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Part 3: Frosty the Snowman

Christmas is just around the corner and at this point I’m sure your feet are up, the eggnog is flowing and you are glowing from the roaring fire as you reward yourself for finishing all your shopping and baking on time as per usual…..no? Okay, me neither!! It always seems I start off with the best intentions and always fall short of my goal for a December free of the hustle and bustle. Oh well, tis the season, I guess.

I hope this next post comes in handy for the last minute gift exchange you forgot about, or crafting with the kids, or maybe just to keep and hang on your tree. This Christmas craft is just as magical as that old silk hat they found and put on Frosty’s head…..okay maybe not that magical but adorable for sure.

For this next Frosty inspired project you will need the following;

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Let’s start by making our snowman a cute winter’s hat. Take the red yard (or any colour of your choosing) along with the toilet paper roll. From here you will cut the roll so that you are left with a small circular piece like so;

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This will be the base of the hat. Take the red yarn and cut a few strands that will be used to loop around the base. You can use a box or small container to wrap the yarn around to get even strands and to make it a bit easier. Once you have about 25-30 strands around 15-20cm long you can start looping the yarn around the base of the roll.

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Go all the way around the roll until you have covered it completely. Once you have done so pull all the yarn ends through the hole of the roll. From here you can use a separate piece of yarn to tie around the end of the yarn to form the top of the hat. You can make it as short or long as you would like.

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Once you have the hat the next step is making Frosty which will be made pompom styles. We will be making two different sized pompoms and then glue them together, the bottom one of course being larger than the top. There are lots of different methods to making a pompom so please feel free to use whatever method you prefer. I usually cut a piece of yarn, roughly about 15cm or so, and put it aside. I then proceed to wrap the yarn around my hand about 115-120 times (for the larger pom);

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Once you have gone around the desired amount of times you can cut the yarn end. Then pull the yarn off of your hand and lay it in the centre of the separate piece you cut and placed aside previously. From here tie a tight knot around the yarn to hold it in place. Then you can cut all the loops so they separate and start to from the pompom;

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You can trim the pom to look however you would like, fluffy or short, the fun is in making it your own. I used the same technique for the top pom only I went around about 60 times instead of 115-120 as with the larger pom. Once you have your two poms you can glue them together. Now comes the fun part, glue the hat on top and add whatever else you would like.

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There you have it, you are ready to get your frosty on. You can make the hats as separate ornaments if you prefer, either way there is lots of Christmas fun to be had. There is still some time to get your craft on especially if you aren’t feeling the spirit, crafting will always get you there.

This concludes my Christmas crafting for the year. Thanks again for making this a very memorable and rewarding year for me. I enjoy crafting and enjoy it even more when I get to share it with you. Pleases know that I feel all the feels with every “like” on Facebook, “heart” on Instagram and purchase on my Etsy shop. Your support and love makes my heart happy and I appreciate each and every single one of you. Have a very Merry Christmas and I will see you all in the New Year 🙂

*Inspiration for this project: Frosty and yarn toque/hat

 

 

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Part 2: Frosty the Snowman

“Oh, Frosty the snowman was a jolly happy soul
With a corncob pipe and a button nose
And two eyes made out of coal”

This is the song that was dancing through my head as I eagerly hooked up a storm with this next project. Tis the season and this year I wanted to try my hand at some crochet ornaments while keeping in theme.

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I picked up this book last year and so far the patterns I have attempted have turned out great! Nothing worse than following a pattern that doesn’t have the same results as the finished product shown. If you are looking to get your jolly hook on this season I highly recommend this book. It has everything from stockings, to reindeer baskets, to cozy toques and scarves. I chose to make Frosty himself;

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I wasn’t crazy about the colour choice for the toque and scarf so I went with traditional red and green yarn. I bundled up my yarn in my new yarn basket made by a talented friend;

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You can find her lovely work on Instagram under pammie_sunshine. This basket is the perfect way to keep the projects I’m working on organised and at the ready. As stated above, the pattern was easy to follow and had very clear instructions so I didn’t need to change much besides my colour of yarn. The only other change I made was using some fun squeeshy fluffs instead of the black buttons;

