Monday, January 02, 2012

The December Crafts

I had dreams of crocheting a "blizzard" of snowflakes this year.  No matter that I had no idea on how to make a snowflake - I have access to You Tube!  So, here are the 3 I did make - out of "regular" weight yarn with a "regular" sized crochet hook.  Can't tell you the exact size because my son needed the hook for some school project so I ended up sending it to school with him and it hasn't come home yet!  I figure if I do 3 a year for the rest of my life - some day I will have a "blizzard"!  And please don't ask my why the 1st one looks so different, I really do think that I used the same video for all 3.  I think so anyway - I honestly can't remember anymore!

Always on the look-out for fun "kid friendly" crafts, I stumbled across a little template for a Christmas tree garland at - go visit!  What a wonderful blog!  I enlarged 1/2 of our trees so we had some variety.  We decorated our trees with glitter, sequins and various do-dads from a sort-ov craft store in the area.  I got card-stock weight green paper for the trees - we used a pizza box to trace our initial template onto.

Here is what ONE of our garlands looks like.  We made 3 altogether; one for the front door, one for over the tv (this one) and one over another entry way door.  I like them.  I would say it was a successful kids craft project!  When my son's friends came over they would go over to the craft table and make their own tree out of the blank green trees we had over there.  

I mustered up the nerve to invite my son's best friend AND her little sisters (who are terrors!) over one night to make cookies.  DH and I made the dough ahead of time.  2 colors of dough make great spiral cookies (sorry - didn't get a photo of one).  I like the taste of spirals. The kids had fun making all sorts of designs, including faces.  Of course, we made lots of "traditional" cookies too.  We "decorated" said cookies with a thin frosting and sprinkles.  Actually, the cookie decorating party is sort-ov a family tradition for me, so I have a good idea of how to "run" it.  It is good to be "fast".  That butter dough cookie gets soft fast so you have to keep it in the fridge and bring it out in little balls.  Gingerbread dough is very durable!  If the kids are rolling out their own dough (of course!) they each need their own rolling pin.  Also, we roll out between TWO sheets of baking paper which prevents all that sticking.  My niece did one better than me this year and pre-baked TONS of cookies for her party so they could get right to the decorating part - but the kids also had the opportunity to roll out their dough.  What you do is ask each parent to bring some dough if you have a BIG group (with baking temperatures/times).  I just made my own dough this year because it was a small group.  Good thing too because my grumpy neighbor downstairs was knocking on my door at 7:30 PM (on a Friday night, no less) to complain about the noise.  I guess I spoil him with how quiet we usually are!

Any my son and I managed to cut out 2 paper snowflakes before he lost interest and meandered off to do something else.  Still, 2 is 2, and I did forget how fun they were so make.  I think maybe next year I might make more!
Our tree this year with all our presents!  My son likes the chocolate umbrellas that we put on the tree.  No lights - people in Austria usually put candles on their trees, but paranoid me, I don't like that idea!
Well, I am not Martha Stuart, that is for sure.  But we have had a fun December.  I try my hardest to create fun memories for my son. You can see - presents don't play a main role of Christmas in my family (although one of my sisters did send my son a present which did not arrive in time to be under the tree for the photo).  We tend to concentrate on special meals, baking and crafts for Christmas.  And of course, the MAIN present was my airplane ticket to Austria so we all could be together for Christmas this year.  
Got to run - we are headed out to the swimming pool now!  Time to get motivated and create new memories.  Life goes so fast!
Happy New Year to everyone!


Brenda said...

Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year.
And by the way, snowflakes are all supposed to be different!! I thought they all looked great!

Andrea said...

Such lovely things you and your son made :-). I take it you work away from home and if that's the case I expect being altogether for Christmas was just the best present for your family xxx