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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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Chrocheted Twine Star Tree Topper

This is my first Christmas living with my boyfriend Tim, and we are excited to make new holiday memories together. I’ve always had an artificial tree, and he’s always had a live one. I like the idea of a real tree, but finding dried up needles in every corner of the house for months after Christmas never appealed to me. He told me that about 15 years ago he bought a potted tree to decorate for Christmas, then planted it in the yard at his old house. He thought that might be a nice new tradition for us to start. I thought it was a wonderful idea! We went out earlier this week and picked out a potted tree that stands about 5 feet tall. It got moved from the deck to the back porch today. The target date to move it inside is December 20th.

I have some ornaments that I moved with me, but neither of us has a tree topper. I thought since we’re in an 1810 farmhouse that a rustic tree topper might be nice. I found a great pattern for a crocheted star, but I didn’t think making it out of yarn would do. Tim pulled some twine out of the cellar, and I got to work.


I used this pattern from the Jellywares blog for the star, but I used a size L (9-5.50mm) hook.


I used three tan colored pipe cleaners to weave around the edges of the star to give it shape. I was too excited to wait until the tree came inside to see what it looked like. Here’s a picture of it resting on the tree in the back porch



Now I have to decide what garland to make!


Easy crocheted infinity scarf

I’ve been crocheting since my grandmother taught me at the age of 5. Picking up a crochet needle and yarn always makes me think of her and smile. She mainly made afghans, never reading a pattern. I wish we could sit down and crochet together now; I would love to show her just how many beautiful items that can be made following patterns, and so many of them are quite easy!

The pattern for this scarf is a great example – it’s perfect for beginners! If you know how to sc, hdc, and dc you are more than ready to make this beautiful infinity scarf. I whipped this up while watching tv last night, and I think it took me about an hour to make.

I wish I could tell you about the yarn I used, but I picked this skein up secondhand and there was no tag with it. I can tell you that I’ve also made this scarf with Loops & Threads Charisma yarn in the sunny day colorway, and it took exactly one skein.

The pattern that I first followed is here, but I modified it a bit. Here’s what I did:

Needle Size: M or N

Ch 85 loosely

Join ch with sl st

Rnd 1: Ch 2, hdc in next ch and each ch around. Join with sl st to first st of the rnd. (make sure the front sides of both ends match up and that there is no twist in the loop – the first time I made it I didn’t realize there was a twist in the loop until a few rows up and I had to frog it)

Rnd 2: Ch 3, Dc in next st and each st around. Join with sl st to first st of the rnd.

Rnds 3-9: repeat alternating between rnds 1 and 2.

Rnd 10: ch1, sc in next stitch and each st around.

Finish off and weave ends.

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