I couldn't even get the stupid melted-snowman cookie right. This is what it's supposed to look like, in case you're shaking your head wondering why this cookie is even a thing.
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Last year I dealt with December Depression by ignoring Christmas altogether and watching Die Hard. This year I'm taking a different approach. I'm hitting my X-mas Pinterest Board like it's a piñata on Nochebuena.
First up was the holiday village. I've wanted to make one for years. My family had some of these old glitter houses growing up, and I used to love setting them up on the windowsill with little bottle brush trees, a light stuck in every one.
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Papers came from Paper Source, but all the rest can be done from the cereal boxes and Elmer's you already have. I think the Dutch liquor bottle houses are a nice touch.
Then there are the hand-knitted mini-sweaters. These seemed so cool and unusual when I started making them five years ago. Now they sell cuter ones at Michael's for 99 cents. So I finished up the white one this year and decided to call it a day. Each one took at least two hours for some reason, so they aren't even a satisfying speed:
Next up were winter napkins - I'm a big believer in decor you can use for a whole season (in New England the cold one lasts for eight months) so I tried to make these more winter, with just a hint of Christmasality:
They're reversible, so I can go straight red on Christmas day.
Back on that Pinterest board, I scrolled past this wreath for the 54th time and decided 2014 was the year. This is hardly a craft, since it was someone else's idea and all I did was buy a wreath, this gnome (you can get just about any hair/skin color combo), and glue gun the whole thing together with some polyfil for snow, but I love it, love it, love it, and will be happy to hang it on my door for years to come.
|She's like an Olive Kitteridge gnome, made in Maine and everything.|
My final projects are J's stocking and my winter quilt, but I'll save that for the next post - I mean, we're only half-way through December, right?