Every year, since I started to scrapbook, I have always gotten creative and made our Christmas cards. And since I only make them for family and close friends I don’t have to worry about making dozens of them for people who might only look at them and then store them away. I try to avoid thinking about my pretty little cards in the trash amongst an abundance of wrapping paper, tape, or fruitcakes.
But this year I wanted to keep it simple because, really, do I need to make two dozen? I certainly don’t. While Scout was painting with her new Crayola washable paints I started making a mess with some scrapbook paper, brads, buttons, glue, distress ink, stamps…
and came up with this.
So even if I can’t afford forty four cents for every person who comments or for every person whose blog I read, I’m giving you holiday wishes via my blog. You may not get it in your mail but you can always look at it on your computer. I think that’s just as good. Don’t you?
Aside from my UFO’s I seem to have started something new. I’ve been rotating my projects and I have seen a lot of progress. I decided to get a head start on my Christmas cards. Even though I don’t send out very many, I like to make mine by hand and get them out the first week of December. Done and done!
You can check out my Flickr to see the other designs. I used some Christmas themed papers I found at Beverly’s, then I machine sewed around the edges. All the embellishments are stuff I had in meager stash. I love when I don’t have to go out and buy a bunch of stuff for a small project like this.
I also started a jacket for Scout using my Dream in Color Ring a Ling which may pose a problem because it’s such a hard color to find and there doesn’t seem to be too many people out there willing to give it up! Yikes! But I’m gonna chug along and see what I can do. If all else fails I will frog and make myself a pair of socks.
You can see why it’s such a coveted color, right?
And because I had the sewing machine on for the cards I decided to cut up some fabric and make myself an Easy Lap Quilt like the one I just finished.
All the fabric but one is from Heather Ross’ Medocino line. I actually finished up the quilt top last night. It’s about 45″ wide, perfect to throw on your lap. I have to find some backing fabric though. I am going to use the remains to do the binding so it will be pretty colorful on the edges. I just love the whimsical type fish.
I liked the cards that I made for my swap bot pals so much that I’ve made extra for my Etsy Shop. So if you are an owl lover like I am, stock up!
There will be more colors to come!
I’ve been color working along on the Endpaper Mitts and I am happy to say that I’m quite pleased, (sorry to be so redundant):
I am already working the increases and in a few rows I’ll be able to work the rest of the palm and ribbing. They are a bit tighter than I’d like, but I’m convinced if I knit them on US 3’s, they’d be too loose. I’m hoping once they are off the needles they will be a tad bit looser than they are now.
I’ve also been on a card kick lately:
I really need to start working on Shawn’s album, but it’s tough to spread out with the kids around. Especially Scout. She has to touch everything.
Other than that, I have been looking for some new recipes cause I’m sick of making the same things for dinner. It’s too monotonous. So look at what I discovered at the local libary:
An entire book about Pot Pies! YumO!
Can’t beat that!