No, there's no snow here yet, but it's on my mind. As much as it messes up commutes, especially when you're starting from the country, I'm still happy to see it arrive. Since it will probably be a while before we see any of the white stuff (if we do at all) I figured I'd bring some on myself with this frosty project...Read More
It took all the willpower I could muster to stay in my seat yesterday. Not only did I need to write this new Friday Favorites, but I'm working on building a new website where I'll be moving Crafty Staci soon. I know nothing of doing such a thing, so the learning curve is requiring rock climbing gear for me. That made it hard enough, but through the window behind me was a gorgeous blue sky with a bright sun shining down on several inches of frozen white snow. I just wanted to go play outside. But because I'm dedicated to our handmade cause, I stayed put and did my job. Maybe tomorrow can be a self-employed snow day. Since this is the first Friday Favorites in this new format, let me explain where I'm going with this. Previously, every week contained ten links, usually something to craft or sew, often a recipe or two, and occasionally something for purchase. There was always a theme, like penguins or outdoor games.
Fridays will now be five links. There will always be at least one thing to craft or sew, one recipe and one thing that can be purchased. The other two will fit into those categories as well, depending on what I find that week. For instance, this week is three sewing/crafts, one recipe and one item for sale. There won't necessarily be a theme, but I'll try to make sure it makes sense to the season.
Most weeks the link for the item to purchase will be an affiliate link. I love providing free patterns and content here, but I need to find a way to make it more financially self-sustaining. I considered selling patterns, but I'd rather continue to offer those to you for free and use the affiliate links and sponsored content to support the blog instead. I will earn a commission if you happen to click through and make a purchase and it will add nothing to the cost for you. That said, I want you to know that my primary goal is to support handmade, and I will continue to do that with the same integrity I always have. If I link here, it's to something I want or admire. If you have any questions about that, please feel free to reach out to me via the comment section below, social media or email (craftystaci at gmail).
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I've seen these hats with a hole in the top for a ponytail all over the place lately. It's a smart idea, and I could use one myself. As you might imagine, there are patterns everywhere, but the reason I chose to feature this one by Mango Tree Crafts is that she offers it in three different sizes and there's an option to add a cute flower. You crochetists get all the good stuff.
I've been tempted to try making myself a pair of shoes ever since I saw the soles you could buy by Dritz (Amazon Affiliate link). I've been eyeing the ones with a higher heel, but I love what Dritz did with the espadrille sole on their blog. Who knew you could make boots? The free pattern is available for sizes 5 through 10.
I like a good sweater, but I get tired of wearing them day after day. I'm too cold to consider anything less, but I think I could work one or two of these sweatshirts from Sewing Rabbit into my wardrobe. I love that she gave the neck a little creative detail, and it looks pretty easy to make.
January in my house means we're trying to improve our eating habits after the holiday calorie train goes back to the station. That, combined with the fact that soup is the perfect winter food, means this turkey chili from Ambitious Kitchen just made my must-make list.
My daughter bought a scarf from storiarts when they were selling at a local craft show a couple of years ago. The print quality is really nice. I love the black detail on these Sherlock Holmes Writing Gloves they're selling on Etsy, and who needs writing gloves more than me and my extremely cold hands? My daughter would say that she does.
You can find these, and my previous Friday Favorites, on my Crafty Staci's Friday Favorites Pinterest board!
Technically, since I started this series last February, this should be my last Hot Pad of the Month. I’ve gone back and forth over the last month on whether I should continue, or go ahead and call it. I have more designs I’ve sketched that I’d love to try, but how many is too many? I finally decided that if I had to actually ask myself the question, I should keep going. The day will come when I’ll just bite that Tootsie Pop, but today is not that day. (For those of you too young to get that reference, here’s Mr. Owl to take you on a trip in the Way Back Machine.)
Since we’re all easing back into normal life again (okay, well, I am) I decided to keep it easy this month. What I love about this design is that it can look completely different depending on the fabrics you choose, and you can easily add embellishments like embroidery or trim. I used a fancy stitch on my sewing machine that’s never seen the light of day before.
To make this, you’ll need:
this pattern (print at 100% size)
two cotton fabrics
From the hand pattern, cut two fabric, one Insul-Bright and one cotton batting. For the thumb, you’ll need two fabric (flip the pattern for the second, so they’re opposite each other) and one Insul-Bright. Cut one cuff from the coordinating fabric.
