As many of you know I have been back in school for nursing, and that is what has been taking up all of my time. I have finals next week, so you will see an increase in the frequency of my posts while I am on break, and then probably a drop in posts again until around April. Bummer, I know. But, I am happy to report that I am doing well in school, I have just been having a difficult time with time management and setting priorities. My head is constantly in a book ... makes me feel so bad that I am missing so much with my kids, but I keep trying to remind myself that this is temporary and I only have 3 semesters left.
But, in the midst of studying I have managed to get a few holiday crafts done, so I thought I would share ....
I was inspired by a similar wreath I saw in one of those Holiday craft magazines that I always read through when I am in the checkout line. Can't remember which one I saw it in, but I put my own spin on it anyways by adding different types of flowers, leaves, and little cardinals. Even though I have it handing on our front door for the benefit of this photo, I actually have it hanging up inside of our house, as I just do not know how well this wreath would hold up against the elements ... especially the sun as our front door faces West.
I used wool blend felt, a straw wreath (with the plastic left on), one full skein of Vanna's Choice yarn, a hot glue gun, some pearl looking beads and those cute little birds. It really only took me an hour and a half to make.
Next, I made this ornament ...
Every year I put an ornament on our tree of my kids ... I just think it will be fun when they are grown ups to see the photos of themselves from Christmas each year. Some times I use a photo that I take, but this year I am being lazy and using their school photos. Normally I just buy an ornament that has room for a picture, but this year I decided to make my own. So far I only have this one done of my youngest, but as soon as I am done with finals at school, I am going to get the other two made. I will try and get a tutorial together too ... if anyone is interested.
I mainly used Tim Holtz products as well as some Martha Stewart paper, and some other odds and ends I had sitting around from swaps and such. The base is one of those wooden circles that you can find at any craft store ... it was thin enough that I could punch a hole in it with my crop-a-dile. I think it turned out pretty cute.
I also made an ATC at the same time that I made the ornament from above ... can you tell? I used a lot of the same materials.
And lastly I made some glittered pine cones. In addition to a sack of cinnamon scented pine cones, I used the martha stewart glittering glue, and martha stewart glitter. I make these every year, and some how it seems like they always disappear ... so random. I think it is my husband secretly tossing them out after Christmas because of his disdain for anything with glitter on it.
I usually keep them in a wire bowl on our dining table as a sort of simple center piece. I just love the way the light catches the glitter. This one below is my fave ... I just love the color of the glitter ... sort of silver with a bit of gold mixed in ....
What about you, have you made any holiday crafts lately?