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Monday, December 21, 2015

Last Minute Entertaining Ideas & Simple Touches for Christmas!

Hello Again & Merry Christmas!!
We just had our Christmas gathering and I thought
I would share some last minute tips with all of you!
Set up a coffee station so guests can feel comfortable to get a cup of coffee anytime!
 We had a small gathering with family...I had a buffet style setting...
but I still wanted to use my Christmas China.
So here's how I set up mine...
I used paper napkins but I put them inside a pretty wire basket...
the silverware was placed inside a glass canister...
I placed a red cloth napkin inside the canister to give it some color...
I folded my table cloth to look like a table runner...to give it a more casual feel!
And for Dessert:
 I stacked up my 2 cake plate stands, placed a small
cup cake stand on top...I had a little chef doll
so I added him right after I added a
little flour to the bottom!
And since the heart of the home is the kitchen...don't forget to
add some little touches up above...garland and lights
make the room warm and inviting!



I even put some of my crochet pieces on display...
So show off your work and be proud of your creations...
I'm repeating the words my husband said to me! :-)
And here is my sweet husband helping me
with some of the cooking!
Speaking of sweet we did an Ornament Exchange
and here is what my sweet sister in law made for us....
I'm the Angel and my hubby is Santa...
Truly these are ornaments that will be hung on our tree every year 
and cherished forever...so thank you so much Diana...we love you!
It was wonderful spending time together eating, drinking and laughing!
I hope all of you have a Wonderful and Happy Christmas!
Connie

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Free Tyson the Snowman Crochet Doll Pattern©

Free Tyson the Snowman Crochet Doll Pattern©
By Connie Hughes Designs©
One Snowman 3 Great Looks!
He Comes With 3 Different Outfits to fit the Mood or Season.
Dress Him Up or Down!
I Hope Everyone Has a Wonderful Christmas!
And to Show My Many Thanks to All My Customers & Followers
Here's a Fun Free Little Snowman Pattern
Merry Christmas!
Connie



For Fun or Display! 



He is 11 inches tall.
Yarns used in Pattern:
Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn in:
White (1 skein)
Turquoise
Fire Red
Black
Orange
Purl Essence Beautiful White

Hooks used in Pattern:
F, C

Other Materials used in Pattern:
Poly Fiber Fill
3  ½" Black Buttons/1 ½" in White (for Bow Tie)
2 Holiday Buttons (for Top Hat & Red Scarf)
Black Embroidery Floss (for smile)
2 Black or Grey 12mm Safety Eyes
Pink Powder Blush & Q-Tip (with Q-tip rub on the cheek area)
Small piece of Ribbon (to go around Top Hat)
Sewing Needle & Thread

Abbreivations used in Pattern:
wk-work
Ch-chain
sk-skip
sc-single crochet
st-stitch
sts-stitches
dec-decrease
hdc-half double crochet
FLO-front loops only
BLO-back loops only
FO-fasten off


To make the Snowman's Body & Head: with White Yarn & F Hook
Ch2
Row 1. 6sc in the 2nd st from the hook.
Row 2. 2sc in each st-12sts.
Row 3. 1sc in 1, 2sc in the next st-18sts.
Row 4. 1sc in 2, 2sc in the next st-24sts.
Row 5. 1sc in 3, 2sc in the next st-30sts.
Row 6. 1sc in 4, 2sc in the next st-36sts.
Row 7. 1sc in 5, 2sc in the next st-42sts.
Row 8. 1sc in 6, 2sc in the next st-48sts.
Row 9. 1sc in 7, 2sc in the next st-54sts.
Row 10. 1sc in 8, 2sc in the next st-60sts.
Row 11. 1sc in 9, 2sc in the next st-66sts.
Row 12. 1sc in 10, 2sc in the next st-72sts.
Row 13. 1sc in 72sts
Rows 14-31. repeat row 13
Row 32. 1sc in 10, dec1sc around-66sts.
Row 33. 1sc in 9, dec1sc around-60sts.
Row 34. 1sc in 8, dec1sc around-54sts.
Row 35. 1sc in 7, dec1sc around-48sts.
Row 36. 1sc in 6, dec1sc around-42sts.
Row 37. 1sc in 5, dec1sc around-36sts.
Row 38. 1sc in 4, dec1sc around-30sts.
Row 39. 1sc in 3, dec1sc around-24sts.
Row 40. 1sc in 3, 2sc in the next st-30sts.
Row 41. 1sc in 4, 2sc in the next st-36sts.
Row 42. 1sc in 5, 2sc in the next st-42sts.
Row 43. 1sc in 6, 2sc in the next st-48sts.
Stuff Body
Row 44. 1sc in 48sts
Rows 45-57. repeat row 44
Row 58. 1sc in 6, dec1sc around-42sts.
Row 59. 1sc in 5, dec1sc around-36sts.
Row 60. 1sc in 2, dec1sc around-27sts.
Row 61. 1sc in 1, dec1sc around-18sts.
From here count down 9 rows, put in eyes about 5sts apart, stuff head.
Row 62.1sc in 1, dec1sc around-12sts.
Row 63. dec1sc around-6sts.
Row 64. dec1sc and FO.

