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The summer is winding down, which means FOOTBALL season is upon us. Spending my formative years in Nebraska as a
CornHusker
started my love for the sport. After moving to Arkansas, I was in the High School Marching Band in the flag corps so Friday night football was a way of life! After high school, I moved on and attended the University of Arkansas and so came my love for the RAZORBACKS!!!! WOOOO PIG SOOOOOIE. There’s nothing like being in packed stadium surrounded by RED and hearing the crowd

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I’ve always loved the traditional Razorback but lately I’ve come to love this motif even more!! I love the funky letters and the Hog face becoming the O! I hand painted this ornament.

First I prepped the Ornament by coating the inside with Glitter. I used the technique found here:

https://todayscreativelife.com/how-to-make-glitter-painted-glass-ornaments/

This is a 4″ glass craft ornament, so he’s good sized. I used the Glitter- It! Product simply because I had it on hand. I also use an extremely fine glitter when I am going to hand paint so that the sparkles don’t take away from what I’m putting on the outside. Next for the painting. I used a combination of brush and paint pen. I started the design just like I would a drawing and drew in an outline with a sharpie. Once I got it the way I wanted I traced over the lines with a black paint pen. Don’t worry if you mess up….even a 100 times….just grab some acetone, clean it off and start again. My next step was to fill in all the Red and White. Next, I focused on the Hog face and getting his details correct. I added in the eyes, fixed the ears and his snout and tusks. I used mostly paint pen here. After I got the face just like I wanted it I went back and went over my black lines again across the entire motif. The last step was adding in the white highlights. Now, I didn’t do this all in one sitting. It is important to let the paint dry well before trying to put on more layers, otherwise the paint pen just scrapes of the layer underneath. Be patient and wait for things to dry! I’ve forgotten how much I enjoyed this activity and how cute he turned out. Maybe this year I’ll focus on some hand painted ornaments…stay tuned!

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I’m always looking for unique gifts for my kids teachers for the Holidays. I also try to make something handmade.  The mascot of my sons school is the bulldog.  I searched HIGH and LOW for a cute Amigurumi bulldog pattern and I finally found one that I fell in love with here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/88415398/baby-bulldog-puppy-pdf-tutorial-by-katja

I bit the bullet and bought the pattern.  Her pattern is easy to follow and very intricate.  It’s fantastic.  I highly recommend using them.

Here is a link to her site:

http://www.np-trade.de/ – It’s in German, but of course you can translate.

  The schools colors are Purple and Yellow and the mascot is grey.

I made 2 little bulldogs for his teachers.  I finished them off with little purple cat collars that I got at Petsmart.

I had personalized dog tags made at Petco on Purple hearts

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On the front of the tags I put his teachers names and on the back my son’s name and the year.

Additionally, since it’s a Catholic school — I added a very nice St. Joseph medal that I got from www.rosarymart.com

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I hope his teachers like the gift.  I think they came out adorable.  They are both very different even though from the same pattern.  Just like 2 dogs from the same litter don’t look the same.

I used I Love this Yarn from Hobby Lobby — each bulldog takes almost an entire skein.

I also used safety eyes and noses instead of crocheting them.

Another easy but SOOOOO cute pattern.  I found this one on www.pinterest.com

I found the pattern here:

http://catecrochets.blogspot.com/2013/09/adjustable-boot-cuffs.html

I made one slight modification — I only did 7 rows of shells instead of 8 simply because I only had 6 buttons instead of 8.   I picked up some really cute metal buttons at www.hancockfabrics.com.

I used Lion Brand wool-ease that I got from Michaels.  I think they turned out great and will be fabulous for my $5.00 gift exchange!!!

Here they are:

BootCuffs

I finished my foray into Fair Isle with 3 Christmas stockings for a good friend and his beautiful daughters!  I love the idea of everyone having similar stockings for Christmas — makes it feel like family!

 

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Using the books I referenced in my previous post:

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I used the following pattern found on Ravelry for free as an inspiration:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/class-christmas-sock

I modified the pattern slightly to fit my needs.

I used my size 8 circular needles from www.knitpicks.com

See pattern modifications below:

  •              CO 81
  •              10 Rows ST ST for Edge
  •              12 Rows KNIT
  •              Fair Isle Border
  •              4 Rows Knit
  •              Fair Isle Pattern
  •              8 Rows Knit
  •              Heel 30 using Wrap and Turn Down to 15
  •              22 Rows Knit
  •              25 Rows Knit for Toe
  •              Cinch up the toe

 

This was the first time I’ve ever actually knitted a stocking from the top down and the first foray into Fair Isle.  I think they turned out beautifully and that they use them for years to come.

