The other day I had an email in my inbox from wordpress, telling me how I did with my blogging in 2014.

Do I really want to know the stats?

I blog to spread the word about my own art work and my friends amazing crafts. I am still trying to figure out what would be a theme that interests my readers the most. I don’t just want to blog, so there are some letters on the page just for the sake of writing something. I would like to spark conversations.

This is what was in my stats report:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,100times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

I think that’s not too bad. Yes I am aiming for more. But even Rome was not build over night. I will have to figure out what I will be comfortable to write about and what my readers like to see.

My blog was read from people in 72 countries. I think that is pretty cool.

There will be some changes on FB tomorrow. I use it a lot to show my works in progress, custom orders or just other info. They are changing who gets to see those posts if it has a promotional link in it, it will drop. So I either have to learn how to reword my postings or as other FB users suggest to take all the promotional stuff to the blog and share the blog links. I don’t know if I want to do this here.

As you can see I am still all up in the air, but I am pretty sure my light bulb will come on sooner or later and I will know where this journey is taking me.

I hope you will be there with me and keep sharing your thoughts with me.

Thank you for a wonderful 2014 and sharing your thoughts with me!

  I wish you an amazing Start into 2015 !

2015

Spotlight Friday: incense

Incense belongs to the Christmas time for me like German gingerbread.

THE HISTORY OF SMOKERS:

History of Steinbach “Rauchermen” (Smoker) For five thousand years, incense, like gold, spices and gems, has been among the most precious gifts of kings and emperors. It has also been closely connected with religion. The bible says in Matthew 2, verse 11, about the journey of the Three Wise Men to Bethlehem: “and opened their treasures and offered him gold, frankincense and myrrh”. The festivity of the Three Wise Men is still celebrated in Germany on January 6.

Christian and Germanic customs together with superstition made people believe that the evil spirits of the “Raunaechte” (longest nights of the year) could be driven away by noise and light. Once the devils and evil spirits had left the house fine incense was burnt to bless hearth and home.

The old sign: C+M+B

is also today written in chalk over the front door would be the magic spell that keeps all evil away throughout the year.

After the 30 years-religious-war (1618-1648) that was fought in the heart of Germany medieval piety and folk art combined to bring about new forms of burning-incense. Thus, the “Rauchermen”, carved and turned from wood, were born in the Miriquidi Forest, later known as the Erzgebirge. Over the years all kinds and types of Rauchermen were designed: respectable and professional people, folk characters, heroes and forest workers. (http://www.magicofnutcrackers.com/Smokers/HistoryofSmokers.htm)

These are mine, wow, I must be burning quite a bit of incense, all the dust around their feet.

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And one of them is in desperate need of repair. He will not go back together probably anymore. The men are 20+ years. The nice mushroom was a gift from a wonderful friend. Her shop: https://www.zibbet.com/hoopties

so let’s see what I can find when I type incense into the search bar at www.zibbet.com


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Evil Be Gone / Espanta Muerta Incense Evil Spirits, Hauntings, Ghosts, Negative Energy: Hoodoo Wicca Pagan Santeria Voodoo Conjure
by ArtOfTheRoot

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Wood Oud Agarwood Oodh Royal Bakhoor Incense Burner fragrance 1 oz
by Mohavy14

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Wild Mountain Sage – Incense, Smudge Sticks, Purification, Sacred Herb by OrientalMermaidSkincaresShop

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Faerie House Handmade Pottery NightLight / Fairy Garden Ideas / Incense Burner / Fairy House with Blue Roof / Christmas Village by IntheShadeoftheSycamoreTree

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Woodstock 100% Natural Makko Incense Cones with No Salt Peter or Charcoal by ElementalAromatics

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Steam train incense burner by Artbug

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Incense Sticks Orange Cream 20 Pack Double Dipped Highly Fragrant
by SensualScentsations

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Myrrh Incense Resin
by BrushCreek

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BuffaloTotem Incense, Voodoo, Hoodoo, Conjure, Mother Earth, Father Sky, Connection, Protection, Abundance, Sacred, Wiccan, Pagan, Hoodoo
by honoringmotherearth

ah, it smells so good.  Right now I have Christmas flavor going. Do you burn incense? What is your favorite flavor?

pink and blue

where the wishes for the colors. Remember that string mess I started out with, a few days ago?

IMG_3214I had the circles done on Friday. But didn’t get around to closing it up and attaching the earring hooks until Sunday.

On Monday my kid took them to School to give to her friend. She was ecstatic. Happy about a new pair of earrings in her favorite colors.

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I can see myself making more in different colors and different shapes and sizes of beads.

What color would you like to wear?

Spotlight Friday: Snowflake

When I was a little girl we used to sing a lot and do a lot of paper crafts during the Winter time. One song was never missing. “Schneefloeckchen, Weissroeckchen”  Schneefloeckchen = snowflake  Weissroeckchen = white skirt  the “chen” on the end of the word, makes it little, cute

So when the first snowflakes fell we got our paper out and created paper snowflakes and spread them all over the windows in our house.

