The 12 Crafts of Christmas 2013 #8

The 12 Crafts of Christmas #8

Silhouette Mugs

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My Amazing & Awesome Husband bought me a Silhouette Cameo for Christmas this year!! Funny thing is that I had already thought I would make these mugs, but I was going to do it the old fashioned way. Print a photo, hand cut it with an X-Acto & then use that as a stencil & be REALLY CAREFUL with the Sharpies. But even better, Mr Amazing already had the Cameo ordered for me when I told him my plan, so he let me have my gift early, which made making these SO MUCH EASIER!

Mr Amazing also took the actual profile photo of the boys for me, & manipulated it in the gimp to get the outlines right for the Cameo cutting. Then I put a piece of Contact paper through it & viola! Instant Sticker Templates!

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Black & White first – I just stuck the outside stickers on the mug, and filled them in with Black Sharpie. Yoo-Hoo’s face on one side, & Ale-8’s on the other. The Red & White one is done the opposite way. I put the inside stickers on it, & used the Red Sharpie to add dots outlining the faces, & extending out to shade the full area. It didn’t turn out quite as well, but I like the idea. Next time, I’ll know to work more on being consistent with the dot frequency.

Once they are colored in, you peel the stencil stickers off & bake them in the oven at 350 for half an hour. I went ahead & let them cool down in there too, after I turned the oven off. Big Thank You to Elsie at a Beautiful Mess for this, since it was her tutorial that made me want to try it. (Also, she is how I know you should not put these in the dishwasher.)

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Intermission

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At my house, we call this “The Waiting Song.” Obviously, I have not been keeping up with The 12 Crafts of Christmas. I still have 5 more to go, but they should get done before the ACTUAL 12th Day of Christmas.

In the meantime, I hope everyone has a wonderful Holiday! Once I have finished posting The 12 Crafts of Christmas 2013, I intend to come up with my 2014 Craft Resolutions list.

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The 12 Crafts of Christmas 2013 #7

The 12 Crafts of Christmas 2013 #7

Effies & Ollies, the Elephants

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I love making these little elephants! They are Effie & Ollie by Heather Bailey. The elephants pictured above are numbers 4, 5, & 1 respectively, in the order that I made them. Numbers 6 & 7 are cut out, waiting to be stitched together & numbers 2 & 3 have already been delivered to their new homes.

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These things are so cute! Just check out those backsides!

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I also have the Henry & Henrietta pattern, but I haven’t tried them yet. Maybe those will be one of my 12 Crafts of Christmas 2014.

Henry was the pattern I really wanted, so I could stitch myself up some Turtle Bottom mascots. But a couple people have had elephant themed nurseries, so I started with Effie & Ollie instead. Once I get the hang of these patterns, I intend to try & create some of my own.

If you’ve ever created a pattern yourself, do you have any tips or tricks to pass along? Also, if you were going to create your own stuffed pattern, what animal / object would you like to design?

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The 12 Crafts of Christmas 2013 #6

The 12 Crafts of Christmas 2013 #6

Personalized Coloring Books

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Simple, but fun. These are for the same set of kids as the star crayons. The images inside are from OpenClipArt.org & Clker.com, so I am not taking credit for the internal artwork. But again – they make for a fun & inexpensive gift. Also, kids love getting things with their names on them & they love coloring. At least, I’m pretty sure *these* kids do. I know my Yoo-hoo does.

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Yoo-hoo picked out this snowflake to be in the coloring book. All the other images are winter themed as well. With a possible exception for the penguins driving a firetruck… But they’re penguins. So that counts as winter-y, right?

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The 12 Crafts of Christmas 2013 #5

The 12 Crafts of Christmas 2013 #5

Ribbon Tree Ornaments

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I found these on Pinterest back in January & decided to use them for my annual ornament exchange with my friends. But our ornament exchange got altered this year, so I decided to make these cute ribbon ornaments for my co-workers & my local quilting club friends, instead. The photo above is about 1/3 of the full amount I made.

