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Christmas Banner November 16, 2010

Filed under: Sewing and Crafts — katieosborne @ 2:07 pm
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I got the basic idea for our Christmas banner from Life in Grace. I liked the casual look of her raw edges, and hey, not having to sew around each flag means less work for me. So, if you want to do something similar, take a look at her instructions, or follow what I did:100_6709

I used canvas for the flags and cut each piece 7.5 x 11.

Next, I drew a simple tree silhouette, traced the outline onto my fabric pieces, cut each, and then fused them to the canvas with Steam a Seam.

Then I stitched around each tree with a straight stitch for added interest.

I have 3” tall cardboard letters I found in the scrapbook section of the craft store. I traced the letters onto felt, cut them out, and glued them onto the trees with felt glue.

After that, I folded the top of the canvas under one inch at the top and sewed a channel for the ribbon to run through.

I was lucky to find these fabric covered brads on clearance a couple weeks ago. Aren’t they cute? I didn’t know what I would use them for at the time, but for $2.50, I couldn’t pass up buying the last package. And there was just the right amount to top our trees! You could also sew buttons on if you don’t have any decorative brads.

Last, just pin a safety pin to one end of your ribbon, and string it through the channels, and it’s ready to be hung up!

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Christmas Crafting Inspiration November 10, 2010

Filed under: Sewing and Crafts — katieosborne @ 9:19 pm
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100_6678Yes, despite two months of silence, I am in fact still here. In recent days, I’ve been scouring the internet and pouring over crafty flickr pools for inspiration to beautify my home for the holidays, and I thought I’d share some of my finds here.

I’m happy to say that I completed project number one this afternoon. Instructions for this lovely fabric wreath can be found at Piccadilly Peddlers. The whole project took about three hours, and honestly, if you can trace a measuring cup and wield a hot glue gun without burning yourself too badly, you can do this. And what’s more, you can do this with your kids, even toddlers. Jonas had a great time stacking up the pieces of fabric for me to put the brads through, and later choosing the pieces to hand me as I was gluing them onto the wreath.

Next up for me is felt and fabric ornament making. I’ve long felt that our home at Christmas lacks a cohesive theme to pull things together. It’s a mish mash of little things collected over the years from here and there – or given as hand-me-downs from my mom – and I’ve just never been completely pleased with how our home looks over the holidays, yet I haven’t been willing to shell out a lot of money for a makeover. So, this year I am attempting to make a lot of little things, that will hopefully bring it all together a little better. I think color is key, and I’ve always been drawn to the combination of red, turquoise and white. So, I’ve got some felt, fabric, ribbon, ric rac, buttons, embroidery floss, etc. in these colors, with a little light pink thrown in. They will soon become ornaments for the tree and beyond.

If you are looking for ornament inspiration, take a look at the following links:

Saidos da Concha’s how to on making felt ornaments

Birds of a Feather Felt Ornament

Felt Gingerbread House Ornament

Felt Bird Garland

Pine Cone Elves

There are lots of other things on my creative list including a few gifts for the kids, garlands, and mod podge blocks with festive sayings that I’ll share in the coming weeks.

Happy Christmas crafting!

 

Christmas Is Slipping Away December 14, 2008

Filed under: Family Life — katieosborne @ 11:32 pm
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I always have these great visions of how I want things to be, especially the holidays, but following through on all the grand plans in my head, is sometimes not my strong suit. I feel like so much of the holiday season is already passing us by. I suppose it hasn’t helped that we’ve been passing a stomach virus around the house this week. I’m sure I’ll feel much more optimistic once we’re all back in good health.

And I should look at the bright side, we’ve had lots of snow so far this December, we had a wonderful time decorating our tree a couple weeks ago, our advent services at church have been particularly nice this year, PC100014and Jonas and I managed to make some homemade toffee and chocolate covered pretzels the afternoon before I got sick. Well, I made them while Jonas tried to eat as much chocolate as I’d allow. Unfortunately, I don’t think we’ll want to share these little treats that are potentially carriers of a flu bug.

Perhaps one aspect of my discontent is merely the fact that I have an ongoing battle between the organized me and the disorganized one. Most people who know me would probably be shocked to learn that I even have an organized side, as my day to day generally consists of improvisation, and my house usually consists of a mess. I admit, I am good at adaptation. But deep down, there really is a girl who prefers to plan and loves an orderly home, and who would feel much more content living that way. I guess I’m just not sure how to do it. Anyway, all that to say, Christmas in particular is a season when I want my house to feel like a warm, inviting home, and it’s a bit of a downer when it is in such disarray after being down with the flu, and never getting fully put back together after the incapacitating fall months.

But, back to Christmas. On the schedule this week is Christmas cookies with Grandma Cindy. My mom makes the best Christmas sugar cookies I have ever tasted, and I’m not just saying this because she’s my mom and the cookies remind me of my childhood. They truly are the greatest. I thought it would be fun for Jonas to decorate cookies, and I’m hoping to study my mom’s recipe and technique.

Also on the agenda is tons of sewing. I had the best of intentions of starting my Christmas gifts early this year. I ordered my fabric in September, and then I was down with that lousy morning sickness until halfway through November. So, I’m a bit frantic about getting things finished. I’m making a bag for my cousin’s wife, which is about 20 minutes away from completion. It’s really fabulous, and I sorta wish I could keep it, but hopefully she’ll really like it. Then, I’ve got three large projects that are in some state of completion, but I have a ton of work left on all of them. Actually, I’ve decided to make my mom’s gift a birthday present, which will give me an additional week after Christmas to finish it. Ben got my dad a really nice gift, so we’ll just make it to both of them, and that will save me from some amount of last minute panic. Pictures of what I’m working on soon to come.

You know, maybe the big thing is, now that I have a family, I have such a desire to create our own traditions and to make cherished memories for our kids. So, I disappoint myself when things don’t live up to my anticipation. But I need to keep my eyes on the big things: doing fun things with the people I love (whether the house is perfectly decorated or in complete disarray) and celebrating, in a true and meaningful way, God becoming sinless flesh to redeem his wayward people.