December 29, 2016

Christmas Creating


This Christmas I spent so much of the season making gifts. I have a feeling that the number of presents I make is only going to increase this next year. I already have so many ideas and apparently I plan to create like it's my j-o-b.


Every year for several years, I have made the girls a Christmas gift. This year I embroidered their first initial on the pocket of these aprons I got them. I love embroidery. I always forget just how much until I start doing it again.


I have recently become obsessed with knitting socks (which deserves a post all it's own) so I decided to knit the girls both a pair. It took ages but was so satisfying. Something tells me we all have more knitted socks in our future.


Also look at the arch on that ballerina's foot. Crazy.


With my newly acquired need to knit ALL THE SOCKS, came a new obsession with project bags. This was my first, which I made for one of my favorite people. It's my first zipper ever. The Sense of personal satisfaction I have derived this year from tackling knitted socks and zippers, things that previously were so far out of my comfort zone and which I thought were out of my skill set, has made me feel like  I can accomplish anything. On the one hand it's just socks and zippers, right? But on the other hand it feels like so much more than that. It feels like overcoming fear and limitations and makes me feel like I can do anything!


This is a knitting project marker I made that doubles as a zipper pull. I figured why not since I already had all my jewelry supplies out from making the next gifts.


Necklaces! You may recall that last year I made necklaces for the girls for Christmas. All year I've been meaning to sit down and replicate their necklaces for myself and have yet to do it but I did find time to sit and make them for two very special friends in my life.


Jewelry making is addictive for me. As with every creative interest I have, putting together the colors consumes me! It often takes me hours to arrange all the beads and bits before I can even start constructing the necklace itself. It borders on insane. But the good kind of insane. Or so I tell myself!


For several years now, the girls and I have done a Christmas Eve craft. This year Maddie requested we make snow globes.


This is such a highlight of that day for me. I love watching the girls work in the studio and to see them enjoying all that the studio has to offer and to watch their creative spirits in action. It gives me so much joy! They constantly have to remind me to work on my own project because I get so caught up in watching and helping them!

Emma's snow globe:


Maddie's snow globe:


My snow globe:


All three lit up with lid inserts found on Amazon. I'm not sure if I'd recommend them as I find them not very reliable, but I'm trying to determine if that is something I'm doing wrong.


This Christmas season proved to be my most creative and satisfying and I'm looking forward to what I have a feeling will be my most creative year yet.

P.S. I got your message about not limiting the photos in my blog posts LOUD AND CLEAR! And thank you for all of your sweet and encouraging comments. I think it quite possible I would not have been able to do it anyway but it was quite lovely to hear that all these photos don't get on your nerves!

28 comments:

  1. Your creativity inspires me. I hope to be more creative this coming year.

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  2. Good morning, lovely! Oh my word! Everything you made looks amazing. You are so inspiring and the range of crafty talent you have is just amazing! I'm sure the girls loved their gifts. So just curious, have you made anything for your hubby? Did he get a pair of manly colored socks too? Xxxooo

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  3. Your creative talent is amazing! I'm in awe of everything you've made. Girl, you should open at etsy shop! I have very high arches on my feet just like your daughter, but trust me, I'm far from a ballerina! ;-)

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  4. Wow -- you all are so creative!! Love this post! You are inspiring! My girl and I are now working on spring fabric doggie bandanas -- do you have a dog? :) Happy New Year sweetie!

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  5. Love those snow globes!

    I am planning on getting out of my comfort zone and learning a couple of new things in the new year. One is embroidery, as I got Pam Garrison's Happy Day pattern for Christmas!

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  6. It's fun to be a long time blog reader/friend and see your creative growth! You are amazing!
    xo~Jill

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  7. And this is why I love your blog so much, look at those snow globes!! And they light up??!! I had no idea they sold lights like that. How do you attach the banner or beads inside the jar? Everything is just lovely. Including your daughters. Good to see they still like crafting in Mom's studio. :) Kit

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  8. Absolutely gorgeous!! I love each and everything you made, and can't believe the talent you and your girls have - you are so blessed!!

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  9. you are so talented, jen!! your crafts so reflect your lovely and creative spirit. i foresee a cottage nest etsy shop in the future!!!

