Secret Christmas Crafting

I have some special plans for these little guys.  I can’t wait to share, but for now, it’s hush hush.  Aren’t the snowmen cute, though??  These are the tiny “boy” peg dolls that are 1-11/16″ tall.  Hubby and I are collaborating on something.  Fun, fun!

Turkey Buttoning Activity

Thanksgiving is a little less than 2 weeks away!  There’s still time to make this adorable turkey buttoning activity!  It’s a great activity for 2-4 year olds, and helps practice those fine motor skills in a fun way.

You can find the instructions on my blog, here.  After I made the first one for my son’s Montessori class, the other teachers saw it and wanted one too.  By the third one, I had learned a few things.  1) Use brown thread to go around the turkey body,  🙂  and 2) A zig zag stitch going around the body and feathers looked better.

Christmas is fast approaching

At least from a crafty perspective.  I can’t wait to pull out my embroidered advent calendar!  It gives me such pleasure to pull it out every year!

Embroidered felt advent calendar

It was so worth all the work! I need to fix the star on top this year though.  It’s gotten a bit floppy over the last few years of use.

Last year, I started making the “Hood tree skirt” from the 2010 Holiday issue of Fat Quarterly, but never got around to finishing it before Christmas.  Well, this weekend I pulled it out, and did all the quilting (Free-motion).  Whew!  It only took about an hour, but my arms/hands were tired!  Now, all that is left is putting on the elastic or ties, and doing the binding.  I thinking I will get it done this year!  Just need to decide on the binding.  Red or green polka dots?  Maybe.

The other project that I didn’t finish before Christmas last year were my holiday-themed place mats.  I finished those earlier this spring, so I’m looking forward to using them for the first time come December.

I like to make a handmade ornament every year to give to various peeps, family, teachers, etc.  Or just for myself.  So, need to think about what I want to make this year.  Last year I made some felt owls that I loved.  The year before I made Elsie Marley’s gingerbread man (Not my gumdrop buttons!).

I’m going to have to peruse my Winter/Christmas craftiness board on Pinterest and see what I might like to make.