>Turned one heel



turned one heelI have taken the socks off of one needle for a while I only wanted to deal with one of the set of heels at a time since I have never done it this way before.  Now that I have one done I will do the other then put them back on one set of needles again.  Since I am making this up as I go there is no right or wrong just what ever I want to do.  I was hoping to have real tall stockings or even tights but now I am thinking that was wishful thinking on my part.  Not sure I have that much size 5 pearl cotton left to do that.  But as my Vova said over thanksgiving  I could always just have a different color where people will not see it.  Hummm …………that is a thought but not sure I am going to do that.

>How too: Grow your own Snowflakes

>This is something we did in Science class this year thought you might have fun doing it too.

  • borax
  • pipe cleaners
  • boiling water
  • food coloring
  • container to hold solution
  • string

Grow your very own pretty snowflakes for your windows. The kids will enjoy this and think it so cool plus they get a little science lesson out of it too, show your children how crystals grow.

Its glittering crystals form when the pipe-cleaner snowflake form is submerged into a solution made of borax dissolved in boiling water with food coloring. As the water cools, the borax forms crystals that attach to the fuzzy hairs of the pipe-cleaners.

Grow your own Snowflake
  1. Twist three 5-inch pieces of pipe cleaner together to form a snowflake you can make them longer for a bigger flake but it means more solution and a bigger container to hold it in
  2. then add a 1 1/2-inch piece to each point: if making a larger flake make lots of these spikes coming off of the main points remember snow flakes are symmetrical
  3. Tie the flake with the string to the stick ideas for stick Popsicle or pencil or just a twig off of the tree outside preferably one that fell on its own so you don’t hurt the tree
  4. A big enough container a glass jar is best then suspended flake so that it doesn’t touch the sides of the container
  5. Add to jar: 3 tablespoons borax and 1 drop blue food coloring ) or what ever color you like) per 1 cup of boiling water
  6. Hang the snowflake in the jar. Let sit overnight or longer; if you let sit longer you will need to make the solution again each day and place it in a new container to cool then add the snowflake if you put the snow flake into the boiling water your previously made crystals will dissolve in the hot solution. So just wait for the new solution to cool before adding your snowflake to the new container
  7. remove and hang in window and enjoy

>Neighbors Gift: the Mix

>This was a gift from our neighbors the Phillips’ last Christmas so now you can use it as a gift to give to your neighbors this Christmas.

  • hot chocolate mix or use cocoa for a stronger flavored mix see below*
  • powdered non dairy creamer
  • Marshmallows (usually during the holidays you can get snowman shaped ones)
  • peppermint patties
  • candy canes
  • pressurized whipped cream
  • Glass wide mouth canning jar (with lid and ring)
  • none zipping sandwich bags
  • curly ribbon
  • glue dots
  • printed out message for card


  1. Fill jar 1/2 full of hot chocolate mix
  2. fill 1/4 of jar with creamer (leaves 1/4 empty)
  3. add marshmallows to bag and place inside jar to fill last amount of space
  4. put lid on top and glue mints down ( use glue dots)
  5. write or print out message and glue to side of jar (don’t forget to add who from on this paper)
  6. glue dot whipped cream to jar
  7. add curling ribbon around both items and and glue dot candy canes on

card reads

Marshmallow Cocoa
  1. remove marshmallows from jar. Set aside
  2. empty cocoa mix into large mixing bowl
  3. blend very well with a whisk
  4. place mix back into jar or a container of your choice
  5. Place 2 heaping TB mix into a cup, add 1 cup hot water. You can stir with candy cane or add a pattie to the cup, stir until mixture is completely dissolved
  6. Top with mini marshmallows or whipped cream or both
Chocolate Milkshake
  1. place 1 scoop soft vanilla ice cream and 1 cup milk into a quart jar
  2. add 2 TB cocoa mix
  3. Place lid on jar and shake until blended (or you can blend in a blender) first is more fun for kids
Chocolate Milk
  1. place 1 cup milk into a glass
  2. Add 2 heaping Tb cocoa mix. Stir to blend

