Thursday, December 29, 2011

A Few More Ornament Crafts...

To wrap up the Christmas season with!  (No pun intended.)  If you are having a New Year's Eve party or New Year's Day gathering at your home, a fun idea to occupy younger children/guests is to set up a craft station.

Rudolph Ornament

Fill your craft or "ornament creation" station with supplies to make one of these kid-friendly ornaments that the children can take home with them as a keepsake ornament for 2011.  My boys always love creating these kinds of crafts to bring home and hang on our tree.  Then, when the tree and decorations come down, they know their handmade ornament goes into the ornament box for next year.

Hand-print Ornament

Or, perhaps you could make a batch of ornaments to hand out as New Year's Eve party favors for your guests to take home as a special keepsake gift.  Get crafty!  Get creative!  Share your results with us here or on Facebook!

Puzzle Tree Ornament

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

A New Year & So Many New Crafts!

How will we make time for them all?  If you are going to start a New Year's resolution, or two, how about resolving to try more free crafts from  Whether knits or cross stitch is your game, or you are more of a wood-working, fabric kind of person...we have a craft for you!

We've got everything from country crafts and angel crafts to crochet and knitting patterns.  And the best part is:  they are all FREE!  Free is good.  Repeat after me, free is good.  There are so many great ideas and free patterns that I guarantee it will keep you busy until this time next year.  And by then...we'll have added more!

Happy Crafting in 2012!  We love crafts and we love bringing them to you!

Tool Box

Stocking Hooks

Felt Ornaments

Thursday, December 22, 2011

We Wish You A Merry Christmas...

And a Happy New Year!  While you are making merriment and celebrating the holiday season, why not visit and see what fun crafts you can add to your project list for 2012?  (Too soon?  Next you will be telling me it's way too soon to think about resolutions and goal setting...)

In the mean time, here are a few craft ideas to add a little happy to your new year.  Or try one this week if you are one of the few who are actually "ready" for Christmas.  Enjoy!

Ornament Display

Tatted Snowflake

Happy New Year Cross Stitch Pattern

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Twas The Week Before Christmas...

And all through the house, not a Christmas decoration was out of place...and then you wake up!  Dreaming up the perfect holiday decor and then putting it all in place is a daunting and expensive task at times.  But not anymore!  We have plenty of holiday crafts to keep you busy until next Christmas (if you really wanted us to).

We have patterns, ideas, wood crafts, and tons of other great craft solutions to keep your halls looking decked and your wallet happy.  Check out our Christmas crafts section or try one of these creative concepts to get you started.  Or...maybe just surf our site to pass the time if you are one of the fabulous few who are...DONE?!

Wise Men Charger

Christmas Tree

Viking Beard Hat

Friday, December 16, 2011

More Craft Ideas for Christmas

Whether you need just a few more home-made gift ideas for Christmas, or you are completely done with your Christmas prep work and wonder what project you can start on next...we have got the crafts, patterns, & ideas for you!

Santa may have a busy workshop, but we have a busy crafting team (who are just as cute as Santa's elves).  They constantly amaze me with their great ideas, innovative techniques and gorgeous results.  It makes me want to be a craft designer when I grow up.

For now I will settle for bringing you some of our New and Featured crafts of the week.  If you plow through these crafts and still need something to do to keep you busy (that is if your in-laws are not coming to stay for 3 weeks during Winter Break) check out all the different crafty creations at our site!

Snowman Block Craft

Grandmother's Picture Board

Homemade Picture Frame

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Magic Of Christmas Ornaments

There is something so special about Christmas ornaments.  Each one hangs on your tree and has it's own little story to tell.  Magically, each ornament conveys it's tale about how it came into being, came to your tree, and who brought it.

Whether it is a home-made ornament from Grandmother, a child's school-made craft ornament, or a Hallmark ornament shared with a friend, ornaments have this sparkling way of lighting up a Christmas tree and (dare I say?) the little faces gazing into the tree.

We have many Christmas and ornament crafts for you to peruse over at Craftown.  So if your tree is a little baron of ornaments or you'd like to gift someone with a special handmade ornament, here are some ideas and crafts to get your started.  May you find magic in the making and giving of each ornament.  Enjoy!

Crochet Snowflake

Tatted Christmas Bell

Starlight Snowflake

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Tis' The Season to be Knitting!

Anytime time of year or season is the perfect season to Knit (or Crochet - whichever suits you)!  Whether you are finishing up last minute gifts, scurrying to start your Christmas shopping (if you are behind like me), or completely done and now relaxing with hot cocoa watching your favorite Christmas movie...

Knitting can bring you the peace you crave to keep your holidays cheery and some home-made gifts to boot!  Here's a few of our free knitting patterns over at Craftown to get you knitting!

Remember to send us a picture of your results.  We love to brag on what you're craftin'!

Knit Yoga Mat Carrier

Knit Checkered Hat

Knit Chenille Scarf

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Christmas Countdown Crafts!

