Rising Star and Solstice Lunar Eclipse!

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The RISING STAR first!

This fantastic embroidered moonscape was created and stitched by Rachel Hobsen (Average Jane Crafter) -- CRAFT contributor, blog writer, embroidery guru extraordinaire, and moonstruck woman who still want's to set foot on the moon!

Nearly Instant Ornament Idea for the Knitters on Your List - Including YOU!


If you need a quick little gift for a knitter - grab that bit of leftover yarn from one of your recent projects and wind it into a ball about 2" in diameter.

Cut two wood skewers 4" to 5" long.

Glue a bead on the end of each skewer and you are done!

Easy ornament gift for kids to make for teachers, grandparents, aunts ... and for you to make for mothers, sisters, and friends!

And a great little ornament for your own tree - make one for every project you have done this year!

Yaaaay! December Has Arrived ! Time For The 2010 STOCKING GIVEAWAY

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Yay! The 2010 Stocking Giveaway has officially begun! I have been so excited about this particular giveaway I thought December would never get here!

I will tell you all about my own stocking and a little about it's contents in a minute! But first, be sure to pop over to Robin's post on Rsislandercrafts to get a list of all the participating blogs! Every participating blogger is giving away a stocking with goodies tucked inside! On December 8th, each blogger will select a winner for their own stocking from the comments left on their own post. So, if you enter more than one giveaway, you have a better chance of winning a stocking!

Robin is giving away three stockings!


And here is my stocking to be given away to the lucky winner!

The contest begins on December 1st and ends on my own blog at 6:00 PST on December 8th. Winner will be announced shortly there after!

International entries are welcome on my giveaway as well as Robin's.  Check with the other's for international status.

Enter by leaving me a comment on this post! Tell me the best surprise you ever found tucked inside your Christmas stocking!

I can't begin to tell you how excited I have been about making and stuffing and giving away this stocking!

The pink plush stocking is embellished with a Kanzashi which is only pinned on so that you can remove it if you wish and either add a pin back and make it into a pin or add a yarn tie and use it as an ornament. Or - just leave it on the stocking!

You can see three items peeking out of the top! Yes - that is a Matryoshka! And a Yarn Star.

Hiding inside are treats with which to celebrate St. Nicholas Day, St. Lucy Day, Las Posadas, "Angle Day" (my own little celebration on Dec. 10th), 2 craft kits to assemble, and other secret stuff!

Go visit Robin so you can visit the other giveaways and ... good luck everyone!

Making a Six Side Woven Yarn Star of David for Hanukkah!


Got an e-mail from Nicole a few days ago asking me if I had ever figured out the weaving pattern for a Star of David - I mentioned I was working on it in the Yarn Star tutorial I published last December.

Actually - I had put the project on the back burner where it had remained until I got Nicole's reminder! ACK!  This tutorial wasn't on the schedule! And I wasn't planning anything this complicated to post right now in my busy season!

Advent Calendar Emergency! Instant Fixes!


It is the eleventh hour so to speak for those of you who are still thinking about an Advent Calendar! Tomorrow is December 1st! But it is still not too late!

Here are a few ideas for instant Advent Calendars!


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