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Christmas Has Gone to the Dogs (and Cats)

Our dogs and cats are family too, right? Why not have them celebrate Christmas with a present or two! Some days ago I bought a dog bone shaped cookie cutter and made Brown Eyed Baker’s Peanut Butter Doggie Bones. I has our resident taste taster give one a whirl after they had cooled down, and she gave it two paws up – I hope our canine cousins enjoy them as much as she did! Yesterday I packaged them into bundles using waxed paper and festive yarn:


I’m happy with the result!

Now I can’t forget about family members of the feline persuasion, can I? Of course not! Today I searched Pinterest for cute cat toys and found Lion Brand Yarn’s crochet pattern for Goldfish Cat Toy. I just had to make some!

I filled them with catnip and a bit of wool. I haven’t let Mika try it yet, she’ll just have to wait for Christmas with the rest of us.


Aren’t they cutie? I wish I had a reason to make more!


UPDATE: The goldfish are a hit! Mika has been going nuts since Christmas every time she’s near the goldfish. I never got to see Tim’s mom’s cat play with hers, but if she likes it half as much as Mika does, it was well worth it! My folks’ dog Thye seemed to enjoy the homemade dog biscuits, just as Phoebe did. Dad indicated that he might want the recipe and make some on his own. Score!

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Christmas tree is in the house!

After what felt like weeks of having it acclimate in the back porch, we finally brought the potted pine into the living room last night! Tim put the lights on and then we gave the tree the trim:


I had some Stuart tartan fabric that I picked up at the craft thrift store a few months ago, not knowing just what I’d do with it (I have yet to use my 5 year old sewing machine). It went well around the pot as a makeshift tree skirt of sorts.

We bought an ornament together earlier on the week to commemorate our first Christmas together in the house:


Here’s a close up of the crocheted tree topper I posted earlier:


It’s a little large for the tree, but we agree that it kind of gives it a folk art feel.

We dug the hole in the yard for the tree last weekend, so after the holiday we’ll pop it outside. I am looking forward to watching it grow year after year!

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Mini Silver Pipe Cleaner Christmas Tree

I love Pinterest. I have pinned more crafts than I can probably make in a lifetime, not that it stops me from pinning more. I found this beauty from one of the lovely crafters I follow there. It’s the Martha Stewart  Pipe Cleaner Snowflake Christmas Tree. I didn’t have green pipe cleaners on hand, but I had just enough silver ones. Here’s what I made:

naked silver tree

I had one sparkly white pipe cleaner on hand, and I thought it would make a nice star tree topper! (stars for tree toppers – note a theme here?)

The base is a wooden thread spool!

thread spool tree base

I made the tree itself last week. Today was the day that I decorated it. I had purchased tiny little plaid bows a couple years back, not knowing what to do with them. I actually forgot I had them until I looked in my Christmas wrapping paper and ribbon container. It’s like those little bows were just quietly waiting for me to make this tree. Once I found them, I went over to my bead bins and got some Swarovski crystal beads to add to the tree. Here’s what I ended up with:

all decorated

I had a few beads that I had already herringbone wrapped with silver wire, so I thought I’d add them too. I love the way it turned out! I do have to say that making the tree was not as easy as I thought it would be. I’m not sure I’d want to make a dozen of them or anything. My hands hurt for a little while after I got done twisting all those little pieces of pipe cleaner. It is a little top heavy now that I have decorated it. I’m not sure how to put more weight on the spool to make it more secure. It sure is adorable though, and it makes me smile when I look at it, so it was definitely worth it!

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