Last year for Christmas I bought Phoebe the Klutz Clay Charms craft book/kit and she played with it all break. It was super fun to see her really get into a craft project. So this year I wanted something similarly crafty for under the tree. I think it was Amy (yep, here) who first linked to this Margaret Bloom book, Making Peg Dolls and made me wanty want it. It's so good! Her projects are so cute. And I, of course, am obsessed. Wool felt and wood dolls, easily two of my favorite things. Phoebe is very into it too. She is painting the dolls and tracing the patterns and doing some of the sewing. I'm making some on my own for her as she requests new characters. We've got a growing menagerie (as you can see on my instagram).
Phoebe made this Grandma to go with the Little Red Riding Hood and Wolf from the book.
And here are Hansel and Gretel from the book. I added some embroidery to the felt outfits.
Fairy Godmother I came up with at Phoebe's request. She wanted her hair in a bun. It's sorta bun-like. I just glued a blob of wool roving on her head and then futzed with it after it had dried and sewed it in place. Funny how the tiny dab sof paint for the face relay so much character. I think she needs a bit of an upward turn on her mouth blob. She needs to be cheerier.
They all came down this weekend and then, it snowed! Finally we get our Christmas snow. I ran around and took a bunch of photos before it all came down. We had a very gray December so I didn't post a lot of festivness actually during the season. I know you're all drinking kale smoothies right now and not in holiday mood but just real quick...
This year I decided we were a little tree heavy upstairs and lacking in the basement so I repurposed the "handmade tree" (artificial tree we have up in the family room where we hang lots of handmade ornaments) into the "nerd tree" to go downstairs with work-from-home Tim and near Oscar's xbox station. We gathered all our nerdy sci fi/toy ornaments (mostly robots) and then bought a few more (video game/star wars). Excited to have another tree to collect for.
New to the tree this year were a little ceramic bear and a Suzy Ultman matryoshka doll from Crate and Barrel and this little felt sequined star from Macy's. I think that was it. I had my eye on a few other things but nothing made it til after xmas sales. I need to stop thinking that's going to work for me. There was a lot of cute stuff at Target that I didn't really need so I thought I'd pick up after holiday. All gone. And of course now I'm convinced I needed it!
The white bottle brush trees went up with the gingerbread houses again this year. I love the white against the white wall. The kids did a great job on the houses again this year and I'm still happy with my decision to never try to make gingerbread houses from scratch. The premade kits keep everyone happy.
I couldn't decide if I was sending out cards this year. I was determined this year to simplify the holiday and not stress myself or anyone else out. But what's the wheat and the chaff with Christmas? It's hard to say. I decided late in the game that cards had to stay so I sat the kids in front of the tree when they walked in the door from school, put the flash on the camera and took 18 photos then I picked literally the first design that popped out at me at snapfish and ordered these cards. They turned out really cute. I love when a fast decision works out.
I'm organizing photos now to start printing for my December Project Life album. I think this year's entry will be slimmer than those in the past. Things I did dial back... outings, photo ops, gift buying. I'm looking forward to going back over the last month and journaling our holiday. Sort of like my exit interview. No matter how hard I try to not feel like the Sr Project Manager in charge of special events I can't kick that feeling every Christmas. How'd I do? Childhood magic achieved? Wish I could get a grade and some notes/feedback.
I think I'll just give myself a xmas bonus and assume I did awesome!