Press one long edge of the cuff under 1/4”. Pin it to the bottom edge of the front hand, with the edges even. Stitch near the fold. This is where I got to try out the fancy stitch.
Layer the thumb pieces, starting with the Insul-Bright, followed by one thumb right side up and the last right side down. Stitch, leaving the long straight edge open. Trim seam. Turn right side out and press. Stitch close to the outer edge.
Lay the hand Insul-Bright out flat. Add the back hand, right side up. Place the thumb between the spots marked on the pattern, with the thumb to the inside and raw edges even.
Top with the front hand, right side down, and the cotton batting. Pin well. Stitch around the edge, leaving about 4” open at the bottom. Clip the corners and turn right side out.
Press, turning in the opening. Stitch around the near the edge.
If you want a pair, simply move the thumb to the other side when you make the second hot pad. Since winter’s really just getting started here, I think this one will be around my house for a while…which is more than okay with me!
Here’s links to all of the Hot Pads so far, for those of you playing along at home. Which one is your favorite?
We have had a serious lack of winter weather this year. My husband and I were at the beach last week, and it was mostly sunny and in the mid to high 50s. What? I shouldn’t be complaining, but this is January in Oregon and it just isn’t right. I don’t really like to be cold, but I do like to look at it through the windows of my nice, warm house. I probably won’t even get to use my toasty new ice scrapper mitt this year.
Enough of my whining. I’m sure there are many of you out there who can use one of these this year and they’re easy to make, so let’s get started. You’ll need some fleece, an ice scraper (I bought mine at the dollar store), this pattern and some heavy craft floss.
Cut two on the fold, as indicated on the top of the pattern.
Fold each piece with the right sides together and stitch 1/4” from the bottom edge.
Turn right side out and roll the seam between your fingers to flatten it out. Top stitch 1/4” from the seam.
Pin the two pieces together with the outsides facing each other – in my case that’s Woody and Buzz. Make sure you use lots of pins to keep all four layers together. My stitching didn’t catch one layer on my first try, and removing stitches from fleece is no fun at all. Stitch down both sides, leaving the top folds and the bottom seam open.
Turn right side out. Clip the seam at each bottom corner so it pokes out less.
Insert the handle of your ice scraper into the hole at the top. You can use it this way, if you don’t mind having to put it together every time you want to use it.
I wanted the mitt and scraper attached to each other. Mark the spot on the scraper where it’s inserted into the mitt as far as it will go. The shape of your scraper will be a factor in where your holes will have to go. Try to find flat spots that are about 1/4 – 1/2” from the top edge of the mitt. Drill holes.
Insert the scraper back into the mitt and sew through the holes using heavy craft floss, catching both sides of the mitt each time. A large needle is helpful here.
Knot the thread under the fleece. The nice thing about these large stitches is that if the plastic scraper happens to break, you can just clip them and install a new one.
Now you can just reach inside, grab the handle and rid your window of all that ice while your hand stays warm and dry.
If you’re concerned at about this fitting large hands, I had my son try it on and he has some GIANT paws. He had no trouble getting it on, and his hand fit completely inside.
Bring on the cold!
I don’t think winter gets its due. It gets all lumped in with Christmas, when really it’s only just getting started by the time the holidays are over. If we’re going to get freezing weather where I live it’s much more likely to happen in January than before. Dashing through the snow doesn’t involve reindeer or Santa. So, I’m here to give winter the moment in the spotlight that it deserves.
I don’t know if I’m brave enough to let anyone actually use this Indoor Snowball Fight from Sew Can Do inside the house, but it’s so cute and fun I think I could be won over.
You could certainly use this Reading and Knitting Pillow from Sew Happy Geek any time of the year, but am I the only one that gets more reading and hand-crafts done when it’s too cold to go outside?
Evenings find me under a blanket this time of year. If I had this Family Blanket from Rae Gun Ramblings I could let someone under there with me.
Has your family been struck down by The Bug yet? My husband and I were both knocked flat by it before Thanksgiving and we’re still waiting for the cough to completely disappear. I’m thinking these Homemade Vaporizing Shower Cubes from Smart School House would still be a good idea, even months later.
This Get Well Soon Tissue Box Cover from So Sew Easy would be a great gift to take to a sick friend. There’s a little pocket on the side to add some tea and cough drops.
I love soup in the winter. And I love pickles. I’m intrigued by this Dill Pickle Soup from Noble Pig. I’m going to have to make a small batch and try it out.
