Friday, November 28, 2008

christmas crafts: inspiration and work in progress

I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving. We did!

Since we have a newborn, we really couldn't get out this year, so we just took it easy at home. We had a fun morning watching the Macy's Thanksgiving parade and then were visited by our family members (who brought lots of yummy leftovers for us to enjoy).

I would say it had to be the most perfect Thanksgiving ever: no stress, free food, and sweet time with my awesome husband, precious little girl and brand new baby boy. Perfect.


The crafting bug hasn't seemed to disappear with the baby hormones and I'm already planning my Christmas projects.

I got on ebay the other day and found these adorable little wooden birds. I ordered 10 of them and can't wait to get to work making them beautiful.

Here are some of the things I'm dying to do with them:
I found some great ideas on the Cherry's Jubilee Blog

And then there are these by Glitter and Bliss

Misty (my new precious bloggy buddy) found the allusive Christmas stockings in her town and sent them to me this week. How awesome is she? It was so fun to get them in the mail! Thanks, Misty! I'm gearing up to make them lovely this week and I can't wait!

I've been working on these Tussie Mussies for awhile now. Here is the inspiration picture taken from an etsy shop

I've seen them a million other places too. I just can't decide how I want to fancy them up.
Here is my WIP (Work in Progress):

I've also been working on these button trees this week. I found the vintage buttons on sale at an antique store down the street, but they only filled like 1/2 of the tree. I'm pretty sure that I'm going to need to buy a million more... Add it to the list...

Emmie Cakes makes this winter banner. If Santa brings me a Cricut, I'm thinking that I can do it myself. Are you listening, Santa?

I'm kinda obsessed with cute little vintage style ornaments lately too.

Here's a cute one you can make-
Sillouette Ornaments by Kimba

Here's a vintage-Style Christmas Ornament that I found on Etsy:

And another one from this shop:

There is lots of crafty fun to be had, my friends. Lots.

Poor Charlie.

I finished my Christmas banner from Emmie Cakes the other night while nursing Charlie. I noticed that he had little tiny pieces of glitter on his forehead when I was finished. Hopefully, the early exposure to glittering doesn't affect his masculinity later in life...

If so - I'm totally blaming Martha.


misty said...

glad to see that they made it safely to your house!

also, very glad to read that your craftness hasn't left since the sweet baby boy arrived... love seeing pictures of what you have made or found. it makes me want to TRY to be crafty! ha

glad you had a PERFECT thanksgiving!

SarahHub said...

Okay, I can sum up my feelings in three words: You amaze me!

maribeth said...

how funny! i have the same vintagey snowflake ornaments in my collection of ideas! and as for charlie, you know miller is creative and really into art but still all boy at the same time. you can always blame david too-what gene do you think causes being able to sing like garth and play the guitar?

Rach@In His Hands said...

What a fabulous Thanksgiving you had!
I am SO trying out some of those cute are my crafty idol. Forget Martha. :)

Kris J. said...

well since santa WAS listening, i'm totally coming over to make some vintagy snowflake ornaments. i have some glittery white snowflakes already, just need the little cutouts!! i SO can do that...

and yes, you amaze me with your continued craftiness! i love it though, it's so jen :)

Colored With Memories said...

you are amazing! it is great that you are able to keep up with all of this.

i LOVE all the vintage type ornaments!

Jennifer said...

So I hope Santa was looking at the Michael's Thanksgiving ad...they had the Cricut 50% off and all the cartridges for $30, but apparently sold out on Thursday. I'm sure you've done your research, but QVC is also running a pretty good special on them if you want to pass that info along to Santa! Sounds like you all are doing great! Charlie is precious!

jennifer said...

Santa WAS looking at the ad and made a trip to Michaels on Thursday night!

Santa is the best.

I've got some big plans for that Cricut. Can't wait!

crazigirl80 said...

Where did you get the flower punch that use for your cute boards?

jennifer said...

crazigirl80 -
I got it at Michael's. I bought one that was less expensive by ($7) Paper Studio, but I'm actually really sorry that I did.

I wish that I had spent just a couple of more dollars and bought a nicer one by Fiskars. My punch is pretty much impossible to "punch". You have to practically STAND on the thing to get it to punch through paper. It's worth downloading a coupon and getting a nicer one for SURE.

You can find them at pretty much any craft store in the scrapbooking section. They have all sizes to choose from. :-)

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