Gwen Bautista

I was introduced to the fiber arts like many crafters by my great-grandmother. She was determined that if I ever needed to repair some socks or make myself a sweater then I would know how. Little did she know that it has led to a rather large yarn hoarding addiction and fascination with needles. As a life long crafter I am always learning new techniques and improving my skills.

Christmas Countdown – Free DIY Doll Outfit

With all the hustle and bustle of the holiday, we hope you are enjoying the time you spend on our blog where we stop and celebrate everything handmade.  Thank you for all of your wonderful feedback on the blog.  We read and listen to each and every comment. 

Christmas Countdown – Free Super Bulky Crochet Mittens

At the end of Day 5’s Christmas Countdown blog post, we asked you which Mitten pattern you would like to see featured and the response was overwhelmingly in favor of our Mittens and Scarf Pattern.  Well designed crochet mittens are difficult to come by and we hope you enjoy these.

Christmas Countdown – Free Crochet Cowl Pattern

I wanted to create a pattern that reflected the classic beauty of the tartans I had researched but one that did not involve complex stitches or color changes.  When I saw the Moss, Cranberry and Stardust colors of Mary Maxim’s Woodlands yarn, I was instantly inspired and knew those were the colors that I needed to use for the design.

Christmas Countdown – Free Fingerless Gloves

Thank you so much for sharing these articles on your social media pages.  Today we are sharing a special pattern that until recently was only available as a kit exclusively from Mary Maxim.  Don’t worry, you can still purchase the kit which includes the expertly written pattern and all the yarn needed to complete the project. 

Christmas Countdown with Life and Yarn – Free Pattern – Crochet Double Brim Beanie

Thanks for joining our Second Annual Christmas Countdown.  For the next 25 days, we are releasing amazing patterns on the Mary Maxim blog but only for a limited time.  Make sure to download and save these patterns before January 31st.  Take a minute to stop and follow today’s Featured Maker Brianna from Life and Yarn …

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21 DIY Christmas Ornaments

In a season that can seem so commercial the Handmade Christmas Tree Ornament is a seasonal DIY-er’s favorite way to pass on holiday traditions.  Decorating a Christmas Tree is a Yule time practice dating back to 16th century Germany.  Back then, it was not called a Christmas tree but a Paradise Tree and often decorated …

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