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Wintery Canvas Paintings

I absolutely love crafting and one of my favorites is painting. It takes me into another world and I feel so posh while I’m painting canvases. A few months ago a local craft store did a buy 3, get 3 free canvases. Now. If you do anything with canvases, you understand that this is the steal of the century. I was wild with excited and motored on over! I bought a big long one (that I did my balloon dart painting on), a nine pack of small squares, and a larger squareish one. The 3 others went a friend of mine, as we went halfsies on this deal. Now these canvases below aren’t the ones I bought on this wicked sale, but I just am using this as an excuse to tell you about that delightful sale.

Anywho, the point of this post is to show you my two festive winter paintings. The penguin one was a little stressful to do as it was “human like”. I had to get it to look like a friendly animate object. And honestly, I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. He’s so dang cute!! Even as I went back and reread this post before it went up, I was super impressed and really proud of it.


The Joy Tree one….my only fuss is with the letters. I never paint words or letters because my handwriting is awful, ergo, my painted handwriting is going to be way worse. I used a letter template that my friend had, but made a mistake and had to paint over it. I was quite distraught over how it ended up because you can see it underneath the new letters, but I was unsure of how to fix it and ended up leaving it alone.


Do you enjoy painting or what’s your crafty outlet? Do you have anything festive you’ve created?

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Knitted Temperature Scarf: Completed!!

Today is the day ladies and gents that you get to see the completed project that I have been working on for 365 days. My Temperature Scarf!!

If you remember from my original post, I listed all the “rules” and then later on in April I decided to make three scarves instead of one huge long one! So I had January, February, March, and April on one. It was pretty chilly due to where I live, but with bursts of warmth randomly due to two different trips to some southern states. I had a darn troubling time trying to get it to lay flat, shown in my weird edges. I finally squared that away in my second scarf. It’s about 54″ long.

First Scarf

1st Temperature Scarf

May, June, July and August were the months of my second scarf and this scarf was much, much shorter due to garter stitch instead of stockinette. It was a lot warmer weather and actually fairly consistent. It was really a great reminder that our summers aren’t freezing even though we usually fuss that they are. This one is about 36″ long.

Second Scarf

2nd Temperature Scarf


September, October, November, and December make up the last third of the year and my last scarf!! There is a lot of blues in this section, which was to be expected, though the temperatures didn’t dip quite as low as the beginning of the year in January. My only issue with this third scarf is that I forgot to knit the white rows to divide November from December!! It was too far back for me to rip it all out, so I’ll just try to ignore that error. I did a different pattern this time. It was a four row repeat….knit, knit decrease, knit increase, and purl. I didn’t love doing it, but the pattern turned out kind of nice! It’s about 39″ long.

Third Scarf

 Third Temperature Scarf

I am so proud of myself for doing this scarf and sticking with it for a whole year! I honestly can’t believe I did it! But…having said that…I am looking forward to not having this project lurking in the shadows at all time. No long outstanding projects anymore. Just one project at a time. Makes my mind feel much more at ease.