Tuesday, December 27, 2011

After Christmas SALE!!!

Swing by the Sarahndipities Shop and get a great deal on something cute and stylish to keep you warm this winter!!!


Use the code HOLIDAY20 to get 20% OFF your order from Sarahndipities on Etsy!*

Sale ends on TUESDAY, JANUARY 3RD... Don't miss out!

*Coupon code is only usable in the Sarahndipities Etsy Shop...and NOT on Ravelry or in any other Etsy shop!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas!

I love Christmastime.  I love the smell of cinnamon and pine boughs.  I love the peppermint candies and Christmas lights.  I love Christmas carols and giving gifts.

But most especially I love the reason we celebrate.  I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to celebrate the birth of our Savior at this time of year.  My heart is so full of the blessings that I have been given, and for the gift of the Atonement, from my Savior.



I love these new Bible videos that have been made by The Church of Jesus Christ of latter-Day Saints. They depict passages taken from the life of Christ from the Bible.  They are sweet, simple, and heartfelt.

I hope you'll take a moment to watch this beautiful depiction of the very first Christmas.





Wishing you a wonderful Christmas!


Monday, December 19, 2011

Things to Make: Crochet Brimmed Shell Beanie Pattern


Thanks to my wonderful testers I was able to finish up my latest hat pattern!

My Crochet Brimmed Shell Beanie Pattern:

YOU CAN FIND THIS PATTERN ON MY NEW SITE BY CLICKING HERE!

I love this hat because it's really fast to make...and looks super cute with or without the brim!


Make Something Monday Link Party #41

Hello!  Welcome to another Make Something Monday!!

Only 6 days left until Christmas!  Are you all ready???  I've still got some gifts to finish up...but I'm getting excited!

Let's get on to the PARTAY!

Last week's top-viewed link was...

This great pattern for Spiral Crochet Coasters...by Stitch 2 Buttercups!
What a great gift idea!!
If you've been feature feel free to grab a button from my button section to proudly display on your blog! ;)

Now onto this week!
Here's a little reminder of the 'rules!'
  • Become a follower of my blog!  (You can add my Make Something Button to your blog, too, if you wanna be extra nice! ;)
  • Please post to a specific blog post...not to your main page or shop!
  • Limit your links to three per week!
  • Be sure to spread the love and leave a nice comment on someone else's project!
Please know that I retain the right to delete any link which I feel violate the above conditions!

The link party will be open until NEXT WEDNESDAY (December 28th)...I thought we'd all enjoy a little break for the holidays...so there won't be any new features next Monday...but I'll be sure to feature a few of my faves on January 2...so be sure to come back then!!

And just a reminder...be sure to check out my fantastic sponsors!!





OneLoopShy Designs
Shabby Apple
MyMemories.com
Mary C. Nasser
Family Ever After
Jenny Igloo
Little Sprinkles of Fun
I'm loving all of the fun projects you've all been sharing!  Thanks so much for joining me each week!






Let's see what's new this week!!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Feature Friday: Sewella


This week I've chosen to spotlight Sewella from my Handmade Holidays Shop Guide!

Here's a little bit about her in her own words:

"I am a person deeply and incurably in love with crafts. I sew, knit, crochet, make jewelery, spin tales and many other things. 
Everything you see in my shop is made by my two hands, my creative whims and my imagination. 

I love using fabric to create my accessories and gifts of nature to create truly one of a kind jewelery or jewelery with an organic twist."



I LOVE her fantastic use of color...and her creative and fresh approach to crochet...such wonderful pieces!  And her prices are fantastic!!!


Just take a gander at these lovelies:
Crochet necklaces
Royal Crochet Headband Pattern
Anemone - a crochet brooch
Crochet tube necklace - going tribal
You can find out more about all of Sewella's treasures on her blog, HERE.  Also check her out on PINTEREST and FLICKR!






Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Crochet Shell Brimmed Beanie: Pattern Testers Needed!!

Hey!

So you know the hat I showed in my post about my Crochet Holly Berry Pin?

Well...

