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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 …

My Introduction to Cricut

There was a time when I just did not understand why Cricut crafters loved this machine so much. From what I saw, you just plugged in some lettered phrase or generic clip art, the machine cut it for you, and voilá, a new mug or T-shirt. I didn’t get it. Where was the fun in that? How many snarky T-shirts does the world need?

When I craft, I like to really dive into the process of creating and building something from scratch. Being an illustrator, I also like to use my own designs and artwork. These are probably the main reasons a die cutting machine didn’t appeal to me at first. I didn’t want easy, practically pre-made crafts. I didn’t want to just type a phrase and stick it onto a T-shirt. I didn’t find machine-cut vinyl as enticing as hand-knitting a sweater or sewing a dress or applying embellishments to a scrapbook page. 
Because of my initial disinterest, I never looked into what else you could do with Cricut machines. I thought they were mainly just for vinyl because that’s all …