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More Christmas Crafting

December 23, 2009

I wanted to do some crafting and make handmade Christmas gifts this year so badly. Some happened, some didn’t! Everything that did get done was I’m still amazed that I actually got some of it done because it was my first attempt on basically everything.

The First Project: The little wooden people that I posted about a few weeks ago. I have more waiting to be painted, but I’m happy to have this little group done and ready to go in their little “house” for Christmas!

A Cross Stitch for a New Friend – my Holiday Traditions Exchange 2009 partner :{She sent me the most fantastic ornaments – look for a post coming soon with pics and links to her tutorials on how to make them for yourself!}

I’ve never done a cross stitch before, so I was excited to attempt this. I am completely hooked! It got done in bits of time here and there, but mostly in the evenings after everyone else was asleep and I could sit quietly with some Christmas music, a cup of tea and the light from the Christmas Trees.

My First Official Sewing Project: DONE!

It’s not that I never learned how to sew, it’s just that I never really do it.  Plus, I’ve never actually tackled any sort of project – just buttons or trying to hem things, etc. So I decided {inspired by this post} to attempt bean bags and tote bags for Amelia and for my niece for Christmas. I was cutting it close, but I just finished today and I’m so happy with how they turned out. Plenty of little mistakes, but overall I think they’re adorable and just right for the girls who will receive them.

Play Silks Dyed with Kool-Aid: {More pics and tutorial coming one day soon}

I made them and gave them to Amelia and Nick already. I figured that they’re going to be so overwhelmed with things on Christmas Day that I gave them early for them to enjoy. Lots of enjoyment has been happening – they’re a huge hit already!

Bath Salts:

The easiest gift EVER. Some canning jars, a scrap of fabric, epsom salts, sea salt and a few drops essential oil(s). If I somehow find the time, I think I’ll make some eye/heat pillows filled with rice and essential oils with the extra fabric from the bean bags. You can heat them up and use them for more relaxation. {I have a feeling it won’t happen, though.}

What else was going on while i finished wrapping and getting gifts finished:

  • The presents have all been bought.
  • Everything is wrapped.
  • The Reindeer Food is waiting.
  • Plans for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are set.
  • John is officially done with work and on vacation for 11 days officially in one minute.
  • There are only 2 nights left in the Advent Calendar!

I do believe it’s officially CHRISTMAS VACATION!!!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Rachel permalink
    December 23, 2009 11:19 pm

    Wow. I just found your blog – and I love it! I cannot get over how much work you did! And very nice work, if I might add!

    Maybe you would enjoy checking out my blog, Rachel’s Cottage House, at


  2. December 23, 2009 11:20 pm

    cute cute cute and cute!

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