Dutch Canal Houses - Table Topper for St. Nicholas Celebrating

Dutch Canal House Pattern

Believe it or not - until I set foot inside the Dutch Store last year, I had never even heard of a Dutch canal house! Seeing all those charming Delft blue and white ceramic canal houses lined up side by side on a shelf - well - it was love at first sight and I instructed my Muse to begin thinking of a way to incorporate Dutch canal houses into my St. Nicholas celebration.

Upcycle Magic! Revisiting Danish Woven Paper Heart Baskets.

Danish paper heart baskets

Traditionally, Danish woven paper heart baskets are brought out to trim Christmas trees and hang in windows as signs of welcome throughout Scandinavia. But why limit their charm to the winter holiday season when almost every paper stash offers unlimited potential and possibility - woven hearts for every season and in every color?

Meet My MegaCrafty Muse!


Mega Crafty! Where do I start? I guess the beginning would be the best place!

I don't remember if she found me or if I found her! But pretty soon after meeting, I was the lucky one to win her crafty giveaway in which she filled up a BIG cardboard box with crafty goodness for every possible celebration occurring during the year.

Celebrating Fiber Month with a Yarnia Giveaway!


Lovely January! My favorite time of the year: to organize my cluttered storage areas tossing out or giving away stuff I don't use or need; to clean out all my downloads, bookmarks, and photos deleting tons of stuff I no longer want on my computer; to set up the blog calendar for the coming year; and to finish making a few tree ornaments I didn't get to make during the holidays.


Best of all I plan fiber-y projects for the coming cold, dreary months remaining before spring.

Making my sweetie a knitted hat is top priority!

And finishing two projects on the needles (barely touched since fall) - a pair of socks and a scarf.


And definitely finishing the snowy white weaving still on my loom!


Practice, practice, practice crochet!

I guess it could be said that January is fiber month at my house! And pretty much on Gingerbread Snowflakes too!


One of my favorite Yarnia Yarns - Persues!

So it is time again for a Yarnia Giveaway!

The winner will receive a $25.00 gift certificate to use in the online shop or in the custom yarn shop.



At Yarnia, this amount goes a long way! (The giveaway winner last year - Nancy Kelly who blogs as Zuzu's Petals - knit this beautiful pair of heavy weight "garden socks" and still had yarn left over for headbands.)


  In the online shop, the winner can choose a pre-made cone like this one - Sweet Kisses - one of the favorite shop yarns last year...


or create a unique blend of fiber goodness using the custom yarn creator in the Custom Yarn Shop.


All you must do to enter is make a comment on this post!

Internationals are welcome as long as you are willing to cover the cost of shipping. (Shipping to the continental USA will be covered my me!)

The giveaway will end at 6:00pm PST February 3rd and the winner announced on February 4th.

Curious about what it is like to play with Yarnia yarns? Now is the perfect opportunity to satisfy your curiosity!

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