Because I'm back into full time crafting now, I decided to make everyone one thing handmade this year. I'm old to crafting, but new to blogging so I made everything and wrapped it up and didn't take any pictures of half the things I made. Jordyn gave me her Christmas list about 3 months ago and kept checking with me to see if I still had it. She wanted another American Girl doll, the soccer outfit, and the get well kit (crutches, cast, wraps, etc). I ordered it all and when it came I decided she needed a little sweat suit, too. It was too late to order one and get it back in time, so I made one. Don't get too excited, this was my first and probably last time of making doll clothes. Have you ever tried to put a zipper in a little jacket? Anyway, I found a grey sweatshirt we had laying around and a red jersey, so I made it all out of that.
I didn't make Jordyn's. After I finished the dolls, I was out shopping the day before Christmas to find Jordyn a grey sweatsuit with a red shirt to match. She had to have one!
All the frustration I had making those clothes for her new doll was well worth it. As soon as she had opened all her presents, Jordyn went and changed and then changed her new doll.
This is why I love being a grandma! Look at that little face!
As I'm looking at these pictures, I need to do a post on the old lamp post shade that is sitting on the fireplace. One of my blogging heroes, Donna, from Funky Junk Interiors would be so proud of me for that!
I love old windows and I'm so lucky that Greg replaces old windows and it's like Christmas every time he comes home with the ones he replaced. Some are the original wood and some are painted. That's half the fun, finding fabric to match the frame.
Then I get with my best friend, Google, and find quotes that I love.
I sew muslin and the fabric together and hand embroider the saying. The really fun part is taking my coffee I'm still getting jittery on and start staining away. If I were a patient girl, I would just let it dry naturally. I can't wait to see how it's going to look so I always bring out the blow dryer to speed up the process. Little things make me happy, like watching coffee dry on fabric.
These windows make me happy and I'm going to try and start doing at least 2 or 3 of them a month starting in January. I have all of you as witnesses, so I have to stick to this goal. Wish me luck.
I showed you my brilliant idea that went into the Hall of Shame. So to try to redeem myself, here's the other little things I made for the kids.
Jace a hat. I don't think it should be that pointy, but I can't be blamed for this one, I used a pattern! You can't really tell in the picture but those are balls and bats on the fleece.
Jalynn an ear warmer out of music fleece with a matching scarf.
I know I'm her Grandma, but is she not the most beautiful princess you have ever seen? She's so sweet, she didn't even make me beg to take her picture. My family is getting a little tired of always seeing my camera in my hand! Now that Christmas is over, I'm going to make me a holder for it to wear around my neck like my cell phone. Go ahead, make fun of me now like the rest of them do.
Greg and I had the privilege of hanging out yesterday with Ryan and Austin, two of our grandsons. They had money in their pockets that was burning a hole, so we went shopping. We stopped at Olive Garden to eat lunch and get our energy for this shopping trip.
That's Ryan's cool look and Papa trying to give him rabbit ears.
Austin with his innocent look.
Yep, we even went to Bass Pro and guess what? I brought my camera!
Thank you, boys, we had a great time. Please remember, you're going to shoot an eye out with those air rifles if you're not careful!
I have to start by saying that my family thinks this is another entry into my Craft Hall of Shame. My neck warmer all started with leftover Sherpa material I had after making the two little girls scarves.
There wasn't enough left over to make more scarves, so I came up with neck warmers. Sometimes my ideas sound so good in my head but when they come out, not so great! My idea was to wear something around your neck that keeps you warm and you don't have to worry about losing it or carrying it while you're out running around. Here's how it was supposed to look (kind of). By the way, my pictures were horrible. I got a new camera and couldn't figure out how to use it.
That's what I intended it to do, but the girls had different ideas!
A girl scout sash. Or how about a belt?
They all had such a good laugh over my "great idea".
Josh did come to my rescue and told me I should make them with a button or velcro instead of sewing it together so it would lay flat. Okay, back to the drawing board.
I was little Martha Stewart today. No, I didn't go to jail, I baked and made the guys that work for us little Christmas plates with goodies. First I made Snowman Soup. It's just hot chocolate mix with marshmallows and a candy cane.
Here's the label I found in blog world. I'm so sorry, I don't remember where I found it. I printed it on Christmas paper.
So I put the cup on a Christmas plate with candy and the cookies that I baked and some of the Candy Cane pretzels. On yeah, I also dipped marshmallows on a Popsicle stick and rolled them in graham cracker crumbs. Get it? S'Mores! Wrapped the whole thing in cellophane paper and there you go!
I know, the real Martha would have put a beautiful bow on it, but I was bored with the whole thing by now!
I will never ever dip pretzels in melted chocolate again! People probably have been doing this for years but I just saw it all over blog land this year. All you do is melt candy Kisses on the pretzels in the oven. Brilliant, huh? No mess!
You just put the pretzels on a foil lined tray and put a candy Kiss on top. I used the Candy Cane Kisses. Put it the oven at 170 degrees for 7 minutes. Take them out and put an M&M on top and pop them in the freezer until they're hard again. They taste great!
I saw an idea of an Exercise Block here at Somewhat Simple and knew I had to make one! I thought that it would be even funnier if it were a candy dish. I ran off to Hobby Lobby and found a block of wood that had a lid. Once again, score!
I brought the little jewel home and stained it and then Mod-Podged it with some pretty paper. Now let the fun begin.
I got to bring out the stamper set that I ordered from Harbor Freight last summer when Greg thought I had lost my mind. I told him I could do something good with it and needed it and could he find me some washers. I stamped "candy" on them. I'm going to devote a whole post on what I used to help me hammer them. Nobody will be believe it! I know, that's a shameless plug to get you to come back.
I tied the washer with twine to my box.
Printed off the saying on scrapbook paper and mod-podged it to the top.
Then I made up my own saying for the inside and added candy!
I had so much fun making this that there will probably be 10 more in my house sitting around.
I would love it if you see something I’ve done and want to make one for yourself or give as a gift, but not to sell. Please link back and give credit where credit is due. I would like to see what you’ve done to make it your own (improved the idea). Thanks for visiting!