Christmas Crafting

Yarn crafting is my first love but I have to admit that I’ve fallen in love with my new Silhouette Portrait Die Cutting Machine. So far, I’ve made Christmas tags, small gift bags, gift card holders, and I’ve learned to etch glass yet there’s so much more I want to do with this thing! Take a peek at this video to see what I’ve been up to in addition to the normal excitement and preparation of the Holiday Season!

No Christmas baking at our house this year. The doctor put down her foot about sugar and carbs so I’m trying to wean myself off. However, I wanted to have a baking-type experience so I tried my hand at salt dough ornaments. There are tons of recipes and instructions out there for this age-old craft. (Just take a look at Pinterest!) Click the video below to watch over my shoulder as I figure this out!

Merry Christmas 2014!

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Crochet Pot Holder Tutorial

In a Sheepishly Sharing video (#99) I showed my favorite pot holder made by my mother-in-law. While she’s an excellent knitter and crocheter, she can’t read a pattern and I had difficulty understanding her verbal directions to me. After going on a long hunt, I found a couple (imho, poorly written) patterns and had to figure it out myself! While there IS a great video for this particular pot holder done by Teresa, The Crochet Geek, it was a little different from my version. Plus, I didn’t care for the whip stitch method of closure. Commenters on my video said they would like to see how I did it so… here it is!