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Sunday, December 21, 2014

A poem Christmas by Connie Hughes©


 
“Christmas”

Do you hear the sounds of Christmas
Not the familiar sounds we all have come to know
Like the sounds of sleigh bells ringing in the snow
Or those familiar tunes we all so effortlessly hum
But the one’s that made angels and shepherds come
On that starry, starry night
The faint sounds of a miracle echoed across the land
Born was a Savior, a king of kings was at hand
It could be heard far and wide, the soft sounds of a baby’s cry
A carpenter kneeled and helped birth her son
Born, not just a baby but a mission had begun
Of hope, love and faith
All because of the sacrifice Mary’s little baby would come to make
This Baby would bare the sins of man
He would go the way of the Lamb
They would pierce His heart to make Him bleed
And at the end of life He will become all we need
They say that night the star of Bethlehem shined so bright
And even animals talked that night
Christmas is the lump in your throat that moves you to tears
Christmas never tires even through the years
Christmas isn’t about Santa Claus, presents or even a tree
It’s about remembering the Gift our Savior gave to you and me, life!
Merry Christmas isn’t just pretty words to say on Christmas Eve
They are the words that say to the world that I believe.
So Merry Christmas Everyone!
 
                   by Connie Hughes©
                                                                          

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Free Crazy Christmas Elf Hat Pattern©


" Free Crazy Christmas Elf Hat Pattern©"
By Connie Hughes Designs©
This hat is so cute on and the bells have a very soft sound...
so no headaches here!
The hat without the Bells


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To make the Hat: with Cherry Red & White Yarn J Hook
With Cherry Red

 Ch2
Row 1. Wk 9hdc in the 2nd st from the hook, do not join-9sts. (Use a stitch marker)
Row 2. 2hdc in each st around-18sts.
Row 3. 1hdc in the first st, 2hdc in the next, around-27sts.
Row 4. 1hdc in 2 sts, 2hdc in the next, around-36sts.
Row 5. 1hdc in the next 3 sts, 2hdc in the next, around-45sts.
Row 6. 1hdc in 4 sts, 2hdc in the next, around-54sts.
Row 7. 1hdc in each st around-54sts.
(Stop here for toddler, continue around/change to white yarn after 8th row, work 4 rows/change back to red. Continue around until hat measures 7inches).

To make the hat child size:
Work to 63sts,  then continue until the hat measures 7.5inches.
If the ear flaps are to small work 12sts and work them the same way.

To make the Ear Flaps: with Cherry Red & J Hook (make 2)
Row 1. Wk 1sc in the next 10 sts, ch1 & turn-10sts.
Row 2. dec 1, 1sc in 6sts, dec 1, ch1 & turn-8sts.
Row 3. 1sc in the next 8sts, ch1 & turn.
Row4.  dec 1, 1sc in 4 sts, dec 1,ch1 & turn-6sts.
Row 5. 1sc in 6sts, ch1 & turn.
Row 6. dec 1, 1sc in 2sts, dec 1, ch1 & turn-4sts.
Row 7. 1sc in 4sts, ch1 & turn.
Row 8. dec 1 2x, ch1 & turn, ch1 & turn.
Row 9. dec 1 and FO.
Change to white yarn and wk 1sc all the way around the hat & both ear flaps.

To make the Elf Ears: with Buff Yarn & G Hook (make 4)
Ch10
Row 1. 1sc in each st, ch1 & turn-9sts.
Rows 2-7. repeat row 1-9st.
Row 8. dec1, 1sc in 7, ch1 & turn-8sts.
Row 9. 1sc in 6, dec1, ch1 &  turn-7sts.
Row 10. 1sc in 7sts, ch1 & turn.
Row 11. 1sc in 5sts, dec1, ch1 & turn-6sts.
Row 12. 1sc in 6sts, ch1 & turn.
Row 13. 1sc in 4, dec1, ch1 & turn-5sts.
Row 14. dec1, 1sc in 1, dec1, ch1 & turn-3sts.
Row 15. 1sc in 3,ch1 & turn.
Row 16. dec1, 1sc, ch1 & turn.
Row 17. dec1, ch1 and wk 1sc in each st, dec1 st as you go around the corners. Continue around the rest of the ear & FO the 1st ear.
Once you have 2 ears, put them together and wk 1sc around both.
With tan thread sew the ears in place.
Optional: sew on 1 Christmas Light button onto each ear.

