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Monday Snapshot: A Very Crafty Christmas 2013

Monday Snapshot: A Very Crafty Christmas 2013 | The Zen of Making

Monday Snapshot: A Very Crafty Christmas 2013 | The Zen of Making

I think it’s safe to say that my incredibly generous Michigan family and friends know me pretty darn well, because there was a whole lot of crafty awesomeness with my name on it under the Christmas tree this year. (Okay, under several different Christmas trees.)

My holiday highlights include a Dremel workstation/drill press, a mitre box, Modern Log Cabin Quilting, by my friend Susan Beal, and a set of lovely Gingher pinking shears to round out my collection of fancy scissors. And, of course, we can’t forget Betty, my amazing new Singer Featherweight. (She decided to stay in Brooklyn for the holidays, so she wasn’t around when these photos were taken.)

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to jump back into the craft studio and get creative in the New Year!

Did you have a crafty Christmas too? I want to hear about your holiday favorites!

A Very Crafty Christmas Haul

A Very Crafty Christmas Haul | The Zen of Making

Happy New Year, crafty muffins! I’d like to tell you that I’ve spent the last few days working on exciting new projects and rolling out grand plans for the upcoming year. That, however, didn’t happen. Instead, I’ve been parked on the couch with a particularly nasty virus and doctor’s orders to rest, hydrate, and wait for it to run its course. (My fever still hasn’t broken, so do forgive me if this post suddenly takes a turn for the weird.) I don’t know about you, but I’m a person who always has at least five things going on at once, so this waiting game is pure torture. I haven’t been able to read, write, or make anything for days, and, even worse, I haven’t been able to dig into my awesome crafty haul from Christmas. (Oh, the humanity!)

Since coughing and, say, knitting lace and sewing aren’t exactly compatable, I’ll just have to settle for telling you about my new goodies instead of showing them in action. (You’ll also get to check out my mom’s lovely fireplace and one of my great grandmother’s braided rugs!)

Behold, my crafty Christmas haul:

A Very Crafty Christmas Haul | The Zen of Making

The Gütermann In-Home Thread Cabinet and the Addi Click Lace Long Tips Interchangeable Knitting System were at the very top of my wish list this year, and I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am to add both to my crafty arsenal. (Squee!) Same goes for the X-Acto Basic Knife Set, which had been on my to-buy list for years. (I can’t resist a good tool with its own case. Can you?) Other highlights include the book The Gentle Art of Stitching, some Hoop-La Embroidery Hoops, Sharpie Paint Markers, an old fashioned Knitting Doll, and a GIGANTIC antique quilting loom from my grandma.

As you can see, my family was pretty darn good to me this year! What was in your holiday craft haul?

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Tutorial: Mini Crocheted Snowflake Necklace

Tutorial: Mini Crocheted Snowflake Necklace | The Zen of Making

Handy with a steel crochet hook? Add some teeny tiny holiday cheer to your wardrobe with this mini crocheted snowflake necklace pattern and tutorial! They’re quick to whip up and will harden overnight, so there’s still time to make one before Christmas.

Warning: This project is made with sewing thread and a very small steel crochet hook. It’s not recommended for beginning crocheters.

Tutorial: Mini Crocheted Snowflake Necklace | The Zen of Making

Supplies:
* White sewing thread
* Jump ring
* Chain necklace (or make your own)
* Clear nail polish
* Glitter (optional)
* Wax paper

Tools:
* 1.25mm steel crochet hook
* Straight pins
* Flat cork board sheet
* Rounded jewelry pliers

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Mini Crocheted Snowflake Pattern
This pattern is a modified version of the Crocheted Snowflake Ornament pattern that I wrote for CRAFT.

Center: Ch 8. Join into a ring with sl in first ch.

Round 1: Ch 1, work 16 sc into circle. Join with sl into first sc.

See the full tutorial…