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Christmas 2014

collageWhile it is lightly snowing outside, I’m comfy and warm inside typing this after-Christmas blog post.
I hope your Christmas was as wonderful as ours, filled with things that  – I think – matter most during this festive season: quality time spent with people who are important to you, enjoying each other’s company, a beautifully decorated Xmas tree, candle light, nice food & drinks, music, and gifts made (or bought) with love ……

To me this holiday it was all about home and/or handmade and I loved every minute of the process, from deciding what to make for whom as well as the making itself.
Maybe slightly overdoing things, I even made my own gift tags this year – using some of my cookie cutters to shape them.

Now that all presents are gifted I can safely show you what I’ve been doing, so here’s a little round-up with links to patterns/recipes I used.
maRRose - CCC: hot water bottle covers maRRose - CCC: hot water bottle covers

For my kids I made hot water bottle covers, using leftover yarn from the chevron blanket I crocheted earlier this year – no pattern, just following the outline of the hot water bottle (the hot water bottle cover granny style-diy can be found here).
maRRose - CCC: Nordic Wrist Warmers

Since my mom owns the black Nordic Shawl I crocheted and my mother-in-law the blue/pink one, I decided to make them matching wrist warmers (link to My Rose Valley‘s paid pattern here).
maRRose - CCC: flower bookmark maRRose - CCC: flower bookmarkMy father loves to read, so a bookmark was what I made for him – flower pattern here, for the leaves I used Lucy’s holly pattern, but crocheted no prickles.
maRRose CCC: christmas balls/baubles maRRose CCC: christmas balls/baubles maRRose - CCC: snowflakes maRRose - CCC: snowflakes

For my brothers, sister-in-law and friends across the ocean I crocheted Christmas balls and snowflakes – loved making them very much! I stiffened some of the snowflakes with modpodge – worked great.
Patterns can be found on my “Christmas Crochet“-board on Pinterest.
maRRose - CCC: Triangle Pincushion with tulips

Another little gift that traveled quite the distance – all the way to a dear ig-friend in Australia – was this pincushion. The tutorial for the basic pattern can be found here.
maRRose - CCC: Christmas cookies maRRose - CCC: Christmas cookie jars maRRose - CCC: Christmas cookie jars maRRose - CCC: Christmas cookie jars

Since we have a tradition of baking Xmas cookies in our house, I made these jar lid covers for the containers that I planned on using this year – they turned out great and looked so festive! I just made them up as I went, but there’s a wealth of tutorials to be found here.The little holly leaves are the ones I’ve made before (links here and here), after Attic24’s diy, I just added the red berries …..
pretzels-01Other than baking cookies, I made these yummy pretzels (recipe here) and as place cards for our Christmas brunch I thought these chocolate candy cane hearts were just right (diy here).maRRose - CCC: Chocolate Candy Cane HeartsmaRRose - CCC: Chocolate Candy Cane Hearts

Just because I loved this little guy from the moment I laid eyes on him, I hád to make this very cute snowman, free pattern from the “Dapper Toad”-blog, link here.
maRRose - CCC: snowmanThe only gift that I did not manage to finish in time, was a hat for my husband …… As you will understand, that one is high on the wip-list right now!

These days in between Christmas and the New Year seem to have a slower pace and we’re quite enjoying these lazy days. Some crochet, a little (sock) knitting, a nice book, some hot chocolate, a glass of wine, fire place going …. oh yes, I can get used to this!
Wishing you the joy of calm days as well!



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