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Submitted by Pam on Wed, 11/12/2008 - 06:00
These pretty decorations are based on an ancient Japanese craft known as Temari. They begin with a styrofoam ball, wrapped in thread. This forms a beautiful and functional base for embroidery.
Here's a picture of some traditional Temari. They can be a little complicated to make, so they're really best learned from a book or a live class. However, this tutorial will teach you to make the thread-wrapped ball, and then decorate it in some simpler ways.
Submitted by Pam on Mon, 11/10/2008 - 06:00
This is a photo of a real snow flake!
And here is another! And here is a link to Snowcrystals.com one of my very favorite sites. The photographs of the snow crystals make my eyes happy and my spirits soar. The link will take you directly to the first page of the gallery of amazing photographs taken by Kenneth G. Libbrecht of Caltech. You can click on each one to make it larger and I suggest you do exactly that!
Submitted by Pam on Sat, 11/08/2008 - 22:36
The best version of pancakes ever! Legend has it that Aebleskivers were first made by Viking warriors on thier battle pitted shields. However they came to be, don't be intimidated by the pan or the process. Just jump in and make them a family favorite. I promise kids of all ages love them, and it is doubtful you will ever have leftovers.
Submitted by Pam on Thu, 11/06/2008 - 15:20
Crafters are so generous with their time and talent - making blankets, quilts, baby items and clothing items for people in need. Although projects take place all year long, the spirit of giving seems to be especially strong during the holiday season.
This "bootie tree" stands in a lovely little yarn shop, 'It's A Crewel World" located in Camas, Washington. Donna Jensen, the proprietor hopes to cover two trees with hand-knitted or crocheted booties to be delivered on December 6th.
She will deliver one tree to Southwest Memorial Hospital in Vancouver, WA and the booties will be given to babies born in December to wear home.
The other tree, if she receives enough donations to cover two trees, will be delivered to the Pregnancy Crisis Center in Camas.
I hope some of you will undertake to knit or crochet a pair of booties and help her fill up the branches of her trees. Send booties to this address so they reach Donna by December 5th. You can e-mail her at email@example.com for more information.
Below are listed other very worthy projects you may wish to participate in this season:
Care Wear collects handmade baby items and donates them to hospitals
Warm Up America! collects handmade blankets and clothing for donation to shelters, hospitals and hospices
afghans for Afghans collects handmade knit and crocheted items for refugees from the war in Afghanistan
Chemo Caps collects handmade caps for chemo patients
Submitted by Pam on Thu, 11/06/2008 - 06:00
If you have dreams of making an advent calendar for yourself or your family, now's the time to get started! They're great fun to make, and a lovely tradition year after year. (If you've ever wondered where the advent calendar comes from, Wikipedia has an interesting article.)
If you have kids, here are some advent calendar designs they can help make:
Submitted by Pam on Tue, 11/04/2008 - 22:30
Christmas trees and christmas tree ornaments are my absolute favorite symbols of the season, and packing away all of my ornaments is the saddest part of the holiday.
Over the past 35 years I have collected a LOT of ornaments. And even after giving my children all of those that were theirs, I have way too many for my tree. Five years ago I found a very happy solution for both problems. A "Seasonal Tree" - a 4 foot tall artifical tree that takes up just a little bit of space next to my fireplace.
Submitted by Pam on Mon, 11/03/2008 - 22:11
When I was growing up, Christmas seemed to take FOREVER to arrive; and now that I am an adult, it seems to be over before I know it. I prolong the holiday season by putting up a winter village on November 1st.
A village never even entered my mind until my little sister gave me this horse and carriage and the "pub" as a gift 10 years ago.
Submitted by Pam on Sat, 11/01/2008 - 16:03
Nothing captures my imagination and stirs my creative juices like the Holiday Season......the lights, decorations, trees and ornaments, carols, special foods and best of all the smell of cookies baking!
I treasure the memories and traditions of my childhood, and have loved sharing them years later when I became a parent and grandparent. The season is rich with opportunities to make family memories and traditions. And in my opinion, there is no better time of the year to craft and bake and decorate!