Friday, November 30, 2012

A Little Behind ...

On Thanksgiving Day,  I start to think about the Holiday Season.  I dreamt about how we will decorate the house, which tree we will choose and what I will make for gifts. 
This year, I printed our holiday photo cards and mailed them as soon as the kids were back at school.  Since I hadn't sent cards in a few years and I realized that we have 5 weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I thought I was ahead of schedule.  So, I decided to do something for myself. 
While I was putting away the Fall decorations, I found that we still had moving rope from when we moved 14 years ago.  We had rolled the pieces up and tagged them, in case we moved again.  I looked at the items on the tags and saw that we no longer had most of them.  So, it isn't likely that we will need those same lengths of rope.  And, we aren't planning to move anytime soon.  I also found some tin baskets that I had used for my daughter's birthday party 8 years ago.  I had the makings for a project.  I took off the basket handles and hot-glued the rope around the baskets.  I think they (I covered 6) turned out to be cute. 
I was planning to have them hold some small plants, to be placed on my desk and on end tables.

But, I was in the mood for some new desk accessories.  I crocheted some little baskets, using a pattern from The Purl Bee.  The pattern is actually called Jewelry Dishes.  You can find it at
I wish I could say that I followed the patterns, but I really used them for inspiration (and I crochet while watching tv, so I'm not paying attention).  The pattern calls for starching the trays; I used as smaller hook and tightened my stitch instead.  

I haven't gotten any plants for the roped containers and decided to use two of them on my desk.  They nicely contain my pens/pencils and flash drives.  I like to use what I have for these little crochet projects and was lucky that my leftover yarn matches the rope.  The  crocheted baskets hold my erasers and my jewelry (I don't like to wear my rings while I craft).

My daughter walked by my desk and decided that she liked what I made.  She liked them so much that she asked me to make some for her too, but with color.  I agreed to her request, but the same rule applied - I would only use what I have.
I haven't decided if I'm going to wrap the tins. Their colors already match the crocheted baskets.  I would like to try the square crochet pattern and maybe another round basket (with stripes?). Those will have to fingers and wrists need a break.
I would say that I have lost that "extra" week.  Back to thinking about the holiday season.  I have gift boxes to make (for the feather earrings), wine bags to sew (at least the pieces have already been cut), some presents to make, and a house to decorate.  I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed, but I still have 25 days left. 
Are you on schedule?

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