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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Christmas Countdown - Day 12

For our last project, we're going back to Lion Brand. This time to make this cute poinsettia ornament.

This is an easy pattern that will work up quickly, allowing you to make lots for your tree or for gift tags.

I hope you've enjoyed this feature and the free patterns. I certainly enjoyed finding them for you! Don't forget to email me pictures of your projects or leave a picture in the comments. I hope you enjoy the holiday season!

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Christmas Countdown - Day 11

On the 2nd to last day of the countdown, I thought it would be fun to include a garland. But not just any garland --- Jingle Bell Garland!

Adorable! The best part is, you can crochet this following the pattern from DIY Maven or you can string the jingle bells without crocheting the string. Of course, if you crochet, the bells will stay put without any knots or glue. Just string them on & single crochet around each one and you're done. Easy peasy!

I'm picturing this draped down my stairs where every person and dog will make a little jingle. Where will you hang yours?

Happy Crafting!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Christmas Countdown - Day 10

As we near the end of my first-ever Christmas Countdown, I thought it would be fun to include a retro-type ornament.

This pretty bauble comes to us from the good folks at Lion Brand yarn. You have to register to get the pattern, but registration is free. If you do decide to register you can opt to sign up for their weekly newsletter which includes links to knit & crochet patterns. 

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Christmas Countdown - Day 9

I don't know about you, but my house needs mistletoe at Christmas. I also have dogs, so I'm always a little scared to have real mistletoe and poinsettias. This pattern for crochet mistletoe hits the spot!

I plan on making a bunch of this & tying it over the doorway. Perfect! Click on over to Baking and Making for the pattern.

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Christmas Countdown - Day 8

Continuing with our countdown, today we're making a pretty star. Perfect to symbolize the true meaning of Christmas!

This Bethlehem Star comes to us from Petals to Picots. Make a bunch! They would be lovely on your tree and would make very special gift ties.

Happy Crafting!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Christmas Countdown - Day 7

Here's a cute pattern that would make a nice ornament or decoration you can leave up after the holidays.

This pattern for mini snowmen comes to us from The Dapper Toad. Aren't they adorable?! I'm going to make a whole bunch, with lots of different color scarves. Just like the picture!

Happy Crafting!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Christmas Countdown - Day 6

Welcome to the half-way point of our Christmas Crochet countdown. I hope you're enjoying the patterns!

Today, I found you a fun little pattern....(emphasis on *little*)

Little Santa Hats! Sooooo cute! You can hang them as ornaments. Use them as gift toppers. Or.... make little hats for everything around your house!

Absolutely beautiful! Be sure to click on over to Homemade Zen for your copy.

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Christmas Countdown - Day 5

Welcome to Day 5 of the Christmas Crochet Countdown! I hope you're enjoying the
I've found for you. Be sure to leave a comment on the original blog (and mine too!, if you're so inclined) and spread the love.
You're going to love today's pattern.

It's a wonderful, easy, pattern for an old-fashioned Christmas bulb. I love it on the tree and think it would be great as part of a garland. Make a lot, in different colors, and string them together. Fantastic!

This imaginative pattern was created by Crochet Cafe Patterns and, like everything else this week, it's free! I know you'll want to click over & get a copy of the pattern.

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Christmas Countdown - Day 4

Welcome to Day 4 of the Christmas Countdown! If you're making each item, you should have a nice little stack going. 

Today,  we're linking over to one of the nicest patterns I've seen that replicates holly.

Isn't that just lovely? It looks exactly like holly!

I plan on using this pattern to make a pin for my winter coat. As with most of the other patterns so far, this would also make a great ornament or gift topper. If you have the time to make bunches, I know this would make an absolutely gorgeous wreath. Just imagine tons of these leaves and their pretty little berries hanging on your wall. Lovely!

The pattern was created by Suzies Stuff and you can find it here.

Happy Crafting!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Christmas Countdown - Day 3

Welcome to Day 3 of the Christmas Countdown. I hope you're having as good a time as me. Don't forget to send me pictures of your finished items. I would love to post a round-up of all the goodies after the countdown. On to the pattern.

Today's pattern comes from Planet M Files and it is a wonderful pattern for a quick, gorgeous, pinecone.

So lovely! These pinecones look great in flecked yarn (as shown) or solid yarn. Why not make a whole bunch and use them as package ties? If you have a woodland-themed tree, these would be absolutely perfect.

I just love this pattern & could spend weeks making pinecone after pinecone. Be sure to click the link & make some of your own.

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Christmas Countdown - Day 2

Welcome back to day 2 of the Christmas Countdown!

Today we're linking to a pattern that uses Fun Fur to make adorable, fuzzy, ornaments.

