when it snows, they craft!

Lucky's First Snowyipeeeeeee

A surprise snowfall last weekend meant two full days of tobogganing and giggly snow play and busy evenings crafting by the fire.  My hubby had just put the outdoor lights up the day before the snow came, so the effect was complete and the mood was officially set for Christmas “elving”.  How sweet to see my girls embrace the spirit of giving and the joy of the white stuff.  The cold weather kept the snow around for 5 days and the girls spent hours each night (and early morning) making Christmas cards and needle felting ornaments….a little festive embroidery too!  The snow melted quickly today but I hope our Christmas spirit will stay going strong.  My girls are now hoping we get a white Christmas! I am sure our puppy would love more too (though I hope he is better trained by the next snowfall, walking him on those icy roads can be a bit wild).

in the mood for christmas cardslet the holiday baking begintime to make some holiday ornaments...these created by my youngest

P.S.   There is one more Christmas wish around here….someone wants her “two front teeth”, but mainly so she can eat apples straight on the core again!

all I want for christmas....


trees and mountains

The house smells sweetly of fir and the tree we found in the woods now has lights on it! The kids are desperate to decorate, but after 2 long days there has not yet been enough time to enjoy doing this before bedtime.  Instead, while they slept, I made some mountain pillows. A perfect gift in honour of a couple who got married on a mountain this fall.  Don’t you think the smallest one actually looks like a holly tree? I loved how these turned out and want to try more complicated designs after looking at this tutorial!  Here’s a peek at mine…

Tonight I think I might settle in at the dining table (where the sewing machine seems to have moved this week) and make some more mountains while I enjoy the flickering fire and the beautiful lit up tree. It really is “starting to feel a lot like Christmas” around here!

sneak peek

The Christmas sewing is starting to stack up around here! I am so pleased with the pillow cases I will gift my kids and their cousins in honour of their first Christmas sleepover together – I just have to share a sneak peek with you!  Though of course you cannot see the fancy French seams these have (fancy smancy hidden seams, look at me go)…

Et Voila!