It is already the end of July. How are your Christmas preparations coming along? Now don't laugh. I am not kidding. Christmas comes close on the heals of Thanksgiving, which gives one very little time to craft and prepare. Rather than stress out, I am suggesting that we, meaning you and me, learn from my mother who started her preparations in July. Running a catering business as a single parent kept her extremely busy from the 1st of November though New Years, but she was not about to lose out on any of the fun. She had a room she designated her wrapping room. When Mom passed away in October, 2008, we found gifts for us already wrapped. I couldn't' stop crying at the time, but I was so grateful to have that one last present to tuck under my tree.
“Great art picks up where nature ends.” Marc Chagall
I recently came across the work of Meredith Woolnough. There are moments in every artist's career when they see another artist's work and think "Holy Crap! That piece is perfect. Spot on to what I've been thinking and why didn't I think of it first?" Yes, I am slighlty jealous and in tremendous awe of her talent.
Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud. Maya Angelou
I love rainbows, don't you? They are frequently a source of inspiration for my designs. The Rainbow Faith Bracelet I created for Ehow.com. As it is made with crystals, it is extra sparkly.
I also made this finger knit scarf or Blanket for Ehow.com.
Easy to make and a perfect car trip project.
And last but not least, my rainbow children's beanie, because aren't your children the gold at the end of the rainbow?! I posted this pattern on my blog earlier this year.
A baby is born with a need to be loved – and never outgrows it. – By Frank A. Clark
This is a simple, beginner's level baby blanket. It falls in the category of tv knitting, you know, that project you can do while watching tv and not get too lost with what you are knitting. This blanket was designed as a newborn receiving blanket, but could easily be adjusted to other sizes.
Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.--- Norman Vincent Peale
There are only 177 days until Christmas. After years of being the family scrooge, I've decided to follow in my mother's footsteps. She started preparing for Christmas in July. This was partly due to nostalgia. Christmas was her favorite holiday and the one with the happiest memories. She also started in July as she owned a catering company and she was working 12/7 from The week before Thanksgiving until the week after New Year's. She didn't have time to go shopping or prepare the homemade crafts in December, so she got started in July when her business was slower.