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I had these left over from a kit I had bought at Michaels. It had some googly eyes, piping and lots of fluffs, which also means hours of fun if you have littles at home who like to craft. After finishing my first frosty I decided I wanted to make a few and use them as garland to hang on the tree;

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I am very pleased with how they turned out and I can’t wait to string this on the tree as I dance my pants off to a little Boney M. Other ideas I had; use them as decor in a wreath or centre piece, attach them to gifts, or attach them to bottles of cheer for hostess gifts. Lots of options to spread a little love and joy this holiday season. I mean how can you not smile a little when you see these faces;

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“Oh
Frosty the snowman
Was alive as he could be
And the kids all say he could laugh
And play just the same as you and me”

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*Make sure you are following my blog to receive a special promo code that can be used on my Etsy shop, BBCraftlandia, for one day only on Cyber Monday (Nov. 28/16)*

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Part 1: Frosty the Snowman

Hey Folks! I hope ya’ll are doing great, I know I am. There is no snow to jump start this Christmas spirit but that hasn’t stopped me. My heart is a flutter just thinking of all the things I want to make this holiday season as well it will by my little’s first Christmas which basically makes this the best one yet! This Christmas season has me crafting to the tune of Frosty the Snowman. Just like the holiday he comes once a year and we can’t help but feel jolly in his presence so please join me in my three part holiday post. I hope to inspire you to get your craft on and spread a little joy and love. The world could really use it right about now.

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If you have been following me thus far you know that one of my favourite crafting projects is making wreaths. I love creating an inviting space for you and your guests, especially around this time of year because glitter is everything. I want to share some of my tips so you too can make your very own wreath. Here we go;

  • When buying the base for your wreath always buy some extra pine picks. These are great fillers to add to your wreath, especially if your base is pine, it adds extra volume and creates a fuller look. I also used the same technique when I bought my tree. You can fill  it out by gluing some pine cones and adding some pine picks. If you aren’t sure what a pine pick is here is an example;

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  • Always have a focal point for your wreath. Pick a section of your wreath and then really ensure you add enough to make a statement and draw the eye in. For my wreath I chose Frosty himself. Having a focal point makes it easier to fill in the rest.

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  • Make sure you space your decor out so things that are the same aren’t directly across or beside one another. For example, if you want to add in pine cones make sure they are at staggering heights so they aren’t directly across or right beside one another. You don’t want your wreath to be too “matchy-matchy”. Putting the decorations at different points of view adds that professional touch to your wreath.
  • When buying decorations to put on your wreath I suggesting buying in threes or more. You want a polished looked, you don’t want the decor to get lost or to not add to the wreath.
  • If you want to add in small ornaments such as the white snowballs like I added in my wreath;

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  • I find it best to cluster them in twos or threes. Again you don’t want your decor to get lost and not stand out. This technique also gives it a nice dimensional look and really draws the eye in. I use piping when attaching the decorations to the wreath. Just pull the one end of the piping through the hole at the top of the ornaments and then wrap it around the base of the wreath. Each side of the wreath should look slightly different while complimenting and staying in theme with the focal point.

There you have it, I hope you find these tips helpful when you are getting your Christmas craft on. I did however forget to add one more important detail and that is to have fun with it! You can make it your own and add in whatever you would like, there are no rules when it comes to being creative. Each individual has their own style so when you are making one for your home go with something that will match your tree or outside decorations, if it’s for a loved one then do the same for them. You can give it that personal touch that makes it one of a kind and special. I love making wreaths, it brings me so much joy and the possibilities are endless.

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Now what are you waiting for, hurry up and be on your way now before he melts away.

