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Wow, everyone's been busy! Great stuff everyone!

 

I actually had a very productive crafting weekend. Spent nearly 5 hours yesterday working on DS's advent calendar (he was at the grandparents) so there's actually a hope that it might get done this year! lol Getting the numbers onto the darn ornaments has been my biggest stumbling block, but I think I've finally figured it out. I just need to find the time to embroider and assemble each one. (The calendar I'm doing is loosely based on this one but I scaled it down so cutting numbers out of felt didn't really work).

 

I also just went over my To-Do list tonight and whoa, there's a lot still to be done! I'm going to push hard the next few days on the advent calendar and then hope for another productive weekend. I just know that December's going to get busy (like it always does) and it's going to get harder and harder to find time to craft.

(BONUS: Just got a permanent sewing area set up tonight too, so I can actually sew in the evenings!!! joy.gif Before it was in the spare/baby's room so I had to move a bunch of stuff to get the sewing machine available, then move it back so the room was usable for my babysitting charge during the week. What a pain!)

 

Oh, and Jamie, I hear ya on the wanting to craft stuff for baby dilemma! I have had to force myself to stop working on stuff for babe for the next month so I can focus on Christmas. But I'm certainly going to still have a lot on my list after the 25th and into all of Jan! winky.gif


What about iron numbers?

 

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Rere - re: gifting for your husband.  My old man travels a ton for work so I am putting together a "traveling kit" for him.  I had these really cool shoe bags made and embroidered (I'm a much better buyer than crafter!) from etsy and nice embroidered hankies (he's a professional and has to "look the part" all the time.  Since he tries to always carry-on instead of checking luggage he needs to use a clear bag for a dopp kit - I've been looking for a perfect one that will last the test of time, but isn't a zip-lock - and quality 3 oz containers for all his liquid toiletries.  Would any of this work for your guy as he travels?

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Thank you!!Yes,felted sweaters.

 

 

How are you feeling?


Hi. I missed this, sorry. I'm feeling good. I'm only 4 weeks, so nothings hit hard or anything. I am still doing a bit of crafting. I just made a dehydrated orange and lemon slice wreath. It's beautiful. And my house smelled amazing while dehydrating, along with the fresh pine tree in the house. omgoodness...so good. Which to a pregnant women with super sonic smell, means everything!

I am pretty much bowing out of anymore crafting aside from the goody baskets I make for a select few every year. And I'm thinking about just making Choc. Panetone for everyone instead of a bunch of different stuff. Because although I feel fine, I already have this feeling of low energy and not caring. If I already feel like this at 4 weeks, I imagine it's only going to get worse over the months of Dec. and Jan. YK?

 

I'm enjoying reading about y'alls crafting though. Such inspiration.

CC- I remembered someone on this board was pregnant. How far along are you? I love that advent calendar. Aren't there just so many good ones to choose from? I never really looked before I decided to do mine, b/c I just did what I grew up with. But as I look around I think so many of them are neat. I'd like each of my kids to have one to take when they are adults, living on their own, so maybe I'll branch out to make them each one.

 

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Rere - re: gifting for your husband.  My old man travels a ton for work so I am putting together a "traveling kit" for him.  I had these really cool shoe bags made and embroidered (I'm a much better buyer than crafter!) from etsy and nice embroidered hankies (he's a professional and has to "look the part" all the time.  Since he tries to always carry-on instead of checking luggage he needs to use a clear bag for a dopp kit - I've been looking for a perfect one that will last the test of time, but isn't a zip-lock - and quality 3 oz containers for all his liquid toiletries.  Would any of this work for your guy as he travels?


Thanks for the ideas!I like the shoe bag.Hadn't thought about that.Which makes me think,maybe a dirty clothes bag(since he's pretty much in a different city every night and therefore packing up his dirty clothes every day)might be a good idea.Oh,and he did mention wanting a little container for his hair wax.

 



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Hi. I missed this, sorry. I'm feeling good. I'm only 4 weeks, so nothings hit hard or anything. I am still doing a bit of crafting. I just made a dehydrated orange and lemon slice wreath. It's beautiful. And my house smelled amazing while dehydrating, along with the fresh pine tree in the house. omgoodness...so good. Which to a pregnant women with super sonic smell, means everything!

