Monday, October 13, 2014

Annual Holiday gift exchange 2014

The yearly Holiday gift exchange* application process is on!

The rules are simple. There is a large group of people participating but you will send just one gift and you receive one gift. Your gifts should be pretty and fun to open. They should be as good as you would like to receive yourself. Try to get a gift within your recipient's wish area.

How to know what to send? Albina (albinasjewelry), our exchange curator, will send you all the details on a gift for your recipient. Don't forget to include a greeting card with your name, shop name and contact info!

Remember, how busy post offices are in December? Send your gift early so that it would get there just in time for the Holidays!

*To participate you have to be a member of Russian Artists team on Etsy. Please visit our forum for details.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Children crochet leg warmers free pattern Molika

The temperature is going down so it's time to get warm! Get your bulky wool yarn and crochet hook and you will make these pretty legwarmers over the weekend so your child's little legs could stay warmer this fall and winter.
This free pattern is courtesy of Adina from  А&А Cotton Creations. Check out her matching cowl pattern, too! 

Children crochet leg warmers free pattern Molika
Skill level: easy

8” x 11” (20 cm x 28cm) unstretched for 1 to 4 years old child
9” x 13” (23 cm x 33 cm) unstretched for 5 years old to pre-teen

·Loop&Threads Cozy Wool yarn. Super Bulky, Yardage/Meterage: 90 yds/82 m, ball weight:4.5 oz/127g.

·Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn. Super Bulky, Yardage/ Meterage: 108 yds/98 m, ball weight: 6 oz /170 grams

- or any other blend of similar yardage yarn. You will need 1 skein for toddler size and a little more for children size.

Crochet hook  M/N – 9 mm or size to obtain correct gauge.

Buttons (optional), tape measure.

7 hdc x 6 row = 4” (10 cm) square.
Make sure to check your tension before starting to crochet. The width is more important to get right than the height. You can change hook size to bigger or smaller to get right tension.

This pattern in written in US terminology.
ch – chain,sl st – slip stitch, hdc – half double crochet, sc – single crochet.

The legwarmers are worked in rounds.


For a child 1 to 4 years old:
Start: ch14, join with sl st in first ch to form a ring. (Make sure chain does not get twisted when you join.)Note: Check the circumference of the ring, it should be stretched out to 9”(22cm). If it’s bigger or smaller change the size of hook or crochet by a different size.
Rnd1-15: Ch2, hdc in all sts around, join with sl st to top of beg ch2 = 15 hdc.
Repeat rnd 15 if you want your legwarmers longer.
Fasten off. Finish off loose ends.

For 5 years old to pre-teen:
Start: ch16, join with sl st in first ch to form a ring. (Make sure chain does not get twisted when you join.)Note: Check the circumference of the ring, it should be stretched out to 10”(25cm). If it’s bigger or smaller change the size of hook or crochet by a different size.
Rnd1-18: Ch2, hdc in all sts around, join with sl st to top of beg ch2 = 17 hdc. Repeat rnd 16 if you want your legwarmers longer. Fasten off. Finish off loose ends.
Decorate your legwarmers with buttons or crochet flowers if you'd like or leave them as is. They are pretty either way!
Happy Crocheting!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Fall, pumpkin, and aroma of spices

Fall is the most beautiful season, giving us warmest and brightest colors.

Every hue of red, yellow and brown are here. Fall is copper and amber, it is colorful leaves and orange pumpkins.

Fall gifts us with many new scents as well, ones absent in summer; of wet fallen leaves, sweet honey, fresh apples and spices.

It also gives us soft cozy sounds. Softly cracking wood in the fireplace. Soft drops of rain on the window. It make me feel like wearing warm slippers, wrapping up in a soft shawl, holding a cup of fragrant tea and dreaming...

Story by Natalia Aqvatali

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Nautical style decoupage box DIY

Handmade is always a great gift from the heart. Today Stella from ShimmerPlace will show us how to turn an ordinary unfinished wooden box into something special. The box Stella is decorating is ocean themed but you can always use some other image to suit your  occasion.
* Unfinished wooden box with a lock
* Scissors
* Brushes
* Glue
* Hair spray
* Sponge
* Acrylic paints of different shades of blue
* Glitters (optional)
* Varnish
* Printed picture that you will put on your box. A picture can be cut from the decoupage cards or downloaded from the Internet and printed.
How to do it:

Step 1: Remove the lock from the box and place aside to keep it clean.

