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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 …

Doll Clothes

My latest craft project for the past couple weeks has been experimenting with designing and creating doll clothes. I am fascinated with handcrafted miniatures—scale models, stop-motion animation, and, of course, dolls—and I have always wanted to try creating my own.


Recently I have been teaching myself to make my own clothing patterns, and I used what I learned from that to draft miniature patterns for a Barbie doll.


Here are some of the first dresses I put together from the basic pattern shown above.





I also tried my hand at some miniature hand knits. I used crochet thread and size 0 knitting needles. I charted out some patterns for various Christmas sweaters with these results:








I designed and knitted up these sweater vests as well.



(Side note: If you think this is crazy, check out the video at the end of this blog entry featuring the crafter who created the knits used in the film Coraline.)
Overall, I've been happy with the results of my latest craft obsession. My patterns have bee…