I started with the Scarlet and the Gray for Mr. Phillips –

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Border = 38 from 200 Fair Isle Motifs

Pattern = 4th Norwegian Star from Fair Isle Knitting (page 64)

 

Next is the little peanuts stocking — in Grey and Pink

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Border = 46 from 200 Fair Isle Motifs

Pattern = 6th Norwegian Star from Fair Isle Knitting (page 64)

And finally, my FAVORITE, for the big sis in Purple and Grey:

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Border = 73 from 200 Fair Isle Motifs

Pattern = 8th Norwegian Star from Fair Isle Knitting (page 64)

It’s 2015 and this year for the Christmas Pageant at my son’s preschool he was a wiseman.  I had NO idea what to do but his dad came up with this great idea.   He said, “You know those beanies with the beards on them?  Maybe you could do one of those!”  From there I searched http://www.ravelry.com and found 2 patterns that I knew I could use!

 

The first part of the hat was the “Prince Jughead” — http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/prince-jughead

I used Purple for the beanie portion (symbolizing Royalty) and Gold for the crown.

For my 5 year old son, I went with the Child size for the beanie.

The second portion was the “Bobble Bearded Beanie” — http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bobble-bearded-beanie

I went ahead and used dark brown because it was a fun contrast.  I used the medium size.  I stitched it onto the beanie by fitting it on my son in the right part.  It turned out super cute.  Here are a few pics.

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Each year my son’s preschool does a Christmas Pageant.   It’s perfect for preschool students and is a reading of

“The Friendly Beasts”

This song originally hails from a 12th century Latin song “Orientis Partibus” which first appeared in France and is usually attributed to Pierre de Corbeil, Bishop of Sens (d 1222) (“Office de la circoncision,” “Lew manuscrit de l’office de la Circoncision de Notre-Dame-du-Puy,” or “L’Office de Pierre de Corbeil,” circa 1210). The Feast of the Circumcision is celebrated on January 1. The song is associated with the Feast of Fools.

The tune is said to have been part of the Fete de l’Ane (The Donkey’s Festival), which celebrated the flight of the Holy Family into Egypt and was a regular Christmas observance in Beauvais and Sens, France in the 13thcentury. During the mass, it was common for a donkey to be led or ridden into the church.

The words and tune were designed to give thanks for the ass on which Mary rode, and began: Orientis partibus Adventavit asinus (‘From the East the ass has come’). Each verse was sung, and finished with the chorus ‘Hail, Sir donkey, hail’. It was a solemn affair, but the tune became very popular in 17th and 18th century Germany.

 

Here is a copy of the song — read in our pageant as poem — found here:

http://www.hymnsandcarolsofchristmas.com/Hymns_and_Carols/friendly_beasts.htm

Jesus our brother, kind and good
Was humbly born in a stable rude
And the friendly beasts around Him stood,
Jesus our brother, kind and good.

2. “I,” said the donkey, shaggy and brown,
“I carried His mother up hill and down;
I carried her safely to Bethlehem town.”
“I,” said the donkey, shaggy and brown.

3. “I,” said the cow all white and red
“I gave Him my manger for His bed;
I gave him my hay to pillow his head.”
“I,” said the cow all white and red.

4. “I,” said the sheep with curly horn,
“I gave Him my wool for His blanket warm;
He wore my coat on Christmas morn.”
“I,” said the sheep with curly horn.

5. “I,” said the dove from the rafters high,
“I cooed Him to sleep so He would not cry;
We cooed him to sleep, my mate and I.”
“I,” said the dove from the rafters high.

6. Thus every beast by some good spell,
In the stable dark was glad to tell
Of the gift he gave Immanuel,
The gift he gave Immanuel.

7. “I,” was glad to tell
Of the gift he gave Immanuel,
The gift he gave Immanuel.
Jesus our brother, kind and good.

 

There are lots of different animals in our story as well as the shepherds and the wisemen!   It’s absolutely adorable!

Last year my son was a rooster:

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I took a black zip up hoodie and cut out triangles of multiple colors (Yellow, Orange and Red) and sewed them around the hood.  I then cutout the top in a crest like shape , make a beak out of orange and bought some of the biggest googly eyes I could find!

 

I think it turned out adorable.

 

I didn’t give enough props to the “bird” this year — I’ve already completely decorated for Christmas!!!  In my defense I collect Santa Clauses and look forward to getting them out each year AND I have work travel and Turkey Day at my house and then our Christmas Open House on the 7th — I HAD to get it done early!!!!!

I put up 3 trees, YES I said 3 —

My traditional tree with all the ornaments I’ve collected over time

Traditional

 

My pretty fancy tree with the red, silver and black ribbon and mesh and silver ornaments

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And then there’s the kids tree — it’s fun and fanciful and has all the kids ornaments on it.

 

Kids

Then there’s my Front Porch and my Santas!!!  I love the holidays — Decorations, Food, Friends and Family!!!

Santas