I have legitimately lost track of how many years I have been crafting through the holidays. I remember making Christmas presents and decorations when I was still in the single digits, so it’s been a very long time. I started blogging about it at some point in the last 10 years, and today marks the First Day of Christmas crafts for 2020. What a year it has been!
Who else thinks the winter will be long and many days will be spent indoors? I certainly do and I am planning to spend the time becoming an expert with the new crafting toy I bought myself. Any other Cricut users out there? I tested it out my new cutter making this “Oh Quaran-Tree”ornament.
Yippee, I made it through the twelve days of Christmas crafting. Today on day 12 I’m modelling my tall hibernating socks. Knit from a uneek sock kit, in colourway 60. I will be lounging in these socks over the holidays.
Have a very Merry Christmas!
On the Tenth day of Christmas my true love made me….
Today was the first day of Christmas vacation for our family. We spent it watching Christmas movies and eating Christmas Popcorn. Tomorrow will be more of the same.
I made air popped popcorn with butter and salt, melted chocolate chips and butter in the microwave. I spread the popcorn on a cookie sheet, mixed in pretzels, plain and peanut M&M’s and drizzled on the melted chocolate.
On the Ninth day of Christmas my true love made for me….
Needle Felted Ornaments
I decided to try a new craft. I haven’t ever needle felted and saw the idea to make needle felted ornaments using cookie cutters as moulds. In theory it was a good idea but in reality I feel like I need a big more practice before I get the hang of it. I made three ornaments before I broke the needle and then it was game over.
On the Eighth day of Christmas my true love made for me…
We got hit with a nasty storm today. I walked to a restaurant for lunch today completely unprepared for the weather. It was raining sideways and the wind was whipping. I should have worn these to keep me warmer.
If you love them like I do, you can get the pattern here.
On the Seventh day of Christmas my true love made for me…
When I moved across the country 11 years ago, we were broke. We had just moved in October and I started a new job in the middle of November. We were living in a one bedroom furnished basement apartment. We didn’t have Christmas decorations, and couldn’t afford a Christmas tree. We bought a string of lights for the tree that came with our furnished apartment, and decorated it with paper cranes. It was simple festive and inexpensive.
These stars are in line with the cost of the paper cranes from our first Christmas. I bought a book with 100 sheets of patterned paper for $7.00 and the ribbon at the dollar store for $2.50 (2 spools with 5 colours each). You also need a glue stick which I borrowed from my son, and a glue gun which I had. With many hours of binge watching labour you can make 100 ornaments for $9.50.
For instructions there is a visual tutorial here.
On the Sixth day of Christmas my true loves made with me…
As you can see sometimes I rope the whole family into my crafting adventures. We have done clay workshops a few times together, and it’s always a little stressful, but a lot of fun. These clay trees were easier than the mugs we made in the last project. I think that they turned out pretty good, and the kids are super proud of their creations.
On the Fifth day of Christmas my true love made for me…
This project started with a trip to Michaels’s with my six year old shadow. He saw the yarn with the pom pom’s attached and it was too soft to walk away from. I bought three balls of yarn, one for him, and one for each of his young cousins. Then my older son wanted one, then I asked my other sister if her kids would like hats. The next thing you know I was making a range of hats to fit 6 months to 13 years old. I knit 8 hats in total in a variety of different colours for all of my nephews, my kids and my single niece.
I can’t wait to see the pictures of all of them in their new toques. But first I have to take a trip to the schools lost and found to see if I can’t find one of my kids hats. It’s been 8 days and it’s missing already!
Pattern to follow.
On the Fourth day of Christmas my true love made for me…
Quilted Fabric Ornaments
Many, many years ago my Nana used to make these quilted fabric ornaments. She made the red one pictured above. I love opening the boxes of ornaments each year and reminiscing about past Christmases.
I thought that I would try making a few quilted ornaments and put my own spin on them. My quilted ornaments are made mainly from my husband’s old dress shirts. I am up-cycling, and adding a little of his personality into our decor and Christmas.
Every year I make an ornament for each of my kids so that when they grow up they will have ornaments from their childhood for their trees. They both chose their own fabrics, the red one is for my oldest, and the black one is for my youngest.
I found an excellent video tutorial here.
- 3″ Styrofoam balls
- Fabric or old dress shirts
- Straight pins (about 150 per ornament)
On the Third day of Christmas my true love made for me….
When I go out Christmas shopping I always see things that I love too. Often I get one to gift and one for me. When I am making gifts the same thing happens, but I like to think it is a necessary part of the process. The one for me is a pattern tester ;).
I got this great pattern called Tin Star from Ravelry and made these with Loops and Threads Cozy Wool.