Tuesday 31 December 2013

December Linky Party Features - A Round Up

Marigolds' Loft was visited by so many wonderful, talented people over the course of December. Those of you who posted a Festive/Wintery Tutorial will be featured here today :) 

Let me start by sharing a link that was shared. It is not a tutorial perse, but it is so awesome I chose to feature it today!

straw in a manger story
Straw for the Manger Story by Small Fine Print

Okay onto the Festive Round up:

First up: Ornaments

angel tag
An Angel Tag by Linda @ Stamping with Linda

ironed ornament
Ironed Contact Paper Ornaments by Barb @ A Life In Balance

An Abaca Angel by Gail @ Purple Hues and Me

paper reindeer
Paper Reindeer by Helena @ Helena Haakt

painted reindeer
Painted Reindeer by Joanna @ Be Creative Mommy

popcorn garland
Popcorn Garland by the ladies @ 2 Crochet Hooks

bottlecap ornaments
Recycled bottle cap ornaments by the ladies @ 2 Crochet Hooks

Next up Christmas Trees:

spiral tree
Spiral Cut Paper Tree by Katie @ The Crafty Blog Stalker

wall tree
Ornament Wall Tree by Gail @ Purple Hues and Me

xmas tree
Chalk Tree Decorated by Gail @ Purple Hues and Me

Then there were stockings:

Upcycled Sweater Stockings by Cindy @ The Gauge Wars

A Free Stock Pattern by Joy @ Joy's Jots, Shots and Whatnots

Festive Extras were shared too:

A Tree Skirt Upcycle by Stephanie @ Simply Dream and Create

Yuletide Carol Accessories by Hannah @ Sew Lah Tea Dough

Santa Treats by Katie @ The Crafty Blog Stalker

Hershey Nugget Snowmen by Linda @ Stamping with Linda

Next nibbles:

Traditional Shortbread by Hannah @ Sew Lah Tea Dough

Christmas Fruit Snacks by Bella @ Healthy Living Awaits

christmas candy bark
Christmas Candy Bark by Diana @ Diana Rambles

The Wintery Tutorials I found linked were these:

snow wreath

The Snowman and Wreath were share by the ladies @ 2 Crochet Hooks

And these awesome hot chocolate spoons were shared by Katie @ The Crafty Blog Stalker

Thank you so much to all of you for your wonderful tutorials and crafts that you share with us all week for week and month for month.

I look forward to seeing you all back here on Thursday 2nd January 2014, for the first linky party in the new year!

Don't forget to grab your Featured button below :)

Marigolds' Loft

Year at a Glance Part 2 - Books Read

Goodreads Book Challenge

This year, as with last year, I did the Goodreads Book Challenge and set myself the goal of 20 books.
I didn't reach the goal but hey, I am not complaining! I ended up reading 17 books this year which is a load of books to my standard :)

Here are the books I read this year:

Book challenge 2013

Here are some of the reviews I posted:

Which was your most favourite book read this year?

I think I would have to give my vote to "The Book Thief" - I loved this book as did Jas, so a winner all round in our home :)

With that I sign off for 2013.
I wish you all a very festive New Year's eve and a great start in 2014.
See you on the other side!

Don't forget - tomorrow we start off 2014 with a bang!

Knitting Madness New Years Mystery KAL

I can't wait to see the wonderful projects that will grow out of this event!

See you tomorrow

Monday 30 December 2013

Year at a Glance, Stash-Busting and other Stuff - Part One

Today I want to share with you all the stash-busting projects that I managed to finish throughout this year. I took part in the Stash-Busting Challenge and decided that I was going to empty my stash drawer.

At the beginning of 2013 my stash drawer looked like this:

stash drawer 2013

This morning that same drawer looks like this:

stash drawer 2 2013

I am amazed at the difference!
At the end of November my stash-busting total worked out to be 4183g
which I had knitted up out of this drawer alone - Amazing - all those balls and only 4kg of wool :D

What you see left in the drawer are the balls of yarn I need for hubbys jersey and the balls of wool I have reserved for a scarf for myself.
These two projects will be tackled over the next couple of months so that I can empty this drawer completely and begin to fill it again :D

Here are the stash-busting projects I managed to complete in 2013:

1. Jassy' Jumper - Completed

Jassy's Jumper

2. Birthday Gift for my Sister-In-Law - Completed

Ear-flaps and caps

3. Birthday Scarf for Kayla - Completed (sorry, I realized that I don't have a finished image of this one :O)

Drops Fabel

4. Socks for me - Completed

socks Drops Alaska

5. Socks for Jas - Completed

Drops Alaska Socks

6. Socks for Kay - Completed

socks drops alaska

7. Pullover for Hubby - Still busy :)

8. Cleo for me - Completed

Drops Cleo

9. Scarf for me (not done yet)

10. Fingerless Gloves for hubby - Completed

Gloves for hubby

11. Perfectly Pink Sweater - Completed

Drops Verdi

12. Cap for Jas - Completed

basque hat Drops Alpaca

13. Cap for Kay - Completed


14. Socks for me/KAL - Completed

hiya hiya kal

How did your Stash-busting go through this year?
Was it something you consciously tried to do?

Thanks to Linda for spurring me on in this effort :)


Saturday 28 December 2013

Heavenly Soap Gone :)

This is my fav bar of soap thus far :) I think I am finally getting the hang of the colouring of my bars of soap!

This is "Heavenly" - I didn't even get a chance to add this to my store :O 

I am now officially sold out of this bar (Par the one I kept hidden away for us to try ;))

Thank you for all your support.
I will be busy soaping in the next couple of days again and will have the store filled with some new creations shortly!

Tuesday 24 December 2013

Merry Christmas One and All

seasons greetings

Dear Readers,
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for another year of wonderful support.

I wish you and yours a merry festive season and an amazing start into 2014.

I have decided to take a little blogging break from today until January 1st 2014 where I will be back and will start off the new year with a bang! 

All those lovely people who have linked up their amazing christmas and wintery crafts - I will be featuring those roundups in the first week of January as I don't want to miss out on visiting all those amazing links and showing off your creative talent.

Until 2014
Ho, Ho, Ho

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