To make the Pom-Pom: with Red & White yarn
Cut 1 piece of yarn about 7 or 8" long , lay it horizontal on top of a piece of cardboard about 3 or 4". With red & white yarn wrap both around cardboard about 80x and FO. Tie the horizontal piece of yarn around the bundle of yarn with a knot (you may need to do this several times to make it secure). Cut the yarn on the back side and continue trimming until you have a small ball. Sew the pom-pom on the top of the hat.

To put the Bells on:
You can sew the bells around the entire hat including the back if you want. I left about a 2" gap between each bell.

Or you can do what I did, I made a long trim piece and fastened the bells to that. This is how I made it: with Red yarn & G hook/.75 hook
Ch3, wk 1dc in the 3rd st from the hook, I took my bell and placed a .75mm hook inside the loop that's on the top of the bell.
Photo 1


 

Photo 2
I took my G hook off my yarn and placed my yarn over the .75 hook and pulled the red yarn through the loop that's on the bell.










Photo 3
Then I put my G hook back into place and ch3, wk 1dc in the 3rd st from hook, repeat with another ch3 and work 1dc in the 3rd st from  the hook, put another bell in place and repeat this until it goes all the way around the hat. Sew it into place.




Photo 4
So it's ch3, 1dc, ch3, 1dc and put bell & repeat.
Make the braids and tie a piece of ribbon around the end of each one.



Now you're done with the CRAZY ELF HAT!

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Easy Christmas Lantern Project by Connie Spot©

"Easy Christmas Lantern Project"
By Connie's Spot©
Add a little Christmas cheer to a small space or a patio
with a little Christmas Lantern...
it's kind of like making a snow globe!

 
This is a fun project to make for a child's room...this way
they can add a little Christmas to their room!

 Here it is with a small battery powered
tea little, it gives off a very pretty and soft glow!
 Super simple to make:




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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Bells the Christmas Elf Pattern©


 Here's the newest pattern
"Bells the Christmas Elf Pattern©"
By Connie Hughes Designs©
Why is she called Bells, because she has bells from
the top of her head right down to the tips of her feet!
Her face is so sweet...and I think little girls would
love to find her under the tree or hanging in a stocking!
Don't forget to Track Santa on the NORAD link on  the top of my blog!
The pattern comes with 2 different hat patterns!
She is 18" Tall & made with Suncatcher Craft Eyes!
 Pattern Level Easy to Moderate
Just in Time for Christmas!! 
 
The Pattern is Available at Connie's Spot© Shop or the link below:
I hope you enjoy making this adorable little elf as much as I did 
and who you are making her for enjoys her even more!!
I wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Wonderful New Year!
I thank you all for supporting Connie’s Spot©
 I’m looking forward to creating many New Designs in 2015!!

Merry Christmas Everyone!
Connie

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Holiday Decorating Ideas Kitchen around the House!

"Holiday Decorating Ideas for the Kitchen & around the House"
by Connie Hughes Designs©

I just finished decorating around the house today...
I didn't know what to do in my kitchen...
I just knew I wanted lights, presents with pretty ribbons...
I just wanted cute Christmas stuff!
So this little Santa worked perfect and he
has a lot of sparkle!
I've had this Santa Platter for years and I never
had room for it on my counter tops to display it...
but he's found a new home this year!
I found this little Rocking Horse at my Fred Meyers Store this year,
and he too just looks right at home up there!
I needed boxes so I looked high and low...I found some in my
pantry...I used cereal boxes, those zip lock baggies boxes, I used
 boxes that held some of my Christmas decorations...I just
marked those boxes so I could find them easily
when it's time to pack them up!
I just love my chef Nutcracker!
Speaking of Nutcrackers here's my displays
and more Nutcrackers

If you can find it in your heart or if you need a reason
let me remind you Christmas is Nutcracker season!
Here's the link to my Crochet Christmas Nutcracker Pattern.
 

I just started collecting Byers Choice Dolls a few years ago...when I was in
Oregon this summer, we found this Christmas Shop in Lincoln City
and they had Byers Choice Dolls...so I had to stop and look...
My sweet husband bought me the door and another
Salvation Army doll...I was in heaven!
He surprised me with these Mother & Daughter
Gingerbread Dolls last year...and they are adorable!
I got her when we went to Leavenworth a few
years ago...I just love her!
They are all Made in America!
When I was setting these up today...I was pondering who
would I give these too and who in the world would want them?
Oh well I have many years to ponder!
Don't forget the stairs!

I have two of these hanging on my wall in my living room
and they just looked a little plain...so I tied a little red
ribbon around the candles...and now I love them!
Decorating for the Holidays is so much fun...
and every decoration has some memory attached to it...
it's sad we only get them out once a year...
I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas
and a great and Happy New Year!
Connie

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