Sunday, January 13, 2013

Happy New Year!

I had hoped to post gift making as I was creating but with shipping and Little eyes, it was hard to navigate without eyes here or at home discovering the Christmas Booty!

So, I give you a few pictures of the Elving I did:

The sewing stack...before the additions!

My way of staying organized...and for easy hiding!

love the felt I got from FeltForLess

Little came up with these impromptu gifts and our first experience with needle felting.  Lovely roving came from oneoftheflock

heat/cold pack for Little
My first attempt at this gem from noodlehead...i ended up adding a large ribbon strap and gifting it to Little.  She loves it!

Little's earrings

Love these Little Owls!!!

LOTS of hair accessories for a blossoming Little!

Magnetic fishing game!!!

Roll up cooking mat

Robot plush...needs a bigger head...that has a pocket in back with a picture of me and Little

Bear plush with a pocket in the back and a picture of Little and her dad

Zip pouches for me and Little

another set of earrings for a loved one

more completed clutches...I made 11!

a last minute attempt at this

I had some treasures in each pouch and clutch that came with some caring words

many a mistake was made but lots of love anyhow

for my magical tea drinking papa! 

man pouches...I was at a loss for the men in our lives!

I was so happy to see the end of the elving duties, more time to relax and spend time with Little...and get some sleep!

Most of the pictures were taken between the hours of 1am-4am so they aren't of super quality but who's taking note?  All gifts were sent out and received almost promptly.  For my brother, I did a spin on the cookie mix in a jar of his favorite cookies.  I usually make him a batch but no matter how I pack them, they are crumbled or hard when he gets them.  So, I bought some ziplock bags (I usually don't have them on hand) and bagged the ingredients for him. 

Our morning was lovely and even opened most of our gifts while Skyping with family elsewhere.  Then, packed up a few treasures and headed to my grandpa's, 2 hours away.  I think the new tradition for me and little will be making most gifts, more fun and less chaotic...well, shopping frenzy chaotic.

Our new years was quiet and Little was comfortably sleeping by midnight and I was minutes after the new year struck. 

I hope you all had a lovely holiday!  May this year bring you magic and beautiful memories!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Merry Christmas!

...or happy Happy Winter Solstice, or Hanukkah, or whichever holiday you celebrate or don't.

We celebrate Christmas and Winter Solstice and have our Little made gnomes and fairies watching over and partnering up with some Little made angels.   

Enjoy your family and the traditions old and new.


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Oh S@%&!

Yup, that's what I think every time Christmas finds its way in to the air...which is a lot! 

Did you know that they start playing Christmas music on the radio before Thanksgiving?!?!?! 

Anyway, I had this idea that I could make two gifts a week for Little and be done in time to relax before the holiday.  [Insert "not a chance" laugh here].  I didn't factor in little to no time to make said gifts because Little is home when I am.  On top of it all, I have to study like my lungs depend on it in order to get this term completed in a timely fashion.  And of course there are side tracks that need gifts or something made, or..... 

Life isn't slowing down and the days are passing by fast.  In an effort to be a good momma, friend, and student, I'm going to push through and hope that I can pull all of this off.  I found a couple great DIY blogs and Pinterest had some good stuff.  In all of the Christmas commercialism, I'm glad that the bulk of Little's gifts will be made from my hands with items found, purchased locally, or from Etsy. 

I think I may set in place a rule that only a small amount of gifts (by small I mean no more than $40 worth) can be purchased and the rest need to be handmade.  I think that with our combined creativity and the amazing things that Little's Waldorf school teaches them, we can make Christmas a time of family and not shopping.  Even with the stress of making everything on my list for Little and our friends and family, it sure beats searching for "that perfect" gift in stores or online.  There are some thoughtful and amazing gifts that can be made and will mean so much more.  I think it's important for Little to have that instilled now instead of trying to back track later.  Plus, the thought of her little handmade gifts appearing wrapped under the tree will make it so much more magical. 

I am finding my way around the crafty momma world, a world I so hoped to be a part of without giving up my Vans, Chucks, and tattooed ways.  This ever evolving of self, mother, and future practitioner is tough and not without back slides, meltdowns, and celebrations.  It's fun to break the mold and converge worlds I never knew existed with worlds I've always known and toss out the s@%& I don't want.  I hope that one day Little will see me and be proud because I sure am proud of how far I've come compared to where I was pre-Little. No one ever mentions how much bigger the world will become and the miraculous things that will join your path in becoming a parent. 

So, I will keep on keepin on and keep you updated with the projects.  Here are a few sites to visit if you are looking to create your own treasures:

Twig and Toadstool
Bloesem Kids
Tidy Mom

Please let me know if there are other sites with DIY treasures!

This is what was made for Little's classmate as a birthday gift:

The beginning of the pile of gifts on my list to make for our friends and family (I think it needs a large button on the front) and you can find the tutorial her Noodlehead

Adventures with Little:

Giving Autumn treasures back to Mother Nature and Squirrel Nutkin

Cards made by Little

What I spend most of my time studying...HERBS!

What kind of traditions do you and your family have for the holidays?

Monday, October 29, 2012

Crazy Brains!

Halloween is around the corner...Thanksgiving is next...but Christmas stuff is already in stores.  I don't remember Christmas showing up so early with I was a kid.  I thought Black Friday was about ditching Thanksgiving decor and getting a giant head start on Christmas.  I could be mistaken since being a kid doesn't include paying attention to where the gifts come from.

A friend came in to town for a visit and Little and I did some running around with her. There is Christmas stuff around the corner from Halloween stuff in the stores. 

No pressure. 

I've seen a few Christmas items here and there but it's oozing in.  And, because I'm a student and a mom both equaling a lack of money tree orchards, I have this idea that I can make most of Little's Christmas gifts.  Santa The elves can do it, so can I. Right?

Christmas here is pretty simple.  We have our tree adorned with lots of glowing lights.  There is a train that is crazy loud but super cool. We bicker through doing a self family holiday self portrait (there is me and Little, you'd think it would go quick and smooth).  We watch Christmas movies and snuggle up on the couch.  I make a big breakfast after the Christmas unwrapping and we pack up a few things and drive to spend the rest of the day with my papa.  I try to make it more about family and enjoying each other.

I was looking around Pinterest for kid specific Christmas DIY items but I don't really know where to start.  I Googled some DIY Christmas items but the results were more of buying DIY kits.  I don't have a lot of time and lack patients and master momma crafting skills, but I can long as it doesn't take me a whole day (study and momma time are already a struggle to balance) as I don't have that time to create in stealth mode.

So, I have decided to make 2 items each week starting November 3rd.  

Here are the goals:
1. Reuse and re-purpose to make no less than 16 magical items
2. Spend no more than $25
3. Create with ninja like skills going completely unnoticed
4. All items will be different but can use similar supplies (refer to goal #1)
5. Find inspiration to carry on after the holiday

And, I will be sharing here...and maybe even asking for help.