Personalized Ornaments For You Review

I simply LOVE this time of year!!! The holidays are so much fun with my grandchildren. <3

Even though I have plenty of ornaments and decorations, I always find myself in the Christmas department in whatever store I happen to be at. I’m always shopping for new decor for my tree/s. lol =)

This year – 2018, I was overjoyed to get a special email about a collaboration from PersonalizedOrnamentsForYou.com. Stephanie was so kind to offer me a $50 Gift Certificate to shop on their site for a return review about the personalized ornaments and their website.

Let me tell you…I had some fun shopping for those ornaments! <3

The website has a wide variety to choose from. I personally like their dog and cat ornaments. I especially like how they’ll add a paw print on the product for FREE! Those are adorable.

I promptly received the ornaments of my choosing. Speedy turn around for what I had ordered.

 

And hey…about the products themselves —

Excellent quality! When you hold these products in your hands, you can feel how sturdy they are.

They are also, larger than what I expected. That’s always a plus.

In addition, you can definitely tell that a lot of detail went into creating these adorable ornaments.

I WILL gladly be a return shopper!

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The website is very well put together. PersonalizedOrnamentsForYou.com has it all properly laid out for you.

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The collection categories are on the left, and the top menu has all the essential linksAbout, Contact, FAQ, Shipping Info, and Their Blog.

In addition, the site has a lengthy category list. Everything from parents, grandparents, animals, graduation, birthday, baby, patriotic, occupation, religious, teacher, retirement, engagement, and many more.

I really love the Christmas Countdown at the top of the site, where it has days, hours, minutes and seconds. Charming idea!

 

I think the best feature that Personalized Ornaments For You has is remaining on-trend. The staff is consistently searching for all the new trends for their products and adding new themes to add to their Christmas Ornament Collection

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Excellent website to shop for the holiday season!
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Happy Holidays To You All! <3

Have fun shopping! =)

I was not compensated for this review, except for receiving the $50 gift certificate

Thank you for reading! And please, give Personalized Ornaments For You some love on their Facebook Page. <3

 

Give Back – 25 Non-Traditional Ways To Heart Your Christmas This Year

I thought I would do something against the norm, and did some research on giving for this Christmas season. <3

First and foremost, any of the links found in this post are not affiliate links

I’ve come up with 25 ways to give this Christmas season…(25 non-traditional ways). There are definitely many, many more things to do for Christmas that will make a big difference in someone’s life. However, I’ve disclosed enough here to give you a good start.

Spend Christmas beyond the usual this year! Use some of the resources I’ve included below and see how different you feel. <3 =)

1) My First One is Special! Give your grandchildren a gift of money. Make them understand that this gift of money is to give to a charity of their choice. Another idea would be to give to homeless shelters and animal shelters. Your grandchild’s parents are the ones to help pick and choose; and also, help designate a time and place.

2) Give To Food Banks <3 There are many more than what I've included here. http://www.feedingamerica.org/take-action/

https://www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/take-action

3) Spend Christmas day cooking and deliver meals to homeless shelters and/or neighbors and family that are homebound. Make this a family project.

4) Make use of old clothing, coats; and deliver them to homeless shelters.

5) Stuff stockings for homeless shelters.

6) Donate to the Salvation Army.
(as expressed on the site)…To donate by phone with a live operator call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769)

Volunteer
http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/volunteer/
Ways To Give
http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/ways-to-give/

7) Sign up and use Amazon Smile when you shop for your (traditional) Christmas gifts.
The Amazon Smile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.

8) Donate 10 Books to Firstbook.org And help young children learn.

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9) Shop at Yoobi. Every Yoobi item you purchase helps provide essential school supplies to classrooms in need across the U.S.
https://yoobi.com/

10) Give/Donate To Toys For Tots.
https://www.toysfortots.org/donate/Default.aspx

11) Give To Breast Cancer Research.
https://www.bcrf.org/

12) Race For a Cure! (breast cancer).
https://ww5.komen.org/raceforthecure/

13) Donate To The Pregnancy Center (and other centers like it). You can give (baby items) to your local pregnancy centers.

