Crafty Christmas Gifts

I hope that you had a great Christmas!  I did.

I want to talk about crafty Christmas presents, not ones that I received, but rather ones I gave to people, (and forgot to take photos of.)

The first was that I actually crocheted a blanket for my niece, Allie.  Her mother was thrilled to pieces.  Allie was otherwise occupied with other toys and wasn’t interested in a blanket.  She’s two, so I can understand that!  I rolled up an adorable outfit and cute pj’s in the blanket and tied a pretty green ribbon around it.  I was quite proud of it!

My hope for the blanket is that one day Allie will be old enough that when she uses the blanket, she will think of her Aunt Jenn.

The other handmade gift I gave out was a chunky infinity cowl I knit for my mother, who was quite delighted with it.  She wore it right after she opened it.  That always makes me happy when people do that with something I made.

I also made a few other gifts, but those people haven’t received them yet, so I can’t tell you about them at this time.

I hope that everyone YOU crafted for appreciated your hard work and thoughtfulness.  I’m glad my family does.



Merry Christmas!

I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas!  May all your holiday crafting be completed.  Mine barely is.  Usually, I imagine those of us who craft for gifts are in the same boat!

I’ll be back after my insane holiday weekend with a proper post.  Things have gotten away from due to things being really busy lately, but I know I owe you guys an honest-to-goodness post.

Again, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Bottom’s Up!

Well, the brewing saga of my beer and hard cider have come to a completion, as the finished products are the fridge.  I have tasted them both, too. (Read up previous entries here and here.) Here’s what I think.

Hard Cider

It’s dry.  Really dry.  I like it!  It has a good cider taste and isn’t sweet.  The cider has a good fizz and pop to it when you take off the cap.  Yum!

Chestnut Brown Ale

This turned out really well, too, for a first try!  It’s a tad watered down, and I think I over-carbonated it, which means I should have let it sit a little longer or reduced the sugar content at bottling.  Now I know for next time.


I made alcoholic beverages!  I enjoyed them both!  I learned a lot!  And it was delicious!


Wrap Up In the News

LancasterOnline has a great series of articles that were published yersterday’s paper about the The Wrap Up, Lancaster scarf-bombing that happened on Monday, November 30.  I unfortunately was not there, as I had a prior commitment and a back injury on top of that.  Erin Negley of LPN wrote up a great set of articles that were on the front page of Wednesday’s paper.

Now, as for the featured image at the top…..Angelia Reed, Wrap Up’s fearless leader any myself will be at the Lancaster East Side Market’s Holiday Arts Market promoting and raising money for The Wrap Up, Lancaster Project.  People have graciously donated handmade items for us to sell.  All proceeds go to the project.  Plus, get some Christmas shopping done, too!