I think the pattern is ready to be tested!!

The Shell Brimmed Beanie
If you are interested in testing my new SHELL BRIMMED BEANIE crochet pattern here's what you need to know:

***If you are interested please leave me a comment on this post.  I need any pattern testers chosen to be able to finish a hat in 2 or 3 days tops, and to be able to send me a picture (via e-mail) of your finished product, with any issues you had with the pattern.  Those chosen will get the final draft of the pattern for FREE to keep!!***


EDITED: I have all the testers I need right now!  Thanks so much, everyone!  When I have the pattern up I will include a special limited-time discount coupon for all you others! :)


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Things to Make: Crochet Holly Berry Pin



Here's a little guest post I did over at Good Knits!

Holly Berry Pin



THIS PATTERN HAS BEEN MOVED TO MY NEW SITE!  YOU CAN STILL GET THIS FREE PATTERN BY VISITING MY OTHER SITE HERE!

Hope you all have a Holly Jolly Christmas!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Make Something Monday Link Party #40

Hi there!  Welcome to another Make Something Monday!!

How have you all been this week?!?!  I've been busy. Busy. BUSY!  I've had a bunch of custom orders to finish up in addition to all the regular holiday craziness and it's been keeping me on my toes this week!

Let's get on to the PARTAY!

Last week's top-viewed link was...
This cute pair of crochet earwarmers by Crocheting the Day Away!  (Maybe she'll share where she got the pattern with us next week!) ;)
If you've been feature feel free to grab a button from my section section to proudly display on your blog! ;)

Now onto this week!
Here's a little reminder of the 'rules!'

  • Become a follower of my blog!  (You can add my Make Something Button to your blog, too, if you wanna be extra nice! ;)
  • Please post to a specific blog post...not to your main page or shop!
  • Limit your links to three per week!
  • Be sure to spread the love and leave a nice comment on someone else's project!

Please know that I retain the right to delete any link which I feel violate the above conditions!

The link party will be open until Wednesday, and I'll be featuring the most popular links each week...so be sure to click on your faves and spread the word!

And just a reminder...be sure to check out my fantastic sponsors!!



OneLoopShy Designs
Shabby Apple
MyMemories.com
Mary C. Nasser
Family Ever After
Jenny Igloo
Little Sprinkles of Fun
I'm loving all of the fun projects you've all been sharing!  Thanks so much for joining me each week!






Let's see what's new this week!!


Friday, December 9, 2011

Feature Friday: Oh My GOODKNITS!


This week I'm featuring one of my favorite crafty ladies...Lisa Gutierrez from Goodknits!!!
Here's a little bit about her, in her own words:

"I am Lisa, mama to two boys. Nathan is 6 going on 16. He’s smart, sassy, defiant, and loud. He’s also very funny and shy around new people. Andrew is my baby, born May 2008 on a sidewalk. He is responsible for the most amazing day of my life, thus far. He’s squishy, talkative, and has the most amazing cheeks. Keeping me sane is Jason, daddy extraordinaire.
While I love to knit, I also crochet, sew, cross-stitch/embroider, and dabble in the paper crafts (card making, stamping, etc). I’m pretty much a grandma trapped in a 20-something year old body. I prefer making gifts over buying them. Cheap? Maybe. But if you saw the price of good wool, you’d think twice.
Wool is my yarn-fiber of choice. My craft table looks like a craft bomb exploded overhead, and the floor underneath looks like it took the brunt of the disaster. I’m going to try to be more organized and neat, but it’s kind of hard when you have too little (or too much) space and two boys vying for your attention.
I love love love taking photos. Like, really love. Here are a few of my family-favorites. Check out my flickr stream for more. Add me as a contact! Let’s be friends."


Lisa is SUPER talented!  She crafts, crochets, knits, does cool photo stuff, and is also a great mommy!

