Julie's Creative Lifestyle

Happy New Year

Monday, December 31, 2012


Wishing everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year!  Hope everyone has a good year ahead and hopefully it will be better weather wise and less violence and tragedies.  We all have to remember to enjoy ourselves and try to be happy and thankful for everything good in our lives.

I am thankful for my husband and daughter and my cute little dog.  I am also thankful for my family and friends and my wonderful neighbors.

So everyone whatever you do tonight enjoy and I'll see you in the new year!
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Christmas Gift

Friday, December 28, 2012

Christmas Gift

Yes, I am still talking about what I received for Christmas from my family to do with knitting and crocheting.  My aunt gave me this cute little case to help keep all of my knit and crochet things organized.  What makes the case so special is that it is felted and the case is in the shape of a sheep. I showed it to all of my friends in my knitting group and they all thought that it was so cute.

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Felted Knit Tote Made by Mom

Wednesday, December 26, 2012


My mom made for me a felted knitted tote for Christmas.  The tote is knitted and then after you knit the tote you have to put the tote in the washing machine.  On the front of the tote my mom made a design using i-cord.  The inside of the tote is also lined with blue cotton material with even an inside zippered compartment.  The handles of the tote are also made by using the i-cord method.  I will be using this tote to hold all of my knit and crochet projects that I will be bring to my crochet group and knitting group.

I really love this tote because my mom spent a lot of time working on this and her friend even worked on the tote by sewing the lining in the inside of the tote.

Handmade gifts are the best because they are made with love.

This is the felted tote.

This is the inside of the tote with the sewn in lining.

The yarn that was used for this is Noro, The Wonder of Nature, Silk Garden.  The color is #45 Lot #D.
The yarn is Silk, Mohair and Lambswool.  The website for the yarn is: www.eisakunoro.com 
The yarn is from Japan.
The pattern for this knitted tote is by:  Book Patons Designer Felted Handbags, #1 Felted Bag with Motif.
Use size 7 knitting needle
Pattern calls for 100grams = 4 balls
My mom used 8 balls, at $11 a skein

Thanks for knitting this wonderful felted tote for me mom, I love it!

I am on Google +, Twitter, Ravelry and Pinterest.  My username is @brklynhousewife.  Please don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin too!  All of my crochet/knit creations and recipes are on my Pinterest Boards, so please have a look there also.  

Thanks everyone and enjoy.


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Shell Christmas Ornament

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Making Christmas ornaments with your kids or for yourself are fun anytime of the year.  My mom lives near the beach and she made these Christmas ornaments with her crafting group for my daughter and I.  I thought that they were so cute, and I want to share them with you.

Materials Needed:
beach shell
acrylic paint
silk  ribbon
hot glue gun or crazy glue if you don't have a glue gun

To make all you need to do is paint a snowman or Santa on the shell and then let dry.  Next you turn the shell over and hot glue the ribbon to the top of the shell and let dry.  Next you can write on the back of the shell with permanent marker anything that you want.

This is the front of the ornament.

This is the back of the ornament.

The next time you are on the beach you can collect these shells to make Christmas Ornaments.
I hope that you enjoy making them and they make great presents.

Thanks everyone and enjoy.

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Handmade Gifts

Friday, December 21, 2012

Handmade Gifts

When making handmade gifts, such as crocheted or knitted items like scarves, hats, hand warmers etc. it is a good idea to put on the item a tag that says it was handmade and who it was made by and what kind of yarn it is.  The tag can be made or bought from the store that way the person knows if it was handmade or store bought.

Here is a picture of the tag that am using for my handmade gifts that I have made for people for Christmas.

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Crock Pot Lentil Soup

Thursday, December 20, 2012

If you have a crock pot this is a very easy recipe to make.  If you put it on in the morning it will be ready to eat by dinner time.  It is a nice soup to have on a cold winter day.  It also tastes good with Italian Bread.  This recipe is a family favorite and I hope you enjoy.


