Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Handmade Christmas Part 2

I have begun to enjoy making wreath's wrapped in yarn. The supplies are affordable and easy to find and they are easy to work on while sitting down in the evening while watching a movie. All you need is a wreath form, yarn and hot glue. I found my straw wreath's at Walmart for $2.97 and the yarn was at Walmart as well.

Before I begin I mark off the the sections of color so I have equal parts all around the wreath.

These will go on each of my children's bedroom doors for Christmas. 
These would make wonderful gifts for family and friends.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Handmade Christmas Part 1

Preparations for Christmas began early this year since I am hoping to hand make most gifts. In early September I purchased two unfinished castles from Michaels and used my 40% off coupons to bring the cost to $11.99 each. Michaels did not have the wooden pegs that I wanted so I ordered them from Craft Parts . 

Fast forward two months later and I now have two finished castles. This Hogwarts castle is for my little guy. The guidepost on the corner directs students to Hogsmead, Forbidden Forest, Hogsmead Station and other places.

The great room has the school crest and four house flags displayed.

Portraits line the staircases.

This pull out drawer is the Room of Requirement.

I gathered inspiration from Pinterest and other creative sources.

This was an unfinished wood box that I also purchased at Michaels and painted then lined with felt. This will hold my little guy's peg people.

This castle is for my daughter's to share. I took inspiration from Disney's Sleeping Beauty for the trees and shrubs.

One daughter will receive Disney princess peg people and the older will receive the Harry Potter trio, International inspired girls and American Girl doll inspired peg people. 

American Girl Dressing room

American Girl Doll's
Rebecca, McKenna, Caroline & Josephina


Unfinished Wood boxes that I painted and lines just like my son's box.

Both were a lot of fun to make and hopefully my children will have fun playing with them too!

These were also finds at Michaels. An unfinished barn and horse stable that I painted for one of my daughters. It's the end of October and I already have a big dent made in my Christmas shopping!!!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Technical Difficulties

As many of you know I am a little technically challenged. So it works out very well for me to have a tech savvy hubby! You may have notice that pictures are missing from blog! In an effort to change some of my settings I also managed to erase most pictures from my blog. After a brief moment of panic I just accepted the fact that an afternoon in the near future will be spent on fixing the problem. Until then I have a sneak peak on some of the projects I have been working on.
Hint * Christmas prep began in September!