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.
On the Second day of Christmas my true love made for me….
I took the day off of work today to spend the day in my oldest son’s class making yarn star crafts. It’s like heaven to me, an entire day making crafts and attempting to influence the young people to make things. It’s going to be chaotic with 25 grade 4-5’s and a number of craft stations. But it’s Friday, and it’s bound to be significantly less stressful than my day job.
My office/craft room is like a craft store. I had everything that I needed to try this out. If you don’t happen to live in a Michaels’s the list of supplies is below and I found a great tutorial here.
- Cardstock Paper
- Glue Stick
Have fun crafting
I started this blog many years ago at Christmas specifically for the 12 days of Christmas, and each year I have continued the tradition. Let’s kick off the 2018 holiday season with a little crafting.
On the First day of Christmas my true love made for me……
I enrolled in a soap making class at a local recreation center. This soap was made in the cold process method, it is vegan and smells so delicious. This was my first attempt at soap making and I loved it. It is so satisfying to turn a bunch of ingredients into a useful product. It’s a bit different than the typical crafting that I do, because chemistry is involved.
I really wish you could smell how amazing this soap smells. I scented it with lavender and tobacco. I know it sounds like a very strange mix but the scent is a bit masculine and a bit feminine which makes the perfect combination. The black is activated charcoal, with a pink swirl and a few gold flakes because who doesn’t love glittery soap.
I am wrapping up a couple of these bars for a few lucky recipients! We can all smell the same 🙂
The kids and I usually make a gingerbread house from a kit around Christmas. The goal isn’t about the baking, it’s about the decorating and spending time together creating something.
This year my son mentioned seeing a train gingerbread kit that he would like to make. So I went to the store he thought he saw it in and there was none to be found. I then asked my husband to pick a gingerbread house kit up at the grocery store but he decided not to get one because in his words “we usually end up throwing most of it away anyway”. I do agree but as I mentioned it’s not about the gingerbread, it’s about the time spent together.
Now it’s 2 days before Christmas and after going to 4 stores in search of a gingerbread house or train, or anything gingerbread like we ended up with a cookie decorating kit.
The cookies are hard as rocks because I ate one, just to test it out. Let’s hope none of us have a dental emergency in the next week as a result.
- On the first day of Christmas my true loves made for me, an Ornament Wreath.
- On the second day of Christmas my true loves made with me, Hot Chocolate Mugs.
- On the third day of Christmas my true love made for me, Plum Wine.
- On the fourth day of Christmas my mom made for me, A Nativity Scene.
- On the fifth day of Christmas a random stranger made for me, Cotton Candy Chemo Cap.
- On the sixth day of Christmas my true loves made for me, Spontaneous Snowmen
- On the seventh day of Christmas my true love made for me, Tiny Knit Scarf Ornaments
- On the eighth day of Christmas my little loves made for me, Reindeer Balls.
- On the ninth day of Christmas my little loves made with me….
Dentist Approved Cookies.
If you want to make these too, good luck! Hopefully you find a kit in fewer than four stores.
Wow, today was a day. I’m on an emotional roller coaster and I’m exhausted. Whose with me? I’m ready for that long winter nap I’ve heard so much about.
The kids had a Christmas craft night at their school tonight. All of the teachers design and supply the materials for a craft and the kids make crafts in their classroom. The kids love it. I usually try my best not to be a helicopter crafting mom, but I didn’t have the self control today.
On the eighth day of Christmas my little loves made….
Reindeer balls, snowmen, stars, candy cane and snowflake ornaments (all in an hour).
I was making a craft today when my five year old asked if he could have a clear ornament ball which I was planning on using for my project.
He was very excited, and told me he was going to make the ball into a snowman with eyes, a smile and buttons. And he was going to sign his name. He got out the permanent markers and got to work.
When he was finished I suggested that we fill it with snow which like all the other materials, I had on hand. He was sceptical. I got out a jar of snow and got to work filling it up. He proceeded to show my other son and husband his masterpiece, which prompted the making of a second snowman.
On the sixth day of Christmas my true loves made…..
Want to make your own snowmen? You will need clear plastic ornament balls, permanent markers, ribbon and powdered snow.
Start by drawing a snowman face on the ornament with permanent markers. Remove the hanger, fill with powdered snow and reconnect the hanger. Tie ribbon to hang.
So easy a five year old could design and execute it on his own.
At Halloween we took the kids to a local craft shop to make Halloween bowls. While we were there the kids saw posters for holiday mugs, and they decided that this “crafting thing” was going to be something that we did as a family. The question wasn’t can we make Christmas mugs, it was when are we going to make Christmas mugs. I can’t turn down a request to craft so I booked us into a family workshop on a Sunday afternoon much to the disappointment of my football loving husband.
My youngest got right into it, and attempted to make most of the mug on his own. He did however forget to sign his mug, which became an issue when it was time find it for glazing. My oldest decided that he liked the frosty mug on the poster for another workshop better, so he made a snowman mug from the image on the poster. Huge bonus points to him for crafting out of the box without a demo.
On the first day of Christmas my true love made for me…an ornament wreath.
On the second day of Christmas my true loves made with me…mugs!
What to make mugs yourself? Check out local crafting shops, studios or art workshops. All the fun without the mess at home.
As a maker I am interested in crafts so the Sampran Riverside Village was right up my alley. We learned about and tried our hand at some traditional Thai crafts. We learned how silk can be spun by hand into thread, and then woven into gorgeous silk scarves. We watched a painting demo, wove fish out of grass, made clay elephants and tried out musical instruments. We also learned about making compresses from herbs, watched a cooking demo, and made flower garlands.
I have zero rhythm, I have given up on dancing because watching me dance is like watching someone writhe in pain. It’s that bad, and it’s not enjoyable for me either. You could try bamboo dancing but I wasn’t confident that my lack of rhythm wouldn’t leave me with bashed up ankles. We also watched Thai boxing, and a traditional wedding ceremony as well. My husband got in on the dancing action, and participated in the Thai dancing performance.
We also saw these big guys. These were the first elephants that we saw in Thailand, and I was super surprised while wandering around the village to see 2 elephants.
We had about an hour to walk around before we went to the craft village and performance. These are a few of the things that we saw. I think the people washing the sidewalks with something that looks like a floor polisher was pretty funny.
Up next, ELEPHANTS!
Let me tell you a little secret, I make a lot of crafts from scratch but I also craft from kits. It’s even better than baking from a box because everything is included. On the 5th day of Christmas my true love made for me…Felt Wreaths from a kit. Continue reading