Homemade Holiday Wreaths

Christmas is certainly upon us, and with less than a week to go, I hope you’re all ready for the festivities!

This year, I decided to make everyone on my list a holiday wreath, each with a little (or a lot) of my great-grandmother’s yarn. I love the warm, cozy look and feel of yarn-wrapped wreaths, so I made my own versions.

Some I simply wrapped with a single piece of yarn, others I wrapped with a super long crochet chain. And the ones for my grandparents are grapevine wreaths with yarn-wrapped personalized letters.

I couldn’t post all the wreaths, since not everyone has opened theirs yet 😀 but I loved making them! The process is so easy, and I always like thinking of creative ways to decorate with extra ornaments and ribbons.

Here’s hoping your holidays are full of merriment and cheer, with laughter from friends and family in the chilly winter air!

 

 

Easter Flowers are Charming

So remember when I posted about my idea for an Easter project using crochet flowers? Well, instead of using Dum-Dum suckers for the flower centers, I used little marble charms! There were another set of leftovers from a previous project, but they turned out just so gosh-darn cute!

Crochet Flower Centerpiece

Each marble was hand-wrapped with wire and attached to a small clasp so you can use it as a charm on a bracelet, pendant, purse, or whatever you want. I actually saved a few larger ones to hang on my tree at Christmas.

The project was a success! Everyone loved them at Easter dinner and thought they were adorable. To top it off, I did it all with stuff I already had around the house!

Hope everyone had a good Easter and enjoyed time with the family 😀

P.S. I finished my summer wrap I was working on. Decided to go a completely different direction….updates soon!

Welcome to 2015! The Year of Focus!

Happy New Year!

New Year's Toast

Photo Credit, nlmAdestiny

It’s the first day of 2015, which means that it’s time to get down to business. Vacation is over people!

The holidays provided some much needed separation from Knitting Naturals, so I had time to think on the direction we’ll be headed in the new year. The holidays also brought candies, cookies, family, fun, and plenty of new goodies, but we’ll get to that in a minute.

In the tradition of New Year’s resolutions, I’ve come up with a few of my own that I want to work on in both my personal life and in this business.

FOCUS

The single biggest resolution I have is to focus. Focus on what’s important, focus on growing my business, focus on the task at hand. Focus on my relationships, on my customers, on my own well-being. I know that as long as I resist the depths of distraction the internet offers, I’ll much more productive, happier, and healthier at the end of the day.

Live Light-Heartedly

This one is more of a motto than a resolution I suppose. It’s a reminder to live with a light and happy heart. To let go of fear and anger and judgement. To have a little more fun in life and smile more often.  It also happens to be the new guiding light for Knitting Naturals, so be on the lookout for some new bright and goofy items designed to make you laugh, smile widely, and have fun!

Stretch & Breathe

I don’t stretch and breathe often enough–both physically and mentally. My muscles are tight, my brain is stressed, there’s a thousand things to do, and I can never catch a breath. I think a lot of people feel this way. If you’re one of them, I encourage you to join me in this resolution. Sure, I’d love to have a whole morning stretching routine followed by meditation, but I realize that’s not always realistic. I’m starting small, by lightening my load and making time to relax and just breathe.


Ok, so now that we have those shiny new goals established let’s get back to the new holiday goodies, shall we? First, a random sample of my holidays:

Next, the newest addition for the business is….a new yarn ball winder! No more winding yarn by hand! AND I rearranged the workspace to be a little more open and spacious. So far it’s working wonderfully, but I’m sure I’ll need to make adjustments.

yarn ball winder

craft room rearrangedI just ordered a few pom pom makers as well, because who doesn’t love pom poms? I want to put pom poms on everything. Don’t worry though, I’ll resist that urge and only put them on half of my stuff.

I hope all your holiday celebrations were joyous and spectacular! Now on to 2015! Are you ready?

Knit and Yarn Ornaments

Hello! I’ve missed you! I know I’ve been a bit quiet, but I feel I need the time to reflect on the direction of Knitting Naturals and plan shiny new things for the coming year.

In the meantime, I hope you’re all having fun getting ready for the holidays! Looking for a few new ornaments for your tree? Give these a try! Even if you aren’t a knitter, some of these only require yarn wrapping skills. Super easy and quick.

Happy decorating!

For the knitter:

Knit Yarn Wreath

knit yarn wreath ornament

Envelope Ornament

knit envelope ornaments

Knit Bulb Covers

For the non-knitter (or knitter with little time and/or patience):

Yarn Wrapped Wreaths (or try this other awesome tutorial)

yarn wrapped mini wreath

Pom Pom Snowmen

pom pom snowmen

Yarn Tassels

diy yarn tassels

I hope your holidays are full of yarny goodness and plenty of laughter!

Be Thankful and Spend Thoughtfully This Year

Many of us celebrated Thanksgiving this past week, and today I want to take the time to express my gratitude for…everything really. I’m always grateful my loving family, the roof over my head, and my health, but this year I feel even more appreciative of things we often take for granted–like running water and hot showers. I’m thankful for freedom, my job, personal space, and the amazing gift of life that every day brings. I’m especially thankful for all of you! Without you, my readers and customers, my shop wouldn’t be were it is today. I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday and you were all able to reflect on what you’re thankful for!

Photo Credit, John Morgan

Now traditionally, the weekend after Thanksgiving is full of shopping and discounts and deals with Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. I find it a little odd that we celebrate being thankful for what we have, only to go buy more stuff. Stuff we don’t need, stuff we can’t afford–it’s just stuff. Knick knacks that get put on shelves to collect dust, electronics that will be outdated next year anyway, and toys that will be broken and forgotten by February.

This year, I encourage you to spend thoughtfully, especially when buying gifts.  Get just one or two bigger items the receipt actually needs, instead of lots of little things. Give the gift of a great experience to a concert, play, zoo, or other event. Get crafty and make your gifts this year, even if it’s just a big batch of cookies or sweets. Forgo cheap plastic and buy quality items that will last for years to come.  Whoever you are buying for, remember that the holidays are about peace and joy and being together.  Despite what advertisers are screaming at you, the holidays aren’t all about opening presents.

So, how will you make this year’s festivities full of memories instead of just full of stuff?

Photo Credit, Toby Otter