Saturday, December 26, 2009

Homemade Christmas

How quickly homemade Christmas becomes Target Christmas.  However, I would say that 50% of our gifts were handmade for the kids.  For adults 75% which isn't half bad (actually better than half... ha,ha.ha).  So here are some of our homemade goodies:

A handmade tutu for Phoebe

A set of muchtaches for our stockings

Phoebe's apron and chef's hat set (which she loved and immedietly put on and wore most of Christmas morning).

Elliot's apron and chef's hat set.

Phoebe's mobil dollhouse- bathroom (with potty) and bedroom.  The furniture is from Woodcraft (I think) and we'll definitely buy more- all wood, sturdy construction, no toxic paint, etc....

Dollhouse livingroom

Elliot's space station sleeping quarters.  There is also a command center, space ship design and repair shop, and alien holding cell.

The space ship repair shop complete with Amiguri crocheted rocket and spaceship.  The alien is in the detention center around the corner.  Jan loved making these!

Dollhouse living room- So modern!

The kids in their matching strawberry/kiwi pajama pants.

I also made Jan a CD holder for her car, my brother some market bags for him in Hungary, a set of aprons for my brother, and a laptop cover.  The stockings had some homemade chocolates and I attempted to make candied orange slices that were ok (not awesome). So all in all, I've been busy.  I did have to write a few IOUs but well, who hasn't?

I wish that I could say that the handmade items were their favorite but Elliot loved his legos (and I haven't figured out a way to make them in my kitchen.... yet (ha,ha).  Phoebe loved her Curious George stuffie from Uncle Jay.  However, we didn't go broke this Christmas and it was fun to produce our own unique gifts.  One of my favorite things was making Muddy Buddy with Elliot to give away and watching him write out the tags with people's names.  It was  big thing for him and I was SO, SO proud!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Chef's Hats

Wish me luck as I try and make Chef's Hats for my kids from the pattern on the website above.   They are super cute and I hope my sewing skills hold out long enough.  My machine was NOT COOPERATING today because of course a friend was trying to use it to make her gifts.  I dissassembled my machine and took out HUGE AMOUNTS of lint from inside.  Then, to thank me the thing didn't want to work.  So, I'm going to try and make these hats tonight.  They look easy enough.... (famous last words)  Wish me luck!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Homemade Wraping Paper

This is a picture of our kitchen this morning after we made our wrapping paper for our presents that are being sent over to Hungary to my brother and his girlfriend.  Normally, I prefere plain newsprint but all we had were newspapers so we recycled them.  At first we used paint and stamps but pretty quickly we ended up using our hands to decorate our paper.  I added some glitter to the paint so it was sparkly.  With a nice ribbon and a paper ornament, our presents looked wonderful.  All the gifts are handmade as well (I can't tell because my brother might read this....)  Tomorrow it's back to my sewing machine to bang out a few more gifts before Christmas.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Snow Day?

Here in Concord we are all hoping for our first snow day of the year!  The weather conditions are right so we shall see.  (Snow starting in the early morning and all through the day with possible freezing rain.) A part of me would love a day off but another part of me knows that it will throw my classes off.  I know not to get my hopes up because good old Concord School District was one of 3 schools in the state to still be in session during last year's ice storm.  We rarely call out even when every school around us is out.  So, we'll just have to see if we get that 5 am phone call. Sigh....

Friday, December 4, 2009

SMS Giveaway & NaNoWriMo

If you want a bit of fun, you can go to the Sew Mama Sew Blog and enter to win all sorts of handmade giveaways.  It's fun to surf blogs and find out what people make by hand all over the world.  I have to admit that I was determined to see every blog and it's taken a little bit of my time. (By the way if anyone is trying to reach me because I won something fabulous, my email is under my profile!  Please let me win something fabulous!)

In other news, I have "finished" my NaNoWriMo novel at 50,102 words.  I actually am about half way through but am taking a little break before trying to finish it.  I had one of my high school students read it and she was actually EXCITED to read it!  She reacted in all the ways that I wanted her to.  So, now I am excited to try and finish it.  On the bright side, she is in my semester class so if I want a willing audience, I have to finish it by January.  We'll see....