Second Day of Christmas

When I was in high school many, many years ago I discovered paper quilling, and quickly fell in love. Fast forward years later, and I still enjoy playing with paper. I have done enough projects to warrant owning an old school paper cutter (like the one you might have seen in schools) which lives under my couch. I pulled it out, cut some strips of paper and got curling. My youngest son also got in on the action and is working on his own. I also used my new favourite crafting toy to cut the vinyl letters spelling Noel.

First Day of Christmas

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.

Twelve days of Christmas – Day Twelve

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!

Twelve days of Christmas – Day Eleven

Today I dug our a few supplies to make wine cork trees. I sat on the living room floor and it was like I was magnetic. One kid came in and asked to make a tree, then the next one asked if he could make one.

I love that the boys want to craft with me. I’m so impressed with their making ability. I bet you can’t tell which trees they made.

Materials:

  • Wine corks
  • Washi tape
  • Glue gun
  • Scissors

Instructions

Tape the ends of the cork with washi tape and trim off excess. Arrange and hot glue together. Cut a cork in half and glue to bottom for the trunk.

Twelve days of Christmas – Day Ten

I was crafting with the kids today. We made gingerbread houses. We usually make one together but I decided this year to get them each one.

I was super excited when we opened the kits and the houses were already assembled and just needed to be decorated. Score!

I’m impressed with my older sons creativity and steady hand. My younger son used his leadership skills to tell me how to decorate his house šŸ¤£.

Twelve days of Christmas – Day Nine

Who is gifting wine this Christmas. Send me a message I will send you my address. Let’s be friends.

These “wine sleeves” used to be part of my husbands sweater until it had an unfortunate adventure in the washing machine.

I measured the height of the bottle, sewed the sleeve closed, cut the sleeve off the sweater and tried the top closed with ribbon.

Twelve days of Christmas – Day Eight

Eight years ago my youngest son was 4 months old I decided that I would learn to knit while on maternity leave because of these tiny trees. I didn’t know how to knit but I knew I had to make these.

They were the first pattern I pinned years before I knew about Ravelry. It has taken me eight years to make them so they are fitting for the eighth day of Christmas.

They tie together my 2 hobbies (wine drinking and knitting) using waste from both to make something new.

Here is the pattern in case you are inspired too.

Twelve days of Christmas – Day Seven

I started running in January 2019. I’ve been at it for almost a year and have completed 2-5K races, 2-10K races and 1-1/2 marathon. I’ve run 570 kilometres this year and counting. I might try and slide in one more 5K race before the year is over.

Today I am crafting for myself because it’s cold outside. I ran this weekend wearing a toque but got too warm so I knit myself a headband to see if I can keep my ears warm but my head cool.

Materials:

  • Bulky yarn – Loops and Treads Cozy Wool
  • 9 mm US 13 – circular 16″ needles
  • 1 place marker

Pattern:

  • ROW1: CO44
  • ROW 2: Join place marker and K1,P1 to end
  • ROW 3: K1,P1 to end
  • ROW 4: Knit all stitches
  • ROW 5: P1,K1 to end
  • ROW 6: P1,K1 to end
  • ROW 7: Knit all stitches
  • ROW 8: K1,P1 to end
  • ROW 9: K1,P1 to end
  • ROW 10: Knit all stitches
  • ROW 11: P1,K1 to end
  • ROW 12: P1,K1 to end
  • ROW 13: Knit all stitches
  • ROW 14: K1,P1 to end
  • ROW 15: K1,P1 to end
  • ROW 17: Bind off and weave in ends

Twelve days of Christmas – Day Six

For the last few years we have done one family ceramic Christmas craft. Each year gets a little less chaotic as the kids get a little more independent working with clay.

This year we made gingerbread ornaments which were a piece of cake after making mugs and Christmas trees.

They are a little heavy to hang on a live Christmas tree. I might have to wire them on šŸ˜‰.

Twelve days of Christmas – Day Five

I saw this idea when I was shopping last Christmas. I took a picture with every intention of making them last year. Here we are a year later and I can finally delete the photo reminder.

These are made from a tree branch from our yard. My husband cut these up into disks years ago after drying the branch for months. My son and I drew snowflakes on the wood discs and I drilled many, many holes. We sewed the snowflakes with red twine (from the dollar store) using a large needle. Then screwed hooks and added twine to hang them on the tree.