Making ornaments is one of my favorite parts of the Christmas season. I’m calling these "Mrs. Claus’ Date Night Handbag." It is a very simple pattern that I wrote up 2 years ago that I call Ornamental Joy Tiny Handbags. I’ve made this pattern in all types of yarns and with all types of embellishments. (I’ll post photos of the various versions over the next few days.) Mrs. Claus doesn't always want to be a frump. But she is a hard working woman, so she never ventures forth without her "Naughty or Nice" notebook.
Fortunately for those of us who are on the wild side, Mrs. Claus enjoys drinking rich, red, Italian wines (vino nobile di Montepulciano is her favorite) and, despite her ample frame, is a bit of a lightweight. She is a happy drunk and after the first glass and a half, she simply adores every person she sees and we all get our names scrawled into the “Nice” side of her notebook.
Forgive me for this hopping around among the holidays, but back to Halloween… Rico and I carved these faces into our pumpkins and presented them to my parents. Mine is the friendly face on the left. (Looks like one of my creatures!) Rico’s is the deranged face on the right.
Today we roasted the seeds and OH MY, I’d forgotten how yummy freshly roasted pumpkin seeds are! We soaked the seeds overnight in salt water, let them dry for a day and then roasted them for 45 minutes at 300 degrees in a mixture of butter, salt and garlic. Shazam!!