*This wreath is available on my Etsy shop, BBCraftlandia, along with other festive wreaths. My goal is to bring the warmth and magic of the season into your and your loved ones homes. My Etsy shop will be closed on Dec. 3/16 so I can spend time with my family. Make sure you get your order in 🙂 *

 

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Week Three of My Favourite Things

I can’t believe we are less than three weeks away from the visit by the big guy himself! Time is flying by as per usual this time of year but I hope ya’ll have taken some time to enjoy your favourite things. To recap, from now until Christmas I will be sharing a few of my favourite things. Week one was all about the wreaths, week two focused on getting your ugly on this holiday season which leaves us with the 3rd week. In keeping in theme I have been blogging to the tune of “My Favourite Things“. I am excited about this week and can’t wait to share all the goods, take a read below and see if you can guess what it is;

“Red coloured sparkles and festive ideas
Reindeer red ornaments held on with hot glue
Crafting wildly with reluctant partners in crime
These are a few of my favorite things”

Yup, these are definitely a few of my favourite things. That being Christmas traditions, specificity making your very own one of a kind ornaments. With all traditions some are old, some are new and some we pick up along the way. I started this tradition when we moved out to Vancouver and didn’t have any of our ornaments from back home. I decided it would be fun to start making our very own, each year since we have crafted together to decorate for the season. They haven’t all been winners as you can see below;

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But then again that’s part of the fun! It makes for a good laugh and even better story when you get those curious looks as your company notices them on your tree. This year we picked up some goodies from 4Cats Art Studio, if you haven’t been I highly recommend checking them out. There are so many art projects to do with family or friends and you can even take some of their classes. We bought some cute little DIY clay ornament kits;

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Inside was a set of clay, some instructions and lots of imagination. This crafting project really let the creator mould whatever they felt with the coloured clay provided. I kept in line with the penguin theme;

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I have to also include my creative partner Dave’s beauties, he went off into uncharted territory and made his own version of a snowman and a mini clay version of Charlie;

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I am so excited to hang these on our tree this year, all that is missing is the little ornament hangers which can be bought at any craft store. This tradition is one of my favourite, I love all the laughs, creativity and special moment captured in an ornament. What’s your favourite Christmas tradition? Please do share, I would love to hear all your wonderful traditions this time of year.

“When the glue stings, when the glitter fades
When I’m crafting like mad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don’t feel so bad”

*My Etsy store will be held open a bit longer so if you still need to put in your order you will have until next week. I am proud to say my Etsy shop, BBCraftlandia, was one of the local shops chosen for a segment done on GlobalBC, check out the link below http://globalnews.ca/video/2382718/locally-made-holiday-decor *

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Week Two of my Favourite Things

This year I am feeling on top of everything, from my Christmas party planning, gift giving and decorating but as the weeks get closer to the big day I realize what little time I have left to prepare. It’s usually the little things that I forget and have to scramble to prepare last minute, I mean tis the season right? Some things are bound to be forgotten but you don’t want to be the only one at your Christmas party without an ugly Christmas sweater. Gone are the days of wearing our best to a holiday party and here are the tacky, fun, so cute it’s ugly, sweater days and I love it. Week two of my favourite things is all about getting you ready to rock that tacky sweater around the Christmas tree. Keeping in theme with last week it will be sung to the tune of “these are a few of my favourite things“;

“Gold coloured tinsel and red reindeer noises
Kitties with red hats eating cheeseburgers
Snowflakes glued on and bright light up sweaters
These are a few of my favorite things”

 Ahhh yes, I love them all and the uglier the better! This is my kind of party. To help you get your ugly on this season I am going to recommend some of my favourite stores;

There’s still time to get your festive ugly on but don’t wait too long! Even Charlie is ready to boogie on down to his favourite Christmas tune, Jingle Bells;

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“When the colours clash, when the glue won’t hold
When I’m feeling mismatched
I simply remember my favorite sweater
And then I don’t feel so bad.”