Give Today

14) Donate Old Cell Phones To Soldiers So They Can Stay In Touch With Family.

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15) Volunteer At Churches Around Your Neighborhood.

16) Spend your Christmas Visiting Various Nursing Homes. You could deliver baked goods, gift baskets, boxes of candy. Better yet; give the gift of time. There are so many things you can do. You could read to the residents, you could deliver (small trees, with the permission of the nursing home), and decorate them. You could also sing Christmas songs. Be creative with this one and think of something you’d like to do. The residents will greatly appreciate your gift of time and your companionship.

17) Make up food baskets to deliver to your local fire department. This is an excellent way to thank the fire fighters for their service. You will need to call ahead and get a head count for each fire fighter. You can be creative with this one too. It doesn’t have to be food baskets. Perhaps a stuffed stocking.

The next two are dear to my heart! <3

18) Spend your Christmas day with broken and lonely animals in shelters.

19) Donate blankets, toys, and food, to your local animal hospitals and shelters.
https://hopeforpaws.nationbuilder.com/onetimedonation

20) Give To Foster Care.
https://www.togetherwerise.org/donate.php

Donate Online

Give to Serenity


https://www.adoptuskids.org/adoption-and-foster-care/overview/ways-to-help

21) Support The Hunger Site. Shop The Store – They give a portion of every purchase to charity partners.
https://thehungersite.greatergood.com/store/ths/site

Feed Hungry Americans
Donate $1.00 For Shoes While Youre There!
http://thehungersite.greatergood.com/clickToGive/ths/thank-you

22) Donate your hair to Wigs For Kids.

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23) Donate to Stand Up To Cancer.
http://www.standuptocancer.org/

24) Send care packages to Support Our Troops.
https://www.supportourtroops.org/care-packages

25) Support The Arbor Day Foundation.

Taken directly from the site: – Trees make a world of difference—this is your opportunity to make a difference for them. Together, we can green up our communities, replant forests across the country, save the rain forest and make an impact on our planet.

https://www.arborday.org/takeaction/
https://shop.arborday.org/donate-general.aspx

I certainly hope this post helps inspire you in some way for Christmas 2017!

May The Lord sincerely bless you and keep you safe! <3

Have a Blessed and Merry Christmas and Many Wishes for the Best and Safe 2018!!

Christmas Connections: 4 Christmas Gift Ideas that Will Strengthen Your Parent-Child Bond

By: Kara Masterson

For Grandparent Bonding Too! 😉

Now that it is that time of year, you are probably wondering what to get your kids for Christmas. If your kids are little, it can be especially hard to find a meaningful Christmas gift, since they tend to circle the entire Christmas toy catalog. However, there are a few presents you can give them that will help you strengthen your parent-child bond.

Board Games

Most everyone has fond memories of playing board games with their friends and family as a child. Children love them, and they can be lots of fun for adults too. This makes board games a great way to strengthen your parent-child bond. Candy land, Hi-Ho Cherry-O, and Chutes and Ladders are just a few of the many games out there that are easy enough for even very young children to get the hang of. Choose a similar board game, wrap it up with a pack of popcorn and maybe some hot chocolate, and you’ve got yourself a family game night in a box. It’s a gift your children are sure to love.


Toy Kitchen or Construction Play Sets

Sometimes, despite some of your best efforts to understand, your kids want to be exactly like you and do exactly what you do. This is the time in their lives that they find helping you and copying you to be the best way to play, so take advantage of it! You can get them a playset of whatever task they like to copy you. If they like to help in the kitchen, you can get them toy dishes and food. If they like to help fix things or work on the car, you can get them a toy tool box.

This way, they can be just like mom or dad

Pop-culture Clothing and Toys

Most children have solid likes and dislikes as early as the age of two years old. While these can change over the next couple of years, it gives you material to draw from for Christmas gifts starting from a very young age.

Many children have a favorite movie or T.V. Show that they can watch for hours and hours. Finding toys or clothing that feature characters from your children’s favorite media is usually a sure-fire way to ensure that they will love their Christmas gift. From Dragon Ball Shirts to Adventure Time hoodies, there are plenty of options out there no matter what they’re favorite show is. Your child will love you for knowing who their favorite character’s are.

