I should be talking about Thanksgiving here

But today's post over at Petit Elefant got me browsing Martha Stewart's list of Easy Holiday Crafts (cuz hi, that's really the only kind I'm up for even considering) and pretty much slavering over all of the Christmas cuteness. I also owe the good ladies at Petit Elefant a thank-you for another act of online service. Ali, you will be happy to hear that your post on eyebrow grooming gave me the pants-kick I needed to round up the hedge trimmers and do some long-procrastinated maintenance on mine. And now instead of looking like a crazed old wizard whose eyebrows are trying to seek new residence somewhere in my hair line, I look like a Real Girl. Thank you for that.

I get that it's not time to be decorating for Christmas yet, but surely it could be time for the making of plans and the foraging for supplies, right? I would be more excited about Thanksgiving decorations but I'm not really in charge of any Thanksgiving festivities this year. We're doing Thanksgiving up in L**** and my contributions to that huge (45+ people) party will consist of 1) The Cheeseball and 2) NOT playing volleyball. It's going to be held in GH's old elementary school's two gyms. So in one gym people will be eating until stuffing runs out their ears and in the other gym will be the running and jumping and, most likely, the vomiting. Guess which gym sounds more my style. GH is concerned about trying to eat actual good food in a space where the smell of so many bad foods still lingers. We'll see how that goes.

But yeah: Christmas crafting. I went to Michael's this week and pounced like a ravening hyena upon their "2 for $5" skeins of Patons New Wool (seriously, knitters and felters--you need to lock that down). If all goes well with said skeins, I will be the most popular person in the family in Christmas morning. No lie. But if all does not go well, then forget I ever said anything.

These are the projects that so far are my favorites:

(all images taken from Martha Stewart Living)


Bethany said... [reply]

lately i got hooked on book binding. google martha stewart book binding, and there should be a clip from one of her shows with great instructions. i just made a few for a gift and they were a huge hit. (just in case you were looking for something else to give along with knitting goodness.)

coolmom said... [reply]

I made a "handmade from scratch" book to put Jenny's wedding photos in and it was a lot of work, but very rewarding. Made with handmade paper.

I am going to do the "hanging cards from greenery going up staircase" idea. And I loved the trees. I actually have a bunch of trees I might be able to do something with.

Nemesis said... [reply]

Bethany, I think book-binding looks so cool. Also hard. Is it hard?

Mom, I wasn't going to "out" you here but I just changed my mind. MY MOTHER ALREADY PUT HER CHRISTMAS TREE UP! There. I said it. And even though I think that's CrazyTown, it made me want a tree too.

hannah :: sherbet blossom said... [reply]

oh my. i need to go to michaels. is the deal still going on tomorrow?

Nemesis said... [reply]

Hannah, yes, I just called Michael's and that yarn sale runs through tomorrow. Also they're having a "20% off your entire purchase" sale tomorrow. So, you know, there's that!

Audra said... [reply]

Love the look of Martha Stewart Christmas, but in reality my breakable ornament (and most my ornament for that matter) are on the top half of my tree to prevent them from being distroyed. All my nutcrackers have a few pieces missing and there are a few pieces of my manger scene I have yet to glue back together. So, pretty little Christmas doo-dads will have to wait. I will just ooo and gooo over others contributions! I keep saying "When the babies are 5". We will see!

annie said... [reply]

Hey, you don't know me but a friend introduced me to your blog. FYI, I fell in love with those letter ornaments last year and decided to make one for every member of my family (not an insignificant size, may I add). Mistake. They're actually fun to make and very pretty once they're done, but they are oh-so time consuming. I suggest starting with a small quantity at first. :)

Hint: red, light blue, and silver beads look the best. Good luck!

Lady Steed said... [reply]

I've had those top two crafts in my craft idea binder since before I was married and still have not done either. >sigh<

chosha said... [reply]

I like the bannister idea with the cards. Pretty cool.

I'm going home this Christmas (to my parents' house) so I won't do much in my place here. But that's okay - my closest friends here go Christmas-mad every year, so I'll get my fill at their place. :)

Kelly said... [reply]

I totally rocked that Michael's sale! I had a 20% off coupon (except for stuff on sale) and didn't end up using it because EVERYthing was on sale.

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