Christmas Crafts {Personal}

he puzzled and puzzed till his puzzler was sore. 
then the grinch thought of something he hadn't before. 
maybe Christmas, he thought, 
doesn't come from a store. 
maybe Christmas, perhaps,
means a little bit more
how the grinch stole christmas | narrator

He is an Angel.  Or at least that's His nickname around here.  All my friends love to tease Him for His super conservative personality, over-the-top honest and kind ways, and His naive precious demeanor.  They joke "don't taint the Angel's wings!"  Sometimes when we are all hanging out and He's sleepy everyone calls Him "Baby Angel."  Ladies and Gentlemen, we have entered a new season of nickname-ness: The Christmas Angel.  This handsome mister I am dating is obsessed with Christmas.

And since this is his first Christmas away from his homeland, I want it to be super-definitley-marvelously wonderful for him.  Beginning the day after Thanksgiving I've planned one Christmas activity per day.  We'll see if I can actually pull it off.  Since this blog has been a bit on the lonely side since He came along, I decided to show you some of our Christmas fun!

The 8mm Video App and ReelDirector App changed my life.  At least my video shooting and editing life.  We've been driving nearly every other Sunday to spend the day with some of our favorites, the Shorey/Baxter clan.  Elizabeth (Shorey) Baxter had her first baby a few days ago.  We spent the day driving, singing Christmas carols, talking, eating, watching football, holding a little guy, Muppet-ing and enjoying each other.
Then we got into craft mode.  I saw these yarn-wrapped letters on Pinterest a while ago.  I had the blessed idea to do this with a short holiday word.  Good idea, huh?
No. These letters were Christmas Purgatory - temporary and unusual punishment.  Word to those who think this looks fun: Use sans serif wooden letters.  Those horrible, terrible, curvy serifs really make your  throat tighten and pits warm up.  He saved the day with His newfound crafting skills - but it even took Him over two hours to complete just the N.  Boo to serifs. Booooo.
(This lady, however, took a different approach to serifs.  Might be worth a shot?)
Thankfully neither of us were ruined for yarn-wrapping crafts. These yarn wreaths have been all over the inter-webs and homes the past few years.  I decided to go ahead and make my first one.  SO easy.  So great.  Love it.
What could be better then a big wreath? Mini wreaths! Made out of shower curtain rings! These are actually fast to make, the options are endless, they are darn-tootin' adorable, and they make great Christmas ornaments!  We just had a ball working on them.
When you buy yarn and you can't knit, you must do something with it.  I spotted some cute yarn trees made from styrofoam cones a while back.  Even a gorilla could make these.  By far the easiest and fastest craft yet.
Happily I did experiement with a different textile: feathers! This photo caught my attention and I loved the little white, fluffy tree on the right side of the table.  I just hot-glued white feathers to the tree, sprayed some adhesive onto the feathers and shook glitter all over it! Eets maaaagical.

On the fluffier side of things, I modified a pom wreath to make my own version!  I probably would have chosen to use the same size ball-puffs, but my local craft store only had bags with many sizes.  I still how it turned out, though I would like to try to copy the "original" again sometime.  This was also easy: hot glue, styrofoam wreath and fuzzy balls! (Restraining my inner Michael Scott...)
Aaaaaand now we come to the best part.  We are only at the very beginning of this "doing something Christmas everyday" event and I've already used my Hail Mary.  We both got home on the later side of an evening because I had a basketball game (I coach in the winter).  My mind was buzzing with all things time-out, full-court press, foul trouble and winning.  When we got back to my house He said "What Christmas thing are we doing tonight?!" with His adorable, cheerful, eager voice.  Oh snap.  I forgot to prepare for the craft tonight. Shoot. "Let me run upstairs and change! Then I'll show you the special, exciting, um, awesome craft for tonight."  In my room I grabbed a bag of popsicle sticks, hoping for success though I knew the chances were small.  Popsicle sticks.  Jeez.  What a holiday wizard I am.  Poor boy.  He's used to multiple Christmas trees, home baked goods almost nightly, cozying up around the fire place and pretty ornaments.  Not popsicle sticks (plus a few scattered clothespins).  But it's all I had and I needed this for the win.  

