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    Holiday Crochet : How to Make a Wreath

    how to crochet a wreath handmade christmas free pattern

    Hello!  I know not all of you are crocheters so I want to begin by thanking you for taking a look at what I've made, even though it's something you won't likely be doing yourself.  And, for those of you who do crochet, welcome, I hope I can inspire you to make something you end up loving.

    Here's a crocheted holiday wreath.  The beauty of making things yourself is that you can use whatever colour you want.  Personally, I love the colour of turquoise and felt a need for a holiday wreath in that shade.  Well, more accurately, I felt the need and I also had some leftover bulky yarn in variegated shaded of turquoise, just sitting in my stash, and a metal ring meant for making a wreath with silk flowers, that I'd been given a while ago but hadn't found a use for.  So, I combined those elements with some medium weight cotton yarn, and made this wreath.  The soft and fluffy bulky yarn added just the right amount of cozy wooliness to the finished creation.

    Perhaps you'd like to make one too ... here's how ...

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    A Holiday Art Date with Andrea : Hand Lettering

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    Greetings to you!

    My friend Andrea came over for an Art Date on a recent Sunday afternoon.  

    We worked on lettering, she making some Christmas cards and I writing out a holiday quote.  (The lovely frame I put it in was a gift she gave me a few years ago, making the project more meaningful.)

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    Live Music : Peter Bjorn and John at The Velvet Underground

    peter bjorn and john band at velvet underground in toronto december twenty eighteen

    I got to add one to my ongoing "favourite-songs-that-I've-heard-performed-live" list on Tuesday, when Nick and I saw Peter Bjorn and John play at The Velvet Underground.

    The song that I was especially looking forward to hearing was "Young Folks" (you probably know it ... "and we don't care about the young folks, talkin' 'bout the young style, and we don't care about the old folks, talkin' 'bout the old style too") however, this indie band, from Stockholm Sweden, has many other great songs as well. They've been recording since 2002 and just released their eighth studio album, called "Darker Days" in October.

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    Gift Wrapping : How to Make a Crocheted Flower and Button Topper

    beginner crochet project flower gift topper bow decoration with button free pattern

    Hey hi! Here's an idea for the crocheters out there, who would like to add a handmade touch to their holiday packages.

    These small three-row flowers are easy and quick to make and are a good project for beginners.

    Here I've turned the flowers into gift topper decorations by adding a button to the centre, but I previously used the same pattern to make a garland, seen in this post, which is hanging in our living room.

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    Our Anniversary Dinner : Nineteen Years!

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    Nick and I recently celebrated our nineteenth wedding anniversary. And, since we were married exactly one year less a week after we first met on a blind date, it marked twenty years of being best friends.

    We went to one of our favourite restaurants, Beast. It's a great place, loved by many who live in and visit Toronto.

    As we knew it would be, dinner was great, from the friendly service, very nice wine, delicious tapas and dessert.

    Here are some photos of our delightful evening ...

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