Is it too soon to count down the days until...Christmas break is over and the kids go back to school?  Hmm, maybe?  Until then, browse our Christmas countdown crafts and add one to your home's holiday decor.  The nice thing about these crafts is they are fairly simple, come together easily, and are budget friendly.

Also, though they may have a "Christmas" flavor to them, they can each be adapted to other countdown causes, such as New Year's, Easter, Football Season, Opening day of hunting season, and birthdays!  The simplicity of these crafts truly allow you to be as creative as you want to be.  And let's face it, we might as well get creative if we have to watch the numbers tick by.

Be sure to submit a picture of your results to our site.  We love to see what you're craftin'!

Chalk Board Countdown

Christmas Countdown Blocks

Snowman Countdown

Friday, December 2, 2011

Hats, Hats, and More Hats!

I am beginning to sound like Dr. Seuss a little, don't you think?  We have so many great crafts going up all the time at Craftown that it's hard to decide what to feature here in our newsletter.  But given that the temperature outside is plummeting, I decided hats would make an excellent featured craft this week.  Whether you are crocheting hats for gifts this Christmas or hats to go on all the little melons in your house, you will love these patterns.  Best of all...they are free!  (Always fun, Always FREE!)

Angry Birds - Black Bird Hat

Angry Birds - Blue Bird Hat

Angry Birds - King Pig Hat

Angry Birds - Red Bird Hat

Monday, November 28, 2011

Angels, Wings & Halos...Oh My!

What could be more delightful at Christmas than being surrounded by loved ones and...ANGELS?  Over at we have an entire section on Angel crafts and needlework projects you are bound to enjoy.  Whether you are crafting a homemade Angel gift for someone special or are an avid Angel collector yourself, these featured Angel crafts are going to give your creativity wings!

Please submit a picture of your results to our site.  We love to see what you're craftin'!

Christmas Clothespin Angels

Dainty Doily Angels

Muslin Angels

(Always Fun, always FREE!)

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Did You Survive Black Friday?

Some went, some conquered.  Some stayed, some slept!  (I was one who chose sleep over bargains.)  As you sit pondering your Christmas gift list, whether or not you shopped Black Friday, consider one of our Christmas crafts for that special someone who may be particularly difficult to shop for.  My motto?  If you can't shop for them, crochet for them!  Enjoy these holiday ideas for you or for someone else.

Please send us a picture of your results.  We love to see what you're up to!

Cozy Afghan

Christmas Wreath Ornament

Glitter Polka Dot Stocking

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

It's Not Too Early or Too Late!

Let's face it...It's never too early to start your Christmas shopping, and it's not too late to finish up your Christmas craft projects.  Yes, Christmas is a mere 5 weeks away!  Yes, your to do list may look daunting!  No, giving up is not an option!  Get in there and get crafting with one of our darling projects.  Our patterns are free and our hearts are full...of craft love for you!

Please send us a picture of your results.  We love to see what you're craftin'!

Starlight Hand Doll

Striped Winter Scarf

Bell Angel Ornament

Thursday, November 17, 2011

We Have Turkeys On The Brain!

We debated posting an official turkey countdown, but quickly decided it would be a little over the top!  So instead, we have added these turkey themed projects to help get you in the turkey mood.  They are fun and easy and your kids can help!  (Which means you get a little rest while the kiddos are home for Thanksgiving break...ahh.)  Now if only the turkey would cook itself...

Turkey Handprint

Thanksgiving Place Card

Pumpkin Turkey

Monday, November 14, 2011

Vintage...Is The Word!

Add "Vintage" to your holiday theme this year and let us help you with some ideas for your gift list .  Since Victorian and Vintage are such fun words anyway, we thought you might be interested in some crafts that feature either one and will double as a heart-felt home-spun gift (especially for those extra-hard-to-buy-for loved ones)!

Remember to send us a picture of your results.  We enjoy seeing and sharing your efforts!

Victorian Doily Purse

Decoupage Rose Votives

Lace Bell Ornament

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Get Your Gratitude On!

Indulge in a little pre-Thanksgiving revelry by getting in touch with your grateful side! You still have time to celebrate Thanksgiving (before Christmas overtakes us). It's never too late to express how grateful you are and it's easier than ever with any of these gratitude-themed craft projects!  (Plus, they add a warm, home-made flair to your holiday decor!)

Give Thanks Craft

Gratitude Jar

Be Grateful Craft

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Just In Time!

Do you have hard-to-buy for family or friends?  Struggling to find the "perfect" gift?  Why not teach yourself to knit or crochet, just in time to create a unique, heart-felt, home-made gift for someone special on your list?  Not only do your loved ones appreciate a truly thoughtful hand-made gift, but your budget will appreciate your new-found thriftiness!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Get A Jump On Your Christmas To Do List!

Have you started your Christmas shopping list yet?  Why not try a simple and beautiful craft to give as a gift or stocking stuffer?  Try one of these to give your Christmas Creativity a jump-start!

Infant Stocking Hat


Ribbon Bracelet

Angry Birds Knit Hat

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