She has a cute Etsy Shop, chock-full of yummy knit and crochet goodies...
Nell 01 - Knit Slouchy Hat
Custom Doily Blanket
Dory 06 - Crochet Shawlette in Watermelon
...and she just published this awesome pattern book, Lace Love, (available in her shop as a printed book!)...
Lace Love
She shares great printables and patterns on her Blog, too....
Christmas Cross-Stitched Signs
Simple Statement Ornaments
Mary Jane Slippers
(I have the honor of being one of her sponsors this month!)

Take some time to go get to know Lisa...Check out her BLOG, ETSY SHOP, and be sure to follow her on PINTEREST, TWITTER and FACEBOOK, too!  You won't be sorry you did!


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Things to Make: Simple Upcycled Teacher Gift


In case you missed it here is the guest post I did over at Two Girls Being Crafty a couple of weeks ago!

My husband is a teacher.  He teaches the 5th grade.  Over the years he's brought home a lot of interesting gifts from students during the holidays:  body wash...candy...coffee mugs...hair gel...cocoa...and even a stuffed animal or two!

But guess what?  The best gifts he's ever received are the ones he can actually use in his classroom.

I asked him once what the best thing to give a teacher was and he said, "A raise."

But after that he said, "Hand sanitizer...and tissues."

He knows all about germs.  He's surrounded by them all day long...especially at school.

So when I was trying to think of a teacher gift for kids to give their teachers this year that's what I immediately thought of.

But how to make it cute...and something that the kids could actually help with?

Well, here's what I came up with!  It's soooo simple, and the kids can help with most of it (unless you don't want them to come anywhere near a permanent marker...which I completely understand, believe me.)

Here's what you'll need:

-  A Smallish container of some kind...I used an empty French's Onions can, because it was already white and had a lid...plus I have three of them left over from Thanksgiving meal preparations!
-  a couple packages of pocket sized tissues
-  a couple of sample size hand sanitizers
-  a bit of Christmas-y ribbon
-  a sharpie marker
First, remove the label from the container, and wash it thoroughly...you don't want it to smell like french fried onions, after all.
 Next, use your sharpie marker to draw eyes and a smile on one side of the container...
 ...and to color the lid black (like a hat).
 Next, tie a piece of ribbon around the base of the container.  You might want to secure it with a dab of hot glue or a couple of glue dots if you feel so inclined.
 Lastly put the hand sanitizer and tissues into the container, and snap the lid back on!

I included a note on the back of this little guy that reads:  "We TISSUE a Merry Christmas, and a HANDY New Year!"

There are so many cute ways to dress up a simple gift like this, but my kids loved that this was an upcycled project that they could REALLY help with!

Handmade gifts are always appreciated...so if you are looking for some great handmade items, hop on over to my Handmade Holidays Shop Guide to check out some wonderful gifts ideas!

Thanks again to Tristin for inviting me to be a part of the fun!  Happy Holidays!! :)

Monday, December 5, 2011

Make Something Monday: Link Party #39!

Hi there!  Welcome to another Make Something Monday!!  Hope you are all enjoying the holiday season so far!!

What do you think of the new blog design?  Is it any easier to find things?  It's still a work in progress...but I'm liking the results so far!  And you may notice that I changed my Make Something Monday Button...again...I like it A LOT more!!

Last week's top-viewed link was...
The One Year Afghan from Sweet Bee Buzzings...so cute - even if it take her a year to finish!;)
If you've been feature feel free to grab a button from my section section to proudly display on your blog! ;)

Now onto this week!  Here's a little reminder of the 'rules!'

Become a follower of my blog!
Please post to a specific blog post...not to your main page or shop!
Limit your links to three per week!
Be sure to spread the love and leave a nice comment on someone else's project!

Please know that I retain the right to delete any link which I feel violate the above conditions!

The link party will be open until Wednesday, and I'll be featuring the most popular links each week...so be sure to click on your faves and spread the word!

And just a reminder...be sure to check out my fantastic sponsors!!

OneLoopShy Designs
Shabby Apple
MyMemories.com
Mary C. Nasser
Family Ever After
Jenny Igloo
Little Sprinkles of Fun


I'm loving all of the fun projects you've all been sharing!  Thanks so much for joining me each week!




Let's see what's new this week!!



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