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Cute & inexpensive, I made a total of about 65 of these. Most of the beads were already in my craft supply, so I mainly only bought the ribbon & some stars for the tops.

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Aren’t those stars just so cute?! These ornaments were so much fun & pretty simple to make. I typically made three per 45 minute episode. I think they could’ve gone faster if I were more focused, but they worked pretty well for TV crafting. Although, I realized part way into an episode, that I can’t make them while watching Lilyhammer. (So excited Season 2 finally came out!!) There is too much reading required in that show, to pay attention to anything except the screen.

Five crafts down & seven to go! How are you doing on your Christmas crafting so far?

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The 12 Crafts of Christmas 2013 #4

The 12 Crafts of Christmas 2013 #4

Paper Snowflakes

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These are a Christmas Classic! I love making these things & could probably make them anytime of year. This year, I sat down with Yoo-hoo & we made a few together. Some of them, I made by myself & some of them, he helped me with. I always try to make mine really different from each other, but he mostly wanted me to cut out small rectangle shapes. So his have a lot more paper left in them than mine do.

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(Please forgive my poor photography)

I would fold the paper & pass it to him. He would draw the cut out shapes & pass it back to me. Then I would cut them out. Cutting through 12 layers of paper at once was hard on my grown-up hands. If I’d let him try, I was scared he’d injure himself, so this system worked out well from my perspective. He hadn’t ever made paper snowflakes before, & he really enjoyed it. He will most likely want to make more, every couple weeks, even when it’s not snow season. & I might be okay with that 😉

We did try out something new that I’d never seen done before. On some of our papers, we colored them with crayons before folding & cutting. So some of them have a color other than white. This is probably the cheapest Christmas decorating ever! But it’s also some of the most fun possible!

What are the favorite Christmas Crafts at your house?

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The 12 Crafts of Christmas #3

The 12 Crafts of Christmas #3

This Basket

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This has been a difficult year for my grandmother. She had to move out of her long time home, and has been in a few different hospitals & assisted living places over the past several months. But the last time I visited her in her home, she mentioned that she has “a thing” for baskets. Even when she knows she doesn’t have a need for new ones, she still loves to get them. Since I also have “a thing” for baskets, I decided that a new basket would be the perfect Christmas gift for her. So I signed up for another class & made this one!

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The Cherokee Wheels detail is a nice touch, I think. I don’t remember what the name of this pattern was, but I love how it turned out. I’m pretty sure my grandmother will enjoy it as well. I plan to fill it with books & goodies for her, for Christmas. Because, who doesn’t enjoy a basket full of goodies?

I did actually buy a second set of materials so I could make one for myself. Hopefully I’ll have time to start it after the end of the year.

Of my Christmas Crafts 2013, this was probably the most time consuming & definitely the earliest completed this year. I had it done before Labor Day, so I could submit it in my local fair (along with the elephant & painting), where it received a blue ribbon!

What was your first Christmas Craft this year?

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The 12 Crafts of Christmas #2

Good morning!

I had intended to post this yesterday, but as we all know, holiday times can be chaotic & in addition, I am still working on getting into the habit of doing this on a regular basis. So yesterday didn’t make it, but I should be able to get both #2 & #3 up today & be back on track.

A few years ago, my friends & I decided to switch from a full gift exchange, to an ornament exchange – which saves us money. So for the last couple years, I’ve made ornaments to exchange with them. This year though, we decided to do something a bit different & we got together and made

The 12 Crafts of Christmas #2…

Painted Ceramic Ornaments

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This was so much fun. We got together at the ceramics place & each selected an ornament to paint & exchange. Then we sat down with some pizza, drinks, & a lot of laughs & painted! After painting them, the lady at the shop glazed & fired them for us. One of the girls in our group picked them up from her later, packed into anonymous gift bags, so we couldn’t tell which was which. Then when we got together for our annual Christmas celebration, we each selected a bag and kept the ornament that was inside!

