Monday, January 11, 2010

Christmas Dresses

A couple of days ago I realized that I hadn't ever taken any photos of the little gal in her Christmas dresses, so this morning we had a little photo shoot! I wanted to take some while the tree is still up. I love my tree this year, I'll be so sad to see it come down. It's still totally green and really fresh, it's hardly lost any needles. I think we'll be cutting down a tree every year!

We went out to the Festive Porch to take some pictures too.

It's not always easy to get a good pic of this kid, but today there were lots of really cute ones.

It was hard to pick just a few to share! It helped that her Daddy was there getting her to smile.
She's kind of a Daddy's girl.

I bought this plaid dress at Target. I love how it's so flouncy and princessy.

Nana sent her this black velvet dress with matching red shoes that she loves. This girl is starting out her shoe addiction at a very young age! I'm really not a shoe person so I think she must get it from Nana, who loves to buy shoes and loves to send my daughter cute shoes!

I promise this is my last post about Christmas!

Bird Ornaments

One other Christmas craft project I forgot to mention is these little bird ornaments that I made for gifts. I made them for wreathmaking thank-yous, my visiting teachees, and a bunch of other friends and family. I think I ended up making about 30 of them! They were quick and pretty fun to make, although after that many I have to admit I got kind of sick of making them!
I made a few for my own tree too. The pattern for the birds came from this book: Last-Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson. You can find a similar free pattern from Spool sewing website here, and a tutorial for another really adorable bird here on Life in Grace. Just in case you want to add this to your next year's Christmas craft list!

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Christmas Crafts 2009 Wrap-Up

So, you may recall that I had a crafting goal last year to make something Christmasy each month. Now that it is the New Year, I've removed all of that from my sidebar, but I wanted to make a blog accounting of how I did on my plan.

So basically, I did pretty well the first half of the year, and then I pretty much lost all my steam! I don't know if it was the weather or what but something about the spring just made me not be in a Christmas craft making mood I guess. So anyhoo, I guess you could say that in my failure I actually succeeded! That is how I choose to look at it anyway! I finished three projects, including my big project of my Christmas quilt, and even sent it off to be long armed and got it back before Christmas (although I will confess to you that it's not bound yet).

I think if I hadn't had this goal posted on my blog I probably would have been lucky to accomplish one of those things, but the constant reminder made me want to have something to show for myself. So overall I'm going to call that a success! In fact, I had so much fun doing it that I think I'm going to do it again this year. So, watch for new Christmas projects to debut up there on the sidebar. I think it would be best to plan on quarterly projects, one a month is just too much to be realistic! If I can finish 4 Christmas projects this year I'll be really happy and I will have increased over last year by 1. I'm not too hard on myself though, I'll be glad if I get anything done at all.

So here is my little Christmas pixie that I got together with friends on month to do. He was really fun to make, and my daughter liked putting him in her cradle with her dolls!

I really liked how this table runner turned out, and I made a couple more for gifts, plus used it during Christmas and actually all year round on top of a dresser.

Here is a better pic of the pixies we made, although these aren't the actual ones we made!

So, my goals for this year are to finish some Christmas projects, four if possible. The projects of top importance are:

-Finish all of the stockings for my kids. A long time ago I made stockings for my two oldest with their names crosstitched on the cuffs and a design on the stocking. My third has the stocking with design, but no name. A couple of years ago I stayed up all night Christmas eve sewing stockings for the 2 youngest but they don't have any designs or names, which my 6-year-old son was kind of bummed out about this year. So, finishing up everyones stockings is goal #1~

-My friend lent me her pattern to make a softie nativity about 2 years ago and I really want to make that while the kids are young enough to play with and enjoy it, especially my daughter! There are about 10 little nativity figures so that one will probably take a while, but other than the stockings it's the first priority for me!

-Now that I finished my Christmas throw quilt (once it's bound that is), I want to do a wall hanging Christmas tree quilt pattern that I have. It's pretty simple and not too big but it will still probably take me a while.

-I have patterns for at least 3 different wool santas, and I'd love to get at least one of them done.

I have a whole folder of other Christmas projects, probably a lifetime worth of things to make, but I think that's enough to start with!

Let the Christmas crafting begin! (again)

Oh, and it helps that it has been snowing for the last couple of days. If it's not Christmas anymore, at least the weather feels like it!