Category Archives: Christmas

Merry Christmas

merry ChristmasMerry Christmas, blog readers!! I hope you are all spending some time with your loved ones this holiday season. Remember that it’s not about the gifts, it’s about appreciating one another and watching lots of really cheesy clay animation films. =) Mele Kalikimaka and may you all have an incredible day!!!

 

Welcome Back

familyHow was your holiday, reader? I hope you had plenty of time to enjoy your family, friends, and a little champagne! I really got to enjoy spending time with my parents and brother… with my brother going to school up in Chicago, we rarely get to spend extended periods of time together. It was such a blessing.

Now it’s back to the old grind! Thank goodness I actually LOVE my job and coworkers, otherwise I’d be in some real pain coming back after my mini-holiday.

Merry Christmas to All

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I got a Nexus 7 for Christmas!! And I’m writing this entire entry from it… just wanted to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas!! Love, Sarah, Mitchel, Franklin, and the kitties!

DIY: Glitter Reindeer

12 days of christmas craftingOn the 12th Day of Christmas Crafting my true love gave to me… some gliiiiiitter and a reindeer head paper cutout. That sounded a lot more morbid typed out. =P

DSC_1838Anywhoooo, I found this beautiful DIY on Daisy Dreaming’s blog!

DSC_1826Step One: Gather your crafting supplies: Some deliciously sinful glitter [still all over my carpet from the 12 days of crafting], a canvas, tacky glue, a printout of this deer head, and scissors.

DSC_1827Step Two: Print and Cut out Deer Head Silhouette. Trace over the cutout with pencil.

DSC_1828Step Three: Carefully use your tacky glue to outline and fill in the deer silhouette!

DSC_1829Step Four: GLITTER!!!!!!

DSC_1831 DSC_1841 Step Five: Let settle and enjoy your beautiful Christmas creation and the end of the 12 Days of Christmas Crafting!!

DSC_1837 I hope you all had as much fun with the 12 Days of Christmas Crafting as I did! It forced me to get off my bum and get creative in this sometimes consumerism-driven holiday season! =)

Merry Christmas Eve, my loves!

DIY: Snowman Plush

12 days of christmas craftingDay 11 of the 12 Days!!! So close to Christmas, are you all ready??

DSC_1820 You will need: 1 pair of white socks & 1 pair of colorful socks, rubber bands/hair ties, rice, something to make eyes with, scissors.

DSC_1821 I did this DIY with the instructions found here! I’ll just show you the photos of my work! DSC_1823 DSC_1824I made a momma and daughter snowmen! They’re winter-y and fun… and REALLY simple. I loved it. Definitely thinking of ways to make these into hand warmers or smelly-good decorations [Cinnamon stick brooms?], either way… a fun evening craft!

DIY: Homemade Stockings

12 days of christmas crafting3 more days left of Christmas Crafting… and today’s one is a pretty big one: HOMEMADE STOCKINGS! I’m going to show off Mitchel’s because it’s much more original than my Christmas stocking. haha.

DSC_1802 Step One: Gather your supplies: 1/4 yard of your base fabric, 6 inches of the flap fabric, a rotary cutter, a self-healing mat, and a bit of ribbon. Cut out a stencil for the “foot” of the stocking and the flap.

DSC_1803 DSC_1804 DSC_1805 Step Two: Cut out the feet and the flap. Make sure when you cut out the feet you cut one pointing left and one point right. Otherwise you will have to redo one side. haha.

DSC_1806 Step Three: Sew the flap and stocking together. I did this by sewing the white fuzzy flap on what will eventually be the inside of  the stocking. That way I could fold it over afterwards.

Step Four: Put the two outer sides of the stocking facing each other and sew them together. Flip right side out…. aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand

DSC_1807VOILA!!!!!  =) Completed “bear stocking”!!!

White Christmas

snow dayIt started snowing yesterday evening and it has been sticking to the ground!!! Looks like we’re in for a white Christmas in Indiana! So exciting. Everyone stay safe on the roads!

DIY: Gingerbread House

12 days of christmas craftingWe made a Gingerbread house!!! We ran out of time to actually bake the gingerbread ourselves, so we opted out and cheated with a store bought house. And boy, was that a mistake!DSC_1812 Crack right down the front of the house!

DSC_1816And one slicing through the back as well!

BUT, we made the most of our bad situation… we used TONS of the frosting [which got everywhere] and really prettified this little home for Gingerbread men and women…

DSC_1817 DSC_1818Overall not my favorite craft of the season, but we had a bit of fun struggling with it… and Mitchel even made it a band-aid! haha.

DIY: Felt Christmas Bulb Garland

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DSC_1782 Day 8!!!! I would be lying if I didn’t mention that this is one of my favorites of my 12 days of Christmas Crafting! I’m in LOVE with the way it looks hanging in my doorway!

DSC_1764 Step One: Gather supplies: a whole lotta felt in various colors, brown felt, scissors, a sewing needle and sewing thread, and I used embroidery yarn also!

DSC_1766Step Two: Draw template for the bulb and cut out desired amount of bulbs [two felt cutouts for each single bulb]. Also, use the top of the bulb to cut out a brown piece for the top of the bulb!

DSC_1772 DSC_1771 Step Three: Take your pile of tops and bulbs and sew them together! I hand stitched these together. I’m sure you could use a sewing machine as well, but I thought this might be easier.

DSC_1768DSC_1774Step Four: After your tops are secured to your bulb, take two bulbs and sew them together with the outsides facing each other. Flip them inside out and stuff them before finishing the top stitch on the bulb!

DSC_1775 DSC_1779 Step Five: This part was kind of tricky, but I used a plastic knitting needle and I put some twine through the tops! AND IT IS MAGNIFICENT!! It does take much longer than you’d think, but it’s totally worth it in the end!

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Ignore the mess in the top photo… but look how pretty! =) What a fun and simple Christmas craft!

DIY: Christmas Cookies

12 days of christmas craftingMitch helped me make some delicious butter cookies from the Martha Stewart recipe here! The recipe calls for:

  • 3 cups (spooned and leveled) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut in pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Decorating sugar and sprinkles, (optional)

Step One: Place flour, sugar, butter, and salt in the bowl of a food processor; process until mixture is the texture of coarse meal.

Step Two:  In a small bowl, lightly beat egg yolks and vanilla; with motor running, add to food processor. Process just until a dough forms.

Step Three: Chill overnight!

DSC_1785 DSC_1786 DSC_1787 Step Four: Divide dough in half. Flour your cutting surface and roll dough out to 3/16″ thick.

DSC_1790DSC_1798Step Five: Dip cutter in flour and cut out shapes of your choice!

DSC_1791 DSC_1792 DSC_1793Step Six: Decorate those cookies! My handsome fellow is such a fantastical artist, he really did an incredible job with these cookies.

DSC_1794 DSC_1800Step Seven: Bake cookies on 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

DSC_1799Step Eight: ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!! =)