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Popsicle Stick Christmas Ornaments

It's November, which to many over-enthusiastic holiday lovers means CHRISTMAS! Yes, I love Thanksgiving as well—it's just one big holiday celebration for me from now to the end of the year. So far, I've refrained from putting up my Christmas tree, but that doesn't mean I can't prepare, right? This past weekend, I spent some time making some ornaments. I love to create handmade ornaments to add to my little tree each year. 
Lately I've been interested in popsicle stick crafts. I found some super cute ideas on Pinterest (see the links to my Holiday Crafts and Food board and specific posts below). I like that such a simple material can have so many possibilities. Just add paint and glue!
I was able to get my kids involved for part of my craft day. They are ages 2 and 3, so they didn't do much beyond just paint a few popsicle sticks. I turned these painted sticks into little Santa Claus ornaments—two for each daughter as they're bound to ruin some of them …

Design Sketches

Recently, I've been exploring surface design and patterns. This interest kind of evolved naturally from my love for all things crafty, from fabrics to gift wrap, greeting cards, scrapbooking papers and embellishments, home decor and so on. I wanted to figure out more on how to design myself. I found a Dover book at the library called Pattern Design, which was interesting to read. It explores the evolution of design throughout history, as well as explains different types of pattern and ornament. I found it gave me good starting point. By seeing how it was done in the past, I could create new designs myself employing similar techniques.


Here's a little glimpse at the various doodles and drawings inside my sketchbook:









Here's an example of a sketch that I put into a final pattern design.



Stay tuned...I've been working on building up a portfolio these past few months so that I can try my hand at licensing my work. It's something that's been in the back of my mind fo…