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Christmas Crafting Report

You know, before I started adding it all up, I thought that I really hadn't done a whole bunch of crafting for this Christmas. Yeah, once again- delusional.

Christmas 2010 shall now be known as "The Year of the Stocking." I made five. Yep, that's right- five stockings. And, I didn't start until like December 10th or so. Nothing like procrastination to make life a little more interesting. I took this tutorial, added a bit of this, this, and this. And this is what I ended up with, the first time-
Stockings
Fully lined, stripey, quilted stockings with a hanging loop.
Stocking #1
Stocking #2
And, in case they are a little too funky for the recipients- they can just hang them up the other way.
Stockings- Back
Well, I was kind of on a roll. I figured my kids deserved something better than dollar store stockings. I knew if I waited a year, I would never remember exactly how I made these. So, I just threw three more on the to-do list. Perfectly reasonable, right?
More Stockings
I really debated making all three a more traditional red. Seeing, them all hanging together makes me glad I went with less traditional bright colors.
Stocking #3
Stocking #4
Stocking #5
Samuel's- the least traditional- is probably my favorite. I just love the star fabric and the snowmen and the stockings. It just all around makes me happy.

There were other gifts besides stockings, of course.
Jewelry for Chris
A bracelet and earrings made from Raku pottery beads and semi-precious jade.
Jewelry for Emma and Nikki
A purple flowered bracelet with a matching American Girl doll sized bracelet.
Kindle Case #2
A Kindle case. I picked the fabric with the old joke in mind- "What's black and white and red (read) all over?"
Kindle Case #2 Lining
Since I was making up the pattern as I went along, I made myself one first as a test.
Kindle Case #1
Kindle Case #1- Back

I also made a few Christmas tree ornaments for us since our tree was woefully bare.
Embroidered Snowflake Christmas Tree Ornament
A set of three with beaded embroidery snowflakes.
Attic24 Christmas Tree Ornament
And a set of three crocheted ornaments from this tutorial. Ok, to be honest- all the snowflakes are finished, but only one of the stars in completely finished. The other two just need sewn up and stuffed. And as long as that happens anytime before we take down the tree on New Years Day- I am just fine with that.

So, I pretty impressive report- if I do say so myself. There are, of course, other things I would have liked to have gotten done. In my dreams, I had time to make a red and white Christmas quilt, fantastic handmade toys for the kids, Christmas pajama pants for us all, a quilt for my parents, and tons of other things. Oh well, tonight I writing it all down. Then when I'm ready to start thinking about next Christmas, I'll pull out the list and start with it.

Comments

Jennifer said…
I had a huge list of things I wanted to do and never got around to. I wanted to make a bunch of ornaments and that never happened. I wanted to make dolls for the girls... didn't happen. But I am happy with what I did and I plan on making stuff all year this next year to keep me in the Christmas spirit all year (which hopefully isn't rushed and crazy LOL)
chrisrow said…
We LOVE our gifts!! Thank you sooo much, they are just beautiful!
debbie said…
I LOVE the stockings!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Leserlee said…
I love Samuel's stocking. Maybe that's because our stockings are all blue, and the star fabric has been used to make curtains and a baby quilt for my kids. And that Nativity all the way to the right...I have that same one. My mom bought it for me when I was in college. Maybe at the BYU Bookstore. Maybe. And I also love the snowflake ornaments. Maybe because my tree is blue and green, and white and sliver with lots of snowflakes. Either way your craftiness is awesome.
balloongal said…
You are amazing. I love the three different colors for the kids stockings.
Wow - you were busy! I think your stockings came out great. I really like your bead embroidered snowflake ornament too.

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