>Part 6: Advent Calender Button YOYO Ornamnet


hung on tree


  • button (I used vintage buttons)
  • small yoyo (use what ever you want for the template)
  • needle
  • embroidery thread to sew and use as hanger
  • scissors
  • sewing thread

Order of events:

  1. Make yoyo.
  2. Tie knot in embroidery thread; pass through center of yoyo and back again.
  3. Thread button and stitch on; go through yoyo and button two or three times. Finish with needle on back of work.
  4. Insert needle into yoyo; come out edge of yoyo.
  5. Make loop for hanger; tie off.
  6. Take needle back into yoyo and cut off.

Because I don’t like to post on Sunday, I will post another ornament late tonight for everyone.

>Part 9: felt / sequins / big glitter ornamnets


cover image


  • felt
  • sequins, any type
  • big holiday glitter (I used snowflakes)
  • beads or any other embellishment
  • thread
  • needle
  • embroidery floss
  • thimble, if you use one
  • scissors

Because I am showing two ways of attaching sequins with and without holes, I made 4 ornaments; two for the giveaway, and two for my tree. This post counts as two ornament posts (you can leave a comment on yesterday’s so that you get your name entered for today and yesterday) one for yesterday and one for today. Feel free to go back and post a comment on any that you haven’t posted on to get the max entries for this giveaway.

Order of events:

  1. Get sequins and felt, and figure out your layout
  2. Sew on sequins/glitter (with sequins, of course, go through the holes).With glitter you are couching the piece of glitter down. Make sure to get a thread that is a close match to the color of your sequin/glitter.
  3. Add other embellishments such as beads (you can do French knots instead of beads; I just like holiday ornaments with more, not less, so I used beads).
  4. Edging; I did blanket stitch for some, and just an angeled stitch (a real wide satin stitch, meaning lots of space between the stitches) for others. Side note: You can make two and stitch them at this point front to back if you have an advent tree that is free standing. This way, no one would see your stitches on the back. I didn’t do this because mine face the quilt, all hanging, and the backs are not seen.
  5. Add hanger and you’re done!

>Part 13: Spool ornamnet


on tree


  • craft wood spool or a real vintage one (if you don’t mind adding glue to it; I just couldn’t get myself to do that to my old ones)
  • beads
  • bells
  • embroidery thread
  • scissors
  • needle
  • glue dots

Order of events:

  1. Place glue dots on side of spool from top to bottom where thread would normally be wound (I used 3 dots; it’a hard to see in this photo, the next few are better to see the dots)
  2. Wrap thread around spool making sure to go over tail. Cut thread just past the last glue dot; press thread hard into glue dot to keep thread from coming undone.
  3. String bell.
  4. String spool followed by beads. Tie knot to keep beads from moving. Tie another knot to form hanger; done. The red and green tails haven’t been cut yet in these photos.
side by side
Tails are cut in this last photo.

>Part 4: Advent Calendar : Candy Cane ornament


on advent tree

Here is an easy one even the little kids can make (with help from an adult with cutting implements).


  • Variegated pipe cleaner
  • Round item to wrap pipe cleaner around
  • Embroidery thread
  • Embellishments (sequins, ribbon, felt, bells whatever)
  • Something to cut pipe cleaner and embroidery thread

Order of events:

  1. Cut pipe cleaner about 2 to 2 1/4 inches long
  2. Bend around round item to form hook
  3. Cut and tie knot in embroidery thread to make hanger
  4. Add embellishments


>And the blogiversary Winner is

>Ok the winner has been drawn by my children.  Thank you all who have played.
 We had to draw this twice as the first winner had not left a way for me to contact her.

Yarn Princess said… I wold LOVE to win a copy of your new book. I have been in awe of the yo-yos but afraid to try. Maybe this would help! 

I will probably do another giveaway when i get a copy of the September magazine of crochet

>Last two days to sign up for giveaway

>To enter the giveaway look for the link on the side bar.  For those who are new to my blog this is where the pattern is for the crochet piece featured in my blog banner.

front cover

>Crochet Yo-yo giveaway…Blogiversary

>I am celebrating my book and my blogs anniversary together.

I received a few copies of my book in the mail yesterday and want to share with my readers.  Please leave your comment at the end of this post to be entered into a drawing for a signed copy of this book.  The books winner will be drawn and announced on July 5th.

Make sure you leave a way for me to get a hold of you or I will have to draw a different winner.  thanks and good luck

Update: to answer a question in the comments yes I am willing to ship the prize any where in the world if the post goes there.

