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Merry Merry and Bright

Christmas Decorations

I wanted to stop in and wish all of you a wonderful Christmas filled with joy and lots of special moments. I’m so looking forward to waking tomorrow and teaching the little one how to open gifts! I can’t think of anything better.

I also wanted to leave you with this super fun tutorial for felt holiday trees I found while taking a break tonight in crafty blogland.

4 comments December 25th, 2009

Stockings, Part 3

Stockings

Ryan's Stocking

And this is the last of the stockings. Ryan calls it his Chewbacca boot (I spelled that right on the first try!). I’m really happy with how they turned out, especially the babe’s. We are fully geared up for Christmas this year, although it really snuck up on me. I just keep thinking it’s farther out, and here it is, the day before Christmas Eve. The house is trimmed, Ryan’s birthday has been fully celebrated, and there’s been some serious oldtime merriment. Ulysses and I went over to our neighbor’s house yesterday where 30 carolers sang, there was a roaring fire, and actual figgy pudding–not to mention baby in a reindeer hat.

Wishing you and yours the merriest of Christmases.

1 comment December 23rd, 2009

Stockings, Part Two

Uly's Stocking

Uly's Stocking

And this is Uly’s stocking. I had a ton of the most gorgeous vintage abalone buttons (who was that from?). They were each different and well worn. Some of the intricate designs looked hand-carved and had been worn down so you often have to peer closely to see them. I have been saving them for ages and decided this was the perfect project. This stocking is for Ulysses. He seems to really like it. The hand beading took many many hours, but I love how simple and grand it is at the same time.

1 comment December 16th, 2009

Stockings Hung with Care, Revisited

Apparently I like making stockings. After making these last year, I decided I didn’t like them. Or not that I didn’t like them, but that I wanted new ones maybe. I had every intention of making a new wreath this year. I like making a new large-ish Christmas decorating project each year. I think my problem with the stockings is that I have yet to make stockings that match our 50s, kitsch Christmas theme around here. I still don’t think I’ve done it, but I am really happy with them. I basically copied these gorgeous stockings I found while browsing.

Dacia's Stocking

Dacia's Stocking

2 comments December 15th, 2009

Baby’s First Christmas

Uly's Christmas Ornament

Christmas Ornament

Family of Owl Ornaments

Inspired by some crafty bloggers (Come and See the Seitz and Savvy Stitch), I whipped up some ornaments to commemorate Uly’s first Christmas. There’s a mini log cabin pillow and a family of owls (a mama, papa, and baby). These were both very satisfying projects–they were easy to complete and super cute when finished! Ryan went out for the evening after the baby went to sleep, so I caught up on Ugly Betty and made these ornaments (after lugging a ton-load of craft supplies out of the baby room and into the living room).

I’ve got the house all decorated, Christmas cards made, and some of my Christmas shopping done. I’ve almost got all of my packages to mail ready to go, so hopefully I made things manageable for myself. I always tend to over-do things. One of the hardest lessons I am still learning after having Ulysses is how to set expectations for myself. I’ve come a long way from the days where getting a shower and a few hours of sleep was a stellar accomplishment, but it’s easy for me to forget and stretch myself too thin. It’s really hard not to when you have a precious little babe, a kitty in need of a warm lap, a husband who loves to cuddle, family, good friends, a good job, and then yourself as well. A life full of so many blessings and warmth!

3 comments December 10th, 2009


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