A Crafty Christmas

December 10, 2014



I feel like over the last couple of years I haven’t done much Christmas crafting.  A couple of small things here and there, but nothing very significant.  With Joshua’s birthday right in the middle of Thanksgiving and Christmas, I feel like this time of year passes in a blur.  This year however, I started early and was able to do some fun Christmas crafts.  I’ve been working on a couple of different ornaments.  One is from the Make it Market Kit from Papertrey Ink.  I’ve recently become interested in a lot of these paper crafts and when I saw this kit, I had to have it.  The ornaments just look so cool and there was a video showing me exactly what I needed to do.    Needless to say, I treated myself and over the course of a couple of days over a couple of weeks I put the ornaments together.  They went out to family as a small token of appreciation to family who were so wonderful to Joshua when we were recently in New Orleans.  I was all set to make more except that it has been nearly impossible to find more of the plastic ornaments.  I even had a bad experience on Amazon trying to get them.  But I’m really happy with the ornaments I did finish.  They were fun!  And I can always make more for next year.


My other craft required a little more brain power.  I had seen this idea on Pinterest, but no instructions.  (Actually, I falsely assumed there were no instructions but I just clicked on the pin and “ta da” there they were.)  Anyhoo, I figured it out myself and have made 3 of them.  They are little gifts for a couple of knitting friends.  I used little bits of leftover yarn, and had no trouble finding these kinds of ornaments.

It’s not much, but it’s something.

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So Sleepy…

December 16, 2010

I have been working into the wee hours trying to get Christmas presents done.  I’m really kicking myself because I knew during the summer that I wanted to make these presents but of course I waited until the last minute.  When am I going to learn? Hopefully before I’m 70.  Bill’s been pitching in and has been a huge help.  And he had a helper.  She scares me because she likes to be underfoot (literally) when someone’s at the sewing machine, and look at how her tail is wrapped around the wheel of the chair.

Bill and his helper making presents

I was knocked out for a couple of days with a cold.  Yup, another cold.  I must need to get out more and expose myself to germs so that I can build up an immunity.  I catch a lot more colds now than I did when I was working.  It’s weird.  But while I was sick, Bill decorated the gingerbread men.  Suffice it to say, he enjoyed himself.

Bill's gingerbread men

I finished a big gift today so I’m feeling very good.  I only have three more to finish but they are manageable.  And then I’ve got to get to my Christmas cards and my tree.  My tree is up and has lights so the house is feeling festive.  We weren’t sure how interested Gracie would be in the tree so we’ve had it up for about two weeks.  She’s not been very interested in it, but we’ll see how it goes with dangly things hanging from it.

Last week, Bill and I went to one of his holiday parties.  It was fun.  They had a bunch of photobooths, and I think Bill and I went into each one.  I love photo booths.

Google Party Photobooth

I hope all of you are enjoying the holidays!  It is a most wonderful time of year!

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A few tidbits about me: I met my husband in college, flirting over tuba letters in the Penn Band. Our dog, CJ, and our cat, Sabrina, round out our family. I'm a sewist, knitter and needlepointer, and an occasional scrapbooker. I love organizing, reading, making jewelry, and hiking. A Chicago girl at heart, I am an avid follower the Cubs, Bears, and Blackhawks.

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