"I started photographing my domestic world and writing not just about what I had made,
but why I made it, examining the thoughts that accompany creativity and the act of making."
Jane Brocket from The Gentle Art of Domesticity p. 189 UK edition

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Crafting Circles

Weeks ago I visited Sophie's blog, A Good Year, and admired a wreath she made using a vine twisted into  a circle as the base. I especially like to hang an evergreen wreath to remind me of everlasting life that I believe is available through Christ. This year I decided to use my grapevine wreath and poke some greenery in it.  I still want to add  some holly to it but have not made it out behind the pond to cut a sprig yet, but I hung a jingle bell wreath on the front door to merrily ring and remind me of the joy I can know in Christ in all my comings and goings in my faith and in fellowship with others and with family and friends.

It was fun to make single crochets around ponytail holder rings for the grand girls to decorate their ponytails although they were not needed when the Advent wreath was a full circle of light Christmas morning and my oldest grand-daughter raced into my room.

This afternoon I enjoyed experimenting with my pencils and pens...an exercise of faith... and I finished making a wreath ornament similar to the pin wreath that Teresa typed about several days ago.  I used a one inch plastic ring as a base and single crocheted around it as row one. The second row I crocheted through both loops of each single crochet, chained 7 and slip stitched into the next single crochet all around the ring then stitched on three little jingle bells and a bow.

I am hoping to get lots of crafting done during the twelve days of Christmas and beyond...not exclusively in circles although I am especially fond of circles :)

What shape is your favorite for crafting?

xx from Gracie


  1. Hi Gracie , hope you had a WONDERFUL Christmas. I did have a great time with my family. I had work today n tomorrow n will have 6 days off. My daughter is turning 16 on January 2nd... I love the pony tail holders...I'll have to make some for her birthday. Love your wreaths ... So beautiful!

  2. You have made some lovely things, thank you for sharing them with us. That is such a lovely picture of an excited little girl, I had two of those this Christmas!
    I think one of the great things about crochet is the ability to make circles with ease, it's actually quite rare in a craft to be able to do that I think, but I do love a nice granny square.

  3. Hello Gracie and I hope you had a wonderful time with your family on Christmas Day. Of course Christmas is not over yet and so I hope you have more special days to come. We will be catching up with our eldest son and family at the weekend. I have more food shopping for that to do. My younger son and family will also join us so it will be very special. We also have presents to exchange!!
    I don't think that I have a particular shape I like to craft with - but I do have a lot of hearts around my home and quite a collection of stamps featuring hearts for my cards.
    Happy New Year Love from Anne x

  4. I am rather partial to a circle too. You have some beauties there. I also love a square, particularly the Granny variety. I am also fond of triangles and hexagons oh...yeah don't forget the hexagons. I am looking forward to a 'Crafty' few days too. xxx

  5. Looks like you've been busy and enjoying your crafting time. I guess my favorite is rectangular as I have to say I enjoy making blankets so much. Have a blessed day. Heather

  6. WOw I love the manger as the center of your words!!!! so Perfect.

    God Bless you now and in the NEW year

  7. Hi Gracie.. thanks for sharing your fun photos and your crafty endeavors. I am partial to the circle too. I look forward to seeing you tomorrow! I texted Taci to invite her to join you, Betsy and I tomorrow.. she hasn't responded yet. Hope she can.. see you then!

      *H*A*P*P*Y* *N*E*W* *Y*E*A*R*!*

    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  8. Hi Gracie! My, I love all of your circles and the meaning behind them all. Your poster is so full of meaning and I especially love the jingle bells on your door. I believe that I may just borrow that idea if you give me permission. I like thinking of my comings and goings and friends joining in as glorifying to Christ. What a beautiful way to continue the season. Your granddaughter is the picture of excitement. How sweet.

    See you tomorrow Gracie!


  9. Gracie, your circle projects all turned out nicely. I am trying to work on a sweater, but I have started it over three times! Yikes. Hugs to you,

  10. It was so good catching up on your blog again. I had missed your posts while I was away. Looking forward to your adventures in 2013 :-)


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