I signed my daughter up for a couple classes at the local fabric store. She made felt ornaments in the first class and this fuzzy, soft reindeer blanket in the second class. The blanket really turned out well and has been very popular in our house. It travels through the house resting wherever she needs a good cuddle with the cats trailing behind her. Bear gets especially excited by the fluttering fringe.
This beautiful, beautiful print made by artist Lisa Solomon gifted to me in thanks for helping out with the 1,000 doilies project. Those threads! Oh my. I love it. It makes me happy.
Finished holiday cards for both children, packaged with candy canes and delivered to their classrooms makes me happily sigh in relief. What was I thinking? I should have abandoned the project early on and switched to a finger print card like this one or this one instead.
Bear just makes me crack up. The perfect antidote to any holiday blues.
And I'm so happy and pleased with my lovely new calendar designed by the talented Amy Nieto of Little Bright Studio. You should look her up if you have a chance. She makes pretty bags, too.
Oh, and silvery, glimmering constellations are absolutely perfect. Happy Thursday to you!
I have a bag full of these little wooden peg dolls, leftover from my daughter's garden fairie party a couple years ago. I've been meaning to do something creative with them for quite a while now. My daughter and I decided to paint a few for Christmas. She decided to give each of hers a little silver tinsel headband and then proceeded to paint each one differently... one in pale blue with white snowflakes, one in dark blue with white stars, and then one with rainbow stripes.
They turned out so beautifully. She shipped them off to each of her three pen pals. Have I mentioned that she has two Australian pen pals now? And she's also started corresponding with one of her cousins. She really looks forward to receiving letters and tiny gifts in the mail.
I decided to give mine pale blue winter coats with big white collars. I think I'll give them sparkly headbands, too. I was thinking about turning them into ornaments, but have displayed them on the mantel along with my bottle brush tree collection instead. They seem to fit the winter wonderland scene along with the vintage bobble-head deer and moose and twinkly white lights.
The kids and I (mostly me) have been working on their class holiday cards. We're making snowflakes out of the plastic Perler beads. We made similar cards with hearts for Valentine's Day last year. And I'll admit, that last year the making process was much easier and more fun. I guess the kids were each at the perfect age to really enjoy it, or maybe we were further into the winter months and they were desperately bored, and willing to do any and all crafting with their mom.
In any case, my daughter has been helping me off and on. I set traps for her by starting a snowflake and then leaving the pretty beads strategically placed nearby. She can't resist walking past. But my five-year-old son is refusing to help and we're running out of time. So, I figure his sister and I will make the snowflakes and I'm crossing my fingers that he'll sign his cards without a fuss.
In other news, one of my favorite stores Trohv will be selling some of my prints. If you're local, I hope you'll have chance to stop by to see them... and oooh and aaah over them. And maybe, even buy one...
And I'm so happy to see this article about Lisa Solomon and her Sen show in the San Francisco Chronicle. Pretty cool! My pink doilies almost made it into the shot.
The kids actually got to stay home for a snow day earlier in the week. The kids had a great time sledding with neighbor friends on a big hill near our house. The woods and trees were covered with beautiful sparkling, white snow. So much fun!