How cute are these!?! I have a lot of old, mid-century, glass ornaments on my tree. This will look perfect with them. The pattern calls for Fun Fur, but I think I will use the Martha Stewart Glittler Eyelash yarn to make mine. Just the right amount of bling & in such fab colors like pink & light blue. Perfect with my retro ornaments!

The pattern was created by Donna's Crochet Designs and you can find it here. Don't forget to send pictures of your finished items. I can't wait to see your work.

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Christmas Countdown - Day 1

Welcome to Day 1 of the Cherishables Christmas Countdown! For the next 12 days, I will be linking you to, what I feel, are some wonderful FREE patterns/tutorials for crochet Christmas crafts. Let's begin!

On day 1 we start with not one, but 2 wonderful patterns to make the star & wreath ornaments below.

These are absolutely adorable and would love lovely on your tree or added to a package. I think they would make a lovely gift on their own. How sweet!

The pattern was created by Design Adventures. Just click on the link to get the FREE pattern.

Happy Crafting!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Ho Ho Honeycomb

Tomorrow we start the Christmas Countdown where I post a link to a crochet ornament or Christmas doodad each day for 12 days.

To get us in to the spirit, I thought I would post a link to a wonderful non-crochet tutorial. I've been spending the last couple of days making these little beauties

Isn't that the sweetest thing? The tutorial is posted on V and Co.  The original is made with fabric. Mine is a no-sew version made with felt. If you have felt, scissors, something round to trace with and a hot glue gun, you can make these!

Follow the instruction on the tutorial above and you can't go wrong. I will, one day, make these from fabric. Until then, I'm loving the felt version.

Remember to stop back, beginning tomorrow, for fun FREE crochet patterns I found all over the interwebs. Until then...

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Christmas Countdown

Looking for some fun Christmas crochet projects? I've done the work for you. Beginning this Saturday, December 1st, I will post a link a day to a fabulous FREE crochet pattern. Each will be a quick, Christmas themed, item you can whip up in no time.

12 posts in all. Check in every day for a new project. You'll have your holiday gifts done in no time!

Hope you'll join me and....

Happy Crafting!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Cyber Monday Sale

It's Cyber Monday and Cherishables is ready! I have deeply discounted my remaining felted purses such as:

This Rainbow Purse was $50 and is now $35!

This pink & orange purse was $60 and is now $35!
and many more.

Beaded bracelets have been reduced from $6 to $3 each.

And all Infinity Scarves are on sale.

I hope you'll pop by my Etsy shop to take a look.

Also new are Ruffled & Ribbon Scarves.
Ruffle Scarf

Ribbon Scarf
Happy Cyber Monday!!


Monday, November 19, 2012

Sneak Peek - 3 New Purses

Yesterday I spent the day yelling at the TV (the life of an Eagles fan <sigh>) and making purse linings. Three purse linings to be exact. Last night I sewed them into the purses and now I have 3 new felted purses for Fall. These might be the last felted purses for 2012.

From left to right we have: Autumn Striped Purse -- this one starts with a gray base and then has bands of tan, brown, oatmeal, and one band of off-white & green. It has a braided brown handle and the most wonderful fabric button.
Love that button!
Next there is a purple ombre purse. Ombre is so in right now and I love it in this shade. You may recall I debuted a gray ombre purse before the St. Greg's craft fair. It's sold, so this is the last ombre purse of the season. The bands change from deep "Blackberry" to a medium "Columbine" ending in a light purple called "Seraphim." I added black straps and used an organic cotton lining. If you like purple/berry, you'll love this purse!

The fun purple button is just for show. The strap closes with a magnetic snap

Lastly, I have a Santa Purse.
Ho! Ho! Ho!
I tried something a bit different this year in my attempt to make a larger bag. While it is bigger, the shape is so very different. I like it, though, and hope someone else will too. It reminds me of Santa's sack. Next year, however, I'm going back to the original, smaller, purse in the more traditional shape. Btw, this Santa purse is traditional red. I also have one in burgundy. I'll try to finish that one soon.

This purses will be making their debut this weekend, but not at the Rancocas Woods Craft Show. Instead, they will be making their debut in a shop. Yup, Cherishables will be in a holiday shop this year. (I can't believe I just typed that! I need a pinch!)

Two enterprising ladies in Bordentown, NJ are opening a pop-up shop on Farnsworth Ave just for the holidays. It's called ShowCase! and will be filled with crafty-goodness. I'm one of the crafters. (Pinch, pinch)

If you haven't been to Bordentown lately, you will be amazed. The downtown area is quite trendy with shops and restaurants. Perfect for a holiday stroll. If you're in the area, I hope you'll stop by and take a look. This is a great way to support local businesses and crafts people. Let's Shop Small!

Happy Crafting!

Hurricane Sandy Relief

Another $17 was raised this week for Hurricane Sandy relief. Thanks to all who came out to the Far Hill Senior Center Craft Show! We had a wonderful time, sold some stuff and, most importantly, raised a bit of money to help those in need.