To make the Arms: with White Yarn & F Hook (make 2)
Ch2
Row 1. 6sc in the 2nd st from the hook.
Row 2. 2sc in each st around-12sts.
Row 3. 1sc in each st-12sts.
Rows 4-5. repeat row 3
Row 6. 2sc in 2sts, 1sc in 10-14sts.
Row 7. 1sc in 14sts
Stuff arms lightly as you work
Row 8. dec1sc 2x, 1sc in 10sts-12sts.
Row 9. 1sc in 12sts
Rows 10-24. repeat row 9 and FO.
Sew each arm into place.

To make the Nose: with Orange Yarn & C Hook
Ch2
Row 1. 5sc in the 2nd st from the hook.
Row 2. 1sc in each st-5sts.
Row 3. 1sc in 4, 2sc in the next st-6sts.
Continue increasing until you have 12sts.
Then wk 1sc in 12sts and FO and sew nose onto face.
To make Turquoise Hat: with Turquoise Yarn & F Hook
Repeat rows 1-8 of the body
Row 9. 1sc in 48sts
Rows 10-15. repeat row 9
To make the Ear Flaps:
Row 16. 1sc in 6, ch1 & turn.
Row 17. dec1sc, 1sc in 2, dec1sc, ch1 & turn.
Row 18. 1sc in 4, ch1 & turn.
Row 19. dec1sc, dec1sc, ch1 & turn.
Row 20. dec1sc and FO.
Skip 18sts, attach turquoise yarn with a slst ch1, repeat rows 16-20 and FO.
In any st attach white yarn with a slst, ch1, wk 1sc in each st around hat and ear flaps and FO.
Reattach turquoise yarn at the end of each ear flap, ch9, wk 1slst into each ch and FO. With a tapestry needle run a strand of white yarn through the bottom of ch9, tie a small bow and FO.

To make the Scarf: with Turquoise/White Yarn & F Hook
Ch77 with Turquoise Yarn
Row 1. Sk 2sts, wk 1hdc in each st, change to white in the last st, ch2 & turn-75sts.
Row 2. wk 1hdc in each st, change to turquoise in the last st, ch2 & turn-75sts.
Row 3. repeat row 2 and FO.
Make fringe using turquoise and white yarn, run 2 strands of white and 2 strands of turquoise in 7sts on both sides.

 Dressed to Party
To make the Top Hat: with Black Yarn & F Hook
Ch2
Repeat rows 1-7 of the Body/Head
Row 8. 1sc in the FLO in each st-42sts.
Row 9. 1sc in each st around-42sts.
Rows 10-17. repeat row 9
Row 18. 1sc in 5, dec1sc around-36sts.
Row 19. 1sc in 4, dec1sc around-30sts.
Row 20. 1sc in 30sts
Row 21. 1sc in 2, 2sc around, ch2 and turn-40sts.
Row 22. wk 1hdc in 3, 2hdc around, turn and ch2-50sts.
Row 23. 1hdc in the FLO in 3, 2hdc in 1 in the FLO, join ch2 and turn-60sts.
Row 24. 1hdc in 60sts, join and ch1-60sts.
Row 25. 1sc in 60sts, join and FO.
You can stitch the hat to the head to secure or leave it to sit on top of the head.
You can put a piece of card board or plastic canvas inside the hat to help it keep it's shape. Stuff the hat and make the bottom of the hat.
Ch2
Repeat rows 1-6 of the head/body, sew it to the inside of the hat. Then glue a small piece of Velcro (the ruff side to that piece). Then glue a small piece of the other side of the Velcro on the top of the snowman's head.

To make the Bow Tie: with Black Yarn & F Hook (make 2)
Ch9
Row 1. 1sc in 8sts, ch1 & turn.
Row 2. dec1sc, 1sc in 4, dec1sc, ch1 & turn.
Row 3. 1sc in 6sts, ch1 & turn.
Row 4. dec1sc, 1sc in 2, dec1sc, ch1 & turn.
Row 5. 1sc in 4, ch1 & turn.
Row 6. dec1sc, dec1sc, ch1 & turn.
Row 7. 2sc, 2sc, ch1 & turn.
Row 8. 1sc in 4sts, ch1 & turn.
Row 9. 2sc, 1sc in 2, 2sc, ch1 & turn.
Row 10. 1sc in 6, ch1 & turn.
Row 11. 2sc, 1sc in 4, 2sc and FO.
Only FO the first one, put the two pieces together and wk 1sc around both and FO.
To make the middle of the bow tie:
Ch9
Row 1. 1sc in 8sts, ch1 & turn.
Row 2. repeat row 1 and FO.
Sew around the middle of the bow tie.