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  10. You are such a wonderfully talented lady! I thoroughly enjoy your IG posts & blog 💕

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  11. I love the idea of crafting with your daughters, I think we may have to try that next year! Where do you get your supplies?

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  12. You need to re-open your etsy shop!!! STAT

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  13. You need to re-open your etsy shop!!! STAT

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  14. I love seeing the beautiful results of your creative endeavors! That project bag is wonderful! And I totally get the feeling of accomplishment that comes with doing something that while not impossible seemed daunting until it was completed--well done friend! And if you should ever add jewelry to your etsy shop--I'd be checking out in a heartbeat! Your necklaces are so beautiful.

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  15. What a fun season you've had creating all these delightful gifts! Love the embroidered letter apron, the jewelry, the snow globes, the socks - all delightful!
    Mary

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  16. Wow....I love all the creative things you made and those snow globes, wonderful! How fun!

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  17. You are one of the most creative and giving people I know! Everything you do is magic. I and every woman I know loves snuggly socks...good for you!

    The snow globes are precious! Your deer love resurfaces again!

    Jane x

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  18. Love your photos and glimpses into your life...no matter how mundane you might find it...others find it fascinating!!

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  19. I feel your sense of accomplishment in your newly acquired skills, Jen! For years I felt like crochet was a foreign language, but this year I finally added that "skill" to my repertoire. Your knitted socks turned out beautifully! I've decided to knit all our family members a pair of wool socks to keep at our house. The man cave floors can be pretty cold during winter holidays and a pair or cozy socks for all would be just the ticket. Your personalized aprons are a sweet gift, too! I've been sewing since I was a teenager and I still think zippers are one of the hardest things to get just right, so kudos to you!

    Your snow globes are darling and a fun way to spend quality time with your daughters. Those quiet times together are precious and harder to come by as they get older!

    Well, you got me thinking that I've got to pick a new knitting project for Tuesday night knitting group, so off to Ravelry!

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  20. Oh, my goodness!

    You have been so creative. Now that Christmas is over, I need to hit my sewing machine.

    Happy New Year!

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  21. I bought myself an inexpensive sewing machine for my birthday a few weeks ago and it's still sitting taped up in its box, in the corner of the dining room. I have all the ingredients to make a project bag (yep, even the zip) but I've been dithering. You may just have inspired me to dive in. Ok, perhaps tiptoe ...

    I am totally coveting your knitted socks and your daughter's arches. You're such a creative soul and no, no, don't hold back on the photographs or I shall seek you out and have words! ;-)

    Happy new and creative year my friend. xx

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  22. So beautiful... I'm glad that I've found out your blog...

    Please visit: http://from-a-girls-mind.blogspot.com
    I'm following you.. will you please follow me back?

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  23. Happy New Year Jen! :)
    Like you, I make a lot of the things that I give as Christmas presents...I have always loved receiving home made - there is something so special about the time that went into creating something for someone! I love the embroidery you did on the aprons and these are truly gifts that your girls will cherish forever! I haven't tackled knitting socks yet...but you are so right, you overcame a little bit of fear and look what you accomplished - they are beautiful! The necklaces are so pretty, and I love the color combinations you picked out!
    Your craft day in the studio with the girls looked magical and all the snow globes are wonderful...I never thought to do the little bunting inside - genius!
    ps...I agree - there can never be enough photos here! ;)
    Hugs, Kimberley

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  24. Happy New Year! Gorgeous Christmas makes... I have been making project bags for (the many) knit and crochet makes on the go - a great way to use bits of treasured fabric. Zips, drawstring, zippered with a wide opening (probably my favourite)... so many to make!

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  25. Glad you got the message about your pictures...you are such a source of inspiration. I have decided that 2017 will be the year of nothing but handmade presents and have already begun a little stash for giving. Lucky for me my husbands birthday isn't until November so I can perfect my sock knitting by then!

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  26. I'm loving all your makes this Christmas. I particularly love my necklace! xoxo

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  27. Oh Jen, saw this vid on FB... Hahaha, it immediately reminded me of you! You defo need one of these, lol https://www.facebook.com/yooDesignStudio/videos/10154094300236044/?hc_ref=NEWSFEED :D :D :D

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  28. Those snow globes are so beautiful, what a lovely idea! All of your projects are amazing. I especially love the project bag. The colors and fabric are beautiful.

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