Thank you!!!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Shop Small

I'm sure you've heard about the Shop Small movement and Small Business Saturday, which is on Nov. 24th.

I definitely support this movement -- both as a (very) small business owner and as a consumer. As for myself, what I don't make for Christmas I will buy from the little shops in my area.

If you don't have any small businesses in your town, try shopping on Etsy. That way you're supporting both small businesses and craftsmen. A truly winning combination!

You can get an early start by coming out to the Fairless Hills Holiday Craft Fair, this Saturday from 9-2:30pm. Cherishables will be there at table #25.

What are your plans for holiday shopping? Do you support Small Business Saturday and Shop Small?

Monday, November 12, 2012

UPDATE - Hurricane Sandy Relief

Thank you to everyone who came out for the shows this weekend! We raised another $17 for Hurricane Sandy relief.

Remember, 10% of all sales through December will be donated to the relief effort. Check back for update!


Happy Crafting!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Gray Ombre Purse Debut

If you follow me on Facebook, you saw a sneak peek last night. That peek was for this

Three bands of gray with a flap closure and black handles. The black button is for looks, as it closes with a magnetic snap.

I absolutely love the lining.

I've been saving this fabric for a long time and just knew it would be perfect for this purse.
There are divided pockets on both walls of the purse and both the lining and pockets are reinforced with interfacing, making a durable lining that should hold up well to everyday use.

The lining was hand sewn in using an invisible stitch and melts right into the purse.

I just love this purse & hope you do too! If you're interested in owning the purse, it's priced at $40 and it will be at the St. Greg's craft show this Saturday. Remember 10% of all sales goes to NJ Hurricane Sandy Relief, so $4 goes right into the donation bin.

If you're in the area, don't forget Cherishables will be in Hamilton & Ewing this weekend. Hope you'll come out & say hi.

Happy Crafting!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Weekend Craft Shows & Sneak Peek

It's a busy weekend!

Saturday, November 10th:
St. Gregory the Great Fall Craft Show in Hamilton, NJ 9-3
Ewing American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Craft Show in Ewing, NJ 8-4

Sunday, November 11th:
Steinert HS Fall Craft Fair in Hamilton, NJ 9-3

The Steinert show is rescheduled from Sat. 11/3. Let everyone know that pretty much all the crafters will be there & we're expecting a terrific craft fair. Hope you'll stop by!

How can I be at 2 places at once on Saturday? My doppelganger, also known as my sister Nadine, will be at the Ewing show in my place. If you're in the area, I hope you'll stop by and say hello.

Don't forget, 10% of all proceeds from all the shows go to Hurricane Sandy Relief in NJ.

Let's make this a little interesting. My sister's name is Nadine but my brother & I call her "D" (as in the letter) for short. If you come up to the Cherishables table at the Ewing American Legion and say "Hi, D!" I'll donate an extra dollar to the relief fund. It's got to be "Hi, D" and not "Hi Nadine" she'll  Check back later on this weekend to see how much money was raised.

I also promised a sneak peek.

Do you know what this is?

It's a whole bunch of ruffled scarves made from ribbon yarn. Most are varigated yarns and there are two solid color ones: aran white and light gray. There's also a new ombre tote bag making its debut at the St. Greg's craft fair. I'll post pics of it on Friday.

If you're in the area this weekend, I hope you'll stop by.

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Relief

If you know me, or if you've read my little bio, you know I'm from NJ. Born & raised. As you also know, the northeast was dealt a terrible blow this week when Hurricane Sandy ripped through NJ, NY and Delaware. My family & I were very lucky. We lost power for a few days and had some tree limbs down, but we've got power back and had no serious damage.

Like most New Jersians I spent my summers at Jersey Shore or as we say here "down the shore." Day trips to the beach, vacations in Wildwood -- when I was a little kid, I lost a front tooth eating corn-on-the-cob on the Seaside boardwalk...which probably doesn't exist any more. In my teens & twenties I spent entire summers in Sea Isle City -- living, working, and doing what kids do best -- hanging out with my friends. My first vacation with my husband was in Sea Isle.

Now my shore is changed. Different. Gone. Utter devastation. I feel I need to do something to help rebuild the shore I've always loved.

I am very proud to announce that 10% of all proceeds of Cherishables sales in the months of November & December will be donated to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief. This includes all online (Etsy, Goodsmiths, ArtFire) sales as well as local craft fair and in-person sales for both ready-to-ship and custom orders.

I hope you'll stop by either online, or at one of my craft shows, and do a little holiday shopping for your friends and family, for teachers, stocking stuffers -- for yourself!

I've already raised $10, so please check back often, as I will update the total weekly -- after each craft fair.

Together we can make a difference!

