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I am a work from home, home schooling Mom who loves her Kids...yep, I think my kids are great. You will find me: Knitting, cross stitch, embroidery and working with felt are things I enjoy for fun. I also love to decorate and find deep satisfaction in decorating my home with great finds and my handmade items.  Gardening is one of my great loves, it like decorating outside!

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Friday, December 31, 2010

Doll or Toddler Bootie

These booties were the stocking stuffer's for my kids dolls.  But you could alter the pattern and make some for yourself.  Just use larger needs and/or  use a bulkier yarn. I used two strands of yarn.  This is an easy project.

 Materials 
Yarn - Finger Weight (I used two)
Needles - 0
Crochet hook if you want to add a chain to make it extra special
Darning needle



 

 
Dear Friends, due to circumstances I am now having to charge a small fee for my patterns.  I do apologize for the change but hope you will continue to enjoy my patterns.
 
 $3.99 at my Ravelry store The Handmade Homemaker

Thursday, December 30, 2010

White Christmas

For the First Time since I have been living in Georgia We had a white Christmas.  It started snowing Christmas Day...we all agreed that it was the best gift ever.
" I'm dreaming of a white Christmas...
 Where the tree tops glisten..."
I hope everyone had the magic of a Christmas Snow.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha

This is the first Native American Saint.  Saint Kateri Tekakwitha.  she is such an inspiration to me as I am a Native American Catholic.  It has been difficult as I am inspired by both Native American Spirituality and Catholicism.  She helped me bridge both as did my dear friend who introduced me to St. Tekakwitha story. 

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

"Every tree Throughout the world
bloomed and bore fruit on Christmas Eve;
Nature Silently,
But Brilliantly,
Celebrated the Birth of Christ."
                                                           -From a Tenth Century Legend

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Overstuffed

 Alex decided it would be a good idea to put every jacket and a few sweaters on to see if he could do it. Why? I really don't know.
Four layers and one more to go
Last layer...do I see a little anguish on that face?
He's down and cant get up
Good thing Sister is ready to help...but wait...brother is down and can't move...
Let me get him while he's down...BODY SLAM!
 Laughing till you cry was invented at moments like these.  He squirmed on the floor awhile till his sister came in.  All I could do was laugh...the gasping for air type of laugh...and take photo's of course. Like any good mother would do.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

wonderful Word Wednesday

" Ah Friends, dear friends, 
as years go on & heads get gray, 
how fast the guests do go!

Touch hands, touch hands,
with those that stay.

Strong hands to weak, old hads to young,
Around the Christmas board
touch hands."
                                                                 -Wm.H.H. Murray

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Day at The Georgia Aquarium

Remember The Wonderful People I told you about that Adopted us?  Well they took us for a day at the Georgia Aquarium and out to eat at the famous Varsity for hot dogs.  What a day we had, we saw and touched everything and got to spend it with the ones we love. What a Birthday/Christmas celebration.
The kids and the Whale Shark
Our Wonderful Friends, Randal and Patsy




Alex in a tube inside the Penguin tank

Trinity and the Penguins
 The Penguins loved Trinity about three of them came to play with her.  She would go up and they would go up...she would go down and they would go down.
A Pile of sleeping Otters

Friday, December 17, 2010

Snowman Stitches Knitted Pattern

This is Stitches, he has a bit more detail than the other Snow People I have been making.  But he is oh so cute and tells a good joke...keeping you in stitches.


What You Need

Needles: 
Double Pointed Four each of size 7 and 4
Darning needle

Yarn:

White - Sport weight
Black - Finger weight
Orange - Finger weight
Red - Finger weight
Green - Finger wight

Other Items:

Wool fleece for stuffing
Beans for ballast

Stitches Pattern is Available at my store $1.99

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Laughing All The Way

December can be a hectic time of year...OK lets be honest it starts up with the Costumes in October and doesn't end till a normal size paycheck comes in January.  I thought I would share a few tricks that might help, they sure have helped me Laugh All The Way through the holidays. 

1. Get a gift certificate at the grocer you shop at every week.  Make sure you check if they expire...yes some of them do.  Some you can continuously add onto.  Every week add money to it...this will more than pay for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years dinners.  I have even gone as far to pay for a week of food in November, leaving me with extra cash for holiday shopping.  This is also a good way to give a gift certificate as a gift...just add a little on it each week.  Great for teachers and unexpected guests.

2. Another food trick.  It doens't cost that much more to double a recipe. Make an extra one for the freezer or If you preserve food preserve one and in big bold letter put NOVEMBER on it.  My family has eaten like kings when we were paupers doing this.  Heck when pasta sauce and pasta are on sale buy an extra one.  Make a November/December shelf in your pantry. 

3. Target is another great place to buy gift certificates at.  If you don't use all of the gift certificate up on gifts you can use it on food in January or give it as a gift.

4.  Department stores are another great place, sometimes they carry toys.  But I use them for clothing, my kids are always growing and you all have had those moments when you kids are wearing "floods".  It is also a tradition to get my kids Christmas sweaters and PJ's each year. And I try to buy these in July off the Clearance rack.

5.  Gift certificates at craft stores like Michaels or Hobby Lobby are big with me.  Not only do I craft but my children do as well.  So I get allot of gifts hear, I also make ornaments as gifts and this is a good way to supply the last minute bead or two.

