Written by Kara Fleck, Simple Kids editor and Rockin’ Granola mama.
I‘ll admit it: I am a bit enthusiastic when it comes to Christmas. You see, I like to give each of my children at least one handmade thing every year. I also like to have all of my holiday crafting finished up before December 1st.
That means I have four months to select, create, and finish up my handmade gifts this year.
I love that many of you are also starting to think about your holiday crafting and gift making and wanted encourage each other.
My plans: a live blogging day
I’ll be updating this post, facebook, twitter, google+ and instagram all day long with my crafting endeavors. If you want to join in, I’m using the hashtag #SKcraftalong. I plan to watch a holiday movie or two and knit, stitch, and glue the day away – my own little North Pole (in Indy, in August).
Watch this post for updates throughout the day.
My List (subject to change, of course):
- felt masks with dyed playsilk capes for the middle two kids (ages four and six)
- mini playsilks for the baby (DONE – see my post here for how I did it)
- flannel comfy pants for Max, who pretty much lives in pants like these during the colder months (contemplating just winging it, a la’ Amanda Soule in The Creative Family )
- a cardigan sweaterfor my oldest daughter, who has requested pink
- a couple of these spinny spellers for the middles’ stockings
- big gnomes for little hands for the baby (inspiration found at Wee Folk Art)
I’ve whittled my list down a bit from last month, to what I hope is a more realistic plan. I’ve gotten started on a few projects, and finished one, but I really need a good push through today. I won’t get to everything on my list, not by a long shot, but I would like to at least make a dent.
Everything I get done now means something I don’t have to worry about later in the season, when life is always a little busier.
Now, let’s get started creating!
8am – silks in egg dye
Good morning! I had some kid free time this morning so I got up, started some coffee and also started some hot water for more egg dying. This morning I’m dying up some 44 inch playsilks. I used the same method as before, with a change in the recipe: 1/4C. vinegar + 2 egg dye tablets + 3 C. hot water per each 44″ playsilk.
Now I’m going to sip my coffee and contemplate a crafty game plan for the rest of the day.
So, my silks didn’t turn out the orange and dark purple I would have liked. Hmmmmmm. Perhaps I’ll be picking up some orange koolaid? I really want Max to have an orange silk cape since that is his favorite color. Looks like my Lucy is going to get a pinky-purple silk cape and maybe the baby will have the yellow? It is a lovely yellow.
And, due to some poor planning on my part, I’m out of printer ink so I can’t print any gnome clothing patterns today. No big deal! I’ll just change my plans for a day a little bit.
I was flipping through some back issues of Living Crafts magazine and found a doll that is made from felted sweaters. I just so happen to have a pair of wool longies that I knit for Amelia when she was a new baby. I wasn’t sure what to do with them, but now I’ve got them machine felting (they are in the washing machine on HOT as I type) and I’m going to use the felted fabric to make her this doll.
In the meantime, I think I’ll pop in a holiday movie and knit up a chicken or two while the baby sleeps.
It was a good day. I got quite a few projects at least started and I can cross one more off of my To Do list. I’ve got the felted longies ready to sew, I’m starting on the knit chickens, the playsilks are done (though I need to dye another in a true orange color), and I’ve got a good start on the super hero masks. I feel like I’m in really good shape, with months yet to go. I’m glad I took the day to do this.
This is probably all that I will get to before we head into bedtime around here. Thanks for following along! Maybe next month more of you will be joining in?
Join in: Link Up!
Have you been making a crafty list and checking it twice? Started on a holiday gift project or two? I’d love it if you’d join in with me and link up your holiday kids’ gift craft-along post or instagram photo. I’ll keep the link up open for a few days, so jump in whenever you’d like.
Need some inspiration?
I started a Pinterest board for Homemade Holiday Kids’ Gifts.
Looking to get organized?
It turns out that Jessica, of Life As Mom, is right there with us. She recently released a new ebook – A Simpler Season: inspiration and planning pages for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s.
Will you be doing any holiday crafting today? Or is it still far, far off your radar?