Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The End. And A New Begining

The end of 2008 is here. I'm not a fan of resolution lists. But I do like to reflect on the year that is passing and try to send myself into the new year with a positive attitude. Hoping for the best, reminding myself to be adaptable because things don't usually happen as they have been planned. Remembering that things happen for a reason and you may or may not figure out why.

We are all one year older, hopefully wiser.

I am very thankful to have a healthy, happy family to accompany me into the next year.

All in all, this has been a wonderful year, I've been able to spend a great amount time making and creating and I have found a great place to share it. Thanks for reading and supporting my efforts and experiences.

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Happy Holidays!

*I'm a guest blogger over at Dabbled today! I needle felted a little gnome and wrote up a how to. Dabbled is one of my favorite blogs. Dot dabbles in many things, felted sweater crafts, illustrations, robots, cooking, just to name a few. She also hosts contests that are very fun to participate in. Go check her out!

We had a wonderful time yesterday, quite relaxing.

Denny's mom took pictures of the kids in front of the tree on Christmas Eve,

and I wanted to join in the fun!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Happy Solstice!

And I'm happy to say that my camera has returned! I'm busy finishing up the gifts and trying to stay warm. There is an unusually large amount of snow in Portland, OR right now. I'm very thankful for heat and a fully stocked kitchen!

I just have time to show some of the pictures I've take since the camera returned.

I bought four of these crocheted snow flakes at a craft bizarre, now I'm wishing I would have gotten three times that many!

This is one of my faves, a sweet little hedgehog.

Here are the kid's advent trees.

More stenciling.

We have such an abundance of drawings and paintings by the kids, we decided to use it for wrapping paper. Shown with gift tags from the black apple.

The house for Violet. I still need to sew on buttons, doors and such.

I was going to make Wren a little house too, but he is obsessed with the creatures from this book. I've made sock moneys and glove monsters, now I've ventured into the world of Stupid Sock Creatures! So very fun.

Stocking stuffers for the kids. Pattern from Mochimochi.

I finished one sock! The second one will have to wait until after the holidays. Can't wait to finish it and start on a pair for me though.

Hope to stop in at least one more time before Christmas. Until then, don't forget to enjoy these last few days until the New Year.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Attempts With The Point And Shoot

The good camera is still in the shop, but I just had to take some shots with the old point and shoot. I can't believe this used to be the only camera we had!

Wren likes to 'ride' his finger board on the tree and sometimes I find it there, left for decoration.

I think this shot actually turned out quite nice! Denny took this while we were out playing in the snow yesterday. I don't want to go outside today, it is freezing. We just aren't equipped for this kind of weather here in Portland, OR.

And here is a picture of some craftyness. I cut a cool print off of one t-shirt that wasn't fitting so well (due to shrinkage, I'm sure!) and sewed it onto a plain old brown shirt. Et VoilĂ ! Now I have a one of a kind creation.

OK, now I must go work on more Christmas projects. I'm trying to take pics of them with the old camera and I'm just not pleased. Hurry home Power Shot G9!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Perfectly Rotten Timing!

I just had to take our camera to be repaired and it wont be back for up to 2 weeks! Crazy how dependent on that thing I am. I'm crossing my fingers that it be back sooner than later. I've got stuff to show you!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

W.I.P. It Up

Freezer paper stencils. Butterflies from Lotta, dandelion by Leethal, praying mantis by Denny.

These are the guts to the little houses.

I'm finally learning how to knit socks! This toe up pattern is designed and taught by Chrissy.

This is Violet's new do. Ah, she looks so old now!

I also made the kids cute advent button trees from a tutorial by Diane, but I can't get a decent picture to show.

And I can't forget to tell you about the coolest Christmas Digest by Diane and Katin! I got mine yesterday and I'm totally enjoying all the whit, humor and craftiness. You should go and buy one. Thank you guys!