1 small onion
10 baby carrots - chopped
1 potato - chopped
2 teaspoons garlic - chopped
1 16oz. bag of lentils (rinsed)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon Mrs. Dash
1 chicken bouillon cube (with no MSG)
1 8oz. can tomato sauce

Put all of the ingredients into the crock pot and fill all the way up to the top of the crock pot with water and cook on HIGH for about 6 hours, or until the lentils are soft.  When ready serve.

Thanks everyone and enjoy.

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Lion Brand Yarn Studio

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Lion Brand Yarn Studio

Today I went to visit the Lion Brand Yarn Studio which is in New York City.  The address is located at 34 West 15th Street, New York, NY 10011 in case anyone wants to visit the store.  The first thing that I noticed even before I got into the store was the beautiful window display.  It's a beautiful wintry scene all done in white and it looks like a forest with a princess and two swans surrounded with white trees.  The princess and the two swans are all knitted with white yarn.

Here is a picture of the window display at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio:

When I was in the yarn store as soon as I walked in I was greeted by one of the salespeople who took me  around to assist me in whatever I needed.  She helped me pick out yarn, project bags to hold either your knitting or crocheting that is sewn with really cute material and a pattern holder.  I even purchased a little key chain that has a pattern to knit a mitten that you put over the key chain.  I also received a Lion Brand Yarn black tote bag.  You receive a tote bag if you spend over $100, which is easy to do.  I had such a nice experience today and I hope that some of you try to stop by to see the window display before the holidays are over. 

Here is a picture of some of the goodies that I bought today.

Here is a picture of the beginning of the crocheted cowl.

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God Eye Ornament

Monday, December 17, 2012

This is a really easy craft that you could make with your child in about a half hour.  

God Eye Ornament


2 popsicle sticks
a small amount of yarn in red or green

You begin by putting yarn on the popsicle stick and tying it together and wrapping the yarn around and around all 4 sticks about 14 times and it becomes like a square.  When you come to the end you then tie the end and then leave a piece of yarn about 5 inches long and then make a loop at the end.

This is the front of the ornament.

This is the back of the ornament.

That is all you need to do to make this fun Christmas ornament for your tree.  My daughter made this when she was in 3rd grade.

I hope you try this craft with your children or for yourself.  You will have a lot of fun.

I am on Twitter, Ravelry and Pinterest.  My username is @brklynhousewife.  Please don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin too!  All of my crochet/knit creations and recipes are on my Pinterest Boards, so please have a look there also.  

Thanks everyone and enjoy.

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Michael Kors Handbags

Michael Kors Handbags

Over the weekend I was shopping at a large mall in Paramus, New Jersey called the Garden State Plaza Mall.  The mall has many high end stores, restaurants, food courts, and even a movie theatre.  The one thing that I noticed everywhere when I was shopping is that a lot of women were using the Michael Kors Handbag.  I saw them in all sorts of shapes and colors and women of all different ages were using them.  It is a very stylish bag and the price is very affordable which is great right now.  The bag is even more affordable than the Louis Vuitton or Gucci bag and looks just as good.  Well we happened to be walking past the Michael Kors Store and I had to walk in and when I did there was loud music blasting and all of the sales girls were dressed in short black dresses with very large heels.  All of the sales girls looked like they were in a night club.  The store was really crowded and there was a long line for buying the handbags.  That's when I knew that I had to have one.  I picked one out and the sales girl was very helpful.  Now I have a present from my husband for me to open up on Christmas, which I can't wait.  If you want the latest trend right now I suggest that you go out and buy one.

Below you will see a picture of the black python Michael Kors Handbag that I received for a Christmas from my husband.  The bag is good because it has a lot of compartments in it and it also has a zipper at the top of the bag.  This bag is good because it can go from day to evening.  It looks classy and black will go with every outfit you wear.

