One of my favorite things about Thanksgiving is spending time with my family – especially my little sister, Hannah, who is crazy about crafts (and turkey). Throughout the year, it’s easy to get bogged down by stress and negativity, but when the holidays come around my family has this tradition: we sit down as a family and talk about everything we’re thankful for. They can be little things, like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and peppermint tea and a shelf full of new books, or (much) bigger things, like a solid education, great health, and a close-knit, supportive family. And even though tradition dictates that we go around the table and allow everyone to share something, too often we lose the plot a bit when the stuffing comes out of the kitchen…
So you can imagine my delight when I stumbled across this crafty way to visualize everything we’re thankful for!
Thanksgiving Tree of Gratitude from One More Moore blog
Thanksgiving Tree from One More Moore Blog
Christmas doesn’t have to be the only holiday that showcases a tree! I’m definitely going to try this one at home this year…
In case you hadn’t noticed… it’s well and truly Fall out there! And if you, like me, live in a part of the country where Fall means chilly winds and a change of wardrobe, then you probably can’t get through a season without the perfect (or several perfect) scarves. Well, have I got the book (and the free project) for you!
Download this free pattern from “Scarves, Shrugs, & Shawls” and try your hand at knitting your own signature scarf… or shrug… or throw… for the season. Or order a copy of the book and fill your closet (or surprise all your friends) with fun & funky cold-weather wear: capes, shrugs, wraps, stoles, scarves, vests… and list goes on! “Scarves, Shrugs, & Shawls” has enough projects to keep you warm and fashionable all Fall long.
Free Knitting Project Download: MULTI-WAY STOLE
Pretty much every fall – anticipating an absolutely freezing, terrifying long NYC winter – I pull out my favorite sweaters from the previous season and survey them with dismay and despair. Why is it that only my favorite sweaters are the ones that get stained, stretched and pill-y? And why is it that only the itchy, too-hot, boring ones stay perfect forever?
Here’s a BRILLIANT idea for how to recycle that favorite, super cozy, old sweater than just happens to have a hole in the elbow, or a stain across the chest… PILLOW COVERS! Take an old pillow and cut your sweater in a rectangle large enough to fit around the pillow (or two smaller squares/rectangles). Sew your new pillow cover around the old pillow OR use buttons to add a flap so you can remove & wash your sweater pillow cover.
Sweater Pillow by Jessica Lewis (Flickr: J*Lewis)
This project (photo by JessLewisPhotography.com) seems so easy and so great for getting cozy on the couch with your favorite craft project or book during the long, cold winter. I know exactly what sweater I’ll use and I’ll stop back in a few days and show you how mine turned out!
I got the idea from this overwhelmingly long list of recycled sweater craft ideas at Squidoo; I’m also interested in trying the felted sweater hearts, the chair cover and the super-easy mittens! So many great ideas!
If you try this – or any of the other – recycled sweater projects, please share your photos with us on Twitter or Facebook!