"Okay.  SooOoooo.  We are going to make ornaments for your tree out of these!" I hoped I was selling him.  "We can make snowflakes! And letters! And we can paint them!" He looked at me.  He took the bags from my hands.  He asked "Can we put glitter on them too?" Touuuuuchdooooown!!!

But wait for it.
We spread out our sticks.  We start gluing away.  I'm all "Hey! Look, these could also be Stars of David!" like a first-grader making props for the Nativity Production where I have to wear a bathrobe and pillow case on my head.  I was making snowflakes and "J's" like a boss.
I look over and see Him in a trance.  Sawdust is everywhere.  Sticks are broken.  He has the hot glue gun in his lap, pencil behind his ear, tongue over his top lip.  Christmas Angel was assembling a to-scale North Pole Wonderland Fleet.
His Saint Nicholas Sleigh of Delight is not only aerodynamic, it has a roomy seat for a big tushie with safety rails for the long, busy flight.
We haven't painted the Yuletide Caribou Squadron quite yet.  But I'm sure Rudolph will have an actual red blinking nose and they will really be able to fly.
Psh. Popsicle stick snowflakes my foot.

I wish I could send you to a blog with a cute tutorial on how to make this Holiday Troupe for yourself, but, alas, I cannot.  It's all in His Christmas Angel head.  In a matter of minutes he can whip up the most sturdy, perfect, lovely crafts.  And I'm over there burning myself on the glue gun.

Oh well.

What would this world be if everyone was really good at crafts?
All I know is that I'm having the time of my life making memories this cheerful season.

Like the Grinch realized: 
Maybe Christmas, he thought,  doesn't come from a store. 
Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more! 

How have YOU been making Christmas time be "a little bit more"?


  1. the sleigh + reindeer. pretty much awesome

    these are all so cuuuute. you get awesome girlfriend points. and life points. woot woot. :)

  2. Anonymous30.11.11

    Okay, you two are way too adorable. Does he have a brother? And if so, where can I find him? :P

    I totally love reading your blogs- I get all excited when you post a new one on your facebook! Merry Christmas!

  3. actually! he does! seven brothers, in fact! one is a twin ;)

    and thanks so much! have a very merry Christmas yourself!

  4. oh my sweet goodness. i was literally laughing and smiling the whole post. you guys are seriously the most amazing couple ever. you found yourself a keeper, kristen ;0

  5. Anonymous30.11.11

    Oh my goodness, your video is adorable! I love babies. :)

    P.S. Having a craft-y boyfriend=WINNING.

  6. HAHA, "seven brothers, in fact! one is a twin" :D
    All of those are very cute crafts! I hope somewhere you have pictures the Genius doing all of that, but you described it quite well! :D Makes me think about how David is constantly impressing me with... everything he does! But in particular his ingenious ideas and artistic creations!
    This post definitely made us laugh! Have fun painting your "Yuletide Caribou Squadron" together!

  7. So cuuute. He's def a keeper! Any guy who can make reindeer + santa's sleigh out of POPSICLE sticks is perfect. :) this was so sweet! I was just smiling like a sap the whole time. and I'm jealous of your mad skillz at Christmas decorations! ;)

  8. aaaah! seriously. you two are just so cute. so happy for both of you! :)

  9. francine30.11.11

    awwwwwwww!!!!!!!!! yay for you kristen!!! i'm so glad you've found someone so lovely :) thank you for updating us out here in blogworld about your life!! i grinned from ear to ear all the way through this post! :)

  10. lol love that you capitalize "Him"... love that they call him "the Angel" and "Baby Angel." so precious (fyi, Brandon refers to him as "the one whose face is carved by angels." lol which is his manly way of saying that your man is handsome)... love the Christmas crafts... and burning yourself on a glue gun. yup, that's me. my whole family is crafty and I'm the one stuck with only camera skillz and the propensity to cry whenever sewing is involved. :P hehe Merry Christmas crafting to you! <3

  11. watched video.
    heart melted.
    bought two new apps.

    that video is precious. i can't wait to make some with my boy!

  12. Anonymous20.11.12

    LOVE your blog! I stumbled across your Christmas crafting post this morning looking for ornament ideas...Absolutely Inspiring! Thank you for the wonderful ideas! (I was also inspired to start my own blog!)


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