‘Tis The Season Of Crafting

As many people who know me can attest I’m a very crafty person, and more than a little ADD at times, which is why my list of hobbies is fairly long. Writing, of course, is my greatest love, but anything sewing related comes in as a close second. 2013 saw me suffering from a pretty severe case of the quilting bug, and while I focused most of my attention on writing throughout 2014, I still cultivated my love for all things sewing. In November I decided to take up embroidery (something I haven’t done since I was about eight years old), and made a couple Christmas gifts for family.

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My first crafty item on the list was making Christmas stockings for Mr. Awesome Sauce, one of our kitties and myself. Our other cats already had stockings I’d bought years ago, but somehow the rest of us were severely lacking in the stocking department.

ElfLove
I made this little elf couple for Mr. Awesome Sauce’s dad and his wife. I wasn’t sure what to do with the finished piece and ended up just framing it in an embroidery hoop so they can hang it on the wall.

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The most labor intensive embroidery pieces I did this year were this set of Christmas cushions I made for my mum. That Santa took forever. In the end though, it was totally worth all the time spent working on it, and my mum absolutely loved them. For anyone interested, I get all of my embroidery patterns from Urban Threads. They have an amazing selection of designs in dozens of categories and themes.

Some of my other Christmas crafts included a set of potholders and coordinating oven mitt for my mum:
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And another set for Mr. Awesome Sauce’s mom:
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More sewing fun was had making a set of reversible placemats and matching napkins for my mum:
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And a set of reversible placemats for my sister-in-law:
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Our final Christmas craftiness didn’t include any sewing, but involved a pretty cool (and easy!) method for creating personalized mugs. We made mugs for several friends and family members, but I only managed to get pictures of the ones we made for Mr. Awesome Sauce’s mom and his uncle:
Mugs

After all this crafting you’d think I’d want to swear off sewing for a while, right? Wrong. I’ve been playing around with paper-pieced hexagons:
HexieLove
I’m thinking that these will eventually be made into a table runner, maybe as a gift for my mum next Christmas.

And finally, I just finished making a pair of wee little bunnies for my beautiful twin nieces who are turning 2 in a few days. I made them using this awesome pattern, and have plans to make them some more clothes and friends in the future using the other patterns available on the site.
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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

…or at least it would if it hadn’t been in the high sixties all weekend. As much as I enjoyed the beautiful cloudless sky we had yesterday and the wonderfully balmy weather, I’ve got a hankering for some decidedly wintry weather. I’m not usually a fan of snow*, but I’ve been in the Christmas mood for almost a month now and the cheery sunshine is starting to put a serious hamper on my festive feelings. Still, the weekend was filled with lots of holiday doings – we helped my mum put up both of her Christmas trees on Saturday afternoon before coming home and getting a start on our own decorating.

Mr. Awesome Sauce was a trooper and spent most of Sunday hanging lights, making trips to the hardware store, and hanging garland. He makes a great Santa’s helper, and even the kitties got in on the festive activities, and helped us pick which ornaments to put on the tree. There are still one or two things to do around the house, but for the most part we are all set for the holiday season.

ChristmasTree

I just love how it sparkles!

I’m happy to say that I’ve also got most of my holiday shopping done, including the gift for my Secret Santa recipient at work, though I’m still faced with shopping for the most difficult person on my list – my dad. I miss the days when I could just get him a Disney tie and call it good. His gift is going to require some more thought. Hmm.

And finally, I’m working on making Christmas stockings for Mr. Awesome Sauce, our fuzzy minion kitty, Sammie, and myself. Somehow we’ve made it this far with stockings for the other kitties, but not for Sammie and ourselves. I’ll post pics once they’re done, promise.

What have you guys been doing to get into the holiday spirit?

* possibly the world’s largest understatement if Mr. Awesome Sauce is to be believed.

Thanksgiving Recap

Happy Monday boys and ghouls! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and have fully recovered from your turkey induced comas :)

Mr. Awesome Sauce and I spent the weekend with family enjoying far too much good food and better company, and I even managed to squeeze in some writing and craftiness.

ElfLove
I finished a cute elf couple embroidery piece I made as part of a Christmas gift. It still needs a border and some quilting, and will end up as a small table mat.

LunarSantaStitch
After the elves were done I got started on another embroidery project that will also be turned into a Christmas gift.

FallCookies
I made some fall cookies to go along with our dinner on Thursday. They’re a delicious cross between a sugar cookie and shortbread, and are even suited to baking at high altitude! If you’re interested in making them, I used this recipe. It’s super easy, and they came out perfect!

XmasCake
I also finally got around to baking my Christmas cakes. Rather than making one large cake I decided to make two smaller ones. I’ll decorate one the traditional way with a layer of marzipan and fondant icing, and will finish the other off with a simple lemon glaze. The best part of course, is the weekly dose of brandy they’ll get until the week of Christmas. Yum!

SilasLoaf
My fuzzy helper, Silas, wanted to get in on the baking fun too so I made a kitty loaf ;)

FanMail
And finally, I got my first piece of fanmail. Can you believe it?! I almost cried.