For those who are new to my blog this is where the pattern is for the crochet piece featured in my blog banner.

front cover

>The Winners Are……

>The first winner of the picture holder is
comment number 5

Kimberly said…

What an interesting device. Looking forward to seeing you pictures with it being used. Count me in your drawing…would love to have something like this!


I have sent you an email stating that the company will be contacting you for your mailing address

The second winner is of the picture holder and book

Annie of Blue Gables said…

How wonderful! Thanks for this opportunity.

I have sent you an email asking you to send me your mailing address thanks everyone for playin.

 Here are some added photo of this item holding strength 12 index cards and it still holds it.  These are thick so it will hold a lot of pages.  Although this is the topping point of its strength.  And a leaflet book that has 10 pages.  Sorry I blurred out the instructions as it isn’t my pattern and I don’t want to mess with someones copy-write here but I left the page number visible so you could see that.

I will have another give away soon that will be for signed copy of my book. That post will be in the next few days and the drawing of the name will happen on July 5th on my blogiversary.

>CSN Giveaway (2 winners will be awarded)

>A few weeks ago I talked about another giveaway that was going to happen with CSNstore.com .  Well the test piece arrived and I have tested it.

There will be two giveaways on this one.
My children will draw the winners on  June 2nd.

1.  CSN will mail one out to the first winner in winners choice of color.  Black or natural pear wood.  This will be the first name drawn out!

2.  One from me  same item but only in black (the one I tested)and it will also have with it a book “Japanese Kimekomi“.  Since you did not have the chance to pick your color.  This will be the second name drawn out!


You need to leave a comment in this post and you have to leave a way for me to get a hold of you.  This is so I can get the information I need for you to be able to get the item.  If you follow this in bloglines or on Facebook or some other place you do need to leave the comment on the original post in my blog not those other places to be eligible to win.

Just so you know I have not been paid to do this I was asked to do a giveaway.  I was offered to be able to keep one but I am giving it away as prize number two as I want to be honest with the test. 

Review notes:
Item description

  1. Photo Holder by Bortolani Becchelli 
  2. cost 23.00 not counting shipping
  3. Pear wood 
  4. size 6 cm – 3 cm – 5 cm
  5. base containing rare earth magnet 
  6. steel ball bearing
  7. made in Italia(Italy)

The reasons I picked this item I wanted to see if it would work well as a pattern holder.  Patterns which have multiple pages and if it would be a nice travel size to get tossed in a project bag.  I know it is meant to hold pictures on a desk but that is only one thickness of paper so here we go.


  1. Small  fits in the palm of your hand (nice travel size)
  2. Strong magnet (rare earth) can hold several papers at once. I recommend folding the papers in half so they stand up straight.  I folded 7 pages  (8 1/2 x 11) in half and it held it well (that 14 pieces of paper it was holding most patterns are not that long so it worked great for this purpose)  It could hold more but that was good enough for me.
  3. If traveling you can just copy the pages you want so you don’t loose your pattern book and drop them and this in you bag.  When you get to the hotel or where ever, it sets up easy on a table or night stand so you have both hands free to work and can glance at the pattern easily. 
  4. can hold leaflet books without folding them in half because of the rigidity of their covers
  5. If you loose the bearing it is easy to replace at any hardware store
  6. perfect for original purpose as a photo holder


  1. It is a 2 piece item one the base and two the metal ball   (can easily loose one part making it not work, the bearing)
  2. Chocking hazard for small children
  3. not able to use in car as the surfaces would not be flat and two bouncy
  4. Because of it has a small size you do have to fold over loose leaf pages to hold them up right.  Making you only be able to read a part of the page.  Not to big of a deal as you only look at one section at a time any way.
  5. The price doesn’t seem to fit the item seems to high even for an import with pear wood.

I forgot to take photos of the test so I will do it again and add those later. Thanks
Wendy and good luck

update this was originally had a post date of May 22 I brought it up to May 29th so it could still be visible on the first page of my blog  Please feel free to enter this giveaway

>The winner is….

>The winner of the my friendship bracelet maker is comment 11as picked by my Middle daughter.

“mym ; on Ravelry said…
brilliant ! thanks for showing me that .
marie in florida”

thank you for letting me know you are on Ravelry took me  a second to find you but I did.   I have sent you an email through Ravelry saying what I needed from you such as

  • our name 
  • address 
  • email 

so the company can send you the item and contact you if they need more info

thanks wendy

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