6.  I don't think I need to mention the after Christmas sales. I have a wrapping container, yes I have one just for wrapping paper that I bought after the holiday for $5.00.  Each year I go and buy paper, ribbons, bows and tags.  And I scan for some of next years decorations and gifts.  My husband collects Santa's (see Mondays posts) my son and doughtier collect Nut Crackers and Snow Globes. And I collect Snowman.  So I can get quite a few gifts out of the way. 

As you can see the gift certificate and after Christmas  idea is endless. You don't have to do them all just one would ease it up a bit. Also wait for the sales and the coupons.  Make sure keep an eye on expirations and you will have christmase done and paid for in October.  Spending the rest of the year being merry and bright.

Hear are the rundowns on Gift cards If you add to them every week (the stores I dont go to I only get one once a month for $25.00.  Setting aside $5.00 every week for it):

$5.00 = $260.00
$10.00 = $520.00
$15.00 = $780.00
$20.00 = $1,040.00
$25.00 = $1,400.00

There are weeks that I can put $25.00 in and weeks that I can only do $5.00.  But when it comes to the time I need it I know I will have at least $260.00.   I also use this for July, it is a tight month for us.  And it is also great for Vacation time as well.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Wonderful Word Wednesday


"For somehow, not only at Christmas, 
but all the long year through,
the joy that you give to others is the joy that comes back to you."
                                                                                                           John Greenleaf Whittier

Monday, December 13, 2010

We are ready to rock around the Christmas tree!  The hats have flashing lights and the top twitches back and forth like a cats tail and sings "We are Santa's Elves" The noses flash as well.
The kids love to wear these out in public and when they see someone who they think needs cheering up they push the button and watch the smiles appear on all the faces around them.  They pretend they are are on a secret elf mission to spread Christmas Cheer.
My husbands Santa Collection...No really he collects Santa's.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Snowman Shivers

This little guy is always cold. Even hanging out in the Christmas tree by the warm lights.


Materials

Sport weight White Yarn, red, green and black

Finger weight Orange yarn

4 each of, Size 7 and 4  double pointed needles needles

Darning needle

Wool for stuffing

Instructions

With white yarn  and size 7 needle Cast on 30 stitches. Have a 12 inch tail.  Divide equally on 3 needles.

K 4 round
Next round: *K1, K 1*  in front and back of next st.  Repeat * -*. 

K 15 rounds

Next round: *K1, K2tog*.  Repeat *-*.
Next round: *K1, K2tog* Repeat *-* to last st, K1

Next round: *K1, K in front and back of next st* Repeat *-*.
Next round: *K1, K in front and back of next st* Repeat *-*.
K 6 rounds
Next round: *K1, K2 tog* Repeat *-*.
Next 3 rounds: K2 tog around.
Break yarn and pull through remaining stitches with darning needle and fasten off.



Finishing:

With black, embroider eyes
With green and two size 4 needles pick up two stitches on face and knit 3 rows using I-cord method.  Break yarn and draw through nose.  Fasten off both ends on top of head where they will be under the hat.

Scarf:

With Red and two size 4 needles cast on 6 stitches and knit 3 inches.  Tie red and green yarn for a fringed edge.

Hat:

With Green yarn and size 4 needles cast on 30 stitches, divided between 3 needles to work in round.

Next 4 rounds: Work in single ribbing (K1, P1) to end.

With red: K 6 rows

Next row: Alternate red and green K.

Next 2 rows: using green K.

Next 4 rows: K2 together across.

Attach hat hiding stitches.  Do the same for the scarf.

And now you have sweet, big bellied Shivers.  Please enjoy all my patterns but I ask that you use them for your own personal joy and gift giving.  As I make these for my income.  Thank you and happy knitting. 

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Ice Cycle Ornaments Christmas Craft

Ice cycle Ornaments  have become a tradition in our family.  We make them every year at Thanksgiving.  I have a deviled egg tray...don't laugh...it has a lid and separate little dishes.  It holds the beads, wire, pliers and the hanging cord.  See not so funny now : p

Materials

Beads in any color, I prefer red because it's so Christmas, and glass, they catch the light and I am a bead snob...no plastic please.

Silver Crimping Beads

Thin jewelry wire, silver.

Jewelry pliers with cutter, or needle nose pliers with cutter.
String for hanging

A knitting needle or pencil (for twisting it into shape)

Lots of eager hands.

My Deviled Egg Tray
Eager Hands
Instructions

1. Cut a piece of wire at least 6 inches.

2. Grasp the end with the needle nose pliers and twist (curl) it around the tip. This make for a nice end.  Next slide on a crimping bead down to curl and squeeze with the pliers.  The crimping bead gives a stopping point for the beads.

3. Slide on your decorative beads.  Leaving about 3 inches of wire at the end.

4.  Slide on another crimping bead.

5.  Bend over wire so that the end slides into the crimping bead and several of the decorative beads.  Squeeze the crimping bead with the pliers.

6.  Get a piece of string for hanging...I like the silver metallic.  Make it about 5-6 inches long and tie it on the end.

AND YOUR DONE!
Ice Cycles and sometimes Alex likes to get fancy and make circles

Calloway Gardens

We recently took a trip to Calloway Gardens to see the lights.  And as you all know we let the kids pick a place to camp for their Birthday.  Trinity Chose F.D. Roosevelt State Park, it is right next to Calloway Gardens. I will let the photos speak for our trip.