Christmas is less than a week away. And I haven’t even finished sewing up our advent calendar. In my defense, I’ve been so sick. Like really sick. I’m finally on the mend, if I could only kick the cough I’ve had for A MONTH, and catching up on some Christmas crafting. And I’ll probably keep it up well until mid-January. Cause you can never have too much Christmas. Here’s a bit of what I’ve been working on!
After our old advent calendar got wet and moldy in our basement, it was time for a new one. Karen from Blueberry Park is a good instagram friend of mine and she makes the most awesome screen printed fabric. I snagged one of her scrap packs a few months ago and knew that her advent calendar kit would be just as beautifully done. She even printed it in custom colors just for me – cause she’s a doll like that. I love all the little unique number pockets and the collage style background – fills up my little typophile heart.
Fanfare flannel is my new favorite. This line, designed by Made By Rae for Cloud 9 Fabrics, is so soft, so sweet, and so perfectly done. I bought my yardage from Beth at Stash Modern Fabric – one of my favorite etsy shops. Beth is always so helpful and accommodating and I’ll sing her praises for always. Christmas jammies here we come!
These books were early presents to myself. Cause what good is a holiday crafting book if you don’t get them before the holiday? Pretty in Patchwork Holidays is by John Q. Adams and is FULL of the cutest holiday sewing projects and so many of the projects can be easily translated into other holidays and occasions! And Country Living’s Deck the Halls is SO beautiful. Really. Its pages are filled with tags, labels, and punchouts that are wonderfully illustrated and laid out, and the letterpress cover is frameworthy. I don’t know if I can bring myself to tear any of the pages out and actually use them – so I think I might get another copy just so that one is perfectly preserved.
For the last few days, my kitchen has been full of the smell of spiced pear butter cooking away in the crockpot. My family loved my autumn apple butter so much that I decided to try my hand at pear butter, using the bushel of pears that I bought from a local FFA girl. It smells amazing and if it tastes half way decent, I’ll post the recipe I threw together!
Lately I’ve been loving all things glittery and gold, much to my husband’s dismay. (Could you tell from my blingy new site design?) This was seriously the easiest wreath I’ve ever made. Two 15 foot lengths of tinsel garland, wrapped around a metal frame. It’s sparkly and perfect and cheap. I got the garland for $2.50 each and the frame was $2.99.
Every night before bed, I sit and read to my two older kids. We picked up The Giver, a favorite from my school days, and we can barely put it down. It’s definitely a book we have to stop and talk about and I love that. And the kids are so excited about what happens next, that they come home asking if we can start reading earlier. Last weekend, we cuddled up on the couch and read it for THREE HOURS straight.
Last week, we had to say goodbye to our sweet old dog, Grampa Otis. It was hard, and we all miss him terribly. A few weeks ago, we went to a clay and pottery studio and each family member painted an ornament – one of our holiday traditions. Our sweet Megan decided to paint this sweet ornament for our Otis, and it’s now one of the most meaningful ornaments on our tree.
I hope you’re all enjoying your holiday season and time with your families! Hopefully I’ll have some FINISHED projects to show off SOON!