I passed them along.  Cute, right?!  (blurry photos because no little girl can stand still when she's got a mane to toss...)


Unicorn hat pattern from Repeat Crafter Me

It really feels so good to have these projects done and not laying around waiting any more.  What shall I start next???  

Have you finished up any projects lately? 

10 comments:

  1. Theresa!!!!! You are the BEST!!! And so talented. Oh my goodness. I keep sneaking over to the Christmas present stash and taking them out and admiring them. The girls are going to catch me one of these times, which would almost be OK because I could give them to them earlier and they can wear them more. Eeeeeeeeee!!! They're just so CUTE. I'm really enjoying planning some Christmas-reciprocal-make-hosting-easier-goodies! THANK YOU.

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    1. You're so welcome! I hope they like them :)

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  2. I love all of your burlap decor!!! I switched out our front door burlap and added a burlap garland to our mantle too! I heart all things burlap! I love how you strung lights through it too! You have such a knack for crafts, decor, and taking beautiful photos too!

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    1. Thanks, Amanda! I think I got the garland idea from you :)

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  3. When I knit the boys' mittens, I crocheted a chain (then went back down the other way once to strengthen it) and attached them together and to string right through the arms of the coat. That way they always stayed hanging from the coat or on the hands...there was no way I wanted any lost after doing all that work! Yours look beautiful! I just started a burlap wreath the other day but need some more inspiration on what to add for Advent/Christmas...

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    1. Yes. I have to do this. I think I just have un-addressed issues from my childhood of wet, smelly mittens hanging from my sleeves and getting in my way... like an appendage that I had no control over. Yes, I clearly have some things to work through, but it does seem like the obvious solution to my toddler mitten retention problem ;)

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  4. i love, love, love the burlap wreaths and garland! you will have to tell me how to make them! and those unicorn hats are fantastic!

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    1. Hmmm... maybe we can focus on burlap at the next soup and garland night! They really were so easy (and pretty!)

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  5. I looooove your burlap creations! I've been toying with the idea of making a burlap garland and this was just beautiful inspiration! And those unicorn hats! What lucky little girls they are.
    Also, to follow-up on Mary's comment: when I make mittens or gloves for littles, I too added a keeping string out of i-cord or something so they wouldn't get lost. It's worked pretty well (though someone once lost *both* her mittens because they were connected).

    Please post more of your creations; these are some of my very favorite posts :)

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    1. Thanks, Willow! Burlap is becoming a new favorite around here b/y you can dress it up for any occasion ;)
      Also - check out my reply to Mary's mitten string comment. It's too traumatic for me to write it again here (hehe)

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