I've had a banquet sew-a-snake-kit in my sewing box for almost 2 years and this Christmas was the right time to make it. The scarf I was knitting for my son wasn't working out and I like to give one homemade thing — I was so excited when I found this in my sewing kit. I used all his favourite colours: orange, yellow, gold, brown, purple and navy. This year will be the year of the snake...the forecast is calm and bright (also kind of sexy — that was right in the forecast) but we have to wait until February. I'd quite like to convert from Christmas to lunar new year. I'm not sure Christmas really works in a rainforest climate.
This snake looked so pretty under the tree. I overheard Auggie showing it around his room. Then he gently broke the news to the snake that he preferred his new Brüder garbage truck (to the snake) and comforted it with a dish of water and the promise of a trip to the garbage dump. If you make homemade gifts, that might make you laugh :)
ETA: If you are building forts, this snake is a very useful companion and fits in all the tight corners that need defending.
ETA more: A few weeks after I made him this snake, he decided to make one for a friend — so he passed it on.
Pretty felt ornament tutorial from the purl bee via pinterest. — we've had a few false starts making these for the tree. We begin, and then become distracted (by trucks and getting dinner ready respectively). However, we are very enthusiastic in our intentions... I think half of crafting is just the pleasure of imagining doing something anyway.
Update: we did make a couple and ^ this lovely one is by my niece, age 6.
This is the first year we've had glass ornaments on the tree for awhile. I like my son's tree decorating style — fit as many on each branch as you can. He likes to put them in pairs according to colour.
Last year I made these oversize holiday stockings from the purl bee. The heels are turned as they are on a regular sock, but it is knit flat with bulky yarn. It's a very good project to try out sock knitting. I did one in the round, but I wouldn't recommend it. The seaming up the back gives the stocking extra structure and it looks better seamed.
I had a ton of leftover white and cream yarn from a sweater (it's Louet fingering, held double) and lots of colourful scraps, so I followed the pattern exactly (I also wasn't feeling that creative last year, to be honest). However, if I made these with new yarn, I'd do them one each in chocolate, grey and tan with a little bright fair isle rather than stripes.
I'll add in this tip that I wish I'd known at the beginning: embroidery yarn works perfectly for the stripes. It's cheap and you can find any colour. Just be sure to only wash the socks in cold water and lay flat to dry. I didn't have any problems with bleeding or shrinking on mine.
We got our tree last night. I don't really want to decorate it at all, it looks nice just plain in our living room. That's obviously not going to fly with the 3-year old set, though. I have only just figured out why our trees weren't smelling like anything the last few years — we were picking small trees. I like small trees, but they don't have enough sap to smell like a tree, so we've switched back to the bigger ones.
This is a little clearing with baby pine trees protected by netting.
Glow-in-the-dark lucky star papers. Maybe we'll save them for halloween.