Saturday, December 01, 2007

Holiday Projects

Throughout the past week, I have been in full-fledge getting-ready-for-Christmas mode. The biggest project has been getting the house decorated, but I have also been working on some other holiday projects.

This is truly my favorite time of year! I love everything about the season (Well, almost everything - I hate the "something-happening-every-night-of-the-week" schedule that we end up keeping. I guess I'm becoming more of a homebody than I ever was before.) The past couple of years, I have discovered something about myself. That is the fact that I really enjoy making things throughout the season - fancy Christmas cookies & goodies, Christmas gifts for friends & family, & even things to decorate our home for the holidays. In fact, I would even go so far as to say that this is my personal way of celebrating the season. Christmas just wouldn't be the same if I didn't/couldn't celebrate this way. I guess I could compare it to the enjoyment that a lot of people get when they take time to shop for the "perfect" gifts for the people on their list. Now, I do enjoy shopping for Christmas presents, but I'm not really the type to search & search for the "perfect" thing for each person. Besides, a lot of the gifts that I give are handmade - I get SO much more enjoyment out of that than I do out of shopping for a gift.

Anyway... last year I branched out from just making some of my Christmas gifts to some other "creative" projects. Here are just a few of the projects I did last year.

Handmade (but mass-produced) Christmas cards

A framed collage - made with just a few of my scrapping supplies.

Plates of Christmas cookies for the neighbors. This was a family tradition that we had as I was growing up. I have decided to keep it alive, but I couldn't help adding my own little twist to it.

Christmas ornaments

While I have yet to buy the first Christmas present, I have been working on my list of projects for this year.

Hair clips that I will be using as stocking stuffers for the little girls in my life. Ryleigh has been using hers already & I really like how they turned out!

Plain glass ornaments that I altered, using rub-ons, ribbon & some buttons. I got the inspiration here.

A small canvas that I altered, as well as a super fun to make button tree. The button tree inspiration came from here & here. More holiday projects to come in future posts....


Philip & Collette Burch said...

Shari, your dad and I are continually amazed with your creativity! You must have inherited it from your aunt Carla, who always has been so creative with her hands as well!

Love ya much, sweetheart. Hugs to Jeff and Ryleigh...


Anonymous said...

Wow.....I am truly speechless. I don't know where to begin praising the beautiful things you've made, not to mention the amazing photography you have used to display them. I wish we could be neighbors and do crafts all day with our kids!!!! =) Wouldn't that be so fun! I love you, cous!
Merry Christmas and hugs to you all!