Free Pattern :: Crochet Christmas Stocking

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He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree. ~Roy L. Smith

I don't know about you, but my favorite bit about opening Christmas presents was always the Christmas stocking.  Great things come in Little Packages -right?!!  I enjoy it even more now that I get to play Santa Claus to my daughter.  One needs a Christmas stocking to fill with all those fabulous tiny presents.   This is an easy crochet pattern and will take an average of two weekends to make.  

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Christmas in July :: Inspiration

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I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. ~Charles Dickens

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.

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Free Patterns : : The Rainbow Collection

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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.

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I also made this finger knit scarf or Blanket for Ehow.com.

 Easy to make and a perfect car trip project. 

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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.


Free Pattern: Beginner Baby Blanket

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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.

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Free Pattern :: Crochet Christmas Coasters

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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.  

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Free Pattern : : Slouchy Baby / Toddler / Kids Beanie

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So, like a forgotten fire, a childhood can always flare up again within us.  ~Gaston Bachelard

 

With every hat pattern I've posted, I receive several emails and comments requesting the hat in a different size.  Okay, so I have written this one for a baby, toddler and young child.  I wanted to make a slouchy beanie with a big pompom.  It is a beanie that slides over to the possibility of being a beret but I didn't give it enough slouch to be a good floppy beret which is how I like them.  This is a beanie with a touch of attitude.  I think pompoms are a prerequisite of childhood, especially big colorful ones.

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Social Networks and Stroke Recovery :: Short Video Review

Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”
– A.A. Milne (Author of Winnie the Pooh)

This is a short video about my work with Dr. Amar Dhand and his research lab last year.  He was researching the impact of one's social network on their recovery from a stroke. Social network science looks at the effect of networks on the individual as awell as larger corporate structures.  Take a look at the video and if you want to learn more about the project tor become involved yourself then please take a look at my other blog

 


Art Review :: Lindsay Obermeyer Art 2009-2012

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Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. -- Pablo Picasso

June 11th is the 10 year anniversary of my blog. Really?! June 11, 2006. I started my blog to record my creative process. Along the way it has done just that, as well as delve into my love of teaching art, and more recently becoming a DIY craft blog and now a bit more on cooking because of my change in my diet. The blog has become a bit of a journal and also a bit of letter writing to myself into the future.

Have you ever noticed that our earlier-selves know our future selves far more than we realize at the time? 

I read recently of a professor who told his ceramic students that half would be graded on the quantity of work they made, while the other half would be graded on the quality of one piece.  Those who were assigned the making of the perfect piece failed.  They spent their entire time worrying over each detail, bogged by discussion of the cultural implications of their chosen material.  Those who made for the sake of making arrived at work that became suffused with meaning.  They had allowed discoveries to happen.  By preventing self censorship from negating production, they could whittle away at an idea until it began to take shape.  Delight came as much from the act of making as it did from the final product. 

I want to make for the sake of making, letting each piece of work act as a point on a map toward the next discovery.

These words were from one of my earliest posts.  June 12, 2006.  I still feel this way.  I have  joy in making for the sake of making. It's that creative adventure, a thrill and a struggle until the end of the piece. For the past few months I've been struggling to figure out the next direction of my work.  I was overthinking it.  I had to just jump in and start making.  The making will lead me down the path.  While looking at exhibition calls, I didn't have recent work to submit, work made within the past three years. With that in mind, I knew I had to get cracking. Make for the sake of making and just trust that a cohesive body of work will emerge.

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So here is the start into the future. Ta da!

The images at the top are the 4th collection in the Facebook challenge.  They are part of a series called Pattern Play and delve into a review of the microscopic patterns, real and imagined that lurk below our skin.  Photo credit: Larry Sanders.

 

 


Free Pattern :: Easy, Quick Crocheted Floral Dishcloth

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Flowers... are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1844

These quick dishcloths are made using basic double crochet stitches in rounds. The rounds increase gradually to keep the circle flat and finish with a pretty scalloped edge to give them the appearance of a flower. These cloths are soft and absorbent. They are a cute addition to the kitchen and make a great hostess gift. Use them as a hand wash cloth and give as part of a spa gift with gorgeous smelling soap and bath salts.  Consider helping others and make these to donate to a woman's shelter.

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Walnut Hallow Crafts!

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I am thrilled to announce that I have recently joined the design team for Walnut Hallow.  What exactly does this mean?  I get to work with their fabulous products and come up with fun crafty projects with it for their website..  Take a look.  These are my first two for them.  It makes for a nice change from all my knit and crochet work which tires my hands. I've been wood burning since childhood.  I love the smell and the way a good burning tool will mark the wood.  The street number stepping stones were declared very Pinterest by my mailman who loves them.  He says it makes it easy for him to find my house. The wind chine makes a soft sound and made good use of my massive vintage key collection. I hung it by my backdoor where it lets me know how windy it is outside while catching the morning light.

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