I've been in holiday crafting overdrive for the last couple of weeks and expect it to last right up until the end of the year. So many ideas, so little time! I did finish a few things over the last week to add to the holiday stash.
Elizabeth's doll bed is coming along. My mom worked on sanding the bed, and I bought a pretty shade of pink watercolor to stain the bed. And the quilt is now finished! It really went quite quickly once I determined exactly which pieces I wanted to use. I really like how the gradient front turned out.
I chose to use double fold bias tape to edge the quilt so that I wouldn't have to match the back of the quilt so closely.
Which turned out to be a good idea since I found this remnant of slightly more than 3/4 of a yard for $2. I really like how the quilt is kind of reversible, something I didn't really plan.
The flannel remnant is very soft. I think Elizabeth's doll will be pleased. ;)
Finn, our resident pig lover, will be receiving this knitted pig as part of his Christmas. I just love this little pink pig. The yarn is a corriedale/mohair blend from our local sheep farm.
The legs were a bit awkward to attach. I've not done much in the way of toy knitting, but it seems like they never quite go together the way they're pictured.
Except the tail. It's as cute as can be.
I'm joining Ginny's yarn along again this week. I've been working on a pair of socks for the hubby and reading to get inspired in my crafting as well as our holiday celebrating.
The Gentle Art of Domesticity, by Jane Brocket of Yarnstorm fame, is always one of my go-tos for crafting inspiration. The pictures are just so lovely and I always want to hole up and quilt or knit for days after flipping through this book for just a few minutes. The Christmas Almanac is loaded with Christmas stories, history of Christmas traditions, gift ideas, recipes, Christmas traditions around the world and many other fascinating things. I've recently been looking to add another country's traditional Christmas dish to our dinner table thinking it would be a fun discussion point for the kids. The vintage pictures in this book are so sweet and inspiring as well.
Finn was so thrilled to bring home a project from school yesterday that I couldn't resist sharing. He, almost all by himself, made a pumpkin and nuts centerpiece. You should have seen the proud look on his face when I lit his candle at dinnertime last night. I hope he always feels such pride in his creativity brought to fruition.