Anyone who is a friend of mine on Facebook or follows me on Instagram knows that I am not afraid of crafting. While by no means an artist, I am definitely a creator- of simple things, of course. Bracelets and worry dolls from embroidery floss, bird feeders of pine cones slathered in Skippy, or shapeless Barbie clothes from swatches of fabric, I’ve worked my way through many a craft throughout my life. Pinterest has, obviously, taken crafting to a new level- there are more ideas than time, more possibilities than pragmatism, and more ways to “upcycle” than I can even dream of (or frown upon, depending on how bastardized the original item becomes). We even purchased a home that had space I designated as a craft room; essentially a walk-in junk drawer that houses the bits, the partials, the thrifted, and the picked. So instead of getting my addiction under control, we sequestered a space where I could spread out my addiction but keep it tucked away, like the lady that I am.
For the past three years, my closest girlfriends and I have gathered in the fall or early winter to do Christmas Crafts. And each of those years, we ask ourselves “why we didn’t start these in August?” Or “why not Christmas Craft (as a verb) all year long?” But regardless, we usually end up with some finished pieces, either as gifts or keepers. And unlike those damn BYOB painting classes, I usually like what I’ve created- so I’d like to chronicle the past few years and ask you to help me come up with ideas for 2014 Christmas Crafts.
2011- The year of the Waterless Snowglobe
Thanks to overpriced versions at Anthro, the girls and I decided to create our own waterless snowglobes in 2011. We collected jars, bottlebrush trees, creepy faux snow (creepy because I think it causes mesothelioma if inhaled), beads, pine cones, and all sorts of wonderful wintery bits. I, of course, had to find unusual jars from antique stores (which I still buy to this day…and secretly stash in my Craft Room), BUT I really did end up with some great snowglobes! I gifted them to my mom (who LOVED them) and my MIL (who probably gave them to Goodwill) and kept a few for myself.
I’ve made a few more since these, with even more unusual jars and great mid-century Christmas miniatures…but these pics will have to suffice for now. I don’t want to overwhelm you, of course, and cause some sort of yuletide sensory overload.
2012: The year of Felt ‘n Glitter
Normally, I shy away from glitter- don’t get me wrong, I love the stuff…but I do NOT like that crap all over my house. It ends up on my face, my socks, my husband’s underthings, and my cats’ poop. So when we discovered these magical “Glitter on the Inside” ornaments, I got a little out of control. I did NOT gift these to my MIL, since I figured they would shatter during shipping…BUT I gifted them to my writing classmates…and gifted them to myself of course.
And yes, cocktails were involved…and Pledge Floor Care…but not as part of the cocktail. That’s the secret to holding the glitter on the inside!
2012 also involved felt ornaments. Again, I gifted some to my mother (she LOVED them or did a good job pretending to) and to my MIL, who I suspect mis-took them as dog toys, so they were likely destroyed within nanoseconds. But I had seen felt ornaments up and down West Elm’s holiday page, so I had to try a few out myself. They were, at best, “meh”. But awfully dainty and pretty for dog toys…
2013- The Year We Bought a House and I only made One Craft
Despite having a relatively well-organized Craft Room now, I was only able to create one thing this year. But I was inspired by our new home’s red door and wanted a Christmas wreath to pop and play against it. Again, felt was the star witness in this Case of Crafting.
So this begs the question- What shall I do in 2014? I have finally figured out that I need to start thinking about this NOW, instead of in July. All suggestions welcome! If it involves a sewing maching, kiln, or other “fancy” piece of Arts & Crafts equipment, though, it’s a no-go from the start. So I would say “intermediate basic” is a good level to aim for…
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays ya’ll!