How 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.
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!
On 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
Anywhoooo, I found this beautiful DIY on Daisy Dreaming’s blog!
Step 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.
Step Two: Print and Cut out Deer Head Silhouette. Trace over the cutout with pencil.
Step Three: Carefully use your tacky glue to outline and fill in the deer silhouette!
Step Four: GLITTER!!!!!!
Step Five: Let settle and enjoy your beautiful Christmas creation and the end of the 12 Days of Christmas Crafting!!
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!
3 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.
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.
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.
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
VOILA!!!!! =) Completed “bear stocking”!!!
It 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!
We 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! Crack right down the front of the house!
And 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…
Overall 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.
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!
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!
Step 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!
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.
Step 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!
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!
Ignore the mess in the top photo… but look how pretty! =) What a fun and simple Christmas craft!
Mitch 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!
Step Four: Divide dough in half. Flour your cutting surface and roll dough out to 3/16″ thick.
Step Five: Dip cutter in flour and cut out shapes of your choice!
Step Six: Decorate those cookies! My handsome fellow is such a fantastical artist, he really did an incredible job with these cookies.
Step Seven: Bake cookies on 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
Step Eight: ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!! =)
It’s day 6 of our 12 days of Christmas Crafting! Half way there, folks. It’s kind of bittersweet, isn’t it? This DIY is close to my heart. Mainly because I’ve been admiring these wreaths for so long and I finally got my stuff together and got crafty with it [Yup, a reference to gettin' jiggy with it! Na na na na na na NA!] First thing’s first! STEP ONE: Gather your supplies! You will need: a styrofoam wreath, some plastic Christmas bulbs [bc they're cheaper haha], hot glue gun with glue sticks, a fun wire garland, and a bow to top it all off!
Step Two: Just start glueing everywhere!! I did them all together, though I’ve seen people start in three clumps and then fill it in from there! I just preferred to fill in the holes as I went around! I also tried to vary the colors, so it wasn’t TOO matchy patchy. Really, this is all up to your disgression, but PLEASE be careful with your glue gun! Don’t burn yourself!
Step Three: I wrapped the wire garland around my wreath, leaving just enough at the end to tie a loop [for hanging the wreath]! I added the bow to the front, attaching it to the wire garland and VOILA!!
Here is the masterpiece on my front door! I love it so much! It makes me smile everytime I walk by it! So much cooler than the ones at Menards or Target! =)