I know, it isn’t even Halloween yet, but you can’t escape it… Christmas is coming, and coming soon! The malls are already filling up with Christmas items, much to my disgust, and yet at the same time, I’ve already been elbows-deep in Christmas preparations around here. I have to be. There are only 86 days left.
(Or so my iphone tells me.)
You see, I am a crafter. You might have noticed we like to do crafty things. Lately, I haven’t been posting very many crafty things on the blog, mainly because the crafty things I’m making have to remain a secret for another 86 days. Christmas crafting has begun, and to tell the truth, I’m running a little late.
So far I’ve managed to finish a capelet for B, a seed stitch scarf, and this wonderfully drapey drop stitch scarf:
As well as two felt board dollhouses:
If you subscribe to Living Craft magazine, you might recognize them (though I did them up as foldable playmats instead of on a stretched canvas frame). They’re designed by Melissa Crowe, who blogs over at Checkout Girl and has a fabulous Etsy shop where she sells her work and takes custom orders too.
They were much faster than I thought to work up and came out oh-so-cute. I think they’ll be a huge success — even before the first one was done, B was dying to play with it and she practically hovered over the sewing machine as I finished up the edges of the playmat and added the fastener. Now she’s begging for one of her own since these two are destined for cousins.
Today I managed to get the teacher gifts done, little post-it note holders made from acrylic stand frames, and they were so easy and inexpensive and look so cute now that they are done. I got the idea from sisterstuff.
To make six, you’ll need:
- 6 acrylic stand frames from the dollar store, 3×5 portrait size (mine were $1 each)
- 6 pads of 3×3 post-it notes (mine came in 2-packs, total $3)
- 6 decorative pens (pack of 6, $1)
- pretty scrapbook papers (from my stash)
- ribbon (from my stash)
Making them is really simple.
- Remove the stock photo from the frame and use it as a template to cut your scrapbook papers to size. You could also have your kids draw pictures for their teachers, or use stamps to make a pretty design.
- Slide the paper in the frame.
- Stick one of the post-it note pads on the front (just peel off the back paper and stick the notes right on the frame, they’ll hold nicely).
- Tie it up with a ribbon, insert a coordinating pen, and voila! Pretty and useful teacher gifts for under $2 each.
Have you started getting ready for Christmas yet? Are you crafting anything? Please do let me know — I’m still looking for ideas for a few people and would love some inspiration.