Squirrel Picnic

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How to Open Your Presents Early

Can’t wait to open your Christmas presents? Are you dying of curiosity? Wait no longer. There’s a Wikihow for that. (Can you believe it?) You’ll receive step-by-step instructions on how to sneak a peak at your presents without anyone finding out. Or you could always bug your parents until they finally cave. That’s what Hodge and Podge did. They received one very big present this week. The suspense was killing them, so I let them open just this one…

Hodge and Podge Open Present 1 Hodge and Podge Open Present 2 Hodge and Podge Open Present 3 Hodge and Podge Open Present 4

Our dear friend, Bill Brown, sent us this gorgeous picture he drew of the main character from his web comic The Evil Squirrel’s Nest. Evil Squirrel, or ES for short, is a loveable gray squirrel who has a great sense of humor and a lot of quirky and interesting friends from all walks of the animal kingdom.

Thank you, Bill!  We feel very lucky to receive this coveted prize.


You’re Invited to Mayor Snack Frog’s New Year’s Eve Party

Hi there, Friend! It’s me, Mayor Snack Frog.

You are cordially invited to join us for a fatimal New Year’s Eve party at my home on December 31. We’ll have appetizers, beverages, and a cotton candy machine! Dinner will be served at 7:30 followed by dancing on the tables and a spirited game of Twister. And of course there will be plenty of cheering and smooching at midnight.

New Year's Eve Invitation from Squirrel PicnicThis year we welcome some special guests all the way from Australia! Sharon from Gentlestitches was kind enough to finance their flight across the Pacific. Thank you, Sharon! A few members of the bunch wanted to join me in this invitation. It’s my pleasure to introduce Croc, Busty the bush-tailed possum, and Argyle the fox. They make up just a quarter of the troupe and wanted to say hi to you on behalf of all of them. They’ve been practicing their moves to teach us all how to do the Aussie Bush Dance.

So join us on Instagram and Twitter on New Year’s Eve to see all the fun as it happens. I’ll share these and photos of our party on the 1st, after I’ve properly woken, located my camera, and gotten my head on straight.

Still not sure if you’d fit in at a fatimal party? Check out the video from last year. Everyone has a good time. But even if we don’t see you, we wish you a happy and healthy new year!


Mayor Snack Frog
for Squirrel Picnic


Ugly Christmas Sweater Crochet Pattern for Your Squirrel Friend or Your Tree

Happy National Ugly Christmas Sweater DayOver the last decade in the US, Canada, and England, the ugly Christmas sweater has become a part of the seasonal celebration. And now there’s even a day designated to celebrate this trend: and you’re in luck, it’s today. Continue reading


Crochet a Santa Hat for Your Squirrel Friend

Santa Hats and Ugly Christmas Sweaters for Your Squirrel Friends by Squirrel PicnicHodge and Podge and Eric are all ready for Christmas now that they have Santa hats to wear. You may notice that in addition to jolly red hats, they’re also sporting Ugly Christmas Sweaters. That’s because before December 25 rolls around, we have December 12 to celebrate. That’s right. This Friday is National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day and these squirrels want to throw an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party.

Would your squirrel friend like to join us? Stay tuned for my free ugly sweater pattern for your squirrel friend, which will be out later this week. If you don’t have a squirrel friend, you’ll want to check it out too. I’ll be showing you how to make these into cute and hilarious Ugly Christmas Sweater ornaments. We’ll also give some thought to the motivation behind this new trend: is it ironic or just nostalgic? I’m curious to know what you think.

But first, let’s make some Santa hats. Continue reading


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