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Starting Traditions: Handmade Gift

Posted on | December 13, 2012 | 13 Comments

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Frances at 5 weeks. Romper from Boden.

I can’t believe how quickly the past weeks have gone by! Frances is already so big and weighed 12 lbs at her 1-month check-up. She’s so sweet and we love her to pieces.

We’re getting ready for Christmas (urg, still need christmas tree). I’ve really wanted to start a tradition of making Frances one handmade gift from me each year. I planned on knitting her a garter stitch hat and a matching simple baby blanket from Rose Quartz yarn I bought this summer at Swans Island in Maine. But with 12 days to go I’m nervous I won’t get the projects finished—the hat is the only thing I have on the needles! For back-up I picked up a hat and mittens handmade from Misha*Puff in Maine. Maybe it’s cheating but I figure I should cut myself a break with a newborn? And it’s more important for me to enjoy this time with her then to run myself ragged. Other traditions on my list (so far):

- Make a gingerbread house together for Marblehead’s Gingerbread Festival
- Make homemade sticky buns to snack on while we unwrap presents (We started this one a few years ago)
- Make homemade Christmas stockings
- Cut down a Christmas tree on my birthday (dec 9th and we already missed this year!)
- Open up one present on Christmas Eve (tradition from my childhood)

We have some house projects coming together in the next few weeks—my Christmas presents! Stay tuned for details on how to install a washer/dryer (essential with a baby) in an old house and building a simple bookcase to hold all my design books for this room on the wall we found the mummified squirrel.

Rustic Christmas Craft Projects

Posted on | November 26, 2012 | 7 Comments

 Rustic Christmas Craft Projects
Cinnamon Applesauce Hearts, read full instructions.

Hello! It’s me…the absentee blogger. I’m really hoping to start blogging again. We’ll see how well I do on my intentions with an almost 3-week old baby at home and me going back to work in just a few weeks. I’ll try my best even if I write shorter posts and please ignore the grammar errors and typos…

I thought I would start things off with a round-up of some of my favorite holiday crafts I’ve featured over the past few years. Simple rustic decorations and handmade gifts hold a special place in my heart. Partly because I adore the tradition of making things. I forever remember the moments creating my cinnamon hearts to hang on my christmas tree or knitting a scarf for a special friend. The thought and time that goes into handmade objects is truly special.

Above and below a few of my favorites…

 Rustic Christmas Craft ProjectsHandmade Cinnamon Hearts Tied On Wrapped Gifts, read full instructions.

 Rustic Christmas Craft ProjectsHow To Make A Simple Winter Green Wreath, read full instructions.

 Rustic Christmas Craft ProjectsGive Paperwhite Bulbs Decorated With Shells, read full instructions.

 Rustic Christmas Craft ProjectsWrap A Boxwood Wreath With Ribbon, read full instructions.

 Rustic Christmas Craft ProjectsMacaroni Snowflakes created by Stephanie, read full instructions.

 Rustic Christmas Craft ProjectsSalt Dough Ornaments made by Stephanie, read full instructions.

 Rustic Christmas Craft ProjectsA pattern to make a Seed Stitch Scarf, read full instructions.

 Rustic Christmas Craft ProjectsMake a simple Stripe Yarn Bracelets, read full instructions.

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