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 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.
When I shop I occasionally find myself thinking “I could make that”. Making things isn’t about saving money because it almost always costs more to make than to buy. Making is about putting my own spin on something I see.
I saw pillows like these but the colours were slightly different and wouldn’t work where I wanted to use them so I made some.
On the Eighth Day of Christmas I am making new holiday tea towels. We tend to use Christmas tea towels all year round and as a result ours are looking sad. I thought I would freshen up the kitchen with these fun and festive ones.
I have spent hours looking through keychains and other “named” products over the years searching for my kids names. I have never been able to find both of their names and there is no chance I will find my husbands name printed on anything. Doesn’t everyone want things with their name on it?
I made these Santa ornaments from Dollarama kits and added our names. My youngest leaned to sew and made his own. He’s so proud of the finished product and I’m pretty proud of him.
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.