Ours where sometimes very creative 😉 But so much fun. Here is a example, so you can try for yourself.

 I think I will have to pull out some pretty paper over the weekend and get some snowflakes on our windows. I am pretty sure I will have some helpers.

And of course I started searching snowflakes on Zibbet and here are just a few of what I found. So many pretty snowflakes.


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Christmas Holidays White Snowflake Sugar Cookies Gift Boxes Stocking Stuffers by CupcakeNovelties

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Mini Quilled Snowflake “Queen of Hearts” Ornament by Joanscrafts

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Crochet afghan PDF pattern looped hexagons granny square throw blanket snowflake by lovinghandscrochet

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Snowflake Christmas Ornament by RosePetals

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snowflake fingerless gloves by handmadefuzzy

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12 LARGE SNOWFLAKE LOLLIPOPS by candiedcake

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Sun Catcher “Sleigh Bells Ring”
by DancingRainbows

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Pillowcase in red and white by MagdalenasQuiltShop

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Pink, Silver Beaded Christmas Tree Decoration by TataniaRosa

Do you decorate your windows in the Winter time ? What is your favorite thing to do to get ready for the cold season?

a little bit of insight

I thought you’d like to know what goes on behind the scenes. What happens from start to finish.

Yesterday I started working on a new pair of beaded finger less gloves.

First I came up with a pattern for the beads.

IMG_3221 Then it was time to count how many beads I would need for one glove. The number on the bottom left told me I needed 219 for one glove. Yikes I hope I have enough beads for both gloves, in all I need 438.  I knew which yarn I wanted to use, now off to find the right color of beads and size and hoping I have enough of them.

blah….of course I didn’t. I had a certain color of beads in mind, would of had enough I think. But! the yarn didn’t fit through the beads. Change of plans, different color, different size.

Found some. Now time to count out those 438 beads.

IMG_3222doesn’t look like that many, does it? I counted it twice and it is exactly the amount I need.

Then comes the fun part, getting all those beads on my yarn. For that I use a dental threader. I think there are needles and other tools to help with that. But so far I had best results with my option.

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I have to make tally marks to remember how many beads I already have on the yarn, otherwise I will loose count. Too much distractions with kids, hubby and other things. I always make sure I thread on more than I need, sometimes some beads decide to break while pushing back and forth. The beads have to be pushed back quite a bit and in small sections, to be careful that you don’t wear the yarn thin and unravel.

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All on board, now I can start knitting. I got quite a bit distracted yesterday and had to unravel a few times. I felt like I couldn’t count right yesterday, one bead was always off. I finally managed to get the right pattern going. IMG_3226

Half of it was done, yeah. Can you make out the pattern? My youngest said ” I don’t know” when I asked her.

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In the evening I was finally done with the pattern for the beads. Now I still have to knit the backside of the glove and are done with the first glove.

And then it starts all over again. Get 219 beads on my yarn, paying attention to every bead to be in the right spot. Then sew the gloves together inside out, finish by hiding the threads, turn it back outside, and done.

Can you make out the bead pattern on the glove?

I am playing around with some different ideas for more variations of the glove pattern.

What would you like to see?

does this happen to you?

A few days ago one of my kids came to me and said: ” Can you make a bracelet or necklace for my friend? I would like to give it to my friend for Christmas.”

So I gave her a book to look through to get some ideas. She came up with a set of earrings and a hair clip.

“Do you know what colors your friend likes?” was my question. “Oh, let me call her, I am not quite sure.” was her respond.

“Mama, it is pink and blue” I heard from the other end of the house. So I let my kid pick out the right colors in strings and the fitting beads.

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This is what I started with. Ten strings in pink and blue and I think 15 blue beads and some earring hooks.

About 1/2 hour later I had this

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I had a few fights with the beads. They are triangles and one side always tried to slip under the threads and tried to hide half of it.

After a few tries I figured out how to keep the bead on top of the strings. By the time my kiddo had to go to bed, I had half of one earring done.

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And my kids approval that they look good.

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And by the time it was bed time for me, I finished the circle. I still have to close the circle and attach the earring hoop.

Today I will get started on the second earring.

Do your kids ask you to make presents for their friends too?

What do you answer?

I told my kid, that she could make some for her friend herself. She knows how to knot.

Her answer was “but yours look just way better than mine”

beads everywhere

The last two days I have been finishing up my WIP’s (work in progess). I showed you my gloves the other day that had beads on the yarn.

At the moment I am working on some bracelets. Yesterday I finished a Teachers gift. When I had asked her what her favorite colors where, she said: red , and also turquoise.

So this is what I came up with.

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I wrapped it last night and got it ready, so kiddo can take it to School on Monday.

While I was sitting in the living room waiting for hubby to come home from work, I got antsy and wanted to work on something. So I pulled out some beads and strings. Fiddled around until I found the right colors and started working on this

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What kind of color combinations would you chose?