They’ll be overjoyed when they open their present from you!

Toys from Your Childhood

Another Christmas gift idea to consider is a toy from your childhood. Since your kids usually want to be just like you, they are often curious about you as a kid. They want to know what you wore, what you ate, and what you played with. If you still have your old teddy bear from when you were a kid, you can pass it down.

Many stores also carry the originals or modern versions of popular toys from thirty to fifty years ago. To strengthen your parent-child bond, you can get your kids Legos, Lincoln Logs, or even Lite Brites and Easy Bake Ovens. Your kids will love playing with these, just like you did, and you will have a blast playing along with them.

There are endless options for Christmas gift ideas that will strengthen your parent-child bond. The trick is to take your kids’ interests into consideration and make sure to spend time with them.

Thank you for reading and stopping by. <3

Don’t Let That Good Food Go To Your Hips! Half a Dozen Tips For Holidays

weightloss tips I didn’t get on my scales after Thanksgiving. Did I indulge? Yes, I did. 😉

As some of you know, I’m eating low carb. However, I’m human and my reins un-tighten and I slip off the wagon (temporarily) now and then. Oh, come on, everyone does – (temporarily) from time to time.

 

 

Do I call myself a failure whenever I do this? I tend to, yes. And I beat myself up for it at times, although, I try not to. Like I said, I’m human and for sure…NOT perfect!

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Someone pitched a (share an article for review) with the opening statement today:

You survived Thanksgiving, but you’re not out of the woods yet. 😉

So, why didn’t I get on those scales the day after Thanksgiving? Well, I knew I had over-indulged that day. Do I then, keep doing the same until the holidays are over? That sure wouldn’t be a smart thing to do would it?! Some people do…this is what (we) call (yo-yo dieting).

Well, guess what? I’ve been there!

I’ve done it, been there and done that too many times. Resolution after resolution, yep, I know all about that. 😉

I happen to know just about all the tricks, tips and the RIGHT ways to go about losing or maintaining weight. In fact, I have (half a dozen) good ones I’d like to share with you today. These tips are especially geared for the (2) biggest (over-indulgent, that’s what I like to call them in regards to weight maintaining) days of the year…Thanksgiving and Christmas. I always try to incorporate these tips as often as I can during the holidays; and even all year around even.

After all, if you’re trying to lose a few pounds or just trying to stay true to what you’ve lost, it should be a complete change in lifestyle and healthy (life-long) habits. Right?? Well, if you’ve paid attention, I’ve intentionally stated the word: SHOULD above. However, that doesn’t always make us a success…knowing the shoulds and knowing the smart things to do. That being said, let’s get to those (6) tips! I’m indeed preaching to myself and WILL find myself accountable by sharing today! <3

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Something I was craving today (french fried onions) ended up NOT being so bad with the low carb way of eating. So, I had it for an afternoon snack. However, I did want to over-dip my hand in the bag a couple more times…although, I managed self control! Yeah, for me! lol

Here are those one half dozen tips for you; I certainly hope you find them helpful

1) Stay Off The Scales During The Holidays – Too often a rise in those numbers can trigger emotional eating. It is advisable to wait until after all the hustle and bustle is over to get back on the scales. Although, keeping THIS in the back of your mind helps too. Your conscience self knows you have to weigh yourself the beginning of the year. Keep on track with healthy eating habits or whatever eating lifestyle or program you follow. Hide your scales out of the bathroom if you have to.

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2) Drink Extra Water – Keep a daily, ACTIVE journal for the amount of water you consume. Water speeds up your digestive system. You don’t need a sluggish (pipe system) at holiday time. Would NOT be a good thing for aiming for weight loss or maintenance. Purchase bottled water, flavored water, or whatever you have to do to get yourself into a daily habit of drinking large amounts of water. It flushes out your system and it’s also good for the many organs and muscles in your body. I accidentally found out those flavored waters are good if kept in the freezer (only for a few minutes); it tastes slushy….that’s if you’re into slushes. Also, it’s always a good idea to drink (2) full glasses or bottled water before a holiday meal.

