Thursday, December 31, 2009

Christmas Craziness

Here's a little look at some of the busy things we've been doing the past couple of weeks...

Made some scarfs for a couple of last minute family gifts. The good thing about procrastinating is that holiday fabric was 50% off. This is the from the Sherry Berry Holiday line with fleece on the back side.

And there were birds. Lots of birds. This was only the first batch of hatchlings. Used the pattern found here. Kind of addicting.

For neighbors, teachers and friends a little feathered friend with a sign saying PEACE.

More for nieces. This is "Lemon" and "Lime" after their pet parakeets.

Also made some for my kids, although her favorites were the the ones for my nieces. She kept on running off with them.

I am one of the party moms in my daughter's 2nd grade class. I read about a creative mom making scarfs for a class party and thought it was a fabulous idea (although we did them a bit differently). I bought fleece on sale - one girl pattern, and one boy pattern. We cut them in 4" strips, width wise (so they were about 58" long). Then we cut fringe on on the end and the kids tied knots.

It was fun, and instead of taking home a disposable craft, they made something they can use all winter.

I heard the boys were wrapping them around their heads and pretending to be ninjas at recess. Check out the little guy in the background...

Finished the table-top quilts. My mother-in-law was making table top quilts for her mother for every month of the year. She had ideas for all of the holiday months, but didn't know what to do for June, August & September. So I volunteered to do those months. I completely forgot to take a picture of the June quilt (I was still sewing the binding on Christmas Day), but it was a pinwheel runner. Here is August...

And September...

We gave them to my husband's grandparents at his grandfather's 90th birthday party on December 26th. Here he is helping sing Happy Birthday to himself. He would say "Oh Yeah" after every verse. So cute!

So yet another Christmas has come and gone and I find myself wishing there had been more peaceful and reflective moments, and less distractions and stuff (stuff to do, stuff to make, stuff to buy). Way too much stuff. Christmas would seem more authentic without it. However for our kids, it is a magical time and that somehow makes the craziness seem worthwhile.

Right before bed we remembered the cookies for Santa. I wasn't about to make frosting at this hour, so we improvised. Nutella with sprinkles - yikes!

Nestled all snug in his bed. Can you see just how excited he is?

And for once, we actually finished wrapping gifts the night before, so sleep was part of the Christmas Eve equation - Heavenly Peace, indeed.

6 comments:

Heather Ingalls said...

So cute! Love all your creations. You are one busy lady. Hope ya'll had a great Christmas!

Nora Mair said...

I love my bird--It went right on my tree along with peace. And we are doing scarves next year for sure. What a great ideal.

heidivee said...

Nat, you are amazing. I am so in love with the birds that I am making a bunch for my new tree decor for next year. I was going to call you to get the pattern, so THANK YOU for posting where to find it!! I love them. :) Love that pic of D so excited in his bed. He is so stinkin' cute!!

My Cozy Cubby said...

Funny, I made a bunch of scarves for my niece and nephews! I might just have to make some birdies for next year. Cute fabric! Back to the same old on Monday!

Beth at Aunties said...

I love how jubilant Pops sang HB to himself. He is so precious. The table runner, birds and scarfs all turned out great!
D was precious that night. Wait he still is!:)

XO

Amanda said...

Love the birds and the scarves! Can't wait to make my own birds--what a creative gift! Thanks!