I am pretty much bowing out of anymore crafting aside from the goody baskets I make for a select few every year. And I'm thinking about just making Choc. Panetone for everyone instead of a bunch of different stuff. Because although I feel fine, I already have this feeling of low energy and not caring. If I already feel like this at 4 weeks, I imagine it's only going to get worse over the months of Dec. and Jan. YK?

 

I'm enjoying reading about y'alls crafting though. Such inspiration.

CC- I remembered someone on this board was pregnant. How far along are you? I love that advent calendar. Aren't there just so many good ones to choose from? I never really looked before I decided to do mine, b/c I just did what I grew up with. But as I look around I think so many of them are neat. I'd like each of my kids to have one to take when they are adults, living on their own, so maybe I'll branch out to make them each one.

 

Glad you're feeling well.And that wreath sounds great.Do you have dehydrator?

 

The thought of your kids bringing the calendars with them is sooo sweet!
 

 

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Nine days later, I've almost got the quilt top done. It's just one thing after another waylaying my crafting efforts! At any rate, I am going extra slow sewing it because I want it to turn out perfect. I've got all the horizontal rows sewed together with the seams pressed. Except I do have to rip out one block on the last one I did and redo it because the fabric was backward - the print is so light I didn't realize I didn't have right sides facing. Fortunately it's an end piece so it should take me under five minutes to fix it. I was in a hurry to get them done before I had to pump milk for the baby... I should know better than to rush things. Sigh. But I'm excited - it's coming together and it looks great, if I do say so myself. So after dinner I'll fix the one block and then sew the horizontal rows together, which I expect will be extra slow since it's so finicky to get seams to line up right - all those pins! 

 

Also, everyone's projects look so great! Keep on crafting ladies; we're in the home stretch! 

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Im so close to being done with my son's sweater! I can't wait to finish it, its the first clothing project Ive ever knitted and the first time Ive test knitted something for someone.

 

Tomorrow Im finishing up the front of the sweater, sewing the front to the back, finishing up the knot bags for the swaps (I have to mail 3 of the 4 of the boxes tomorrow) and finishing up my MIL's apron. My girls are going to make a paper garland to hang around the house, we need some holiday cheer around here.

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No dehydrator. I used the oven. It was a lot of slices! The wreath looks beautiful. I have some greenery to add to it and then I will hang it with Xmas ribbon on my circular mirror.

 

KQ- great job on the quilt. I knew you could do it!

 

Okimom- I've got to mail some pkgs today. Does anyone else absolutely hate going to the P.O?  It's the kids that make it a hassle. Well, maybe that's just mine...that run around and through ppl's legs and touch all the cards and pull the boxes out.....  OY!

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I don't really "hate" it but Id rather be doing just about anything else. Its so hard to take care of the kids and keep my patience. I decided to put off the po till tomorrow because I still need one persons address..

 

So far today I have: finished an apron, made 3 bags and helped the girls make a paper garland.. I hope to finish 3 photo albums, frame 2 pictures and work on the sweater.

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Didn't get to the sweater... Ive had a bad day.. I went to Michaels to pick up something I needed for a Christmas Craft.. Got back into the van, buckled everyone up, tried to turn on the van and nothing.. On top of that my phone wasn't working and my kids were screaming.. I felt like having a breakdown in the middle of the parking lot.. Instead I found someone to jump the car (thank goodness that worked!), gave the kids a lecture about not turning on the interior lights, e-mailed my hubby to tell him about the phone (its in his name and they won't talk to me because of it) and finished up the photo albums. I also managed to make 3 pinecone ornaments (planning on doing two so three is good).

 

Tomorrow Im going to try to cut out a quillow top, work on the sweater front (please let me get that done!) and if the sweater front gets done then Ill start the arms..

 

This weekend I hope to:

finish the blasted sweater!

Sew 1 Quillow top

Cut out 2nd quillow top

make Christmas finger puppets

knit monster

cast on beanie and work on it

start kitty wash cloth

take Christmas pictures and order prints so I can finish the holiday cards.

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OkiMom...Ahhh!Good for you on keeping it together.I might have had a little cry in the car.

 

KQ...glad to hear the quilt is working out!

 

Jamie...I always forget that I can dehydrate in the oven.I really need to give that a try.

 

I've made nothing for the last few days.Need to try to get busy today....

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Why is it that every time I have plans for my daughter to do some Christmas making,she gets so totally involved in something else????

 

Nothing is happening on the making front today.Uhg.Maybe when the 2 yr old takes a nap?If I can stop myself from falling asleep with him.

