Wednesday, December 31, 2014

December 2014

It came in a flash and went out just as quickly: now we are on the eve of a new year and new stuff to do!  I really wanted to maximize what little spare time I felt I had in December to do seasonal things, and avoid feeling stressed at what should be a happy time of year.   I think I rather like posting at the end of the month because I get a better feeling of accomplishment.
I started the month with a finished family room!  This project had been in process for a while, and even longer in my head.  Now this is probably my favourite room in the house:

I have to confess I am not so great about sending Christmas cards.  I always want to make my own, yet can't seem to find the time to sit down and make them.  I keep hoping I will do it and then it becomes so late I either send out those ones from the Diabetes association to arrive after the holiday or none at all.  Guilt, guilt, guilt.  This year I was on top of the game:  home made cards for (almost) everybody and mailed before December 12!  My secret?  I made these cards last year, too late to send then, but just waiting for my messages this year.

My only gaffe was in not sending one to our friends in Australia; I miss the international mail deadline every year, so have decided to send one to them at another time of year.  That way I can write a nice long and newsy letter.  Promise!

Eighteen little snowmen were created; most of them as favours for a tea I had for the volunteers I work with:

 I got a fair bit of other crafting done as well, making it a very satisfying month:

An enjoyable little stitching project from a British craft magazine.

Hearts made from the left-overs of my thrifted sweater pillow:

A new bauble wreath to brighten the front door:  this time made with unbreakable baubles:

Two of eight clothes-pin snowflakes made on a craft morning with a neighbour.  I hung these in my front window and they looked really pretty from outside.  I may even keep them up for January.

The only cross stitch ornament I made this holiday:  gifted to friends who had visited Paris this summer. Stitched over one on 28 ct. fabric this nearly did my eyes in!

More pillows made from thrifted fabrics:  this time a navy cabled sweater and wool kilt.

In the lazy afterglow of the big day I have been making away as well.  My Favourite Girl convinced me this fabric would be perfect for my crafting space so I used it to re-cover my swivel chair.  She's a smart girl, that one!

 I made these chubby little bugs from a Tilda book borrowed from the library.  I think it's Tilda's Spring Ideas.  My Favourite Girl said they look like Teletubbies with wings and I think she's right:

And there you have it:  December.  Now the decorations are packed away; the cookies almost eaten; the tree will come down tomorrow ('cause we're a little superstitious in our family about that) and we can embrace a new year.

Wishing you a New Year filled with health, happiness, creativity and all things good!


Carol said...

Hi Jenn... Just wanted to stop in and thank you for your kind comment on my blog just now! I'm so happy to have found yours as well--everything from your decorating, to your card-making, to your stitching and crocheting looks just wonderful!

Happy New Year to you and I look forward to seeing more wonderful posts from you in 2015!

Farrah Lily said...

Beautiful photos! I love the little x stitch ornament ...happy new year!

Brigitte said...

Your family room looks very inviting and I can see why you love being in there. Christmas cards is also a never-ending chapter for me. I always want to send many and meanwhile I have a nice collection of cards (not made by myself) but I'm always too late to send them. Oh well.

You were so busy with many crafty things last month. Great achievement.

Happy New Year!

mrs. smythe said...

Wow! So many projects - and in December of all months! I especially liked the hearts and your stitchery. Also the clothespin snowflakes. What a cute idea. I saw a similar wreath in the stores yesterday and was really tempted because it was on clearance, but, it looked breakable. I think yours looks every bit as good - and has the benefit of being more resilient. I'll have to keep one of those in mind for next year. Cute snowmen!

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