Here are the details of the bag:

Michael Kors Handbag
Color: Black Python
The Measurements are: 14-1/2"W x 10-1/2"H x 5-1/2"D
Price: $228.00

If you can't get to the Michael Kors Store, you can also purchase this bag at Macy's or online at Macy's also.

If you don't like this style handbag it also comes in many other styles and colors.

This is a picture of the Michael Kors Black Python Handbag.

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Almost Ready for the Holidays

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Everyone should be almost finished by now with all of their knitting and crochet projects that they have been working on for people for the holidays and Christmas.  If you are giving a handmade gift for someone then it should have a little note attached saying that it was handmade by you.

By now everyone should have their Christmas cards finished and ready to be sent out.  The presents should be almost bought or made and you should start wrapping presents now.  You can get very creative with wrapping presents and using ribbons and bows.  If you don't like wrapping presents the easiest way to have a present wrapped is to put it in a gift bag using pretty tissue paper and ribbon on the top of the bag.  They are fast and easy to use and I sometimes like to use them for a small present so that it won't get lost and it looks fancy.

A lot of people are baking cookies and cakes now and there are so many different cookie recipes online that you can get and make.  The best part about making holiday cookies is decorating them and then putting them into pretty tins or containers themed for Christmas.

This is a very busy time of year for many people but it is also a fun time for little children and also getting together with friends and family that you haven't see in a while.
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The Rolling Stones

Monday, December 10, 2012

The Rolling Stones Concert

The Rolling Stones played at a concert Saturday night at The Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.  It was packed with so may people and every seat was filled.  Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ron Wood and other various members of his band played for about 2 1/2 hours and everyone in the audience was singing to all their songs such as "The Last Time," "Wild Horses" and "Honky Tonk Woman" just to name a few.  They are celebrating their "50 and Counting" tour.  Mick Jagger sang and danced around the stage and Keith Richards and Ron Woods also came out onto the front of the stage playing guitar.  Their was also Mary J. Blige singing "Gimme Shelter," and Gary Clark Jr. playing guitar and singing.  

Mick Jagger kept the crowd engaged and looking at him he is still thin and has his hair in the same style  and he was dressed in black with different fancy jackets and running shoes.  He thanked the audience a few times and he said that people always ask him why do you keep touring and he said to the audience that you are the reason why we really do this!  

I loved this show and I think out all the concerts that I have seen, it was the best one so far!

This is a picture of what the stage looked like with the big lips!

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Fashion for 2013

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Fashion For 2013

In the Wall Street Journal today they said that the fashion color for 2013 will be green.  It is a bright emerald green color to be seen showing up in clothes, dishes, furniture, paint, bedding and even cars.  You can really use this color to accessorize outfits with rings, necklaces, earrings, stockings, silk scarves, handbags, and even shoes.  They would all look great with a black dress or a white blouse and black pants or a black skirt.  For men you can accessorize with your T-Shirts, sneakers, socks and ties. Each year there is always a new color that becomes popular and for 2013 it will be emerald green.

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Shopping in New York City

Tuesday, December 4, 2012


Over the weekend I went shopping in an area in New York City called Chelsea.  There is a place to shop that is called Chelsea Market and it is located on 16th Street and 9th Avenue.  It is one large place that contains many stores inside.  It is a wonderful place to visit!  They have all specialty stores inside with restaurants, and stores that sell clothes and food.  It can get very crowded, but it is a great place to shop for Christmas.

One of the stores that I visited was the Anthropologie Store.  Inside the store it has clothes, jewelry, a cooking section and all kinds of knick-knacks.  When I was browsing inside the store one section I noticed had scarves.  The scarves were labeled hand made and were very expensive.  I took a picture of some of the scarves and said to myself well I could make one of the them and not spend as much money to make it. That is going to be one of my goals, to try and make one that looks similar to the one I saw in the store. I also saw these ornaments that were letters of the alphabet that could be given to someone to be used as their initial.  These were also made with yarn and looked really cute.  I love anything that is made homemade for the holidays.  Here are some pictures of what I found when I was shopping.

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