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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 …

Niki Knits: Baby Vests (with free pattern)

As I revealed previously, I am currently pregnant with my first child, a girl. I am due in December, and my husband and I are so excited.

In my return to crafting, I've once again been bitten by the knitting bug. This is in large part due to the fact that now I have a new area to explore: baby clothes. And not just for my own little angel... There has been a small baby boom recently in my circle of friends, so there are a few other little ones on the way that I have been busy making gifts for as well.

Much of the appeal of making baby clothes (besides the obvious adorableness) is similar to why I like making doll clothes. They are fun to design and execute, and the small scale keeps projects relatively quick and easy, which suits my short attention span. (Case in point: my adult-size fisherman cable sweater that I've been working on for probably 5+ years...not to mention all the other projects I've abandoned altogether because I got bored with them.)

I started out my baby…

Back to the Craft Table

Every artist goes through creative block once in a while. It just happens. Life gets in the way and all of a sudden, you have no time. Or you become frustrated and insecure about your abilities. Or you just don't feel inspired to create. I feel like I've gone through all of these things in the past year. It's as if the artistic, crafty part of me has been dormant for months.

The biggest factor has been the whole life and no time thing. I've gone through some major changes this year, including falling in love, getting married, and very quickly after, becoming pregnant with my first child (whoa). So not bad problems to have, but between a move, a wedding, newlywed life, and baby prep, I've given little attention to my sketchbooks and knitting needles recently. But I'm starting to feel the itch to get going again. 


Perhaps this new burst of creativity has come because it's now August, and fall looms around the corner. Autumn is my favorite time of year, when …