To make the neck piece that you sew the bow tie on:
Ch3
Row 1. Sk 3sts (this will make a small button hole), wk 1sc in 32sts across and FO.

To make the Ear Muffs: with Red Yarn & F Hook
Ch33
Row 1. 1sc in 32sts, ch1 & turn.
Row 2. 1sc in the BLO in each st, ch1 & turn.
Place a chenille stem (pipe cleaner) into the fold and wk 1slst through both pieces and FO. Cut away any of the chenille stem if any sticks out.

To make the Fur on the Ear Muffs: with Beautiful White & F Hook (make 4)
Ch2
Row 1. 6sc in the 2nd st from the hook.
Row 2. 2sc in each st around, and FO.
Sew each round piece on the inside and on the outside of the piece that has the chenille stem. Then sew the two fur pieces together.

To make the Red Scarf: with Red Yarn & F Hook
Ch7
Row 1. 1hdc in the 2nd st from the hook, ch2 & turn-5sts.
Rows 2-36. repeat row 1
Row 37. 1sc in 5sts, ch5 & turn.
Row 38. sk 3sts, wk 1sc in the last st, ch2 & turn.
Row 39. 1hdc in each st, ch2 & turn.
Continue until scarf fits around snowman I made mine about 18" long FO.
With Beautiful White wk 1sc in 5sts on each end of the scarf and FO.
I sewed a festive Holiday button on one end of my scarf.

To make the Mittens: with Red Yarn & F Hook (make 2)
Ch2
Row 1. 6sc in the 2nd st from the hook.
Row 2. 2sc in each st-12sts.
Rows 3-8. 1sc in each st-12sts.
Row 9. ch3, 1sc in the next st, ch1 and turn, 1sc in each ch st, turn slightly and wk 1sc in the 3 sk sts, FO-6sts.
Row 10. Reattach yarn with a slst to the top of the mitten, ch1, wk 1sc in each st around, FO-12sts.
Row 11. Attach White with a slst, ch1, wk 1sc in each st around and FO.

You are now finished with your Free Tyson the Snowman Crochet Doll Pattern©
I hope you enjoy the things I’ve made as much as I’ve enjoyed making them! 
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Friday, December 11, 2015

Jingle the Christmas Elf Crochet Doll Pattern©

Jingle the Christmas Elf Crochet Doll Pattern©
By Connie Hughes Designs©
Hi, I'm Jingle the Christmas Elf©...
I'm Connie's newest pattern & just in time for Christmas!
 I am 30 inches tall perfect for display or just for hugging...he's
super fun and a little quirky too!
Make me for a friend or for yourself...
because everyone needs a Christmas Elf!!
This pattern is super easy to make and there's still 
plenty of time before the big day!
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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Chip & Cookie Christmas Gingerbread Crochet Doll Pattern© Updated!!

Chip & Cookie Christmas Gingerbread Crochet Doll Pattern© Updated!!
By Connie Hughes Designs©

→"New Christmas Lantern Pattern"←
This is a new little pattern I've added to my Gingerbread Dolls...
as a way to say thank you to all of those who purchased
Chip & Cookie this Christmas
Thank You!
Plus This will be included for all new pattern purchases!
I really wanted them to carry a lantern...
So I racked my brain and finally came up with this...
I love the soft glow that the battery powered tea lights give!
 Here is a Nightgown I made for my Doll...I changed her clothes and
then put her back on the stand...so don't be afraid to make
other outfits, if you want too!
Here are her little Mouse Slippers I made!
It's not Christmas if you don't have a
Christmas Mouse...and she has hers tucked inside of her pocket...
and he loves candy canes!

 Turn on your ovens it's Gingerbread time.
This is Chip & Cookie and they are getting ready for Christmas!
They are 25" Tall!!
A couple of Christmas's ago I made a Gingerbread family...I went
to look at them and realized that I had sold them at last year's
Craft Fair...so I decided to make some more...but then I
thought " I want them to be a bit bigger...so this is
my new Gingerbread Doll Pattern!



Cookie is wearing a green holiday jumper with a sweet
little apron & chef hat!

Although it's on a base the doll is removable!
So you can make different outfits.
They are perfect for display or you can simply make
an adorable plush huggable...they are 25" tall...the
pattern comes with a step by step picture tutorial...and honestly
you won't believe how easy they are to make! 
 Chip is wearing these cute festive Overall's and his
apron and chef hat!
Pattern also comes with a Mini Gingerbread House, Pastry Bag
and Rolling Pin...to add a little whimsy to your Holiday Display!



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