Thursday, November 11, 2010

Christmas Crafts with Bloom Guest Danielle

We are so excited to have Danielle here today! We pretty much think she's the bees' knees, so we're thrilled that she likes to come and play at Bloom. Get ready to get your craft on...

I know--I know. It's not even Thanksgiving and I'm already talking about Christmas! I get sort of annoyed about the pre-lit tree display in Costco before Halloween too, but hear me out.

I happen to be expecting a bouncing baby boy to arrive about 3 days before Christmas this year. So in an effort to have some kind of festive holiday while still maintaining my sanity-- I am getting started early! I really hate rushing around at the last minute to get Christmas put together when what I want to be doing is spending cozy time with my family doing important things like eating, and having movie marathons. Although this year it will more likely be things like eating and sitting around staring at a new baby...way more entertaining.

Frankly, a chubby new little cherub might be all the reminder we need about why we are celebrating this Christmas, but I have a two and a half year-old who is pretty enamored with all things festive so I came up with a few little crafts to make sure our home will be sparkly and bright this Christmas season.

I'm kind of in love with Matryoshka Dolls and so I stitched up this little girl for my little girl, as part of what I am vowing to make a yearly homemade ornament tradition. (Setting myself up for failure? Quite possibly.)

Full tutorial and pattern here.

Nubby yarn ornaments...these satisfy both my need to have indestructible, child safe ornaments on at least the bottom 3 feet of our tree, and my love of yarn all in one pop.

These are a breeze to make. I'll show you here.

Then if you simply can't put the yarn down like me,
here are a few more ideas for you.

It may seem early but I promise its not too soon to get Christmas crafting! It will give you more time for cookies and hot cider. I promise. Or I might even let you come nibble on my baby if you'd rather;)

What are you making this Holiday Season?

Please share!


Christina said...

We're finishing up on farmhouse table that we got the plans for on Ana White. I guess that was more of a project for Thanksgiving than Christmas. Maybe after we finish that one up this weekend I'll start thinking about Christmas crafting.

Thanks for the ideas!

Abbie said...

Okay, I made yarn trees last year and they were terrible. I'll be redoing them more like yours. And I'll use the left over yarn to make the ornaments. Thanks for the great ideas!

PS since you asked (kind of), my proudest Christmas craft product is my advent calendar. Ha! If you follow the link, you'll see my awful yarn trees:) -

Joan said...

Ooooohhhhh la la! Crafts by Danielle!? Always a treat! I am mildly jealous (in a loving/friendly/I adore you, kind of way) of your consistent, classy, fresh style. I don't even have to see your name attached to the craft and I KNOW it's from you.
LOVE every last one of these crafts...especially the yarn ones b/c they seem very do-able.
Thanks for sharing your amazing talents with us, Danielle!

Jenna said...

So adorable!!! I think I am Baker recently posted cookies that look like those nesting dolls and I just bought my daughter a shirt with a nesting doll on it at Carter's.

John Green said...

Beautiful, Thanks for Sharing