I feel about hot apple cider the way some people feel about coffee. I love the smell, but the taste – nope. However, this Apple Cider Hot Toddy from Cookie and Kate has me wanting to give it another chance.
When I was a kid one of my cousins got married in the winter and the girls had faux fur muffs instead of bouquets. I thought it was so pretty. Apparently it’s a trend that has returned and Etsy seller sewudesigns has many to choose from.
Nothing is worse than trying to keep warm in January with a bitter chill blowing under your door. Well, nothing except flattened Mickey. This Wonderful World Draft Stopper from caitlinsdad on Instructables definitely requires a good sense of humor.
One of my favorite things about winter is boots, but you can get tired of looking at the same pairs over and over all season. Dress them up with these DIY Faux Fur Boot Sweaters from The Renegade Seamstress on eHow.
I always feel like winter kinda gets the short end of the stick when it comes to seasons. Autumn gets a lot of the cold weather credit in November, then when winter actually gets its day in December, no one notices because it’s almost Christmas. Once the holidays are over, all anyone can think about is when spring will arrive. Well, Winter, this one is for you.
What did your mom always say when you’d go outside in the cold? Put a hat on! This Convertible Neck Warmer from Sovanisa is a brilliant idea for sending those kids out in their bike helmets.
Another great way to warm your noggin is a hoodie, and this one from Small Things is so cute. Love those big buttons!
Sometimes it’s not about going out into the cold, but keeping it outside. This Door Draft Blocker from Patchwork Posse adds a little color to the room and keeps those breezes out.
Maybe you ventured out without sufficient coverage and now you’re trying to warm back up. Try this Cherry Pit Pillow from Nifty Thrifty Things. I’ll bet it smells fantastic when it’s heating.
I have this fun little thing called Raynaud’s Phenomenon. Sounds exciting, huh? It just means my fingers turn white, hard and lose blood flow if they get cold and they hurt like mad when they warm up. It’s a nuisance. Needless to say, I try really hard not to let that happen. I think these Pocket Warmers from Fellow Fellow would be perfect for me.
Thanks to the above stated weirdness, I have more gloves than you can imagine. That doesn’t stop me from adding to my collection, and these Fingerless Mittens from Zaaberry would fit right in.
I always love an accessory that can serve more than one purpose. This Cargo Scarf from lovefromvirgil on Instructables would be so handy.
You aren’t the only thing that gets cold when it’s chilly outside. Don’t you hate when you try to take a hot dish to a friend’s house, only to find it lukewarm when you arrive? Then you need one of these Casserole Carriers from 2 Little Hooligans.
We all know how hard it is to wrap a baby up warmly enough in a car seat, so how about a nice warm cover to go over the whole thing? Check out this Car Seat Canopy at Fleece Fun.
In my experience, the best way to get warm is from the inside out. This Caramel Corn Hot Chocolate from Recipe Girl would definitely do the trick.
Only about 11 more weeks of winter!
Is it snowing where you are? We have nothing but fog here, not even our usual December rain. There’s even talk of a sparse ski season on Mt. Hood this year. I’m not a skier, but I’m so ready for some of that cold white stuff. Bring it on, Old Man Winter. Because I’m in such a snowy mood, I decided this month’s coffee cup sleeve would have a bit of a chill to it. Once I was done, I realized this one would be perfect for so many other uses. Make it in school colors to show your spirit at the game or in wedding colors for the bride to get her caffeine fix. Some pink and red would be cute for Valentine’s Day, or some florals or pastels to celebrate the beginning of spring. But, for now, the focus is on January’s snowflakes.
To make this sleeve, you’ll need:
3” of elastic cord
12” of 1/2” bias tape
button (5/8 – 1”)
Iron the interfacing onto side one of the coffee sleeve.
Fold the small flag pieces in half with right sides together. If you look at the pattern piece, the dotted lines should be together. Sew where the dotted lines are shown.
Trim the corners and seam and turn right side out. The seam should be centered at the back. Press.
Fold the bias tape in half and press. Beginning 1 1/2” from the end, slip the top of the flags inside the fold and stitch the length of the tape.
Pin the banner onto side one of the coffee cup sleeve, 1” from the top and with the flags about 1 1/4” from each end. Stitch the bias tape from one edge of the sleeve to the other.