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rere- I cried after the kids went to bed last night. Im very overwhelmed with everything and things seem to be crashing around me.. But it will all work out. The Lord doesn't give you more than you can handle.. At least i hope not! dizzy.gif

 

So I went to cut the quillow top and remembered that my quilter ruler is in storage (how i forgot I don't know) so I can't do them until I get a ruler.. Instead Ill work on the sweater and maybe sew a little monster for my little monster. After giraffes my boy loves monsters the best.

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Oki- what a crappy day yesterday. I'm so sorry about it!

 

Rere- I remember you talking about something similar last year with your dd. although I thought she did end up making something.

 

 

I'm posting pictures of the Orange wreathe simply b/c I think it's beautiful.  013.JPG

 

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rere- I cried after the kids went to bed last night. Im very overwhelmed with everything and things seem to be crashing around me.. But it will all work out. The Lord doesn't give you more than you can handle.. At least i hope not! dizzy.gif

 

 

Sometimes a cry does you good.Sorry you're so overwhelmed.I truly believe you don't get more than you can handle...even if that seems like a whole lot sometimes.It's amazing all that you're doing.
 

 



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Oki- what a crappy day yesterday. I'm so sorry about it!

 

Rere- I remember you talking about something similar last year with your dd. although I thought she did end up making something.

 

 

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It's beautiful!My daughter says awesome!

 

Did she do that last year?That bug!HA!Is she trying to foil my plans?The thing is,I didn't tell her I wanted her to get started on gifts(I know better than that)but she hears my thoughts on the regular so I shouldn't be surprised that she knew what my mental plans were.She did end up making stuff last year so I guess she will this year too.
 

 

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IntuitiveJamie - I love love love your wreath!  I have several questions as I want to make one :)  You sliced oranges and dehydrated them in the oven.  for how long?  at what temp??  and then you adhered the dehydrated orange slices (with what) to a wreath (what kind)??  Thanks!

 

curiouscanadian-  I really like the calendar you linked to.  And though it's a bit late/ambitious to start this, I am going to try and make two "kits" based on that calendar.  I'm going to do everything but glue the pieces of the designs onto the ornaments, just cut those out and sort them into little baggies.  Then I'll give the kits to each set of nieces/nephews with some fabric glue so they can have a winter break activity to work on

 

I don't post much, but I love this thread!  Very inspirational!!

 

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Thanks ladies. I'm very pleased with it. I think it's really beautiful. And oh boy did my house smell divine withe the new Xmas tree, and orange and lemon houses dehydrating!  Good for the pregnant nose! :)

 

Softmama- heres the link to directions. Knock yourself out! I think it was a great project. Please show yours off when you're done. Oh and it's lemons too, but you really can't tell the lemons on mine.  Pretty none the less!

 

http://www.bhg.com/christmas/wreaths/fragrant-fruit-wreath/

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Jaimie,Thanks for the link.

 

Last night I finished the sweater blanket and started a new t-shirt(just need to touch up the edges.I think I'll try to get over to the Goodwill and see if I can find some supplies and stop at the food co-op for more glycerin soap to color for my sister.

 

Fingers crossed for good Goodwill finds!!!!!

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Rere- I want pics of sweater blanket please. I'm about to start one from my fil's sweaters. It should be super cozy. How big is the one you just made? I'd like to do a large size, as in a Full size bed size.

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Rere- I want pics of sweater blanket please. I'm about to start one from my fil's sweaters. It should be super cozy. How big is the one you just made? I'd like to do a large size, as in a Full size bed size.



Lots of grey days and only a phone camera have left me pretty pictureless lately.I will try though.

 

A big one would be awesome!It is sooo cozy.The one I made is snuggle size.Not sure of the actual dimensions.I'll measure when I take a pic.

 

Found a frame(and a hockey stick just in time for today's game!)at the Goodwill but no globe.I swear I was seeing globes all the time until I wanted one.Ah well,I haven't given up hope yet.

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So I never used Gorilla Glue before and yesterday I read all the directions up until the part where it says it's going to get foamy and grow 3 to 4 times it's size.Uhg.I think I ruined the cork board I made for my BIL.It wouldn't be so bad if the stuff hadn't turned white.

 

And I really need to figure out my husband and my daughter's gifts.With my daughter I just can't choose.There are so many cute things that she would like.I really need to decide so that when my husband gets back I can be ready with a plan and get up to the craft attic by myself.

 

Ok,off to check on the cork board...

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