Today's title comes courtesy of Patrick. When I was working on my craft tonight, Patrick was impressed and said it was fancy. Me, I don't think it's so fancy, but it was more time consuming than I expected, so I decided it was a worthy title.
Today's ornament was directly inspired by this pin on Pinterest, which was originally from here. (If you want to make one of these, I recommend going to the original source. Her instructions were so perfect, I didn't think it was worth trying to duplicate them!) I fell in love with this ornament as soon as I saw it and knew I wanted to make some for our tree. I didn't look difficult, required very few supplies, and I knew it would be tough for Claire to break.
Well, ends up it was harder than I thought, but still totally doable. This is probably because it's been ages since I've sewn anything by hand, and I was not as precise as I could have been. In fact, my stitching down the middle is laughable at best. But, the end result turned out ok, and I'm excited to see if I get better when I make another. Here's what I did:
And there you have it, another beautiful kid-friendly ornament for our tree. I love that this one is so elegant, yet sturdy.
And ya can't beat the price. I used about half a piece of 9x12 felt, and about a third a thing of DMC Embroidery Floss. I got both on sale, and had some spare ribbon laying around for the top, so that made this ornament about $0.25 to make. I'll take it!
In other holiday prep news, I thought I'd share some of the Christmas countdown activities we're doing around here. I'm like a kid at Christmas, and I've always been a fan of countdowns, so needless to say one little countdown calendar wasn't gonna do. No, currently we have 2 different activities going (not to mentioned the countdown app on my phone), and I'm thinking of starting a third. I can't help myself!
Our first activity is one that I've done for several years now, ever since my parents bought me a beautiful Advent Tree. It was a Costco special, and I love it. Turns out, Claire loves it, too. In fact, when I got it out of the box she was so excited, that she had a hard time just looking at it. And every day when we tell her it's time to get the tree, she gets so excited! Here she is exploring it with Patrick:
Do you guys have any countdown traditions? You know I'm always looking for more... :)