Christmas Village

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It’s been a long standing tradition at our house to put up a ceramic Christmas village. I’ve always loved setting it up and trying new arrangements every year. It’s the urban planner in me, I suppose. My mom wanted to make sure that my sister and I got to have our own Christmas village while we aren’t at home, so she got crafty! She let us pick a theme and I went with a glittery woodland theme, which matches my little tree as well. The end result was a total surprise (I know she used the Winter Woodland Cricut Cartridge) and I love it so much! She even included some flameless candles to go inside. The flickering lights in the windows are so pretty and cozy.

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:: Gotta have the schoolhouse ::

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:: I would loooove to have a glittery door ::

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:: she even decorated little trees! ::

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:: so cozy ::

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:: It looks so tiny under the giant window! ::

20121219-220337.jpg:: I also had to share a pic I received of my sister’s. SO adorable! Makes me kind of jealous I didn’t choose pink glitter ; ) ::

Christmas Critters

DSC_0904I made these felt woodland creature ornaments when I was at home for Thanksgiving and I finally got them all on our tree! There was a lot of felt ornament crafting going on at home. That inspired me as well as my felt bunny iPad case and the bird wearing a hat ornament (below) that I got at Target on Black Friday. We went at like 9pm just for fun and did not get pushed or shoved BTW! I didn’t get much aside from this ornament, but I was very pleased with this $3 find! To prepare for my crafting session I went out and bought a bunch of sheets of $0.69 felt at the craft store then looked for inspiration pictures online. I was planning on printing out some animal templates, but ended up just free handing it! I found a few pictures of felt animals that I liked and cut out basic shapes to layer and glue on top of one another. I think the whole project took around an hour, which is pretty awesome! If I had a bigger tree, I would totally make more. I really like the cute and whimsical feel they give to the tree without being too kiddy (just kiddy enough).

If any of you made or are making felt ornaments this year I would love to see them!

DSC_0907:: I’m scared of birds so It’s unusual for me to be drawn to anything with a bird on it (Portlandia anyone?) ::

20121210-232137.jpg:: Critters in progress ::

DSC_0909:: Bunny hangin’ in the there ::

20121210-232152.jpg:: Squirrel and mouse friends ::

DSC_0901:: Not pictured: cute little round tail on the backside ::

Let the Holiday Crafts Begin…

It’s officially okay to acknowledge that Christmas is almost here! We started doing some Christmas crafting the night of Thanksgiving, but I must say that I cannot take credit for these adorable lollipop ornaments. I guess I was too preoccupied with taking pictures of everything that day…But don’t worry, they said I could share them, and how could I not?! I did spend enough time watching my mom, sister and grandma to know that to make these you’ll need popsicle sticks, felt, embroidery floss and some cotton balls. Embroider a little swirl, or whatever you like, stuff it, attach to the stick, sew it together, and tie your bow! Cute and a perfect family craft!

We did all of our Christmas decorating the next day, which I’ll be sharing with you soon!

:: It’s a Christmas rainbow! ::