That’s a wrap on Christmas 2021. All that’s left is the dishes. Good thing I have a few new dish clothes to clean up the mess.
A year ago we were having a quarantine Christmas and I was hanging out with my quarantine crew. Fast forward a year and it feels pretty similar. I am happy that my 2020 crew is also my 2021 crew for part 2.
With all of the knitting I do I end up with a lot of tiny leftovers. Even though I throughly enjoy playing yarn chicken (trying to finish a project with just enough yarn), I still end up with more leftover bits than I would like. These tassel ornaments are a great way to use up the yarn ends.
One year ago we picked up a puppy. Our first puppy. He has grown to be a big part of this family. He is gentle with the kids, loves to play games and is always up for a walk or a piece of cheese. Celebrating one year with Mojo today with his own ornament.
I saw these naked nutcrackers at the craft store and was inspired to deck them out in holiday style. I painted them while watching many Christmas movies sitting beside the Christmas tree. The Christmas spirit is finally starting to creep in.
When I first started making as a pre-teen cross stitch was my craft. I made & sold lots of ornaments. I also have many cross stitch ornaments on the tree that were made for me by my mom. So when I saw these wooden cross stitch blanks I was inspired.
Each year I make an ornament for my kids in the hopes that when they have their own trees they will bring a little of our traditions into their homes. This year building on my childhood they are getting these cross stitch ornaments.
I remember the first time we went and made clay pieces as a family. Our youngest was about 5 which was the minimum age and for a good reason. It was hard building clay creations and helping the kids with every step. I look back and remember it being a stressful outing. But totally worth it as I watch the kids proudly take their clay trees out and display them each year.
Each year we have made family clay crafts it gets a little easier. Maybe it’s because we are all a little older, or maybe it’s because we are all getting a bit better. This year required very little parental involvement which I think is good for all of us.
At Christmas our home is decorated with all of our handmade decorations and ornaments. We are Making A Life and making memories one stressful clay making session at a time.
I’m not sure about you but I’m starting to feel “jolly AF”, at least when drinking. A few years ago I’d open a bottle of wine and drink the whole thing myself. Not in one sitting. Not in one day and not directly from the bottle. But if I opened it, I’d know I would have to finish it.
Then one day my husband decided wine was the new best thing. Obviously I already knew that! Neither of us can keep tabs on our wine glasses so this gives me a fighting chance to know which one is mine. While he will drink my wine, it’s doubtful he will use these glasses.
Which one is your favourite? I couldn’t decide which is why I now have a 1/2 dozen new festive wine glasses.
1. Jingle Juice
2. Jolly AF
3. Holiday Cheer
4. Tipsy & Bright
5. So Freaking Merry
6. Making Spirits Bright
I have created a few new ornaments to represent the year. I made these for my girlfriends and slipped a few into Christmas cards this year. Of course I will reserve a set of four for our tree. Here’s hoping next Christmas Covid will be a pandemic of the past.
Hello again, Welcome to the 12 days of Christmas crafting. I’m starting out this year with ceramics that my husband and I made during a date night. We typically do one clay project a year together. The mug & teapot are slab built which challenges my patience every time.
Years ago I learned that my husband was much better at ceramics than I am. We made the mugs together and he finished about 30 minutes before me. Then he sat beside me and watched me. This is where the patience part comes in, because I hate it when someone watches me do something that I need to concentrate on.
So I made the teapot by myself, and it was very relaxing. The teapot is super cute and super drippy. If you want a teapot that will drip all over the place when it pours, I’m your girl.