Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Giving Season

If you're like me, you are probably frantically stitching up the last of your gifts so that you can get them under the tree by Saturday.

And, like me, you probably forget to sit back for a moment and consider those in need. My brother-in-law doesn't need the scarf I'm trying to finish for him. But there are those all over the world who could use a little lift for the holidays.

So, to help you out I've got a link for you. Giving should be easy to do and have your heart in it.

Go to Gifts of Compassion and find something that fits your giving spirit and your wallet. Even the little things on the list will make a huge impact in someone's life.

You'll find gift options ranging from as little as $5 all the way up to $325. You'll see goats, chickens, medical check ups, and small business launch options for women...and a bunch of other great options as well.

So go for it and add someone new to your Christmas gift list.

Friday, December 9, 2011

International Crochet

An online crochet friend (MissLizard on Ravelry) provided me with an interesting link awhile ago and I thought I would share it. It really underlines for me how international crochet is.

So if your curious, please check out Crochet Terms in Six Languages.

So, in the language of my great-grandparents, I'm off to pick up my Häkelnadel in order to häkeln up the last of my Christmas gifts.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

Okay, so maybe it isn't that bad. But can I just say, it's been insane?

It's been over a month since I've posted and I'm very sorry. But I've just kind of kept my head down and worked. I had 2 holiday sales that I sold stuff in during November. It's amazing to me how much work those are compared to how much I make. But, oh well. I use those sales to bust my stash by making things just for selling from things that just need to get used.


So, since I had a lot of beads and some fine beading wire, I made crocheted wire jewelry. Quick, fun, and beautiful.

The labor intensive part is the labels and preparing for the set up. I made stands for the necklaces out of some left over mat board and some cardboard easel backs I purchased.

I've also started offering my services to create crochet symbol charts for designers. I enjoy the challenge of representing both the pattern and the way the stitches actually work.

Thanksgiving prep kind of put all creative projects on hold since we were working hard to help my Mom get ready for 20 guests at her house. I don't think we've ever done that much cooking in my kitchen, ever.

And now it's time to make Christmas gifts. Whew! January is going to seem awfully quiet.