Tuesday, December 21, 2010

making a bit of christmas magic for a friend.

Hello all you holiday makers,  we're gearing up just like you are for all the festivities later in the week. While my lists are done,  I got a chance to help a good friend this week by making her boys some stockings to hang for Santa.  I had been making mittens using old felted sweaters and this fantastic free tutorial from Five Green Acres ( and Mary Jo's old sweaters too! ) .  These stockings were simple to make using the scraps from the sweaters.  I used an old stocking as a pattern and than cut it into 5 pieces.  Using the pattern I tried to make a white, blue & green stocking each embroidered with the sweet boy's name.  I like the cozy handmade look of them,  maybe I'll make some for my boys next year.      there's always next year rite?! 
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to you all. 

Cheers,  Lily

Friday, December 10, 2010

homemade cocoa

Here's a simple homemade gift for your neighbors & friends.  
Hot Cocoa mix:
 1 cup cocoa + 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
or if you like it a little bittersweet reduce the sugar to 1 1/4 cup. 
We mixed them together with a whisk and carefully packaged them into jars as gifts.  
Add one tsp cocoa mix for every cup of milk, heat, serve & smile.  
here's to getting a bit of the holiday spirit, 
lily & oscar

Sunday, December 5, 2010

after the first snow

knitting for my dear sisters
Advent candles, one for each boy, found them .here
recycled sweater tree garland inspired by meg
 We Wisconsinites got our first snowfall yesterday.  It was perfect,  only 4 inches or so and on a Saturday.  I had been thinking about starting to unearth the Christmas box and this snow storm completely got me into the holiday spirit.  Here's some views from around our house this weekend.
Simple snowflake ribbon wrapped around a wreath. 
I found this amazing vintage felt appliques thrift shopping,  I'm happy I got to finally use them.
Finally a tree for the boys room.  I think this is the year they will reallllly get into the holidays.