It all started because we’re on a strict budget and I discovered Pinterest. I found some awesome ideas of things I could make for less than the cost of
real store-bought gifts.
The first thing I discovered was a hat and poncho set for American Girl Dolls. Eden and Addy both have these dolls. I thought I might make three of them, one for each doll. That didn’t happen, but I did make a poncho, two hats and a scarf. I forgot to take a picture but looks like Eden and Addy liked them, I saw them on Facebook.
The next thing I discovered were yarn wreaths. These things came out so well and were actually pretty easy. You just take a straw wreath, wrap it in yarn and then make felt flowers. Aside from the hot glue gun burns, these were fun to make and I was pleased with the end result.
And then there were the “family trees”. This idea I actually swiped from Josh and Katie’s wedding. John sketched them out, then Julia, John and I each painted one and I wrote all the names on them. I love each one. One for Nana Vicki, one for Mom and one for Paw. I was over my head a bit- John has an art degree, Julia is an excellent artist and I’m a crafter. It was my first painting and it was more like coloring because John drew it and I just painted. Julia had to do my leaves. We had a great time painting on December 23rd until 1am!
The last craft I did for this year was my owls! These are the cutest little things ever. I just drew a pattern on a piece of card stock, got some fat quarter fabric, some felt and some buttons and voila! Cute little owl pillows. Every kid I gave one too just loved them…with the possible exception of Chase. But maybe he’ll save it and give it to his own kid one day.