04 December 2007

A Crafty Christmas

Here we are, at the cusp of Christmas, when I am feeling cockily in control of the season... gifts bought, crafts in progress, family picture made, house decorated (sans tree). But the cusp-y part of the cusp is that after this brief little suspended moment when I am cozily confident with my holiday handlingness ... WHOOOOSH! it's New Year's and I'm wondering what just happened to the whole month of December. 

I even have this book, Unplug the Christmas Machine, which I go through every year in an effort to have a s-l-o-w-e-r, more wholesome, Laura Ingalls Christmas. It doesn't usually work, but someday we will fiddle out carols while each exchanging one handmade, meaningful gift and helping the less fortunate.

As a step in the right direction, here is my Martha Stewart village from Michaels. I'm pretty sure all Martha Stewart merchandise is exempt from the Christmas Machine, so you can just stop right there, Mr. Pointyfinger Ironypants.

Snow Village

Snow Village
The whole time I'm carefully constructing the village, with dabs of glue and clamps and teensy tiny little wreathes made from pipe cleaners and pliers, Brent is examining them, "Oh yeah, this'll burn great." "How many men are garrisoned inside?" "Are the women and children in the church?" So now I have to vigilantly await the arrival of the miniature Ice Troll and/or Frost Giant raiding party. Geesh.

I couldn't sleep last night so was up working on my Saint Lucia dolls. I was going to post a picture but they are nude and I felt a little weird about it. I know, they're just clothes pins. But what can I say, dolls are always real to me. Maybe I should get off the computer and whip out some dresses for them! Then I will have completed the only two Christmas crafts on my list that are for myself. So typical. My next project is Bella's Christmas dress, which is made of the most gorgeous velvet fabric. I would have bought enough for a Mother/Daughter ensemble, but it was $22/yard. So. That decided that.

Bella's Christmas Dress

I am glad to have a few good sewing projects to work on during this season of Project Runway. And now they even have Project Runway patterns! Although I don't see anything there I have to make. But I like the concept.

It is a snowstorm outside so it's a good day to cozy up and watch Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer while finishing Brent's stocking! Oh and doing 100 loads of laundry.

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