Pastel Paper Flower Christmas Tree

a silver Treetopia Christmas tree decorated in handmade pastel paper flowers with gold accents

Our new Christmas tree this year is SILVER, and I’m so excited! This post is sponsored by my favorite faux Christmas tree company, Treetopia, and they sent us a 7 foot Silver Bells Christmas Tree. You can use code TWINKIE15OFF for $15 off your purchase before November 25, 2021. I picked this tree amongst the other silver trees because it has a slim silhouette, and I wanted to try something a little less bushy and voluminous in our tree corner.

Silver Christmas tree with pastel floral decorations.

Treetopia suggested a Glamazing Christmas theme, and at first I didn’t really know how I wanted to translate that, but using metallics really helped. Yes, we mixed silver and gold, and I think it turned out ok!

I always like trying to DIY my ornaments if possible, and Manda helped me select and cut out a bunch of paper flowers on the Cricut. Then we spent 2-3 days assembling them. I haven’t crafted with paper very much, and I really enjoyed it as a fun break from crocheting.

Photo collage of a silver Christmas tree with pastel floral decorations. The photo on the right shows a close up of the base of the tree, with a few wrapped presents and a scattering of paper petals

To make the most of our paper, Manda dropped individual petals on any blank parts of the design canvas, and then we used these petals to scatter at the base of the tree.

I LOVE a pastel Christmas, and I quickly realized that the palette we chose coordinated well with the prints we already had on the wall, so our tree fits really naturally into our home.

Treetopia has TONS of tree colors, even “natural” green ones and flocked ones. You can check out all the Treetopia trees here. Don’t forget to use code TWINKIE15OFF until November 25th!

Here’s a short Reel on Instagram that shows how one just paper flower is made:

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Crochet Mushrooms & Frogs for Jenny Lemons

In August, I was the featured artist at Jenny Lemons, which is an amazing art supply store, gift shop, and DIY teaching space in San Francisco. I hosted a craft party via Zoom where we made beaded mushroom pins to go with the neon mushroom theme that I created in the shop window. All of the mushroom and froggy friends were for sale, and they all sold out! Before you ask, you can definitely purchase patterns for them in my Etsy shop: frog crochet pattern and mushrooms and frogs crochet pattern bundle.

Taking photos of a window display is tough because of the reflections on the glass, but here are a few snaps from installation day.

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New Crochet Pattern: Strawberries – Halves and Wholes

crocheted strawberries and strawberry halves on a pink surface

Hello! I… have a lot of catching up to do on the blog, but I wanted to let you know that I just uploaded a new crochet pattern: Crochet Strawberries – Halves and Wholes.

I recently crocheted a bunch of treats for a crocheted tea party (more on that soon!) and I needed strawberry halves to top my mini cupcakes. Now you can make strawberry halves, too! The neat thing about this pattern is that you can also use it to make perfect matching whole strawberries. How cute is that?

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Heart-Shaped Crochet Cake Pattern

I’m extra excited to release this crochet pattern for a heart-shaped cake, because I know you all will get super creative with it!

It’s fairly small at 6 inches wide and 3 inches tall, so there’s not a lot of room for lots of text, but even with that small space, I can’t stop thinking about funny or sweet words to add.

You can also skip lettering all together and just cover the top of your cake with lots of luscious frosting. The pattern in clouds a bunch of different kinds of piped frosting and frosting blobs to customize your cake. I include links to all my favorite materials, including these magical cherries everyone always asks me about.

Start practicing that piping! [Heart-shaped crochet cake pattern in my Etsy shop.]

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Crochet Pattern: Pretzel Brooch

3 crocheted pretzel brooches

Here’s an oldie but a goodie. Are wearable pretzels cool anymore? I remember when I first started making these for my craft shows, they were really really popular!

The pattern is so easy that I never posted it anywhere. It did appear in Simply Crochet Magazine Issue 30 which was many many years ago!

A few people have asked about it recently, so I dug up some photos and notes and put a pattern together for you. Please enjoy, and I expect to see lots of cute outfits with your new crocheted pretzel brooches! Printer-friendly version is available in my Etsy shop for just $2.00.

Twinkie Chan wears a yellow floral dress and a crocheted pretzel brooch. She is also holing a crocheted pretzel in her hand.
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