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This are Before & After pics of the pony I painted. I was a bit concerned when I was painting him, but I think he turned out pretty cute! The lines on his hooves & hair are a little unsteady, but overall I’m happy with him. Most of the paint colors really darken as they’re fired, so you have to look at the reference cards for them to judge how they’ll look once fired.This event was so much fun, it will most likely become a new tradition for us!

What is your favorite group crafting project? Do you have any sort of special gift exchange traditions with friends, family or co-workers?

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S&Y Reboot! :: The 12 Crafts of Christmas 2013 #1

Hello & Happy Holidays!

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything & I have really missed my blog & hanging out online with my bloggy friends. In order to get back into it, I decided to dive in head-first, with The 12 Crafts of Christmas!

I don’t actually have a full list of twelve yet, so hopefully I will be able to come up with the finishing items before Christmas.

The 12 Crafts of Christmas #1 …

Star Crayons

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I found these on Pinterest. Someone helped her kids make heart crayons for their classmates for Valentine’s Day. I loved the idea & have always hated tossing out crayons. So I bought a Wilton star mold from the baking section at Michael’s & started breaking up the two boxes of random crayons I had sitting on my craft shelf. Most of them were from restaurants & were either generic brands, or I couldn’t tell what brand they were. If I could tell though, I tried to keep the same brand of crayons together, separate from the other kinds.The red, blue, & yellow are Prang, from Cracker Barrel. I think they worked out the best. The Crayolas worked really nicely too. Even the random generics turned out well!

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Yoo-hoo & I are excited about the end results. These will mostly be gifted to kids his age for Christmas.

That is all from me for today. I will be posting The 12 Crafts of Christmas #2 tomorrow! I still need a few more quick crafts to round out my list of 12, so if you have any ideas to share, please let me know in the comments below! Also, I will be trying to catch up a bit on what everyone else is up to, so leave me comments letting me know what Christmas crafts you have planned for this year!

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BQF & My Family Tree

I’m so very late posting this, both because this quilt was a gift to my grandma LAST CHRISTMAS & because today is the last day to link up to Amy’s Bloggers’ Quilt Festival.  So, here it is – my very first entry to the BQF – this is My Family Tree.

There is actually quite a lot to tell about this quilt, but I will leave most of it for a separate post (or set of posts, since I took photos of various steps throughout the process).  The ‘finished’ quilt was delivered at our annual family Christmas gathering last year.  I quote ‘finished’ because there were 32 names last Christmas (including my grandpa & one cousin who are no longer with us).  But since then, I have already added four new names to the tree.  We had two weddings & two births this year!!  And we already have two new babies on the horizon for spring!  I decided to use fabric marker for the writing, specifically because I wanted to be able to add names as our family grows, without having the new ones look out of place.

My grandparents had six children.  So I gave each child his/her own branch.  The rest of us (grandkids, spouses & great-grandkids) are all written into the leaves.

In the design phase, I very briefly considered a more traditional representation, with lines (branches) connecting people to their spouses and children.  But I threw that idea out for two main reasons.  One, some of our branches are a lot larger than others, and it would be difficult to make the quilt tree look well balanced.  Two, I have no idea what the future will hold for our family.  And I wanted to be able to add names, without having to cram them into a predefined space for each family branch.  So I chose to add names where they seemed to fit well, without stressing too much about placement.

My favorite part is the heart.  I ♥ the heart.  It is reverse applique, but I did this before I’d ever heard of reverse applique.  I just really wanted it to look like the heart was carved into the tree, so that’s what I came up with.


I think my grandma’s favorite part is the banner at the bottom.


So that is my Family Tree quilt.  It now lives on a chair in the entry way to my grandma’s living room.  I think she keeps it with the banner out, so people can read it as they come by.  This quilt is the largest I’ve made so far, even though it is only about 4 x 6 feet.  It was the most work, the longest design phase & the most satisfying when completed.

If you haven’t checked out all the other quilts from the BQF participants, please head over to Amy’s now and have a look.  There are a ton of very wonderful and inspiring quilts being showcased there!

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