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Christmas Gifts #1

Most of October, November and December were consumed by secret Christmas craft projects. It's such a relief to finally be able to blog and Instagram about them without worry. It's going to take a couple of blog posts to get through them all.

 First up, my woven projects. I made two scarves- one for my father-in-law's Christmas Eve birthday. Since he bought me my Cricket Loom for my birthday, it was only fitting I weave him something for his birthday.

The second was a super soft and hopefully super classy plaid scarf for my sister-in-law. It was really difficult to pry this one away from Ellery after our little photo shoot. The girl definitely has an appreciation for my handcrafts- especially the soft and cozy ones.

Christmas Photos

Looking at lights and freezing our bums off. #christmaslights #merryandbright #soverycold A photo posted by trinasdoings (@trinasdoings) on Dec 22, 2016 at 6:53pm PST

Christmas Eve cookie-making-

Christmas Morning-

(These were like her first and second presents opened. I think she would have been happy to stop there.)

Thank you, Grandma! A photo posted by trinasdoings (@trinasdoings) on Dec 25, 2016 at 6:38am PST

Mom- put this on Facebook so everyone knows I got Lego Minecraft! A photo posted by trinasdoings (@trinasdoings) on Dec 25, 2016 at 6:40am PST

(She got bored with Sam's very slow and meticulous present unwrapping. So, she started reading one of her presents.)

Brendan surprised us all with a pool membership for Christmas. Best Christmas Ever! A photo posted by trinasdoings (@

Christmas Memories Quilt

I have a habit of starting Christmas quilts right after Christmas. Before, I'm too busy with handmade gifts and all the other December craziness. Right after, everything's so much calmer but I'm still feeling merry. And then I have almost an entire year to get it finished.

I started this one right after Christmas last year. It was the first Christmas after my mother-in-law's death. She loved Christmas. It was the time she'd get to see her kids and grandkids, after all. I don't think I ever saw her in December without a novelty Christmas shirt on- reindeer, snowmen, Santas. She had them all. So, I gathered up all the Christmas novelty fabrics I had leftover from Christmas quilts, pillowcases and advent calenders, added some leftovers from quilty friends' Christmas projects and every red and green fabric I had and put them all into this crazy, Christmas patchwork in her memory. Since it has elves in it, it reminds me of my elf-hat wearing brother as well.


Once upon a time when I only had one child, I committed to making one handmade gift every birthday and Christmas. Craziness. Now with three children, that's six homemade gifts every single year- three of them at the same time. It can be overwhelming. But it gives me time to focus on each kid individually- what they need, what they like, what they love. Honestly, I thought I would have given up long ago. Too much time, too much effort, too much kids preferring store-bought and flashy. But, they seem to still love the things I make them so I will continue putting way too much effort and time into a handmade gift just for them.

Or sometimes two when I just can't decide.

Anna has always been devoted to strawberries. Even when she was a ferociously picky preschooler. Some summers she lived on strawberries and pepperoni.

The Strawberry Pillow is based off of several Strawberry quilts I saw pop up on Instagram. It's a variation of this free pattern. It doesn't take much rear…

Halloween 2016

It's been a very busy three days.

Their school's Fall Fling-

The church's Trunk or Treat-

And actual, real Halloween-

Sam the Thief-

His nemesis, Anna the Detective-

Ellery as Sophie from Howl's Moving Castle. But, the book. Not the movie. She was very adamant about that.

Anna wanted a detective pumpkin so she got Sherlock Holmes. Ellery's is the cat bus from My Neighbor Totoro. And, Sam- well, Sam wanted a duck. Because ducks like rain and it rains a lot in the fall. That kid definitely thinks outside the box. It got a whole lot of compliments from trick or treaters and their parents.

The Big 1 - 1

So hard to believe that she's 11.She's been counting down to this day for months, though.

We didn't really do a birthday party. More just a birthday playdate with her closest friends- "the gang," as they are fond of calling themselves. I'm glad she's got such a great group of friends.

More on the pillow and gloves tomorrow.

She says it's the best birthday ever. The rainbow appearing right as she blew out the candles pretty much cinched that. There's no way I'm beating that next year.

Two Timely Finishes

Autumn has definitely arrived- complete with chilly weather, falling leaves and pumpkin everything. So staying warm and getting spooky have quickly become my crafty priorities.

I finished my second ever project on my Cricket Loom- a really wide and really long plaid scarf. My husband claimed it as his own before it was even off the loom.

It has it's flaws. The end definitely looks a lot better than the beginning. But it looks pretty smashing on him and will definitely keep him warm.

As far as getting spooky goes, I actually finished a Halloween wallhanging.

I started about three different Halloween wall-hangings last year and somehow ended up with a Halloween quilt. It was worth the wait, though, because I absolutely love this one.

The pattern is Swoon by Thimbleblossoms. Except I made my blocks half-size.

Now I'm debating all sorts of warm or spooky potential projects. Pumpkin throw pillows for the couch? A new scarf on the loom? Gnome mittens for me? A long overdue sweate…