80 Hand-Crafted Holiday Cards - Back in September, crafting my own holiday cards sounded like a fun and frugal project. After now stitching, stamping, cutting, inscribing, assembling, and tying 80 individual cards, I am seriously considering the old fashioned, store-bought variety for next year!
Mary Bowen taught me the Celtic verse "Deep Peace" through our Nurturing Arts course, and I am eager to share this serene song with every last of the 80 loved ones on my list! Thanks, also, to Miss Teapot for the card making course she created for Sono-Ma Annalyce and me early this year.
20 bars of Lavender Soap - This year's household gift is hand crafted soap. The rich recipe comes from "Better Basics for the Home" and includes olive oil, Whole Foods Palm oil, and local coconut oil. This luxurious soap becomes quite the lovely gift when paired with some natural greens.
1 Yule Log/ Bruche de Noel Faux Bois - Ever thought of making a door draft snake into the shape of a log? That's my ingenious idea for my gift to my sewing teacher. This creative woman has thought of everything and crafted more hand made items than most, so coming up with a new idea is next to impossible. However, I am pretty sure this is an obscure idea! Still, I found one woman who made a Yule log out of fabric and posted it on-line. Her bruche de Noel is gorgeous, but mine will hopefully be both fun looking and useful. We'll see how this project turns out. If it's anything like the mushrooms (shown above) I've completed to garnish the log, it will be fantastic! So fun to create!
10 Felted Flowers with Vintage Buttons - In the middle of holiday production I am also preparing for my brother and sister in-law's baby shower! Their big party will be held on December 27th. I can't wait for them to see all we have planned. I can at least share that there will be flowers a plenty. From lovely arrangements designed by the Dragonfly Floral gals to the felted ones I am creating inspired by Princess Lasertron, there will be a feeling of Spring in the middle of this Winter! Thanks to my mother who recently sent me a tin full of wooden, shell, and other unique buttons collected by her mother and grandmother. Bryles likes to sift through the tiny ties to my craftswoman's heritage... How I, too, love to pour over the shiny bits and dream of all I will create - after the holidays!