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3) Eat Before You Go – Not only do you need to consume water before you go to a dinner party or what have you, but it’s also a wise choice to eat a few healthy snacks before you leave the house. You may think this would be counter-productive, however, it’s not. Your stomach will be approximately half full when you sit down to that big meal. Believe me, you WILL consume less!! Also, listen to your body when you are done eating the main meal; chances are, you won’t feel like dessert. But if you do, remember choose wisely and watch portion size.

4) Bring Healthy Dishes – When asked to prepare dishes for a special holiday event, always opt to make up something that fits your lifestyle or a weight loss program you’re following. It would certainly be too tempting to prepare foods that YOU consider unhealthy. For example, I’m following low carb; so it certainly would be counter productive for me to prepare a (carb loaded) potato dish. It would be more fitting (for me) to prepare a clean and healthy vegetable dish. Even a raw veggie and dip type of dish would be a wise choice. I could always look up a delicious low carb dish to whip up. Don’t bring something that you would have to slap your hand a few times for double dipping! If all else fails, bring something that you DON’T like. lol 😉

5) Keep Moving – Being active helps with working off those calories. It helps melt off those butter-ball turkeys and pumpkin pie calories. However, you certainly didn’t need for me to tell you this, did you? This is just a reminder. LOL – For example; take the stairs instead of elevators. Park your car way in back of the parking lot when you go to the mall. Every step counts! Again, I’m preaching to myself as well! I do my workout routines in the mornings. Once I’m up and going, I’m fine. It’s getting up early in the first place that is challenging. I found setting my alarm clock or phone way across the room helps. It does the trick believe it or not! One more thing that works for me is I’m a grandmother of two sweet kids, and being called on to babysit helps tremendously.

6) Watch Your Alcohol Intake – Yes, you need to watch how much booze you drink. If at the very least, drink in careful moderation. Alcohol usually stimulates the taste buds, making foods (seem) to taste better. DUH…You will more than likely over indulge. 🙁 I know, it sucks right?! Not to mention most alcohol beverages are bathed in un-wanted calories and carbs.

 

I also wanted to share with you an amazing deal with OVER 200 Low Carb Low Fat Gluten Free Recipes for Your Health and Weight Loss I’m so pleased with these books. 🙂 (5) Stars!

 

In the mean time…

Hopefully, the tips and advice above have helped and made some sense to you. If you have had personal experience with weight loss or maintenance, and you’d like to share, I’d love to hear from you. =)

Have a lovely day and Happy Thin and Trim Holidays to you!

Jolly Holiday Scentsy Sale With Party — Darlene Demell

Scentsy Fragrance

This Sale Is Going To Be Huge With Awesome Discounts For The Holidays!

 

 

Fill Your Home With Fragrance and Warmth This Holiday Season 🙂

 

 

Excellent gift ideas for grandparents, parents, children, friends or whoever happens to be on your holiday list this year! Give the gift of fragrance!

 

 

 

Darlene needs your help with getting tons of free stuff to make her home feel warm and fragrant for the holidays.

 

You Can Help By Easy Online Shopping!

 

Full Details Here
 

Please Use Darlene Demell As The Party (OPEN PARTIES) At The Top Before Shopping

 

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Darlene said ** 1 Random Shopper Will Be Super Happy They Shopped ** 🙂

 

Hurry though, this Jolly Holiday sale ends on December 7th!
 

Please Note: I have not been compensated for this post, nor do I have any affiliate links here…JFYI. 🙂

 

Just being nice and trying to help a business associate and friend.

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Website Review – Get Them Gifts – Solution For Hassle-Free Holiday Shopping

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Ahh, the holidays are upon us once again!

I absolutely love doing website reviews…this is an excellent one. 🙂

 

 

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? There are many people that gets things rolling very early and have all their gift giving complete and wrapped by now.

I wish I were one of these early birds that’s always one step ahead of all the rest.

