Doing it for the fun of it.
Well I can now safely talk about the things I made this year for Christmas. At this point almost all gifts have been given out and the last few that remain do not read my blog. I sit in my Childhood home outside Fairbanks Alaska, it is 0 degrees outside, with a fresh six inches of snow on the already 3 feet of snow on the ground. I am actually very excited about this Christmas, it will be my first White Christmas in quite a while and the first Christmas I get to spend with my nephews. My dad’s girlfriend and I have put up our very Seussical tree. It turns so many directions we had trouble getting it “straight.” But I love it, Alaskan Christmas trees always have the most character.
So onto the projects. This year the “big” project was a quilt for my best friend Meg. I have never made a quilt before but have watched Meg make many over the years. And I decided since she is always making quilts for everyone else that is was time someone made one for her instead. I put a note on the box explaining this very thought and got a few happy tears from her before she even saw what it was. Now the planning of this quilt took some time, since I had never made one I knew I needed to do something fairly simple, but I still wanted to do something fun. So I decided to go with a regular square quilt, but make it look like Tetris. I was able to actually use all scraps from my stash, and the only thing I had to buy was the batting. The black squares were from 3 or 4 different materials which I though would help make it look more “pixilated.” I did a sketch of the design, including colors, so I could go through and do row by row marking off what I had sewn to keep everything straight. It took what I felt like forever to cut all the squares out. Hundreds of black squares and anywhere between 6-12 squares of each color. Over all I think for my first quilt it turned out pretty good. It is not quit a twin sized quilt but it is a good size for curling up on the couch. I am also not sure I will ever make one again, but it is nice to know I can actually do it.
Heather asked for an apron this year, I quickly cut out the apron from more of my stash and added a pocket on the front so she could carry her phone there if needed. I didn’t actually get a finished picture of it, but have and almost finished pick. I made little apliques of a cupcake, cookie and pie which were placed on as decoration, and are all 3D-ish, I made them somewhat plush for fun. Will have to get a full pick of it later.
Cookiepalooza went well. I made 480 cookies, and they all turned out great. Maddie came over and helped decorate the Gingerbread cookies, and Meg stopped by to keep me company so I wouldn’t go crazy cooking alone all day. I also had decided a few months back that I was going to try to make caramel for the first time ever for, Robert, he is kinda obsessed with salted caramel, so I figured that was a great gift for him that I “should” be able to do easily. Now I really have never made caramel before and have not even ever seen it done. All I can say is follow directions carefully. When they say “carefully add small cubes of butter,” do not dismiss this and just throw a half of a stick of butter in the hot melted sugar, like I did… IT COMES TO LIFE!!!! And bubbles almost over the edge of your pot! I luckily didn’t burn the caramel or make a huge mess, but next time I will follow the directions to the tee. It was overall super easy to make and turned out delightful 🙂
I made some fun hats for my brother his wife and kids, hopefully they will fit them. I actually wanted to keep 0the one I made for my brother’s wife, cuz it is super cute and Christmasy. Dad gets some hand drawn pictures I made while bored at work one day. My favorite is the Raven, but once again will have to wait till Christmas to get a photo of it. The Moose turned out great and the Cow is adorable.
This year was the year of “I already have the material, lets see what we can make!” And I think it was super successful. I got to get through a lot of my stash, meaning I won’t feel so bad about buying more material in the future, and I was able to give things that people can use and enjoy, which is always nice. Hope everyone else has a nice crafty Christmas, and a safe Happy New Year.