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Up Goes the Christmas Tree




We spent Saturday morning dressing our tree with all our handmade decorations and a few shop bought ones and I do feel happy each time I catch a glimpse of it as I walk past.

Friday night was busy, when we came home from scouts, Sandy couldn’t stand up! At about 10:30pm we rushed off to a wonderful emergency vet, just down the road.  She was given a shot, her left side seemed paralysed. We brought her home and hoped for the best! On Saturday morning, I was very nervous to walk into the lounge, I was hoping she would be fine and her usual crazy, happy self. She was! We have no idea what could have caused it, the vet was also mystified but we are all so grateful!!!

We are off to braai with our lovely friends tonight and have a gratitude supper to begin our Christmas season…


Perfect Christmas Gift Shopping!

Seeing as Christmas is just around the corner and many of my lovely sponsors are having specials and sales over this weekend from Black Friday through to Cyber Monday and longer, I thought I would share their wonderful discounts here with you!

Fairy Pixie Pillows

Sara from Woolies is offering a few sale items in her beautiful Heirloom shop.

Ulla from the wonderful shop Germandolls is offering a 10% off  sale on all of her dolls and doll clothes today through to Monday. Coupon Code BFCM2012.

A Little Handmade is spreading the holiday cheer by offering 15% off all products in the shop from now until Tuesday, November 27. Take advantage of this offer by using the coupon code HOLIDAYCHEER. This promotion is good for items already made as well as craft kit subscriptions. Don’t see what you want? Contact me, and I’ll see if I can make it happen!

A Little Handmade is also supporting local sales by offering free shipping for local customers who arrange pick up or drop off with me. If you live in eastern Kansas or the KC Metro Area, enter coupon code BUYLOCAL and contact me to arrange the details.

Buy small, buy local! Support people working to make a difference in the world.

Liz from the beautiful shop called The Sitting Tree is offering 10% off Friday through Monday using code: HOLIDAY12.


Waldorf Essentials have a sale going right now. The coupon code is 2012 for 20% off.

End of the year sale at Waldorf Essentials, 20% off everything including their Thinking Feeling Willing program. Waldorfessentials.com

Do pop in and visit these gorgeous shops and see what they have to offer.

Happy weekend to you:)

Christmas Santa Boot Ornament Pattern ©

I have been knitting Christmas ornaments for our tree this year, each year I knit a few more and like to share them here with you:) I have knitted this Santa Boot in a thick worsted yarn, I added a little black sole for the boot and a fluffy top. This boot is knit in the round with circular needles and I have used a 3 needle cast off, I have added a small tutorial for that.


Oddments of beige brushed mohair yarn for the top of the boot.

Oddments of worsted red yarn for the boot.

Worsted black yarn for the sole of the boot

4mm circular needles

4mm straight needle for 3 needle cast off

Sewing needle



Christmas Santa Boot Ornament Pattern ©:

Cast on 12 stitches in brushed mohair, join for knitting in the round for the magic loop technique, divide the stitches to have 6 stitches on each needle and knit 3 rounds.

Join the red worsted yarn

Knit 10 rows in the round

Rounds 11-17: Knit and kfb (knit into the front and back of the stitch to increase) into the stitch before and after the 2 middle stitches, knit to end. (26 stitches)

Rounds 18-20: Knit

Join the black worsted yarn and knit 2 rounds for the sole of the boot.

Turn the boot inside out keeping the stitches on the needles and cast off with three needle cast off.

For the 3 needle cast off you will need a straight 4mm needle.

Bring the stitches to the ends of both circular needles as seen in the above photo. Take the straight needle and knit into both the end stitches together on the 2 circular needles like you would normally knit a regular stitch resulting with one stitch on the 3rd needle (right straight needle).

Once again, knit together into the first stitches on the circular needles with the 3rd needle and a second stitch will end up on the straight needle. Pass the back stitch on the straight needle over the first stitch and you will have one stitch remaining.

Continue knitting the first stitches on the circular needles together with the straight needle and passing the back stitch over the first stitch of the extra and eventually you will have 1 stitch remaining. Bind this stitch off.

Here is a link to a You Tube video showing the 3 needle cast off.

Turn the boot onto the right side and sew in all the ends.

Add some stuffing inside the boot to make it fill out.

Add a little loop to your hanging ornament and you are finished!

Happy knitting!


Join us for a Christmas KAL over on my Mamma4earth Ravelry group


Mamma4earth Christmas KAL and Creative Friday


Today I have opened the Mamma4earth Christmas KAL over on my Ravelry group, it’s going to be such fun!

It will be open from today until the 25 of December.

I am offering 30% off all my animal, gnome and mushroom knitting patterns to those who join the KAL. All you have to do to redeem this discount is add a coupon code in the checkout when you purchase your patterns.

Mamma4earth Pattern Store

Coupon Code for discount: Mamma4earth KAL

If you would like to join the KAL, just leave a message on the group Christmas KAL thread and keep us updated on your projects and of course share photos with us so we can see all your knitted treasures. Feel free to chat etc…:)

Please do join in the KAL if you have already purchased Mamma4earth patterns that you will be knitting for Christmas and share your progress with us there, we would love to see how you are doing:)

This is going to be such fun!!

I also have free patterns on my blog that you might be interested in knitting as Christmas gifts too, you are welcome to share those projects on the KAL too. I have added a few free patterns in my sidebar and will add more over the weekend:)

Happy Knitting!!

and now for Creative Friday!

Welcome to Creative Friday

Thank you so much to everyone who shares the love and their beautiful links:) Please feel free to post your links to anything you have created and would like to share, it can be a recipe, sewing tutorial, knitting tutorial, felting, crochet, crafts, art, spinning, weaving, working with fibre, photography, poetry…etc…

I also love to hear from you, so if you have a moment, please leave a comment:) Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful talent with us! Just add the name of your blog to the widget and then add your blog link with the http:// at the beginning of your link address:) I have added a Creative Friday button on the sidebar of my blog, please feel free to add it to your blog for Creative Friday and link it to http://www.naturalsuburbia.com/ so others can find this space and share their creativity too:)

1. I have started a Creative Friday Flickr Group where you can post your beautiful photos that you link to each Creative Friday. To join the group, please go here.

2. If you would be so kind as to link back to Natural Suburbia in your blog post that would be lovely:)

Have a wonderful day,


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