There is an easy and hassle-free solution that I personally, just discovered! 🙂

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You can handle all your holiday shopping needs with just a few simple clicks online! Yes! You don’t have to be one of those that are found waiting in a long check-out line 1 or 2 days before Christmas.

However, there ARE SOME that follow tradition and does all their gift giving searches on Christmas Eve. That’s not me…I don’t have the patience for that! All the good stuff is picked over by then, and you probably wouldn’t find the perfect gift for that special person on your list!

I say, “Don’t Chance It!”

For all those that DON’T have that kind of patience, I discovered the perfect solution that can get all your shopping done while in the privacy of your own home. I love the idea of shopping online!

This gem of a gift-giving website has a smart, clever Gift Guide that houses endless categories for finding that specific gift that you just can’t seem to find. Be smart this year, avoid frustration and shop online. You’ll be glad you did! 🙂

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What’s Hot On The Site!

What happens on Christmas Eve usually? Children are often found snooping around when they can’t sleep from the holiday excitement! The living rooms all around the world are filled with the pitter patter of little feet, trying to get a glimpse of Santa!

Get Them Gifts has a special toy section that offers endless toys for all the special children and grandchildren on your list this year!

The owners of this site genuinely saw a need and created a simple solution for easy gift buying without all the HUMBUG!

Get your Gift Buying done early this year on Get Them Gifts!

Straight From The Site

Our database is simple and effective. One page, one button, and endless results.

Sign Up For Weekly Giveaways Here

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Copyright © All Rights Reserved – Get Them Gifts – Grandma’s Home Blogger Place – Tammy Embrich

Merry Christmas and Prayers – Keep CHRIST In Christmas!

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Happy Holidays to you and hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

 

 

Remember to spend quality time with family and friends, and that GIVING is better than receiving. 😉

 

 

May 2014 be a safe, healthy, prosperous and happy year for you all!!

 

 

Christ Born in a Stable

http://www.prayer-and-prayers.info/christmas-prayers/

Christ born in a stable is born in me
Christ accepted by shepherds accepts me
Christ receiving the wise men receives me
Christ revealed to the nations be revealed in me
Christ dwelling in Nazareth You dwell in me
Christ, grant that people may look at me
and see Your Presence. Amen

Family Christmas Prayer

http://www.prayer-and-prayers.info/christmas-prayers/

I think about my family, my relatives, the neighbors, people with whom we will spend this day. Dear Jesus, as I look at their faces and remember their stories, there are feelings of gratitude and some fear and anxiety. Thank you for these loved ones and please forgive me for the ways I have been less than accepting and loving. Please heal the wounds, division and conflicts that stand between us and help me to remember how dearly you love them. I only want to remember that you have come to save us all.

The Christmas Tree

http://www.cptryon.org/prayer/adx/xcust.html

The Christmas tree probably originated from popular early medieval religious plays, “the Paradise Plays,” performed in churches and town squares of Europe during the Advent season. The plays told the story of the human race from the creation of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Paradise till the Birth of Jesus in Bethlehem. On stage during the play was a great tree hung with apples, symbolizing the Garden of Paradise. Soon people began the custom of putting a “paradise tree” laden with gifts and lighted with candles in their homes during the Christmas season to celebrate paradise regained through the coming of Christ.

Representing many things–the original tree of paradise, the life-giving tree of Christ’s cross, the tree John the Apostle saw in the Book of Revelations, “a tree of life, which yields twelve crops of fruit, one for each month of the year…for the healing of the nations”–our Christmas tree is rich in Christian symbolism.

Luke 2:9-14

An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”

Happy Holidays To You and Much More to Come Here on the Blog for 2014!!!! 🙂

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Christmas Pics – Finally!

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Finally some Christmas photos, a whole month late!! lol

It was an awesome Christmas with my grandson, he was soooo very excited and overwhelmed with what to open next. Each gift he opened, he was like, “Get it out!!!” LOL It was a very joyful Christmas I will never forget! 🙂 Lots of pics and I also have it all on video.

Hope You Enjoy!

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Wyatt and I

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The Stocking

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Our Cat – He Rules The House! – Jesse On Christmas

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Get It Out!!!

