Archive for December, 2012

A handmade Christmas: hanging the baubles

We have a tree! And it’s flipping massive. We picked it out at a farm that was an hour’s drive away, overlooked the Pacific Ocean and that smelt like Christmas. There were marshmallows being toasted on the fire and trees as far as your eye could see. Magical. And so worth the drive.

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Our tree is a redwood which seems apt for us living in California. But it’s spikier than it looks and its branches can’t take much weight. The lack of dropping needles is a real bonus though.

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We’ve kept the decorating simple with a mix of store-bought, vintage and handmade ornaments.

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My favourite decorations by far are the stars {tutorial at Kate’s creative space}. They’re big, light and easy to make.

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And this bauble is filled with one of Emily’s birth announcements cut into strips.

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The wreaths are wrapped with yarn (Ben helped with these). {tutorial here}

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I also love Emily’s handprint – it’s made with air-dry clay (Crayola).

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I love Christmas so I’m sure I’ll be making some more bits and pieces over the next few days. Not long to go until the big day!

A handmade Christmas – super last-minute Advent calendar

Every year I think I’ll make a cute and crafty advent calendar and every year December 1st is upon me too soon and I’ve failed to produce anything. This year I actually succeeded with a day to spare. Go me!

52 crafts in 52 weeks - last minute advent calendar

The numbers were all cut using my Silhouette machine and then I just used my washi tape (I may need to buy more soon, stocks are getting depleted) to make a tree outline and to attach the numbers to the wall.

52 crafts in 52 weeks - last minute advent calendar
One year I may make a longer lasting, re-use every year style of calendar. But this one will work for us this year. And it livens up a very bare piece of wall for a few weeks too. Oh and because it’s masking tape, it won’t damage our rented walls.

52 crafts in 52 weeks - last minute advent calendar

Happy December 1st everyone!


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