Thursday, December 19, 2013

merry making 2013

This time of year is never without lots of making. This year is no different and, in fact, may have set a new precedent for the amount of making one can accomplish in a season. 
Let's get to it, shall we:


Along with all of the renovating that is happening around here we have also made...FIRE. And it couldn't come at a more appropriate time of year.

We hit our 3rd anniversary in the house, on December 31st, and having the fireplace inspected for wood burning finally made it to the top of our list. Maybe something fancier in the future, but for now this is a lovely sight. 

 

An even longer anticipated item is my very own stocking. I made Dana's in 2009, Desmond's in 2011, and mine was always getting bumped for more important projects until the season was over and I would "get to it next year." Well, "next year" arrived and I squeezed it in. 

I used wool scraps from a thrifted skirt I had made something else with years ago and a green velvet remnant for the cuff. I also had those buttons in my stash too.

I had kept the pattern I made for Desmond's, seen at right, so I used that for reference and just altered it a bit to make it suit my style.


I whipped up a bunch of this yarn-ball-ornaments for family, and my neighborhood ornament exchange, this year. They are super easy to make and all over pintrest. This is my second year making ornaments and I have a feeling it's going to stick.


Of course I made an extra special ornament for the little guy. I painted it during his nap just before we hung ornaments, talk about last minute, but how could I resist after his Halloween costume this year.


Felt cookies anyone?
I am happy to report that the play kitchen Santa brought last year is still in daily use. It just needed a cookie upgrade... 


...and a toddler-sized oven mitt...


...and some tea bags. His felt ravioli has been pulling double duty for the past year so I thought it could use a break. 
Special thanks to my crafty girlfriends for coming through with some last minute white felt and saving me a trip to the store.


Although I am usually elbows deep in little girl aprons, I wanted my little guy to have one too. Obviously I choose a more boy-friendly fabric and then tweaked my pattern a bit. I went for more of a craft smock style (which he could really use) and added sleeves, a more masculine front pocket for craft tools, and I gave the neckline a little V. 

I really think he's going to love it!


I did manage to sneak in a little something for myself too. I made these mittens from a shrunken wool sweater that I loved, not to mention that I'm a little crazy about mittens right now. They took me all of 15 minutes to make.

 And...SURPRISE! There is a skier on the other side! A little nod to my northern youth.



Alas, there is so much more making happening for my mother, husband, nephew, and one more special thing for Desmond, but I don't want to ruin the holiday by posting them! 

I hope you have a Merry Winter Solstice, however you celebrate!