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Wyatt Could NOT Wait Until Daddy Had It Opened! He Was Jumping Up and Down and Yelling “I’m So Excited!!” LOL

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Wyatt and Papa

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Wyatt and Daddy Playing

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Wyatt and Mommy

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Wyatt Playing With His Haulers

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Me Opening A Totally Unexpected Family Photo Of Wyatt, Mommy and Daddy – So Happy!

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Great Grandpa – My Dad

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Great Grandma – My MIL

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Mommy and Papa

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Lily the Christmas Elf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This adorable crochet project is perfect for the holiday season. Lily the Christmas Elf will put a smile on everyone’s face with colorful yarn and a cute elf outfit. Give this free crochet pattern a try for a great Christmas project.

Measurement:
Approx 13 ins [33 cm] tall.

Materials:

Lily Sugar’n Cream (70 g/2.5 oz; 109 m/120 yds)
Main Color (MC) (01004 Soft Ecru) 1 ball
Contrast A (01712 Hot Green) 1 ball
Contrast B (00095 Red) 1 ball
Contrast C (00001 White) 1 ball
Contrast D (00073 Sunshine) 1 ball

Sizes 3.5 mm (U.S. E or 4) and 4 mm (U.S. G or 6) crochet
hooks or size needed to obtain gauge. Stuffing. 2 small
black beads for eyes. Small amount of red embroidery floss
for mouth. Small amount of Black embroidery floss for
eyelashes. 3 jingle bells. 1 button.

Gauge:
16 sc and 20 rows = 4 ins [10 cm] with smaller hook.

Instructions:

Head
**With smaller hook and MC, ch 2.
1st rnd: 8 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Join with sl st to first sc.
2nd rnd: Ch 1. 2 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc.
16 sc.
3rd rnd: Ch 1. *2 sc in next sc. 1 sc in next sc. Rep from *
around. Join with sl st to first sc. 24 sc.
4th rnd: Ch 1. *2 sc in next sc. 1 sc in each of next 2 sc.
Rep from * around. Join with sl st to first sc. 32 sc.
5th rnd: Ch 1. *2 sc in next sc. 1 sc in each of next 3 sc.
Rep from * around. Join with sl st to first sc. 40 sc.
6th rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc.
Rep last rnd 10 times more.
Next rnd: Ch 1. *Draw up a loop in each of next 2 sc. Yoh
and draw through all loops on hook – sc2tog made. 1 sc in
each of next 3 sc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to first
sc. 32 sts.
Next rnd: Ch 1. *Sc2tog. 1 sc in each of next 2 sc. Rep
from * around. Join with sl st to first sc. 24 sts.
Stuff Head.
Next rnd: Ch 1. *Sc2tog. 1 sc in next sc. Rep from *
around. Join with sl st to first sc. 16 sts.
Next rnd: Ch 1. *Sc2tog. Rep from * around. Join with sl st
to first st. 8 sts. Fasten off.

Ears (make 2)
With MC and smaller hook, ch 2.
1st rnd: 8 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Join with sl st to first sc.
2nd rnd: Ch 1. 2 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc.
16 sc.
Shape Ears: 1st row: Ch 1. Sc2tog. 1 sc in next sc.
Sc2tog. Turn. Leave rem sts unworked.
2nd row: Ch 1. Sc2tog. 1 sc in last sc. Turn.
3rd row: Ch 1. Sc2tog. Fasten off.
Sew Ears to side of Head.

Body
With MC and smaller hook, ch 30. Join with sl st to first ch.
1st rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each ch around. Join with sl st to first sc.
30 sc.
2nd rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc.
Rep last rnd until work from beg measures 2 ins [5 cm].
Next rnd: Ch 1. *Sc2tog. 1 sc in each of next 3 sc. Rep from *
around. Join with sl st to first sc. 24 sts.
Next rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each st around. Join with sl st to first sc.
Rep last rnd until work from beg measures 4 ins [10 cm].
Next rnd: Ch 1. *Sc2tog. 1 sc in each of next 2 sc. Rep from *
around. Join with sl st to first sc. 18 sts.
Next rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc.
Rep last rnd twice more. Fasten off.
Sew bottom edge of Body closed. Stuff Body.