*I will be emailing a special promotion for my Etsy store to show my appreciation so make sure you are following my blog to be included. My Etsy store, BBCraftlandia, will be closed for the season on Dec. 6 to ensure orders arrive before the big day*

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Week One of My Favourite Things

I enjoy crafting this time of year the most. I am filled with so much Christmas cheer I can barely stand it! I decided I had to share. From now until the big day I will be blogging about a few of my favourite things to the tune of…..yup you guessed it “These are a few of my favourite things”. If you aren’t familiar with this tune or if you just want to get your holiday boogy on then click on the link and take a listen. I have changed some of the lyrics to give you a hint about this weeks favourite thing, see if you can take a guess;

“Snowflakes on pine cones and top hats on snowman
Bright shiny berries and warm woollen scaves
Green festive pine tied up with red ribbon
These are a few of my favorite thing”

Have any guesses? This week it’s all about those jolly wreaths that we use to welcome our guests and to keep our homes looking their best. I love seeing all the decorated doors getting into the Christmas spirit with some festive greenery. The best part of all is that there are so many wonderful ways to decorate a wreath. This holiday season I tried to combine both my loves, florals and hookin, and came up with this familiar face;

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Isn’t he just the cutest?! I have to say it was a challenge to make but well worth it in the end. I got my inspiration from the following crochet book but I changed a few things to keep it original;

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For all my fellow hookers I definitely recommend this book, it has some really fun and unique projects fit for the season. If you enjoy a more traditional look this next one might be more suited to you; 

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I love using traditional colours and adding in some woodsy themed décor like pine cones and berries. If I could I would have made a few more as once you make one the ideas seem to come pouring in. Both of these jolly wreaths are available for purchase on my Etsy store BBCraftlandiaIf you prefer to get your Christmas craft on then these next few links are for you;

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Wicker Christmas

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I also want to mention a few of my favourite stores;

Pretty Yarn Cute

Golden Afternoon Shop

And there you have it folks, stay tuned for more of my favourite things! Remember to follow along if you enjoy reading my blog 🙂 Next week there will be a special promotion for blog followers only so make sure that includes you! I will leave you with this….

“When the glue burns, when the ribbon falls
When I’m crafting like mad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don’t feel so bad”

 

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On The Last Week Before Christmas….

Well it’s finally here folks, the last week before Christmas! I hope through all the hustle and bustle you took some time to slow down and appreciate the small things this holiday season. If you haven’t then worry not for there is still time to take a break and just enjoy the things that really matter most to you. For me, it’s cuddling on the couch with my family and enjoying the warm glow of the the lights on the tree while we watch our favourite holiday shows. We have to learn to slow down before it goes by and we wish we had! I feel like it was just last month that I started this whole adventure of blogging. My first post, if you recall, was about the beauty of burlap. I thought it only appropriate that we end with a burlap themed Christmas craft as it’s what we started off with so join me in singing these next few lines one last time…. “On the last week before Christmas Craftlandia crafted for me A joyful burlap ornamentttt” This festive craft was inspired by a post I came across on Pinterest. I am going to use the following supplies and recommend you do the same; FullSizeRender (6) To start off, fold the burlap in half so that when you cut out your shapes you get two identical pieces like so; FullSizeRender (7) Once you have your shapes cut out start sewing the pieces together using a needle and thread (I used green thread). Once you are almost at the end you will want to add  a little stuffing and then continue until the end. To attach the twine so that you can hang the ornament, you will want to use a large threading needle; FullSizeRender (8) Don’t tie a knot to attach the twine to the needle, leave it loose as shown above. From there you can pull it through the middle, near the top, of the ornament; FullSizeRender (9) I added a little tree button to one of my ornaments, if you want to as well just make sure you do so before you attach the two sides together. Here is my finished set of burlap tree ornaments; FullSizeRender (10) These will look so cute on a tree, a wreath, garland or even as decorations on a wrapped gift. Be creative with this one there are so many variations you can do. You can also use felt instead of burlap. FullSizeRender (11) I am so happy you took some time to create your own Christmas magic this year, nothing is better than creating something with your own two hands! There is no greater gift you can give yourself and others, so over this holiday season keep being creative, making art and inspiring the ones around you. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!! I will be back on Jan. 10/15, until then I want you all to have a very Merry but I will let my friend Sam Smith say it how it is meant to be said through song 🙂 Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!!