Once again this year, I felt like I didn't get as many projects done as I had hoped. Things went a bit crazy busy around here in the late fall, which set me back considerably, so there were a few things that got left off the list. I'm not going to tell you about them though, because I'm saving those particular projects for next Christmas instead. The silly thing is, last January I decided I was going to be super ahead of the game and start making projects then in order to avoid the "It's the week before Christmas, and oh my goodness I need to make sixteen bajillion gifts" panic. I made precisely one project and then promptly forgot about my resolution. Let me tell you, I thought I was still sitting smug and pretty until life got busy and then boy oh boy I regretted not following through on that "ahead of the game craftiness". This coming year, I'm going to really try to do things ahead of time. hahahahahahahahahahaha. I know. I know. I live in a world built on delusion. ;)
Anyways onto the fun stuff!
The little boys set to work a few weeks ago making some new wall art for the holidays. We did this last year and it was such a fun project we thought we'd try it again! I think we'll try and keep up the tradition for at least a few years. I envision down the road, years from now when the little boys are grown how precious it will be to have their teeny tiny hand and footprints hanging on our wall every Christmas! They also did some art at school as gifts for us.
|The top two are the ones we did at home, the "mistletoes" are Baby Boy's and the tree, Little Man's.|
|These were my "ahead of the game project", Piccolo Mondo Anitco socks|
I have no idea why I took a picture of just one. G does indeed have a pair of them!
|A pair of Water for the Elephants for A to commemorate her trip|
to Cambodia where she rode an elephant!
|This one was for J - a Lansbury cowl, modelled by the handsome Baby Boy|
|And for B - Little Man is modeling the ever popular Oats pattern by Tin Can Knits|
|N's Wooly Bear Freestyle Cap almost didn't make it on time...|
I cast off and wove in the ends at 3:30am Christmas morning!
|The first pair are "Leaves" for A, then the remaining four pairs were teacher's gifts|
from top to bottom: Clary Mitts, Give em the Slip, Diamond Hand Wristwarmers and Magic Loop Mitts
|The girls both wear scarves all the time, so I made them each a cozy flannel and lace infinity scarf|
(my own pattern)
|The kids will be cozy warm this winter for sure! |
Pattern is Kwik Sew #2704
|Wearing their new Batman pjs! |
Pattern is a vintage Simplicity #6427
(How can it be vintage?!?! It's c.1974, which means its YOUNGER than me!)
|G in her Greenstyle Creations Sundance Jacket|
|Some festive mugs done with Sharpie Oil Paint pens|
for G and B to sip their mulled wine from
Indecision. It'll be my undoing some day.
Anyways - I finally made a decision and dashed outside shortly before we had to leave for the city on Christmas Eve and cut my branches. Then at 11pm when we got home my wonderful husband carved the tops and drilled the holes for me while I ran around like a chicken with my head cut off, doing some hand sewing on G's jacket, wrapping presents, and putting presents under the tree and doing other miscellaneous odd jobs on my to-do list, then I set to work with some acrylic paints and an oil paint sharpie. Sometime just after midnight I had seven cute little Santa ornaments ready to go!
|Ho ho ho!|
The little boys had two very special gifts that they had me help them make this year as well. It was very hard for them to keep them secret and they were pretty much bursting by the time they were finally able to present them to Daddy on Christmas morning.
First up was a mug for him to use at work on his coffee breaks - I think this is likely going to become yet another tradition as they did one for him last year too and they're already talking about next year's mug.
|Various views of the Daddy's new coffee mug|
So that's it for the Christmas craftiness this year, but I do have another project to show you that I just made as a birthday gift for my little niece. I used pajama fleece and shimmery stretch satin for this and it was a really fun project - fairly quick to make and low stress. She was really pleased with it too I think, putting it on as soon as she opened it. It's from Rissa's Mermaid/Fish Tail Lounge Sack pattern from The Plucky Butterfly Designs and I can definitely see making more of these in the future! Unfortunately all the pictures I took of the little lady wearing her mermaid tail turned out blurry and out of focus.
As we approach the new year I'm going to work on some easy, relaxing projects. I've got an Andi Satterlund cardigan, Anouk, on the needles for her latest knit along on Ravelry. I've also got a Paprika Patterns Zircon Sweater on the sewing table that I'd planned to have done a few weeks ago and didn't manage to get done due to a bit of a fabric choice mishap. And then? I'm going to start on the those gifts for next Christmas. (go ahead and laugh, we all know how likely it is that I'll actually follow through on that plan... LOL)
I hope you've all had a peaceful holiday season, with whatever holiday or tradition you celebrate and that your New Year is full of happiness, good health and wonderful adventures!