Step 2: Paint your box using brushes, sponge and acrylic paints. Stella also created a waved texture looks on her box by using some paint and sponge.

Let it dry.

Step 3: Cut out your picture and glue it to the lid. If you use the image printed on your home printer, spray it with a hair spray and let it dry.

Step 4: If you'd like, decorate your box some more. Use some colorful glitters to add  some details or draw some more images on your box. Stella drew some star fishes on the sides and the bottom of the box to match the top. Let the glitter dry completely.

Step 5: Paint your box inside in the color of your choice and let it dry completely.

Step 6:  Apply a thin layer of varnish on the box. Let it dry and attach the lock.
Stella's cute ocean theme box is ready! A lovely piece to decorate a house or to give as a gift.

If you like this box but don't want to make it yourself stop by by the Stella's shop, there are so many pretty boxes to see! Or ask her for a custom order!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

24th Annual VonSteuben Germanfest

24th Annual VonSteuben Germanfest


Sullivan County of New York is renowned for its spectacular scenic views and brilliant red, yellow, and orange foliage colors. It is the home to a number of great fall events, including (but certainly not limited to) Germanfest.

Despite the nasty weather the Von Steuben Day annual parade and Germanfest began in Yulan as planned on September 13th. Hundreds of folks with children and without showed up for the festival, enjoying never ending pitchers of beer, German food, the music of “Musikverein” and German dancing.

Crafters booths drown the interest of the public and the kids corner was very popular and well attended.

Founded in 1957, the Annual Steuben Parade on Fifth Avenue and an Octoberfest-fest gathering in Central Park have given New Yorkers a chance to celebrate their German-Americanheritage a bit closer to home, the Yulan parade was organazed by volunteer fire companies and sponsored by local businesses to give folks a chance to enjoy German heritage and the colorful change of seasons.

The Fall season just began and we have more events ahead to attend:
Wine Festival at Bethel Woods
Oct. 4, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

Craft Beer Festival and Chili Cook-Off at Bethel Woods
Oct. 11, noon-4 p.m., Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

Oct. 11-12, Beaverkill Angler, Roscoe, N.Y.

Story by Lyudmila woolsolution

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Autumn Treasures

Autumn – for many people is a favorite time of year. The autumn months are always a rich and intense palette of luxurious colors. September, October and November give us the opportunity to delight in our physical existence in this world. To harmonize with the autumn mood is not hard, just feel the charm of autumn with special things full of autumn spirit.

For this time of year nature gifts to people the authentic colors of harvest – of red apples, golden onions, pumpkins,  orange mushrooms and the myriad colored leaves of deciduous trees in gardens and parks. The seasons palette - warm, rich and earthy shades.

Autumn appropriate jewelry is made ​​of copper, bronze and gold. Beautiful gems - coral, jade, agate and amber combine perfectly with the autumn months.

Autumn Leaves fine photo - by Yulia Kazansky Art Studio, Fine Art Picture - by Kitty Fine Art, Cocktail Ring - by Albina`s Jewelry, Amber Earrings - by Aqvatali

You can not go wrong by choosing a rustic but elegant style in which to dress up - coarse materials in clothing – cable knitting, suede, felted things, velvet and linen. Very welcome will be large and fine patterns. Scarves and a shawls of boucle wool and rough silk with vintage jewelry in the autumn palette make the perfect addition for any look.

Knit tunic - by All Made with Love , Wooden Sign - by Shimmer Place,Scarf - by Tetiana Otruta Designs  , Vintage Brooch - by Kissed by Age

A cozy autumn house in its interior design demands such colors like khaki, olive, tomato, yellow, orange and plum-purple, but avoid using colors that are too bright and light.

Plush toy - by Cherry Garden Dolls, Suede Clutch - by Meu Shop , Slippers - by Crafts2Love , Nursing Necklace - by Yarny Wishes

 Bring  into your  home decor brass vases, woven bowls and baskets, bronze candlesticks, terracotta pottery and wood sculpture.  Wool blankets, rugs, velvet and satin interior house wares are great also. Wall décor and art prints - large natural motifs.

Blanket - by Nataly`s Pretty Things, Art Print - by Studio Fantasies, Metal bowls - by A Garden Cottage , Lamp Shade - by Belle Coccinelle

Live in harmony with nature - it is not difficult or expensive and can be very exciting. 

Story by Sveta CherryGardenDolls

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