Arms (make 2)
With MC and smaller hook, ch 2.
1st rnd: 5 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Join with sl st to first sc.
2nd rnd: Ch 1. 2 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc.
10 sc.
3rd rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc.
4th rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each of next 4 sc. 1 tr in next sc
(thumb). 1 sc in each of last 5 sc. Join with sl st to first sc.
5th rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each st around. Join with sl st to first sc.
6th rnd: Ch 1. (Sc2tog. 1 sc in each of next 3 sc) twice. Join
with sl st to first sc. 8 sts.
7th rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each st around. Join with sl st to first sc.
Rep last rnd until Arm from beg measures 4 ins [10 cm].
Fasten off.
Stuff Arms lightly.

Legs (make 2)
Shoe: With A and smaller hook, ch 2.
1st rnd: 4 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Join with sl st to first sc.
2nd rnd: Ch 1. (1 sc in next sc. 2 sc in next sc) twice. Join
with sl st to first sc. 6 sc.
3rd rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc.
4th rnd: Ch 1. (1 sc in each of next 2 sc. 2 sc in next sc)
twice. Join with sl st to first sc. 8 sc.
5th rnd: As 3rd rnd.
6th rnd: Ch 1. (1 sc in each of next 3 sc. 2 sc in next sc)
twice. Join with sl st to first sc. 10 sc.
7th rnd: Ch 1. (1 sc in each of next 4 sc. 2 sc in next sc)
twice. Join with sl st to first sc. 12 sc.
8th rnd: Ch 1. (1 sc in each of next 5 sc. 2 sc in next sc)
twice. Join with sl st to first sc. 14 sc.
9th to 12th rnds: As 3rd rnd.
Beg working in rows: Next row: Ch 1. 1 sc in each of
next 8 sc. Turn. Leave rem sts unworked.
Next row: Ch 1. 1 sc in each of next 8 sc. Turn.
Rep last row once more. Fasten off.
Fold back of shoe in half to form Heel. Sew back Heel seam.
Join A with sl st to back of Shoe. Ch 1. Work 14 sc evenly
around top edge of Shoe. Join B with sl st to first sc. Break A.
Stuff Shoe.
Leg: 1st rnd: With B, working in back loops only, ch 1. 1 sc
in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc.
2nd rnd: Ch 1. Working in both loops, 1 sc in each sc
around. Join C with sl st to first sc.
Cont even, working 2 rnds C, 2 rnds B, until Leg from top of
Shoe measures 4 ins [10 cm]. Fasten off.
Stuff Leg.

Shoe edging
With smaller hook, join A with sl st to rem loop
of top of Shoe. *Ch 3. 1 sc in 3rd ch from hook. Sl st in
same sp as last sl st – picot made. Sl st in next sc. Rep from *
around. Join with sl st to first picot. Fasten off.

Finishing
Sew top of Legs closed using whip st. Attach Jingle Bell to tip
of Shoe. Sew Legs to bottom of Body. Sew Arms to sides of
Body. With black embroidery floss, embroider eyelashes on
Head. Sew Beads to Head. With red embroidery floss,
embroider mouth.

Hair fringe
Cut a piece of tape 5 ins [12.5 cm] long and secure onto a flat
surface with sticky side up. Cut lengths of D 11 ins [28 cm] long and lay them across tape so strip of tape is in center of
yarn. Holding tissue paper over top of yarn and using sewing
machine, run a line of stitching along length of tape. Remove
tape when hair is secure. Remove tissue paper after stitching
Pin fringe to top of head. Using backstitch and D, sew hair
into place along sewn line, being sure to get all lengths secured
in sts. Trim evenly.

