Julie's Creative Lifestyle

Happy New Year for 2015

Monday, December 29, 2014


Hi friends, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and holiday.  I know I did as I spent it visiting family and friends.  I did some entertaining and it was so enjoyable.  It is such a wonderful time of the year. 

I will miss the holidays when they are over but I'll enjoy the quiet time when things settle down and the new year starts.  

It has been a fun year blogging for me and getting to know some of you a little better.  You all make it so enjoyable and thanks for that.  I appreciate your kind and sweet comments and emails and I look forward to a new year of blogging with you.  




 Wishing you all a Happy and a Healthy New Year!




Cheers to 2015!


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Merry Christmas 2014

Friday, December 19, 2014

Hi friends, I would love to show you a few Christmas decorations in my house this year.  We decided for the first time in many years to buy a real Christmas tree.  I had fun picking it out.  I just love the smell of pine when you walk into the room.  My tree is decorated with mostly handmade ornaments and the yo-yo garland that I made many years ago.  To see the post on how to make your own yo-yo garland in case you missed it you can click here.



This nativity set used to be my Mom and Dads.  My Mom and I bought the Santa hooked rug together.  In the photo below you can see the yo-yo garland that I made.



I love how colorful the tree is and looking at some of the ornaments that my daughter made when she was little.



The stockings hanging on the mantle were knitted for us by my Mom and I just love them.  My daughter and I made felt ornaments together the other night.  We had so much fun crafting together.  I love the tradition of decorating my house with handmade items.



I have kept the Christmas decorations very similar to last year except that we have a real tree.  To see how I decorated my house last year you can click here


WISHING YOU ALL A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR!







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Wordless Wednesday - Christmas Tree in the Park

Wednesday, December 17, 2014


I pass this pretty Christmas tree each morning while walking Bosco.  I love it so much I had to stop and take a photo.  It looks so pretty lit up at night with white lights. 
Below this is what the arbor looks like in the summer with the bright green leaves.

Take time to stop and look around your neighborhood during this holiday season.




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I'm a Winner of Random Acts of Kindness

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Hi friends, I was the winner of a Giveaway I entered for Random Acts of Kindness that Kris @ Junk Chic Cottage hosted.  To see that post and to read the story about how Kris showed her Random Act of Kindness and all of our comments you can visit HERE.

To see where I was announced as the winner you can click HERE.

Here are my goodies that I won.  I won Hot Chocolate and a Fur Coat Tote Bag!
I will enjoy drinking this hot chocolate during these cold days we are having here.
I'm just loving this little fur coat that opens up to a shopping bag!  This will come in handy when I'm out shopping.
I love this pretty Christmas card that was included too.

Please stop by Kris @ Junk Chic Cottage to see how she decorated her beautiful house for Christmas this year HERE.  Thanks so much for these gifts for entering your fun giveaway.  I will enjoy everything and thanks for your thoughtfulness.

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Many thanks to the people who featured me on your blogs last week:

Mary-andering Creatively Book Musing Monday's for reading Rose Harbor in Bloom by Debbie Macomber HERE

April J. Harris - The Hearth and Soul Hop for Crochet Christmas Wreath HERE.

 2 Crochet Hooks - Retro Repin Party for Cheddar Dog Biscuits HERE.

The Cottage Market - Junkin Joe Link Party for Crochet Christmas Wreath HERE.

Scrapality - Scrapality Saturday's Link Party for Crochet Christmas Wreath HERE.

Clairejustine - Creative Monday's for Easy Meatloaf Muffins in Minutes HERE.

Please check out these fabulous and fun link parties.  Thanks so much ladies for featuring me last week and it makes me happy and I appreciate it.

Blog friends are the best!


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Vicky's 2nd Ornament Exchange

Friday, December 12, 2014

I recently joined Vicky at Life on Willie Mae Lane for her 2nd annual ornament exchange that she hosted.  This is my second time involved in this fun exchange with other bloggers.  I enjoyed gathering and making the items for the person that I was assigned by Vicky to send my ornament to.

