bloganuary · My Makes

Bloganuary: “How far back in your family tree can you go?” + New butterfly

I'm a little behind on the WordPress Bloganuary challenge (this question is from a couple of days ago), but really fortunate to have a few digital photos to share. It is hard to keep up with these Bloganuary questions, as they deserve much, much fuller responses than I can give in one day. The short… Continue reading Bloganuary: “How far back in your family tree can you go?” + New butterfly

My Makes · My Neighborhood

New alpaca amigurumi + market visit and walk

My new alpaca basket buddy is finished. I just put the final stitches into him last night, and he is ready to hold pens, hooks, or odds and ends. From toe to tail, he is about 20cm (8 inches). Compared to most other amigurumi I've made, this one was technically a little tricky - not… Continue reading New alpaca amigurumi + market visit and walk

bloganuary · My Makes

Bloganuary: “What brings you joy in life?” + crafty bits

I'm on a roll now with five Bloganuary posts in a row, and five really meaty prompts. It's a breakneck pace, I know, but I'll try to keep up... The things that bring me joy in life really boil down to simple things. Meaningful connections with other human beings and animals; creating something beautiful and/or… Continue reading Bloganuary: “What brings you joy in life?” + crafty bits

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Holiday visitor – new cockatiel amigurumi

Just finished a new friend to add to my crochet menagerie - a life-sized cockatiel (nymphicus holandicus). This little plushie has captured my heart so will be here to stay for awhile. He's made from a brilliant pattern by Tanya at TNGifts, who I now refer to as the amigurumi bird lady 🙂 She is… Continue reading Holiday visitor – new cockatiel amigurumi

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New gnome figure; Christmas decor is up

Happy Turkey Day to my American friends and family! I've been busy this week, but not too busy to finish a few crafty things I've had on the back burner for awhile. I'm excited to have finally finished my second gnome figure, who will be my little Christmas tree sentinel this year. Mr. Kringle is… Continue reading New gnome figure; Christmas decor is up

My Makes · My Neighborhood

A quick hello – WIPs and ginkgo leaves

It’s already mid-November - my semester is a race to the finish. Only three weeks to go before final exams start! I’ve managed to make slow progress on some crafty items, including a gnome figure that still needs his beard and hat. The photo shows that he’s already got his suspenders and the cutest rainbow… Continue reading A quick hello – WIPs and ginkgo leaves

Free Patterns · My Makes

Crocheted Pumpkins (free pattern)

Just had to share some of the fruits (awww...) of my latest crochet efforts: crocheted pumpkins! 'Tis the time of year again for crocheted and knitted pumpkin patterns, and I really love this one - it is so easy to make, and the pattern is free (click here)! Small pumpkins: about 15cm in diameter using… Continue reading Crocheted Pumpkins (free pattern)

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Early holiday toymaking – Mr. Gnome is done

My first holiday craft for 2022 is finished! This adorable gnome pattern was a wonderful way to get back into toy making. I chose to make him in a more traditional "Santa-like" color scheme, with a red hat, mitten, and boots, and a white beard dressed with red and green cord. He could be made… Continue reading Early holiday toymaking – Mr. Gnome is done