November 2008

  • Beautiful Snowflakes

    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!

  • Danish Aebleskivers

    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.

  • Season of Giving

    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 knitter@pacifier.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

  • Link Roundup: Making an Advent Calendar

    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.)

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    If you have kids, here are some advent calendar designs they can help make:

  • Christmas trees for every season

     

    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.

  • Winter Village

    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.

  • The Beginning...

    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!