Friday, September 30, 2016

Homemade Christmas: Knit Hats

When I was much younger, I would always get a Christmas gift that my grandmothers or aunts made for me. I really loved those gifts, even at a young age I appreciated the efforts that these lovely ladies made for me. I remember getting a Raggedy Ann doll, a sock monkey, an apron, and a few pieces of clothing. How I wish I still had even one of those gifts now!

In order to have homemade gifts to give away, you have to do some planning. That is why I am pleased to share with you this ebook on knitting hats. Each one of these lovely creations is done on large needles, with big yarn and work up quickly. These patterns are all created by Evelyne, who is an accomplished knitter. She has a Facebook Group where you can connect with her!

To get this patterns, click here. You will be taken to a checkout page.  The book features six original patterns and clear directions for making each one. Knitting patterns go for around $4 each in Etsy (ranging from $3-$7) so six patterns at $8 is a steal! You will also be supporting an artist with her craft, something we should all do more of!

The patterns are easy enough for beginners.  Being made with large needles and large yarn make the projects go quickly so you can see success quickly.  Evelyne has thought these patterns through so that you will be happy with your work!

And guess what!  Christmas Tree Lane readers can get 40% off using this link for Super Duper Knit Hats for Beginners until October 30!  What a great deal!  Hurry up and get this fantastic pattern while it's on sale!!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

The 2016 Christmas Season has Begun!

I am so excited for this season of Christmas. Christmas is a time for family, friends and neighbors. I am looking forward to creating and doing more fun things this year!

90 Days until Christmas

I making a lot of changes where it concerns my extended families.  It will be hard to cut back on some of the travel and traditions that have been going on for years, but there comes a time when, if you don't feel your efforts are valued, that you should step back and reevaluate.  I did that this past year and am letting go of some of the traditions that I loved, but not really valued by others.

That means more of my time and resources will be available for those who do value the same things I do!  I'm looking forward to doing more things for my neighbors and friends!  New traditions, maybe? Or just an opportunity to show my gratitude for those around me?  I don't know yet, but I am looking forward to finding out!

This blog is active during the September, October, November and December months, with a couple of January posts and Christmas in July posts.  This lets me really focus on the holiday season and to try to make things as practical as possible.

So what am I doing in September?

I am working on ornaments!  I have already commissioned ornaments for my GLU girlfriends (we go way back to sending ornaments to each other for over fifteen years, I believe!  They have been packed up and sent to the organizer, who will repack and send ornaments in time for us to have them for holiday decorating after Thanksgiving.  I will post when I get "the box" as it is always so much fun to see what everyone is doing!

I am also making these dip ornaments for my cookie exchange guests.  I made them a couple of years ago but I just have to do them again!  They were so fun and everyone loved the dip mix!  Click on the link for the recipe and directions.

Dip ornaments

I found the ornaments at Dollar Tree, 2 for $1, which is the cheapest I have ever purchased them, even with a coupon from my favorite craft store.  Get them while you can!

I am also shopping the stores that have some items out for Christmas.  Beating the rush, so to speak! I have a darling ceramic Christmas tree, about 8" high that I am eager to display, plus I found some battery operated mini lights that I think I will use in a wreath.  I'm also picking up some battery operated candles while the getting is good!

What are you doing now to prepare for your holidays?