The Joy of Crafts

I guess I have to confess that I have a passion to create crafts. I wish I had more time for it! But

since it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

everywhere you go, I'd better hurry and make something  artisanal (French for handmade:-)



December is one of the best months for seasonal crafts - great-looking, environmentally-friendly and easy to make holiday gifts.


Each of the projects in this newsletter can be done in less than an hour and makes a perfect Christmas present. All of them are my design, but of course you can find lots of similar things on the internet.   




Here is my  Holiday Arty-Crafty Collection :-)







More crafts on my website

(go to Gallery-Crafts)























The Joy of Words

Another passion of mine is words. This month I decided to use words of the season to 'decorate' my newsletter. 



Every time you spot a line from a Christmas/ New Year/Winter song, click on the picture for some music :-)










To read more visit

Word ArtiSanity

on my website



































The Joy of Poetry


Blow, blow, thou winter wind

Thou art not so unkind,

As man's ingratitude.


         William Shakespeare




One kind word can warm three winter months.


          Japanese proverb




In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enJOY


                  William Blake





For more 'seasonal' poetry see my Newsletters on

























The Joy of Giving


Making this Artsy-Craftsy is a work in progress. You will probably hear from me with some more holidays crafts:-)


Knitting Christmas presents is a fun way to say "I love you".


And you know I love you ... I kid thee not :-)





































Enjoy your Holidays!



Cup Cozies

A coffee mug, tea and some

honey ... what a perfect

gift for a coffee or tea lover!


There's a happy feeling

nothing in the world can buy

When they pass around

the coffee

and the pumpkin pie ...

Thermos Sleeve

Have yourself a hot cup of tea.

These nice cup cozies will keep it warm. In the thermos -  the robust Rooibos Tea (Provence). It has a hint of a nutty aftertaste - perfect for the winter!


To read more visit Artisaknitea on my website

Bottle Scarf

Baby, it's cold outside


They say there's quick knitting and then there's really quick knitting.


This 100% wool and very fashionable bottle apparel was knitted in no time.


You can't beat the look of the red  and white snowflake scarf with a wooden button:-)


More gift ideas on

(go to Gallery-Gift Ideas)

Bottle Cozy Hat and Scarf


The word is out

About the town

To lift a glass,

Ah, don't look down

Simply having a wonderful Christmas time...



I am going to dress up my bottles with these cool miniature Hat and Scarf Hand Knitted Bottle Toppers.


Looks like this bottle is already dressed for the party:-)


Holiday Scarf

The weather outside is not that frightful yet. You know there's no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes. You just need a good scarf to keep you warm.


See more on (go to Gallery-Small Knits)


Winter Wrist Warmer

Walking in a winter wonderland  will be cooler if you are wearing a cool wrist warmer. Cool!!




For more cool wrist warmers go to

Scented Pillow

If you like a natural fragrance of pine,   this sachet pillow is a perfect gift for you. It's filled with scented fiberfill.


I fill my sachet pillows with potpouri or spices or add some of my favourite essential oils (for Christmas - Cinnamon, Peppermint, and Pine)




There are lots of websites about how to make your own Christmas blends

Scented Sachet

"Who is this coming up from the wilderness

Like palm-trees of smoke,

Perfumed with myrrh and frankincense,

From every powder of the merchant?"


"Till the day doth break forth,

And the shadows have fled away,

I will get me unto the mountain of myrrh,

And unto the hill of frankincense."



Oh I long to feel that Christmas spirit in my heart...


Tree Balls

And so this is Christmas

I hope you have fun


I had fun making this crocheted Christmas tree ball. Only natural yarns (as always) have been used, so kids can play with it. Inside - Japanese paper ball.



A very merry Christmas

And a happy New Year

Let's hope it's a good one

Without any fear







Christmas Tree Ornament

Decorations of red on a green Christmas tree

Won’t be the same dear, if you’re not here with me



This year I will trim my tree with this delightful decoration (and many more are coming:-)



Cellphone case

Hand-knit cell phone case with wooden button



Christmas Purse

I have a collection of knitted purses. This one is for Christmas.


See more on

Plant Pot Cozy

Brr, it's cold

It's cold out there


This plant, 'dressed' in a hand-knitted pink cable cozy with a huge antler button,  is sitting on my countertop and is not afraid of temperature drop.

Blue Christmas Brooch

And when those blue snowflakes start fallin'

And when those blue melodies start callin'

You'll be doin' all right, with your Christmas of white,

But I'll have a blue Christmas without you.







Santa Hat

I'm dreaming of a White Christmas ...


Look who else is knitting on

(go to Home Knit Home -

Look Who's Knitting)

Hat and Scarf Set

Mmm-erry Christmas, baby!

Artisaknity • 33 Harbour Sq. • Toronto, ON M5J2G2
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