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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 …

Learning to Crochet

If you read my last post, you know that one of my goals this year was to learn to crochet. Well, I finally sat down with some yarn, hooks, and my iPad and looked up some web tutorials and simple patterns to play around with. I gotta say, I love it! It is addicting. I've learned the basic stitches so far—single, half, double, and triple crochet—and have managed to create a small granny square and a simple doily. I even made some little flowers, which I adore. They are simple, quick, and a great way to use up some leftover yarn. I'm going to have to find a project where I can incorporate a bunch of little flowers made with some of the little scraps I have hanging around. Ooh, the possibilities.







Another Year

So last year around this time, I wrote a blog post listing some of my crafty resolutions for 2013. My overall goal was just to MAKE STUFF, which I did. I made a lot of stuff. :) But I also had some specific things that I wanted to accomplish:

-Blog!
-Make a quilt
-Learn to crochet
-Get my scrapbook up to date
-Reopen and maintain my Etsy shop
-Build a portfolio for pattern design and licensing illustration
So how'd I do? Well, I did better with some than others.
BLOG Well, as you can see from the grand total of five posts from last year, I did not do so great keeping up with the blog. I will do better. Hopefully.
MAKE A QUILT Yes, I DID make a quilt. And it was an awesome geeky quilt, too. Although I was happy with the results, I think I learned from that experience that quilting is not really my favorite craft. I really admire people who can do it, because it takes so much patience, precision, and organization. Maybe I'll try another in the future. We'll see.
LEARN TO CROCHET …