Christmas Crafts – Day 2

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.

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Sampran Riverside Village

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!

Christmas Crafting – Day 5

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

Watch out Ferragamo

Shoes7I make one pair of shoes (from a kit no less) and I think that I am a famous shoemaker! I am killing myself over here laughing, who am I kidding….Ferragamo. But seriously, I made myself a pair of shoes how cool is that. Like real shoes that can be worn outside, not slippers, and I did not just bedazzle a pair of flip-flops (not that there is anything wrong with that). Continue reading

Minecraft-ING

minecraft header watermarkMy seven year old is obsessed with Minecraft. I hear a lot of “Mom did you know, in Minecraft……” which is about where I zone out because I really know very little about Minecraft. However, I am interested in expanding upon his interests. I think it is great that he is so passionate about something, even if it is based on a video game. Instead of incessantly playing video games I want him to build on the creative problem solving skills learned in Minecraft, and apply those skills to other things. Continue reading

Horsing Around

horses1Sunday morning my oldest has drawing classes, and he was refusing to go recently because he was “too busy” pretending to be a cowboy. He and his brother were both galloping around wearing cowboy hats. After I promised that, he could return to playing cowboys after drawing he dropped the hat and off we went. As soon as we returned, I was roped into their pretend play.
“Where are your horses?” I asked
“We don’t have horses,” they said
“Do you want horses?” I asked
“YES” they said
“Where do we get some?” they asked
“We make them,” I said

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Work in process

I haven’t posted any craft related projects in a very long time but I am always working on something. Here are a couple of pictures for my most current project. I am knitting a chunky king size blanket. It’s the perfect season to make blankets. This one is almost done, I just need to knit enough to cover up my toes. When I am finished the pattern and finished pictures will be posted!

Crafting from Kits – Felt Tree’s

A couple of weeks ago I was talking with my sister about making a craft and she was saying that she finds it super expensive to make things.  I totally know where she is coming from.  I have a large craft stash in a walk in closet in my office/craft room which I have accumulated over many years.  But if you aren’t stocked like Michael’s then I get it.  If you want to do the basic craft you need to buy all of the supplies, and that can be a drag.  Plus you need to be organized before you start to avoid multiple trips to the store.  There is a pretty good alternative if you want to try to make crafts but you aren’t sure if it’s for you, or you don’t want to invest in a lot of supplies.  When I started crafting the first thing that I tried was cross-stitch.  My mom (I was in the single digits at the time) would buy me cross-stitch kits which contained everything I needed to complete the craft.  So what I would suggest if you are interested in crafting but don’t want to buy a lot of supplies look for crafts that come in kits.  Aside for buying everything you need in a nice little package typically there is an age on the package that will give you an idea of the skill level required especially if you are crafting with little people.

Often I pickup craft kits on sale at the end of a season or with a coupon (I don’t want to pay full price for anything ever).  The kit that I bought to make these trees cost $6.00 or less and it came with the felt, stars, red beads, needle and string to make 5 ornaments.  I wasn’t a huge fan of the string it came with the kit so I raided my ribbon supply, I call it artistic expression.  I rarely follow a recipe or pattern exactly, where is the fun in that?  Sasha (age 5) helped me sort the colours, and make one tree after which point he got bored and walked away.  Then his brother (age 2) got a hold of the 5 finished trees and started pulling them apart.  Crafting with kids is fun?

It’s a great time of the year to pick up a craft kit so go out there and get one, I dare you.

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