Twinkie Chan Guest Column in Simply Crochet Magazine Issue 67

A reader kindly let me know that my 3rd and final guest column for Simply Crochet Magazine is out now in the UK and online! Info on how to get your copy is here. I downloaded the Zinio version for my desktop!

The magazine editor usually asks me to write about what is currently inspiring me. As you may know, I’m working full-time now as the social media manager for a local company that designs women’s clothing, bags, and home accessories. I have much less time and energy to crochet than I ever could have imagined. My inspiration for the article was: LACK OF TIME. And how to fit crochet into your busy life. The article also notes that you can find bento buddy patterns in my Etsy shop. THIS IS MY PLAN. But they are not in there yet. My plan was actually to have in them in the shop before the holidays, but it just didn’t happen. My friend Candace is helping me design a booklet for the bento buddy patterns. She showed me a sample AND IT WILL BE SO CUTE. It’s gonna be worth the wait. I just have a few big projects I need to get out of the way first (something with the Craft Yarn Council, and a private commission), and then I will do my best to get back into the crochet seat for 2018. It’s been a rough transition, but I’m doing my best and also trying not to stress myself out… which is tough for a workaholic and perfectionist. Giving myself a break is not a forte of mine, but I know it’s important too, sometimes.

Ok, rant over! Thanks for your patience! More crochet soon, I promise!

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Lil Holiday Shop Update

I put a few of my holiday favorites in my Etsy shop. Just a few of each for those non-crocheters who want some Twinkie Chan cheer. Popcorn garlands, gingerbread men clips, and pickle ornaments. I’m shipping everything by Dec. 18-19, so if you’re in the U.S., you should receive your order before Christmas!

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Most adorable video, starring my sloth & abominable snowman!

My buddies at Creativebug shot this ridiculously cute video to promote the spirit and the season of holiday gift-making! I love it so much! You might recognize these friends from my Critter-of-the-Month crochet classes. For a free first month subscription to Creativebug and also a 30% off coupon for Joann Fabrics, check out this link!

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My Peppermint Candy Party Christmas Tree!

I know! I can’t believe I have my Christmas tree up already, either! Actually, this is the first of 3 trees. We also have a pink one and a lavender one, but this is my brand new white tree gifted by¬†Treetopia, since they kindly invited me to be on their Design Council 2017: Christmas in Treetopia!

This year, I wanted to make giant peppermint ornaments. At first I was going to crochet them, and if I have time, I might still try that and post the pattern here later, but in the interest of time and working at a desk 40 hrs a week, I decided to give myself a break and paint some styofoam disks. This tree just really represents giving myself a huge break in general. I usually try to stick with handmade and vintage ornaments, but we don’t always have time for any of that, so this tree is decorated entirely with Treetopia ornaments and stuff I bought at Michaels at 50% off, plus a really basic and easy DIY.

I started with the Arctic White 6 foot tree and these Colors of Christmas Beaded Ornaments. Treetopia did provide these items to me, but my review is honest, and both the tree and the ornaments are beautiful. When it comes to fluffing an artificial tree, you need to take some time, but it’s worth it! The tree is pre-lit, and you can change from white lights to blue lights. I layered in some gingerbread ornaments (yes, you could definitely crochet those!), ceramic(?)/glass(?) garlands, and bows made with ribbon from Michaels.

I really love that ribbon! It’s a minty green blue with peppermints on it, so it was 100% perfect for my tree theme. I then bought floral styrofoam in two different disk sizes, painted some small red stripes with acrylic paint, and then wrapped my big candies inside cellophane tied off with gold ribbon.


This is the first time I really tried to plan my tree out as far as color scheme. My normal design personality is sort of a kitschy mish-mash of pastel randomness. It will be interesting to get all the trees up and decorated at once! I also have a garland and a wreath from Treetopia that I need to decorate, so stay tuned for that!

If you want a chance to win a tree and ornament set for you and a loved one, you can enter to win Treetopia’s 6th Annual Secret Santa Sweepstakes on their Facebook page. Choose your favorite look from our 2017 Design Council and telling us why it suits your holiday style. Ready those sleigh bells and sing your way through the merriest time of the year! Duration: November 14-25, 2017



Can I end with some #HolidayCraftConfessions ? (I started using this hashtag on Twitter. Feel free to contribute!) I could NOT find my vintage tree skirt, so I just pulled the fleece cover off my chair, which I use to protect the chair from dog hair and muddy paws. Also, I didn’t have the proper extension cord to light my tree topper. And you know what? It’s ok. I lived.

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Pumpkin or Jack-o-lantern Slouchy Beret Hat – Crochet Pattern & Video!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

You can purchase the crochet pattern for my pumpkin jack-o-lantern slouchy beret hat (obviously I can’t decide what to call it… haha) in my Etsy shop, and I also just posted my YouTube tutorial for it.

I use my favorite – worsted weight yarn – and a little felt for the face.

For a little extra Halloween love, here’s an easy tutorial I made for work: turning a reusable shopping bag into a fun trick-or-treat bag. Manda and I always have to make some kind of video in a pumpkin patch!

Have a safe and fun day!

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