Trim the ends of the bias tape even with the edges of the sleeve. Tie the ends of the elastic cord together with a piece of thread. Center on the right side with the loop facing in. Add your tag on the left if you use them.
Carefully lay side two over the top of that with the right side down. Finish with the InsulBrite on top and pin in place. Stitch 1/4” from the edge, leaving 2” open at the bottom for turning.
Clip the corners and turn right side out. Press, turning in opening. Topstitch close to the edge all the way around.
Stitch a button onto the point where the elastic reaches comfortably with the ends of the sleeve together.
This does not make me want it to snow any less.
I’m even all ready with my toasty drink!
I love warm drinks in the winter. Coffee, cocoa, tea, even an occasional apple cider are all welcome. What I don’t like is having to take a long time to make it, which is why we always have drink mixes around. Not to mention, drink mixes make great gifts.
I considered using my Cinnamon Vanilla Warmer Mix to fill my etched jars, but I was in the mood for something new. My kids have been drinking a lot of chai lately, so that was in. My new favorite flavor is salted caramel, which meant I was going to need something that included that as well. I ended up with two new recipes.
We’ll start with the chai. I like it a little on the spicy side. My son felt this was a little too peppery, but he doesn’t usually like even a hint of spice. My daughter and I both felt it was perfectly seasoned. However, if you’re like my son and want it on the mild side either reduce or eliminate the pepper and reduce the ginger.
Spiced Chai Tea Mix
3/4 cup dry milk powder
3/4 cup dry powdered plain creamer
1/2 cup powdered vanilla flavored creamer
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup unsweetened instant black tea
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
3/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
3/4 teaspoon ground allspice
3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
Combine all ingredients and process in a food processor until you have a fine powder. To serve, add 1/4 cup mix to a mug of hot milk or water. Makes about 3 1/4 cups of mix or 13 servings.
I originally planned to only make the chai, but as soon as the idea of salted caramel cocoa made its way into my head there was no going back. I was nervous about getting the amount of salt right, but this is exactly the taste I imagined. Make sure you’re using sea salt and not regular table salt or it will be too salty.
Salted Caramel Cocoa Mix
2 cups dry milk powder
1/2 cup dry powdered plain creamer
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup powdered dulce de leche or caramel flavored creamer
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 tablespoon sea salt
Combine all ingredients and process in a food processor until larger pieces of milk, creamer and salt are powder. To serve, add 1/4 cup mix to a mug of hot milk or water. Makes about 4 3/4 cups of mix or 19 servings.
Just talking about these is making me want a warm cup. The only problem is, which one?
I’m starting to feel that anxiety of a busy week coming up. I don’t mind the chaos. In fact, I sometimes like a little crazy. The part that makes me tense is the thought that I’ll forget something important. When there’s so much to do, something is bound to slip through the cracks (FYI – as I was typing this I wrote “crafts” instead of “cracks” – psychoanalyze that!). One of the things I want to make sure to remember is a hostess gift for Thanksgiving. My husband is still away and my sister invited me and my kids to spend the holiday with her family. Hosting Thanksgiving is no small task, so I want to thank her properly. Before you think I’m giving away the surprise here, this isn’t the gift I decided on, but I love it and wanted to share it with you anyway.
Everywhere we have lived has had either a fireplace or a woodstove. I love being able to have a fire in the winter. What I do not enjoy is wading up balls of newspaper to start it. I decided instead to make something I could just grab out of a basket and throw in under some kindling.
To make the fire starters, I used cardboard rolls. Mine are toilet paper rolls, but you could also cut down a paper towel roll or the center from the wrapping paper. Speaking of gift wrap, you’ll need some of that too. You’ll also need some cotton string and something flammable to stuff inside, like shredded paper. I’ve even seen these made with dryer lint.
I used shredded paper for mine. I also wadded up pieces of the instructions that come wrapped around interfacing and stuffed that in the ends of the tube so the shred wouldn’t fall out while I was working with it.
Cut the gift wrap into pieces about 6” by 10”. Starting from the larger side, roll it around the stuffed tube. Secure with a small piece of tape.
Squish the ends just above the tube and tie with a 6” piece of string at each end.
To use, simply stick a couple under some small pieces of dry wood…
…and light the ends.
I normally use a butane lighter to start a fire, but I thought something prettier would make this a better gift. The Burlap Bag had shared a match jar project that was exactly what I was looking for. The only changes I made were to not cut a hole in the top and use the lid insert under the sandpaper. I actually had a partial box of strike anywhere matches that I’m pretty sure has been around our house through most of our marriage.
