Pinspiration: Holiday Crafting and Baking

Welcome, December! I’ve been eagerly awaiting your arrival.

The holiday season always brings out an excessive need in me to craft and bake, as evidenced by a few of last year’s posts: DIY holiday wreath, cookie-in-a-jar gift, christmas cupcakes with eggnog frosting,…

Here are a few fabulous decorating and baking ideas that I am dying to try out for this Christmas:

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I love this rustic Holiday Wreath by Two Junk Chix

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The earthy look of this organic fireplace and mantle decor from Midwest Living is so appealing

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These salted caramel pears from Inspired Design make the perfect edible centerpiece

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This hat pattern from Ravelry is an inspiration to step up my knitting game this season – handmade gifts are the best kind!

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This “gingerbread men turned reindeer” cookie recipe from Martha Stewart might be the perfect activity for when my nieces come to visit!

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I’m in love with the simplicity and clean look of this tablescape from Lemonade Makin’ Mama – just white candles and loose jingle bells!

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Another fantastic edible gift (or party) idea – Eggnog Fudge from Recipe Girl

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This would be a lovely idea for a crafting party – make your own ornaments with instructions from Downtime. Upcycle.

Are you as pin-spired as I am?  Of course, I’ll be lucky if I actually get to 2-3 of these fabulous ideas!

I’d love to hear some of your favorite craft ideas and recipes for the holiday season. Have a lovely weekend, xo!

DIY: Cowl Neck Scarf

Hey everyone! How are we easing into a new week?  Not so well over here!  At least the weather is still nice…

I’m exhausted and fighting off a cold, and think I need to turn into the bionic woman to get everything done this week that needs to be done!! Aside from the usual wedding details to tend to, and the packing of our entire apartment by the end of the month before our move, I’ve also crammed into my schedule the Giants football game tonight, a minor surgery on Wednesday morning, a Steely Dan concert on Thursday night, and a second wedding dress fitting on Friday.  Oh, and this weekend we are headed to VT to meet with our cake maker! Oy!

Anyway, onto the subject of today’s post: For those knitters out there, here’s a quick an easy pattern for a cowl neck scarf.  I’ve been seeing these scarves everywhere – on Etsy they’re being sold for $50-100, and in the boutiques where I’ve seen them well over $100.  I only spent $25 on the yarn and needles.

You Will Need:

  • 3 balls of any Category 5: Bulky yarn, in your choice of color or brand
  • Size 15 (10 mm) needles

To Make:

I cast on 44 sts. and alternated a knit stitch and pearl stitch each row.  I continued until I had used up about 2.5 rolls of yarn, doing a rough measure by wrapping the scarf around my head and neck until I reached desired looseness of fit.  I gently sewed together the two edges (making the long scarf into a tube) with a thick needle and grey embroidery string.

The scarf can be worn cozy around the neck, and is long enough to be pulled up over your head and worn as a hood in the cold winter months.

Have a great start to your week!