I sent my package off to Tina who blogs at What We Keep and I look forward to being blog friends.

My lovely gifts arrived in the mail from Linda who blogs at A La Carte and I loved opening up my box of goodies.

Linda included a pretty Christmas Card for me and a sweet note.



I'm in love with this acorn ornament and I can't wait to put it on my Christmas tree.



I also received this cute rustic snowflake ornament with a cardinal on it.



Look at these adorable Christmas clothes pins.  I can't wait to decorate with them.



I love chocolates and I'll look forward to eating them during the holidays.



Thanks Linda for my ornaments, I can't wait to decorate my Christmas tree with them and for the other goodies you included in my package.  I love everything!

Thank you Vicky for hosting and organizing this fun ornament exchange.  I totally enjoyed it and had fun crafting and gathering my gifts for the exchange.  I look forward to getting to know my new blog friends and for the next ornament exchange next year.

You can visit Vicky's blog Life on Willie Mae Lane to see what everyone else received from the ornament exchange HERE!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.


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Yo-Yo Christmas Garland

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Hi friends, I made many years ago a yo-yo garland for my Christmas tree.  I love the way it gives my Christmas tree a country feeling.   



Here are my yo-yo's laid out on my table that I made.  I cut all the fabric into circles and then sewed them to form the yo-yo and then sewed each end together to make the garland.



Here you can see the garland on my Christmas tree from last year.





Here is my Christmas tree 2013 decorated with my handmade yo-yo garland.


To make each fabric yo-yo you need to have each fabric cut into 5 1/4 inch x 5 1/4 inch circles.  To make each yo-yo you can see the tutorial at Stephanie's blog The Enchanting Rose.  

I really enjoyed sewing these together and I hope I have inspired you to make your own Yo-Yo Garland.  

In case you missed my house decorated last year for Christmas you can see it HERE!  I hope you are all enjoying the holiday season and thanks for stopping by!


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Easy Meatloaf Muffins in Minutes!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Hi friends, this is such a busy time of year and I thought that I would share with you a dinner that can be made in minutes!  Back in November of 2012 I shared with you this recipe and I'm sharing it with you again.  I hope you enjoy it as this is a family favorite.





MEATLOAF MUFFINS

Ingredients:

1 envelope of Lipton Recipe Secrets Onion Soup Mix
2 lbs. of ground beef, pork and veal or just beef if you prefer
3/4 cup Italian bread crumbs
2 eggs
3/4 cup of water
1/3 cup of ketchup

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  In a large bowl combine all the ingredients.  Spray muffin tins with Pam (non-stick spray).  With an ice cream scoop place meat in tins.  Bake for 15-20 minutes.  Makes about 24 mini meatloaf muffins.


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Simple Crochet Christmas Wreath Ornament

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Hi friends, I have a simple crochet wreath ornament that you can make in minutes!




Here are the directions to make this easy and simple Crochet Christmas Wreath Ornament.

Crochet Christmas Wreath Ornament

Crochet Hook:  U.S. size G or H
Yarn: green yarn is by Ice Yarns in light green, gold yarn is Vanna White Vanna's Glamour by Lion Brand Yarn in the color 170 Topaz, red yarn is Red Heart Yarn

ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
hdc = half double crochet 

Chain 9, sl st to make a ring.  Chain 3 and make 15 hdc in ring.  Sl st to end of top of the 3 chain. Make a loop and tie a knot to end.  Take red yarn and cut 9 inches long to make a bow and attach at the top of the wreath.

NOTE:  This wreath ornament can be made with a single crochet, or double crochet stitch.

This wreath can also be made into a pin by adding a small safety pin onto the back of the wreath.



To make this mini wreath ornament I made last year you can click HERE.


These crochet wreath ornaments are made in U.S. Terminology.

I hope I have inspired you to make some crochet wreath ornaments for Christmas.  These would also look nice attached onto a Christmas present. 