After I made the first batch of these using Christmas wrap, I happened to find some wood grain print paper at Target. Now they’re perfect!
Throw in a few dried pinecones and you have a gift that’s both functional and pretty – if your hostess can bring herself to actually burn it. The wood grain starters will probably still be sitting on my hearth in April.
One more holiday-displaced Friday Favorites, then we’re back to actual Fridays! I can’t believe we’re already staring into the face of 2011. Here’s a few of my favorite ideas for saying goodbye to the old and ringing in the new.
On New Year’s Eve 1999, I tried to create time capsules to be opened at some later date. Sadly, not only can I not remember whether I actually finished them, but if I did I don’t know where they are. I think it’s time to try again with these Cookie Tin Time Capsules from Kaboose.
When the clock strikes midnight, you gotta make some noise. It’s a rule. Thanks to this Popcorn Tin Noisemaker from Sassy Sites, you can do it in style.
While we’re on the subject of noise, here are some cute Noisemakers from Make and Takes, and you probably have everything you need to make them on hand.
My kids have always been champions at staying up late, and not just on New Year’s Eve. There’s always a couple of hours between eating and the midnight chaos where they need to be kept busy. I think this Big-As-Life Board Game from Craft would be the perfect thing.
It’s always about now that I start to look forward to putting away the Christmas stuff. We leave it up until New Year’s Day, but sometimes I try to throw in something new, like this New Year’s Centerpiece from from Make it From Scratch.
These Quilted Numbers from The Iowa Farmer’s Wife are intended to be a child’s learning tool, but how fun would they be as New Year’s Eve decorations?
What’s a party without a hat? These New Year’s Eve Party Hats from Felt So Cute would fill both the cute party gear and something to keep the kids busy requirements.
I don’t know why I like this New Year’s Marshmallow Ball from Simply Designing so much, but I do. Don’t judge.
This Mini 2011 Calendar from Very Merry Vintage Style is adorable, and she offers a free printable for the tiny pages.
I love making New Year’s resolutions. I love the sound they make when they deflate mid-January. This New Year’s Resolution Cube from Chica and Jo might be just the thing to keep me on track. At least I can fold it to a different one as they crash and burn.
Happy New Year…see you in 2011!
I couldn’t let Christmas go by without sharing this tutorial with you because it has special meaning to me. This little guy is the project that planted the seed for this blog years ago.
I’m a complete and total coffee addict. Coffee house lattes are my favorite, but when I’m at home it’s vanilla flavored coffee with vanilla creamer. I kept looking at the creamer bottles and thinking how easy they would be to make into a snowman. I know there are others out there now, but at the time I hadn’t seen any.
Finally, I saved bottles until I had enough for friends and family. I came up with a powdered drink recipe and the snowman army was born. After I made them, I thought it would be nice if I could share how I did it with other crafty people. And then I let that thought go.
Here I am, several years and creamer bottles later, with a tutorial to show you how they’re made. I feel like I just completed some sort of loop.
You will need:
an empty 32 ounce liquid creamer bottle
5” by 1 1/2” flannel (cotton will work too)
18” by 1 1/2” flannel (again, cotton is ok)
12” by 4” felt
8” by 1 1/2” felt
18” of wire
embellishments (buttons, felt scraps, etc.)
Print the pattern here. You’ll want to print it borderless because it barely fits on a piece of paper. Cut the larger piece for the vest from the 12” piece of felt. Cut out 4 of the mittens from the smaller piece of felt. You can also cut little squares for embellishing the mittens from a contrasting color of felt.
Wrap the vest tightly around the empty creamer bottle. Glue the edge down to the vest in the front using a hot glue gun.
Using a pencil or pen, mark a dot on each side for the arms. Slide the vest off the top of the bottle. Using a toothpick, poke a hole on each side at the mark. Feed the end of the wire out each hole, bending it slightly so it conforms to the back of the vest.
Slide the vest back onto the bottle. Glue the edges down using tacky glue. Secure with a rubber band until it’s dry. I used hot glue, but I don’t necessarily recommend that. You have to be very careful not to melt your bottle and the edge doesn’t end up looking as neat.
If you’re adding the contrasting piece, sew them on with embroidery floss before sewing the two mitten pieces together. Stitch two mittens together using a blanket or straight stitch. Repeat with the other set of mittens.