*want to make your own mix ahead of time

  • powder milk
  • powder sugar
  • unsweetened cocoa powder
  • non dairy creamer powder

mix 10 cups nonfat powder milk, 4 1/2 cups powder sugar, 2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder, and 2 cups non dairy creamer.

fill jar 3/4 full with mix and omit the pour and mix instructions in marshmallow cocoa recipe

>How to Make Krissy’s Cookies

>This recipe came from Krissy she said all could share it and that it was a good recipe. Good I think meaning rich in calories. Haven’t made it before but looked good so I thought I would give it a whirl . Not for those on a diet or afraid of butter, sugar or chocolate.


  • 2 cups butter
  • 24 oz. chocolate chips
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 8 oz. Hershey bar (grated)
  • 5 cups blended oatmeal
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 cups chopped nuts (your choice) (I hate nuts in cookies I will skip this part)

Makes 12 cookies can be halved if you want less

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

  1. Measure oatmeal, and blend in a blender to a fine powder.
  2. Cream the butter and both sugars together.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla, mix together with flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder, and soda.
  4. Add chocolate chips, Hershey bar, and nuts.
  5. Roll into balls, and place two inches apart on a cookie sheet.

Bake for 10 minutes -Makes 12 cookies.

>Gifts: Handmade Lipgloss


homemade lipgloss

This is a nice gift for little girls to give their friends or teachers for the holiday season.

We got most of our supplies at one place but you are welcome to get yours from other places


  • lip gloss tube or other container to place it in
  • Vitamin E Balm Base 2 drams (where we got ours )
  • 4 drops flavored oil per 2 drams (essential oil to smell and taste nice mint) where we got it at bottom of page
  • 1/16 teaspoon Splenda per 2 drams ( to make it taste nice) any grocery store
  • 1/8 tsp mica or a desired ( this makes it have a nice shine but can be left out) under extra additions on this page

Approx 2 drams per tube

heat in microwave in 15 second intervals (for melting) heat in the drams cup which can be procured at a pharmacy. Just set aside to cool doesn’t take long. You can make labels or place stickers on it what ever you like.

If making for your self you can use old tubes that are empty if making for others get nice new containers you can get them at most craft stores.

>Teachers Gift: Snowman melt

>For the next few days here are a few things you can make for teachers or children or neighbors to get ready for the holidays.

  1. Instant hot chocolate packages for ease
  2. Marshmallows ( usually during the holidays you can get snowman shaped ones)
  3. candy canes
  4. chocolate kisses or small chocolate candy bars (peppermint patties work great for this)
  5. Cellophane bag to put items in
  6. stapler or tape to attach note card
  7. printed out message for card

card reads

“I was told you where super good this year.
I am really glad to hear it!
With winter weather coming near
You will need to warm your spirit!
So here is a little snowman cheer
You can watch him melt as you stir your stick
It is ok with a little work he will be back next year, with no fear,
Just add hot water and sip it slow
It is sure to do the trick”

>Happy Thanksgiving my gift to you happy holidays


Wishing You A Happy Thanksgiving

I am having a happy holidays sale on my patterns at Ravelry.  If you buy anything from black friday till Dec 25 you will receive a 15% discount. This is only good in the Ravelry store not etsy.  Not sure if ravelry requires a code but if it does it would be happyholidays.

This is the first time I have done this on etsy so I think to get the discount on my etsy store items you will need to type in happyholidays in the code area at check out.  But it may just happen on it’s own please let me know so I have reference for the future.  It will also be a 15% discount on items in that store doesn’t apply to shipping special orders and things of that sort.    All PDF’s through etsy will be shipped through email after the Holiday ( Monday the 29th) as I am having fun with my family hope you are to.

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