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Fall Walks & Thanksgiving Wishes!

Monday, November 24, 2014

I thought I would share with you some photos of Bosco and our early morning fall walks since winter will be here soon.  Once the winter comes we walk fast and are not able to take our time walking since it's so cold out.

This is Bosco dressed up in his pumpkin outfit for Halloween this year.  Bosco helped me greet the little trick or treaters.  The kids and Moms all thought he looked adorable.



I love how it looks like Bosco is kissing the bench even though he is trying to sniff it!




So many leaves have fallen off the trees now.


Bosco loves walking in the leaves and I love how still and quiet it is in the early morning.



These trees below remind me of a jungle!



We have been lucky here so far and have not had any snow yet.  We are expected a few inches of snow on Wednesday so we will see what happens.

This is Bosco with his crocheted toy wrapped around his neck.  His crazy mom did that to him last night!  You can see my shoes and the foot with the sock in the photo is me!  I made my husband take the photo!  Bosco looks so serious but I had a good laugh!


 

If any of you are on Instagram you can see this photo of Bosco here.  You can come visit and join me here and see some of my behind the scene photos!   

I just wanted to update you all on the Christmas Crochet Sale we had at our church.  It was a huge success and a lot of my homemade items went home with happy people.  I had a good time and left late in the afternoon and rested my tired feet last night.  I think I can take it easy now from knitting and crocheting for the sale for next year.  I want to concentrate on finishing up some projects for myself.  In case you missed that post you can see it here.  The the multi colored scarf in the first photo I finished and I will be giving this for a Christmas present this year.  

Thanks to all of you that left me such sweet and kind comments about my knit/crochet projects that I worked on throughout the year for the sale, I really appreciate it.

(photo from the graphics fairy)

(photo from the graphics fairy)


I want to thank you all for your friendship and for your kind and sweet comments throughout the year!  I appreciate your visits from each and everyone of you old and new!   

Wishing You a Happy Thanksgiving!



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The Weekend & Upcoming Christmas Crochet Sale

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Hi friends, I will be busy this weekend with our annal Christmas Crochet Sale at our church!  I made a big bag full of knit and crochet items.  I made scarves, blankets, hand warmers, cowls, dishcloths and more that I'm donating to the sale!


I crocheted these fall potholders/dishcloths for the sale and to see that blog post you can click HERE.


I crocheted Handwarmers and an Infinity Scarf and to see that post you can click HERE.


I crocheted this neck warmer or cowl and to see that post you can click HERE.


Here is a granny square blanket I crocheted and to see that post you can click HERE.


I made more items but there is just too much to show you!

Here are a few items I made for the sale that we had last year and in case you missed that post you can click HERE.



Wish me luck as I will be setting up on Friday and working at the sale on Sunday!  

Wishing you all a nice weekend and for those of you that live where it's cold stay warm!  See you all next week!  



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Wordless Wednesday - Museum at Night!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014



This is the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City at nighttime!



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My Knitting Works In Progress

Monday, November 17, 2014

Hi everyone, now that the weather is getting cold outside I thought I would share with you a few scarves that I'm in the process of knitting and trying to get done!  I have been knitting these for a long time and I always seem to put one of them aside and not work on it.  The reason is I'm always crocheting or knitting for our Christmas crochet sale that we have at our church each year.  You can click HERE to see last years Christmas Fair at our church.

These are my scarves that I'm in the process of knitting!

The scarf below is the drop stitch and to see how to knit this you can click HERE.



Some of you may recognize this purple yarn, it's yarn I received from Stephanie's tea mug exchange I was involved in.  If you missed that post you can see it HERE.



The scarf below is called the seed stitch and to see how to knit this you can click HERE.  I plan on making this into an infinity scarf.



My goal is to try and work on these scarves and have them each completed by 2015!  Wish me luck!  

Do you have any unfinished projects that you would like to have finished soon too?



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