Friday, December 1, 2017

December 2017 Newsletter

This last month did not go exactly as planned. My Youngest got a bad cold in the middle of the month so that means I also got sick. I'm so thankful to be fully on the mend. I love that I'm able to stay home and snuggle with her on the days that she really needs it.

I have been working behind the scenes a lot getting my Christmas projects done for my family. I only have one main project left then I am done. Last month I really thought I was behind, but I have been knocking them out as fast as I can. There are 20 people that I need to find gifts for (including my daughters) on an extremely limited budget like $250 max. $20 dollars a month goes into our Christmas fund.  It is a fun challenge for me looking for good deals and fun things that my family will like. Quite a few of the things you have seen on the blog go to family as Christmas gifts. I think about them a lot when I am designing.

What Happened Last Month 

 Even with the off week I added four posts to the blog for November.

This month I did my first sponsored post. Thank you to everyone who took the time to read the review for Paperless Post. It was pretty nerve wracking to do something new on the blog. The other big news was that The Crochet and Knit Christmas tags had 207 unique downloads on Ravelry. 

Facebook growth: I gained 15 followers
Pinterest growth: I gained 43 followers
Instagram growth: I think I have lost followers. I'm still very lost on this platform, haha. But I love looking at all the pictures of the people that I follow.

My husband was weirded out that I even said anything about my revenue, so I will leave it at that I was able to pay the internet bill and I am able to send out Christmas cards this year because of Paperless Post.

What is Coming Up on the Blog

This is crochet!

Even though I didn't get to it I still plan on showing you how to use Couching on crochet. I have a Tunisian crochet scarf that I use mitered squares to make. I have been working on a new knit hat but I'm struggling with the decreases to bind it off, so I'm not sure if it will be ready for December. I also have some new dishcloths and a matching basket coming up.

My family and I will be making a trip down to the states to visit family. We are so exited to spend some time with all of our extended family. I've been trying to work ahead to be ready for the January CAL, that way I can spend as much time as I can with my family over the Christmas Break.

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Paperless Post Review

This Post is Sponsored by Paperless Postin collaboration with Anagram Interactive.
*I was compensated for trying out the website and for  my review. All opinions are mine.* 

I realize that this is not really Fiber Arts related. Bare with me while I share this company to you. I would not share anything that I did not think was worthwhile or that I would not think my readers would be interested in. Even though Paperless Post has nothing to do with yarn, it is a fantastic time saver. 

As creators,  I know that you put you heart and soul into all the projects you make. Your love language is probably acts of service and gift giving. You want to put your personal touch in everything you do. I know because I am a creator too. 

Paperless  Post is an online card service. They are a "company that designs customizable online and printed stationery, to show that communication can be personal and well-designed regardless of the medium. Paperless Post has partnered with several world-famous designers and lifestyle brands, including Kate Spade New York, Oscar de la Renta, Jonathan Adler, and Rifle Paper Co., and has delivered over 85 million cards to date."

These cards are paperless, meaning that they come in e-mail form. I personally love this. Being in Canada and all of my family being in the US, sometimes  it's hard staying in touch.  Sending personal touches across the border does not happen very often because of the hefty shipping costs. 

Canada Post is also not known for being a great mail service. Two years ago I received a Christmas card in March. The sender was a half hour drive from my house. I love that I can send a super personal card through e-mail and I know they are going to get the card when I want them to get it. 

As you can see from the photo above, their birthday cards are beautiful. I would call them classic, sophisticated, very clean line, and modern. 

You can also customize cards and personalize them as much as you like. You can't go to a store and pick out a card with a personal picture on it, but with Paperless Post you can. In the above photo I have a screen shot of a card I was making. You can choose the picture, font (size, color, and print), what the card says, background, envelope, and stamp. 

When you sign up for paperless post you get your own dashboard where you can keep your contact list, rough drafts, and your favorite cards. Most cards come out to be under $2.00. I find that to be extremely reasonable. Especially for a card that is so personal. 

I think one of my favorite things about the website is that I can schedule when the card gets sent. I can take the time I need to make the card when I want,  then I can schedule the card to be sent on time.  
Give Paperless Post a try. 

Monday, November 20, 2017

Embroidered Swirly Christmas Tree

A Free Embroidery Tutorial

Sometimes creativity needs a kick start or a reboot. That is what embroidery is for me. I love the colors and the motion of sewing in and out of the fabric. It is an art that makes you go slow and think through the creative process. If I am drawing blanks when it comes to crocheting or knitting I always turn to embroidery. It is just a slightly different medium to give my brain a rest and think on different things.

I made a few of these last year during my Christmas break. It was to late in the season to blog about them, so I have been holding on to them until now to share them with you. These trees were a fun way to express my creativity. There was no right or wrong, I just let the curls make their own rules.


To start I marked my fabric where I wanted to add the buttons. I made a long triangle and then I staggered where I would put the buttons on the tree.

After that I rough sketched where the swirls would go. (It might be better to put the buttons on first then add the sketch of swirls). 

I put the fabric in the hoop and stretched it tight and added the buttons using 3 strands the silver thread. I made 6 long stitches through the button holes and then put 2 stitches over each of the 6 long stitches.

I picked 6 to 7 colors and just went to town with the stem stitch all around the tree. I started at the bottom and worked my way up. I tried to work it so that one color never touched itself, and that the swirls went across the whole tree at some points.

The point is to have fun and to just let the stitches speak for themselves.

As you go along you can go back to the empty spaces and fill them in with other colors.

What colors would you make your trees?

What do you like to do to express your creativity? I'd love to know in the comments. 

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