The new year is a great time to reflect on how far you've come. 365 days is a long time and so much can be accomplished in that time. So today and next week we're taking a moment to remember the winter stitches from last year. Check out the first six from the throwback Thursday stitches:
On the Eve of Christmas Eve, we're so close to finishing up our 25 days of Christmas! We only missed a few days, we're only human, so we will be using these first few days of break to catch up and finish up any of the crafts we missed. Tomorrow Pie has her Christmas Eve scavenger hunt created by Pops McGops. He's been known to out do himself each year and I am willing to bet that this year is no different.
Though we had lots of crafts to do, places to see, and fun things planned all month, we never got around to decorating the outside, our outside lights still sitting by the door. The inside is only partially decorated, which may be fully decorated to a non-holiday monster. This year's, like all years before, was far from perfectly executed. Instead of spending that time creating the illusion of a winter wonderland, we spent it together. We spent most of our time making memories and keep up with our favorite traditions. And sometimes that meant letting go of other things that we planned for ourselves. If you ask me, it was the best holiday yet. Even if it wasn't maxed out at 100%.
We hope you all had a chance to celebrate togetherness and remembered that this time of year is not about creating the perfect holiday, but spending time together. Most importantly, enjoying this special time of year with your favorite people the best way you know how without going insane.
Today we are sharing our last holiday craft, a quick and simple one that doesn't require a ton of set up or materials. Here's what we did:
We're rolling right along this month and Christmas is NEXT WEEK! Seriously... One week away. ARE YOU READY? Sorry about that, we're a little excited over here. And maybe a little exhausted. Pie is on the edge of her seat waiting for the big man to come. Something tells me she won't be disappointed this year. But before we get ahead of ourselves, let's drop the last set of Holiday Design stitches!
Every year we try to create a new paper plate holiday craft. Last year (and a few previous years as well) we created the paper plate snowman. We love a craft that doesn't require a trip to the store to get any specific supplies. For these crafts, supplies are easy to come by and all of the extras can be substituted for what's laying around. Last year we tried this craft, the Gingerbread Man. Here's what we did:
It's already week three of the holiday designs and we're rolling out another eight stitches. We're getting read to decorate our tree this week, I like to space out the getting of the tree and decorating it so that we can enjoy the tree itself. There's something majestic about a tree indoors, before it's covered in the lights and all that glitters. It gives it some time to open up and me some time to sort through the storage boxes. It also makes Pie a little crazy with anticipation, which is more for me than her. :X
The anticipation of this holiday is the best part! Looking forward to each day's countdown item, decorating, the parties, and eventually her gifts is what makes this month so very special. Today were sharing some ornament stitches and a few others we love.
This month is jam packed with holiday events and parties. There's not a week that goes by that we aren't super busy with one thing or another. So what better way to celebrate the celebrations than adding new holiday invites to the shop!? Check out the full set in the Custom Invitations Party Invites section of the Stack Shop!
It's already the ninth day of our 25 days of Christmas and it has been flying by quick. We've been to the drive in movies, build gingerbread houses, done a few crafts, had some hot chocolate, and bought a tree. This week our count down continues with even more craftiness, decorating, and a party too. Pie loves any reason to dress up fancy and complain about her food choices. So we're looking forward to another week of holiday fun.
Today we're sharing one of Pie's favorite holiday crafts (one we won't get to for another week or so), she requests it every year. We've even made a 4th of July variation just so she had another chance to play with this awesome stuff. Making your own puffy paint is super easy and dries to create an awesome piece of art to hang on your wall. Here's what we did:
Welcome to week two of Winter Stitches, Holiday Designs. We're so excited to be in the middle of the holiday season... and maybe completely exhausted already. It's been a whirlwind since Thanksgiving and there's no end in sight. With crafts, events, parties, and baking we barely have enough time to think. Luckily we've planned ahead and we've got plenty of awesome winter holiday designs for you.
We just love the holidays, the time spent together being our favorite part. We love the decorations, the colors, the atmosphere, and especially the food! If we could do away with the crowds and traffic, there's not much we don't love about the month of December. And we've got so many awesome stitches for you, they're posting by the bunches!
If you're an avid Short Stack reader, you may remember last year we received a custom order for a tree topper. It was created with felt and a custom design stitch, but also with hand sewn beading. We also added an adorable red ribbon bow embellishment. It was lined in gold tinsel and stands just about eight inches tall, a perfect size to stand out but not over take the top of the tree.
Right after it posted, we received another order for a tree topper to be used next year... Which is now this year, my this year has flown by. This topper order was for a custom stitch design, the three wise men, and similar color scheme to the previous topper. It turned out beautifully and we can't wait to see it on top of their tree.
Our countdown began yesterday with a new craft we have not tried yet. It was a great success and we can't wait to share it with you some day soon. Tomorrow is another fun craft that has become a tradition, cotton ball snow! Today we're sharing one of our favorites from years past, canvas painting. It's super simple, even for the pre-schoolers, and it's something you can do every year. The creative options are endless, especially with snowflakes since no two are alike. Here's what we did: