Julie's Creative Lifestyle

Update From Crochet Sale 2018

Thursday, November 29, 2018


Hello blog friends.

I hope you're all enjoying this week and staying warm.  It's is so cold and windy here and I've been staying inside.  I am still battling a terrible sinus infection, so I've been doing some Christmas decorating around the house this week.  (WARNING THIS BLOG POST IS LONG)!

Some of you have asked me about what happened at the recent crochet sale we had at my church.  I'm sorry, I didn't give you all an update from our sale we had last Sunday, November 18, 2018.

I mentioned to you that last year (2017) we did OK, and not as well as in years past.  Well, this year was even worse than last year and we made less than half of what money we had made.  There is a large raffle item that seems to help out with this sale.

It was disappointing news to our group of how we made out, and we think that people may not want homemade items like this anymore. 

All of the items that did not sell at the sale have been given out to some homeless people, who need hats and scarves to stay warm, and to a local hospital.

The Sister that runs our group was really upset.  She would usually take our group out to lunch twice a year and she said that there will just be a holiday luncheon right before Christmas.

The group has now decided to only meet up once a month and just do all of the work from home.  I have been in this group for 15 years and the group was about 20 women when I first joined.  Now we only have about four of us (including me) that will meet up once a month at the church.

We shall see what happens with this group, but it doesn't look too good to me.





If you look below, some of you might remember seeing these scarves that I knitted for myself.  :)

The one on the left is cream/gold and I knitted it with two strands of yarn.  I used cream colored yarn and gold yarn together and knitted it in the seed stitch.  To see the blog post, and the details to knit your own gold scarf, just click here.

The plum cowl is also knitted in the seed stitch as well.  I had a fun time when I bought this yarn with my niece, during last summer.  To see the blog post, and the details to knit your own short cowl, just click here.



Both scarves are knitted using the seed stitch.


Below I made two neck warmers a few years ago for myself.  I crocheted the cream colored neck warmer in a thick chunky yarn.  The black neck warmer, I used two strands of yarn and crocheted them using black yarn and a strand of black sequined yarn.  I usually wear these in the winter when it's very cold outside.  I don't have any of the details available anymore for making these neck warmers, as it was so long ago.  I can't remember where I found the patterns to make them.


Both neck warmers made with Lion Brand yarn.



Some of you may have remembered that I had met Mary from the blog My Dogs My Garden and Mary, back in the summer of 2015.  To read that blog post, just click here.  It was such a pleasure to meet such a sweet lady and we had a wonderful lunch together when I was on my trip with my family to California.  We had lunch at the Cheese Cake Factory right on the water of Marina Del Rey.  We would enjoy corresponding to each other by email each week.   I was emailed a few months ago by another blogger, who informed me that Mary had passed away.  (Thanks to the blogger who emailed that to me).  This blogger did not know any of the specifics or details and neither do I.  May Mary rest in peace.  She is really missed by me and I'm sure by so many others.


Thanks to all of you for stopping by.  I hope have a great day, and enjoy the upcoming weekend.

Julie xo

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Take Time to Enjoy the Season

Wednesday, November 28, 2018



Hello friends.  Did you all have a nice Thanksgiving?

I did and I loved spending it with family that I haven't seen in a while.  We all had a great time and I enjoyed eating the good food and the leftovers.





Can you believe that next week is the beginning of December?

With the holidays here we should all....

  Take the time to breathe and enjoy the holiday season!




Some ways that we can accomplish this is to stay organized.  


I like to make lists of all the things I need to do for the holidays.

I like to make lists of people I will need to make or buy presents for.  I do half present shopping online and half in the store.  When I have a present I cross it off the list and then I try to wrap the present right away.  This will happen sometime next week for me.

I usually save my Christmas card list from year to year.  I like to see if I will be adding or taking off people on my list.  You can also buy your holiday stamps at the post office or online.

You should decide if you are making photo holiday cards, buying your cards, or even making your own handmade cards.  There are sales specials now on photo holiday cards to take advantage of.

If you are sending out any packages to family or friends you should get your packages ready to send out early.  I like to do this early as this time of year the post office is super busy with long lines.

You should figure out menus and if you will be entertaining any parties or get togethers with family and friends.

Start thinking about outfits you will be wearing and if you need to go shopping for any clothes.  This applies to the children also.

I like to have extra food around just in case I have anyone drop by unexpected for coffee.  You can make extra food and then freeze it.  When you are in a rush and don't have time to cook you can plan ahead of time and take food out of the freezer and just defrost it to have for dinner.

I love to make quick and easy meals for weeknights and weekends.  I love using the Instant Pot for a really quick meal and the Crock Pot for weeknight meals.  You can click here to see some of my easy recipes for weeknight dinners and the holidays.

Now is a great time that you can start your holiday baking of cookies, candy, and any other holiday treats.

You should figure out if you will be buying a real tree or a fake tree.  If you are putting up a fake tree, you can get it up early and decorate the tree.  Decide if you need to buy any new ornaments, lights, or decorations.  This is a great time to sort through your holiday decorations and decide if you are keeping them or if the ones you don't need you can donate to charity.  (Some of you might have your tree up and decorated already, so please ignore this one).

I like organizing my decorations and I usually decorate the inside of my house right after Thanksgiving.  I am in the process of doing this right now!  This also applies for decorating the outside of the house too.  Last year I organized and went through my Christmas decorations.  I donated a lot of them to our church.

The bottom line is just try to stay organized and try to have family members help you out.  One of the ways I like to do this is by having my college girl invite some of her friends over to decorate the Christmas tree and do some holiday baking.  It's always fun when you have everyone involved and helping out.


Take the time to breathe and enjoy the holiday season. 

One of the ways that helps me out during the holiday season is drinking a lot of coffee!







Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you all enjoy the rest of the week and weekend.  :)


Click HERE to see the great parties I will be linking up to!


Julie








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Cooking and Crafting with J & J #171 and Features

Monday, November 26, 2018



We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends!! 

 We're back at it to see what you all are crafting and cooking up for Thanksgiving! :)




Co-Hosts


Plucky's Second Thought



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Features


Jess' Picks:



Light Up LED Tree tutorial



Carla Hall’s Pecan Pie recipe



Julie's Picks:



Hot Cocoa Bar



Crochet Star Ornament tutorial




Let's get to the Link Up!!


Now is your chance to link up your favorite crafts and recipes blog posts! 

Jess and I hope to see some awesome recipes, crafts/diy, gardening, fashion, beauty, home decor, healthy living, sew/crochet/knitting, stories and poems, tea time, travel reviews, tips, and tricks; also, we really hope all of our readers will participate!

PLEASE READ THE RULES!! :)



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Happy Thanksgiving 2018

Tuesday, November 20, 2018



Hello blog friends. 

I will be really busy today and tomorrow in the kitchen cooking and baking. 

and....

Please excuse me if I do not have time to visit all of your blogs and respond to emails and comments! 

So I am .......

Wishing all of you a Happy Thanksgiving!





It's a time to all be thankful.





It's a day to all be grateful.




I am thankful for my blog friendships with all of you.  Thanks everyone.

I hope you all have a wonderful time celebrating with family and friends.


I say you can eat all of that good food.  Just wear comfortable clothes.  LOL.  

My favorite part about Thanksgiving is eating all of the leftover food the next day.  I also enjoy being with family that I have not seen in a while.  :)  


Thanks for stopping by and have a Happy Thanksgiving.  



Julie xo

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Cooking and Crafting with J & J #170 and Features

Monday, November 19, 2018



Happy Thanksgiving this week!! 

 We hope you all have a wonderful holiday filled with friends, family, and delicious food!! :) 

 There's so much to be Thankful for, including all of you that make this Link Up what it is!




Co-Hosts


Plucky's Second Thought



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Features


Jess' Picks:



How to Make Your House Smell Like the Holidays



Leftover Turkey Noodle Soup recipe



Julie's Picks:



My plaid Thanksgiving table for 2018



Roasted Cauliflower recipe




Let's get to the Link Up!!


Now is your chance to link up your favorite crafts and recipes blog posts! 

Jess and I hope to see some awesome recipes, crafts/diy, gardening, fashion, beauty, home decor, healthy living, sew/crochet/knitting, stories and poems, tea time, travel reviews, tips, and tricks; also, we really hope all of our readers will participate!

PLEASE READ THE RULES!! :)



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Recipe Ideas for Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 15, 2018



Hello friends.  I have some recipes that I love making for Thanksgiving. 

I've made these recipes in the past and posted them on the blog.

I'd love to share them with you again!






One of my favorite things to make for fall and Thanksgiving is apple pie.  I have this simple recipe to make Semi Homemade Apple Pie.  To make this easy recipe click here.




Another favorite is my sausage stuffing and you can click here for the recipe to make it.



Have you ever made crock pot mashed potatoes?  Well, I have a delicious recipe to make them found here.  They were a hit a few years ago!






Last year I made corn pudding casserole for the first time and it tasted so good.  I never made this casserole before and I was happy to find the recipe on the blog Kitty's Kozy Kitchen.  This casserole makes the perfect side dish.  I was only able to get this shot of the casserole because it tasted so good.  To see the recipe just click here.






I will be busy for the rest of the week and next week.  I have this weekend my annual crochet/knit sale at our church.  I have been so busy all year crocheting different items to donate to this sale.  I also have been so busy Christmas shopping and getting menus ready and so on.  Please excuse me if I am not able to visit and respond to all of your comments and emails.  