Curl the wire around a pencil, leaving about an inch at the end straight.
Squirt some hot glue into the bottom of the mitten and, working quickly, slide the wire in between the two pieces of felt. If you’re me, carefully pry the finger loose that you glued to the back of the mitten.
Fringe both short ends about 1” up on the 18” piece of flannel. Tie it around the snowman’s neck, pushing the knot to one side.
Fold the 5” piece of flannel in half lengthwise. Press. Fringe, clipping close to, but not through the fold.
Unfold. Roll up from one end, wrong side in.
Hot glue to the top of the bottle with the edge in the glue. After the glue is cool, fluff.
Glue a button or other embellishment onto the vest on the side opposite the scarf.
Let me apologize for his nose. I know, it’s cute. It’s a carrot button I’ve had for a thousand or so years. I don’t know if you can still get them. A piece of orange felt cut into a carrot shape would be a good substitute. You could even add a little black stitching.
For his eyes, I used a Sharpie. You could also paint them on or glue on a little button. When I made these the first time, I used fabric puffy paint. It gave them nice shine and dimension.
Somewhere in the years since I first made these, they changed the bottles from white to clear. I hadn’t even realized it until I washed a bottle to make this one. I have an easy solution to that though. Here’s the recipe for the drink mix I put in mine.
Cinnamon Vanilla Warmer Mix
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cup powdered vanilla flavored coffee creamer
1 1/2 cup dry milk
6 tablespoons cinnamon imperials (known as red hots around here)
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Add 3 tablespoons of mix to a mug of boiling water.
This recipe will fill the snowman with some left over. I will warn you, when you add it to the hot water, it turns pink. Tasty, but definitely pink.
The smaller snowman shown here is a stripped-down, quick version, using a smaller creamer bottle. The buttons are glued on the front. I now realize I forgot to fluff the pom-pom on the top of his hat. Don’t worry, I fixed it.
It seems fitting that this would be my last tutorial before Christmas. This chilly guy and I have come a long way together.
I was in my favorite local craft store last week, and a little instruction sheet that was hanging near the yarn caught my eye. Ordinarily, when something attracts me in that section, I give it a wistful look and walk away. But this was a scarf and it was braided. Braided! I can do that! I grabbed the sheet and a skein of yarn and went home…Read More
My favorites today were inspired by the weather forecast. There’s a chance it could snow here this weekend, and I have all my fingers crossed that it does. In the meantime…
I live in a forest. Seriously, my backyard is nothing but trees. I could make enough of these Fir Snowflakes from Sunset magazine to fill my entire house. Oh, that would smell fantastic!
I’m pretty sure these Crayon Snowflakes from Roots and Wings Co. were meant for kids, but I have lots and lots of crayons and I’m making these. I might invite some little ones over to help me to make it more legit.
Given my tendency to try to make things out of fabric that are supposed to be paper, I don’t know why I’ve never tried this one. These Fabric Snowflakes from The New New Blog would be great for so many uses. You could even add some heavy interfacing to keep them stiff and hang them as ornaments.
This 3D Paper Snowflake from wikiHow looks a lot more complicated than it really is. I’ve seen these before, but if I would have realized how easy they are to make I would already HAVE some!
This Quilled Snowflake Ornament is also made out of paper, but is definitely more complicated. Quilling is beautiful and some day I hope to have the patience to give it a try. Click through to Reese Dixon’s page and check out the glittery version near the bottom of the page. They always get me with the glitter.
I’ll bet these Stained Glue Snowflakes from Holiday Crafts and Creations are even prettier in person with the lights shining through. I want to make these, just to see if I can.
I love oversized Christmas decorations. Those giant ornaments and stockings catch my eye every time. I can’t believe these Giant Craft Stick Snowflakes from Craftynest are made from popsicle sticks!
I’ve cycled through several different Christmas countdown calendars. The year we were trying to get our son to learn the alphabet I gave the kids a little gift that started with a different letter each day. In order. Yeah, a couple of those were pretty difficult. This Snowflake Christmas Countdown from eighteen25 is simple, cute and a great decoration. Everything a Christmas countdown should be.
These Crocheted Snowflake Ornaments from Better Homes and Gardens look so delicate. For you crochetistas out there, the pattern and directions on how to stiffen the snowflakes can be found on their website.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to run and stick my nose to the window. It might snow!