Happy Crafting!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Craft Show News Sat. 10/20

Just a reminder that I will be at Homestead-at-Mansfield Craft Fair in Columbus, NJ tomorrow. The fair runs from 9-2. I understand there are many talented crafters at this show. My table will be next to a quilter. Can't wait to see her stuff. That is something I've always wanted to do.

The Saturday after (10/27) I will be at the Rancocas Woods outdoor craft fair from 9-2pm. There are 100+ crafters and it should be a great time.

Hope to see you!!

Happy Crafting!

Etsy Gift Cards

Etsy launched site-wide gift cards today. They offer the option to email the gift card to a friend or print it at home. With the email option you can pretty it up with a pic. So far they have a generic party option, fall theme, birthday and Etsy. I would imagine they will add more themes or other holidays like Christmas, Hanukkah, Valentine's Day, etc.

The nice thing about these cards is, they can be used in any Etsy store that takes credit cards (not PayPal only shops.) Very nice! Of course, Cherishables takes both PayPal and credit cards, so Etsy gift cards can be used in my shop too.

What a great gift! AND if you purchase a gift card before November 14th you will be entered to win a $250 Etsy gift card.

Happy Crafting!

Etsy did not pay me to say this. As an Etsy shop "owner," I just think these are a neat idea. :-)

Friday, October 12, 2012

Cashbox Makeover of Sorts (tutorial)

If you're going to sell at craft shows, you'll need a cash box. Even if you plan on wearing a crafter's apron, like me, you'll feel better knowing you can lock up some or all of your cash. At the very least any big bills or checks (if you take them.) Since I only sold at one craft show last year, and I didn't know if I would do any more, I did not buy a cash box last year. Now that I'm diving into the world of craft fairs, and I have a bunch lined up this Fall, I decided it was time to buy a cash box.

I bought a very basic cash box. It is very similar to this one:

Honestly, I would've left it alone. If only the cash drawer had more than one slot for bills. My items are priced in round dollars, so I don't need coins. What I need are slots for dollars. I don't know if you can buy an insert for a cash box that is just for bills, but I don't have time to order one. Besides, why buy what you can easily make.

I knew I needed sturdy dividers and they had to be pretty low, so it would be easy to make change. I thought about a few options -- plastic canvas, super heavy duty interfacing. But none of them were sturdy enough, so I cut up a shipping box I had laying around. It was perfect and after cutting long strips and folding them in half, it was super sturdy, if not attractive.

It works and, to be honest, who's going to see it? Really just me. But I'm a crafter. I can't just leave things alone. Not when I can make them look better.

So I started looking around for a way to make the dividers (and just the dividers) look better. Fabric? Nah. Dry time is too long. Scrapbooking paper? Perfect! If I had any, but I don't. Wrapping paper? I have tons, it doesn't have to dry, it doesn't take up space. Yes!

Here's a tutorial on how I make my dividers a bit prettier. Honestly, it's probably exactly how you think it would be and it's pretty picture-heavy, but I took all these pics and dagnabit, I'm gonna use them.

For this project you will need: wrapping paper, scissors and tape. I used packing tape because it's clear & strong.

The first thing I did was remove the dividers. I kept them as is, just folded the ugly masking tape down on to the cardboard to make them even more sturdy (and so the cardboard didn't rip.)

 Next, I cut the wrapping paper into strips & gift wrapped each divider:

I then figured out where to place each divider by making sure the bills fit into the slot. I then taped each divider into place using a long, thin, strip of clear packing tape. I taped to the box and the strip like so:

After the strips were in place, I reinforced them by taping them length-wise using the clear packing tape. This time I taped the side of the divider to the floor of the cash box:

Lastly, I used another long piece of tape to reinforce the top. This way the paper won't rip from use:

And this is what it looks like:
What? Don't you have only singles in your wallet? LOL
The very last thing I did was add a matching loop to hold my stylus. I take credit cards using Square and the stylus is better than a finger when signing for purchases. The problem is, I've lost so many of them b/c they're small. I decided the best idea was to keep it in the cash box. Hopefully, I won't lose it this time!

Here's the final pic, with ring:

Nothing fancy, but better than looking at plain cardboard. Maybe now I'll decorate the outside of the box. LOL

Just a reminder....
Tomorrow, Saturday, October 13th, I will be at a show in Branchburg, NJ. It is hosted by the Branchburg Women's Club. The craft fair (and bake sale - yum!) will be from 9-4pm and will be held at Central Middle School at 220 Baird Road, across from White Oak Park. Admissions is free! Click here for more information. If you're in the area, I hope you'll stop by.

Happy Crafting!

UPDATE:  The dividers are holding up well, but the ring to hold the stylus didn't work. Gravity took over. :-)  So, if you're contemplating, glue the ring to the box lid don't tape it. Me? I'm going going to keep it in the box on top of the moolah.