Thanks for stopping by as I do appreciate it.  :) 

I hope I have inspired you with some of these Thanksgiving favorite recipes.






Enjoy the rest of the week and weekend.  :)



Click HERE to see the great parties I will be linking up to!


Julie






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Crocheted Christmas Ornament Pattern

Tuesday, November 13, 2018



Hello blog friends.  I seem to have made a mistake and tried to edit this blog post from many years ago (back in 2013) and it posted again with the comments.  Has this ever happened to any of you? 

Well, I guess I am posting this again.  Perhaps some of you would like to make this fast and cute Crochet Christmas Ornament using any leftover scrap yarn that you might have.
 
Christmas is right around the corner and how would you like to make your own Christmas Ornament?

I've made and designed a really easy pattern for a Crochet Christmas Ornament that can be made in one one sitting.

This is a great way to use up any scrap yarn that you may have left over from another project. 

Below are the details to make your own crochet ornament






CROCHETED CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT PATTERN




Crochet Hook: US size G
Yarn: Lily Sugar 'n Cream - Cotton - Color: Playtime (The yarn in the middle)
Yarn: Martha Stewart Crafts - Cotton Hemp - Color: Sour Cherry (The yarn on outside)

For this pattern I used kitchen cotton, but you could also use acrylic yarn if you don't have any cotton yarn available.


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

1) With Playtime yarn Chain 5, sl st to join to make circle, ch 1
2) sc 7 times in ring, ch 1
3) sc 2 times in each st, ch 1
4) With Sour Cherry yarn hdc 2 times in each st, ch 2
5) sc in each st all the way around, end off & make loop & tie a knot

Please Note:  This pattern is written in US terminology.



Please try out this fun ornament to make for your Christmas tree and get a start now before the rush.  


Thanks everyone and enjoy.

Julie

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Cooking and Crafting with J & J #169 and Features

Monday, November 12, 2018



Who has their Thanksgiving menu planned?! :) 

 Well if you need some ideas, I'm sure the other contributing bloggers will be glad to share a few!! :)




Co-Hosts


Plucky's Second Thought


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Features


Jess' Picks:



Fudgy Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies recipe



Sweet Potato Casserole recipe



Julie's Picks:



The Pond - Central Park, NY



Crochet Christmas Tree Ornament and Pattern




Let's get to the Link Up!!


Now is your chance to link up your favorite crafts and recipes blog posts! 

Jess and I hope to see some awesome recipes, crafts/diy, gardening, fashion, beauty, home decor, healthy living, sew/crochet/knitting, stories and poems, tea time, travel reviews, tips, and tricks; also, we really hope all of our readers will participate!

PLEASE READ THE RULES!! :)



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Celebrating my Six Year Blog Anniversary

Thursday, November 8, 2018



Hello blog friends. 

I hope you are all having a good week.

Today I am celebrating six years of blogging!






I can't believe it's been six years that I have been blogging!  I'm really amazed at how fast the time has gone by. 

Blogging has become now a daily part of my everyday routine.

I enjoy visiting your blogs each week to catch up and see what is going on with all of you.  I love the blog friendships I have made through this amazing blogging community.

I am so inspired by all of your talents and helpful hints.   I love seeing all of your recipes, crafts, fashion, and beautiful homes.  I was so happy when I even had the opportunity of meeting a few of you in person.

Some days I hate blogging due to some of the changes with blogger and some days I just want to quit it all together.

I just seem to keep on blogging each week as I'm enjoying it right now and I will continue to blog.  :)

I've noticed that some bloggers have stopped blogging altogether or they have moved over to Instagram instead.  I like Instagram and I enjoy how easy it is to post and share photos.  If you would like to follow me on Instagram I am at @brklynhousewife and I'd love to connect with you there.

Thanks for your support and the blogging friendships I've made with all of you!  You are the best!




Cheers to six years of blogging!



Julie xo




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Cooking and Crafting with J & J #168 and Features

Monday, November 5, 2018




Hope you all survived Halloween this year!! 

 Now we're quickly moving on to Thanksgiving!! GET READY!! :)




Co-Hosts



Plucky's Second Thought



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Features



Jess' Picks:



Air Fryer Caramel Apple Pie Flautas recipe



The Perfect Roasted Turkey



Julie's Picks:



Fabric Turkey Craft for Adults tutorial



Sausage Stuffing recipe




Let's get to the Link Up!!


Now is your chance to link up your favorite crafts and recipes blog posts! 

Jess and I hope to see some awesome recipes, crafts/diy, gardening, fashion, beauty, home decor, healthy living, sew/crochet/knitting, stories and poems, tea time, travel reviews, tips, and tricks; also, we really hope all of our readers will participate!

PLEASE READ THE RULES!! :)



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