Category Archives: Holiday decorating

Better late than Christmas?

Lets be honest, if your tree is still up a full month after Christmas, it might be a good idea to just leave it up for 9 months until it’s time to Christmasfy things again. I beat that self imposed deadline by…. 4 days. Whew! The coffee table full of special ornaments whose special wooden box is MIA & kitchen Christmasy things not withstanding. Or the train on the mantle still. Or the wreath we lent my parents thats still at their house. 😉

In the spirit of honesty, I should just admit to myself that the toy nativity set us probably going to stay out all year (again).

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Sweater stocking sewing

I love crafting. Martha I am not. However, the lady has some good ideas. In the December issue of her magazine was a photo of knitted stockings. The following exchange was had:

Self: Steph, you can’t knit, but you have a pretty sewing machine & Goodwill has some pretty (ugly) sweaters. You could make knit stockings for the whole family!
Steph: You’re right self! Obviously you have the talent to sew stockings with all that (non existant) sewing experience you’ve had! Genius!

So, Goodwill sweaters in hand, I got my crazy craft on. I used a stocking we had laying around for a template & cut out the basic shape. The bottom hem of the sweater serves as a nice finished top to the stocking, & cutting along the side of the sweater meant I only had 2 sides to sew (since the top is obviously open). I sewed the seams of the first one on my machine all proud of myself for threading it & whatnot. And then the “you aren’t Martha” part if this kicked in. Martha can probably craft herself an entire sewing machine from her scrap fabric. I know nothing about troubleshooting sewing issues other than to yell at the machine & Martha. Joe tried his best to fix things, but after 9 rethreading attempts, 5 start overs, 2 snapped needles, & a partridge… er, I gave up on the sewing machine. I do have 2 “finished” ones, 1 partially done, & 1 just cut out. I’m hoping to finish by hand, but with just days to go, these beauties lovely heartfelt stockings may go up next year. Oh, I say the 2 in the photos are “finished” because they still need a loop to hang from & I’d planned to add contrasting colors across the top. But now I’m just going to call this the finished state. 😉 Maybe Santa will bring me a trip to the sewing machine repair shop for Christmas.

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More Christmas Decor & Tales of the Traveling Christmas Tree

Wrapping gifts with a baby in your lap & a toddler helping does not a Martha Stewert Christmas make. 😉 None the less, we wrapped some gifts, decorated the mantel, & found a new spot for the traveling pink tree. This is my favorite christmas season by far. Experiencing the joy of this season through babies is special & wonderful in only the way I previously thought possible with unlimited shopping & chocolate. I really love shopping. And I REALLY love chocolate. But Christmas with my babies in our own home? Beats them both. Easily. On to pictures!

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More traveling Christmas tree tales

We will have to make sure it relocates before Santa slides down the chimney. Chances are, it will continue on it’s travels long before Christmas eve.

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