Hat
Note: Ch 2 does not count as hdc.
With larger hook and A, ch 36. Join with sl st to first ch, being
careful not to twist ch.
1st rnd: Ch 2. 1 hdc in each ch around. Join B with sl st to
first hdc.
2nd rnd: With B, ch 2. 1 hdc in each hdc around. Join A
with sl st to first hdc.
3rd rnd: With A, as 2nd rnd. Join B.
4th rnd: With B, ch 2. *1 hdc in each of next 4 hdc. (Yoh and
draw up a loop in next st. Yoh and draw through 2 loops on
hook) twice. Yoh and draw through all loops on hook –
hdc2tog made. Rep from * around. Join A with sl st to first
hdc. 30 hdc.
5th rnd: With A, ch 2. 1 hdc in each st around. Join B with
sl st to first hdc.
6th rnd: With B, ch 2. *1 hdc in each of next 3 hdc. Hdc2tog.
Rep from * around. Join A with sl st to first hdc. 24 sts.
7th rnd: As 5th rnd.
8th rnd: With B, ch 2. *1 hdc in each of next 2 hdc. Hdc2tog.
Rep from * around. Join A with sl st to first hdc. 18 sts.
9th rnd: As 5th rnd.
10th rnd: With B, ch 2. *1 hdc in next hdc. Hdc2tog. Rep
from * around. Join A with sl st to first hdc. 12 sts.
11th rnd: As 5th rnd.
12th rnd: With B, ch 2, *Hdc2tog. Rep from * around. Join
A with sl st to first st. 6 sts.
13th rnd: As 5th rnd. Fasten off, leaving a long end. Thread
end through rem loops. Pull tightly and fasten securely.
Sew Jingle Bell to top of Hat.
Attach Hat to Head, sewing through all thicknesses.

Dress
Note: Ch 2 does not count as hdc.
With larger hook and B, ch 40. Join with sl st to first ch, being
careful not to twist ch.
1st rnd: Ch 2. 1 hdc in each ch around. Join with sl st to
first hdc. 40 hdc.
2nd rnd: Ch 2. 1 hdc in each hdc around. Join with sl st to
first hdc.
3rd rnd: Ch 2. *1 hdc in each of next 3 hdc. Hdc2tog. Rep
from * around. Join with sl st to first hdc. 32 sts.
4th and 5th rnds: Ch 2. 1 hdc in each st around. Join with
sl st to first hdc.
6th rnd: Ch 2. *1 hdc in each of next 2 hdc. Hdc2tog. Rep
from * around. Join with sl st to first hdc. 24 sts.
7th and 8th rnds: Ch 2. 1 hdc in each st around. Join with
sl st to first hdc.
Beg working in rows: 1st row: Ch 2. 1 hdc in each of
next 24 hdc. Turn.
2nd row: Ch 2. 1 hdc in each hdc across. Turn.
3rd row: Ch 5. Sl st in first hdc. (button loop made). Ch 2.
1 hdc in same st as last sl st. 1 hdc in each hdc across. Fasten
off.

Edging
Join C with sl st to any rem loop of foundation ch at
bottom of dress. *Ch 3. 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Miss next
2 ch. Sl st in next ch. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to
same sp as first sl st. Fasten off.
Straps (make 2)
With larger hook and B, ch 9.
1st row: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook. 1 sc in each ch to end of
ch. Turn. 8 sc.
2nd row: Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc across. Turn.
Rep last row once more. Fasten off.

Belt
With larger hook and C, ch 24. Join with sl st to first ch, being
careful not to twist ch.
1st rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each ch around. Join with sl st to first
sc. Fasten off.
Put Dress on doll, mark position for Straps. Sew Straps to
Dress. Sew Belt to Dress as shown in picture. Sew button to
back of Dress to correspond to button loop.

Enjoy! 🙂

Darlene

http://mylittlehouseoftreasures.blogspot.com

Some Gift Ideas For The Holidays – Creations From Donna

 

 

 

Hi there,

 

 

I wanted to share with you a few creations from Donna, (one of my guest bloggers).  🙂

She is best known for her custom hand painted mailboxes. And her various home decor items are exceptionally exquisite! Below are some of her holiday items. 🙂

 

 

I Especially Like…

 

 

Nativity Scene with Open Bible Christmas Verse
Decorative Santa Boot Filled with Silk Poinsettia’s Red
Decorative Santa Boot Filled with Silk Poinsettia’s