Christmas Stockings, Finally!

Making Christmas stockings for the kids has been on my to do list ever since Inez was born. I made some for Dave and I the first year we were married but our kids have never had their own. We have used stockings from our childhoods in the meantime, but it has always been my intent to make some specifically for the girls.

Here is a view of the front:

I am proud to say that this year it didn’t get pushed off my list like it has for the last five to six years. I used Robert Kauffman fabrics and I tried to make Inez’s with more pinks and reds, Gwen’s with blues, and Olive’s with green. Inez’s favorite color is pink (with red coming in at a close 2nd), Gwen’s is blue, and the girls have designated Olive’s favorite color to be green. Whether that will prove to be true or not, I didn’t think using green in a Christmas stocking would be a bad thing.

Here’s a view of the backs:

Since I couldn’t spend a ton of time making them, I intend on perfecting them sometime during 2011 (way before December!), adding a few embellishments. I will also need to make another one for #4 anyway, so I’m hopeful it will get done and not put off for another six years. Wish me luck because I have no idea how life with four children will be! I’m expecting it to be even more crazy.

But it’s good crazy. At least that’s what I keep telling myself.

Our Christmas Cards

You know what you get when you are married to a graphic designer? Amazing and very intricate ideas. This year that was evident in our family’s Christmas card. Dave came up with the idea in 2009, right when I was in the middle of working on those cards. So I told him he had to wait a year. He did. He had a vision and by hell or high water he was going to achieve it.

Hell and high water indeed! I cannot tell you how many times we were cursing these cards, wishing we had done things differently, wanting to scrap the whole thing.

But no.

We had already dug ourselves into a deep, dark hole and there was no going back.

These cards contain a lot of blood, sweat, and tears from us. I hope they are enjoyed. I’m sure some people rolled their eyes when they got them, and I shudder to think that some were even thrown away (I might be weird, but I always save the ones we receive). But we know that some people really appreciated them. And knowing that has made all the hard work worth it!

Looking back, we are glad we did it. I’m pretty sure I won’t have as much input on our cards from Dave, well for a few years anyway. There’s no holding his mad design skillz down. And actually, I would never try to. It’s reason #6,905 why I love him.

*Disclaimer: I did not write this post with the intention of receiving praise for the cards. If however, you do want to say something nice, you can direct your comment towards Dave. He really does deserve all the credit. If you have any questions about any of the languages (I know I did!), you may also inquire. We aren’t trying to hide anything.

Wrapping Presents

This is my new favorite way to embellish Christmas presents this year. It was so easy and extremely affordable.

I got this roll of polka dot wrapping paper from the dollar section at Target in 2008 or 2009, which went really well with the crepe paper I used. I have a huge roll of off-white twine that I used to reinforce the crepe paper.

Unfortunately, I was in a hurry this day and had to settle for scribbling names on the wrapping paper. If I had the time, I would have made small tags out of card stock using a paper punch, not very time consuming. I couldn’t even find our good sharpie, so my writing is extra sloppy here. Oh well, you get the picture.

Wrapping paper: $1 from Target
Crepe paper rolls: $1 each (and I still have TONS of both red and green rolls left) from Hobby Lobby, but easily found at any craft store.
Twine: $12 but I only used a very small amount of the roll I have. I believe it has 800 yards on the cone. Twelve dollars is really nothing considering how long it will last me. I found it at Xpedx a few years ago.

One More Thing To Do

I got my quilt back (hooray!) and now I just have to bind it (meh).

When I spread it out on the floor after getting it back, Olive promptly sat on it, pointed to different parts of it, and jabbered on and on about something (probably about how rad it is).

I think I love this picture so much because I love her chubby little dimpled hands. Why do they have to grow up so fast?

Around Our House at Christmastime

I finally finished my yarn ball wreath!  Now that I’m looking at the picture though, I can see a few more spots that need another ball or two but I think I’ll just leave it as is. It’s only bugging me in the picture anyway.

This is where I found the tutorial.

I bought a bunch of snowflake ornaments from Target, only 3/$1! One night I strung them together and persuaded Dave to help me hang them up, in which he did most of the work. I love what it adds to the room, but unfortunately doesn’t quite translate to pictures very well.

I got this grapevine tree at Hobby Lobby the other day for 50% off. It wasn’t in the Christmas section, but with all the other grapevine items instead. It was only $3.50 and I LOVE it. In fact I went back the next day and bought the last one for my mom.

I got this pom pom garland from Tai Pan Trading about a month ago. I think it was only $5.97 and I wish I had bought more of them. I’ve been meaning to go back to see if they have more, but I just haven’t made it yet because just the thought of going to the mall exhausts me! The imperfect and wonky pom poms are what make me love it so much.

I love our Christmas decorations. Now I just need people over so they can actually be seen.

So who wants to come over and hang out?

Attempting (what seems like) the Impossible

The other day I tried to take some pictures of the girls for our Christmas cards. It was not easy.

For one thing, Olive does not like to be still for any amount of time.

Sometimes one of the girls decides to pull a little attitude, which inevitably rubs off on the other.

Like I said before, not much can keep this toddler down. Plus, she decided to fall and hit her forehead on the bookshelf right before out little photo session. It was great timing!

Then if one girl sees something shiny, they all have to check it out. Distracted much?

And finally in the end, after about 50 pictures, there are only a handful that actually work. But the ones that turn out like this are by far my favorites.

 

It’s Almost Time

I totally bought myself an early Christmas present. I could have waited and asked Dave to get it for me, but that just seemed like too much of a hassle. I don’t buy myself a lot of presents, so I felt justified in getting this one for myself. And I don’t think I’m alone when it comes to buying oneself something around the holidays. Right?

It’s a 1000 piece puzzle of this statue that I have.

I love to do puzzles, especially around the holidays, so I’m planning on busting this 1000 pieced bad boy out that last week before Christmas. I’m a little addicted to puzzles. I just wish I had more time to do them before the little hands come and try to grab puzzle pieces off the table.

These are our Christmas/winter scene puzzles that come out every year.

I’m really looking forward to slowing down later this month and getting a few of these put together. It’s especially nice after the girls are in bed to put on a good movie, have some hot chocolate and a treat (or three) and relax with Dave. I should make an advent calendar for that!

New Acquisitions

These are my newest and favorite Christmas decorations (as of today).

Heartwood Creek’s British Santa

Heartwood Creek’s ornament of Abominable

 

More Reasons (Like I Need Any)

Two more products I found that reaffirm my love for all things Martha.

From the Martha Stewart Holidays line, baker’s twine and designer paper (I’m a total sucker for Scandinavian design and can’t ever pass it up).

Both found at Michael’s.

A Little Holiday Craftiness

Here’s one project I’m working on.

I’m slowly and sadly realizing that my list of things I want to do/make will drastically be cut down as the December days fly by.

I think that next year I’m going to start in August.