After 5 years of being a stay-at-home mom, I found the wonder of mothering slowly starting to get crowded out by the mundane feeling. I realized our world seems to surround people with the negative, and complaining about blessings seems totally acceptable. So I decided to fight against that "normalcy" and focus only on the positive. I look back to my first year as a mom when everything was new and keeping house was fun and I aim to have that attitude again. This blog is my outlet to showcase the daily miracles that surround me in my blessed life as a stay-at-home mom so that I will never forget the wonder of it all.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Handmade Holiday 2010 - The Last Post

Well, I thought I'd have less made this year but I'm thrilled to have followed through and completed a 100% handmade holiday.  I'm not trying to's just that I'm usually a procrastinator.  I'm surprised I actually did it.  : )  I struggled this Fall with thyroid stuff which left me EXHAUSTED.  It was quite a struggle for me and not much ever got done.  It might sound silly, but completing this Handmade Holiday is a small little victory for me this year.

Ok, so here's the last of the stuff I'd like to share with you. 

When I inherited my Nana's sewing machine, I found tons of thread on original wood spools with all her other old sewing notions.  I wanted to display these spools once they were empty.  I thought a key hook type thing would look nice made of them.  Then I was going through my childhood Childcraft book that was once part of my encyclopedia set (recently handed down to my kids from my mom), and found the idea for this little guy.  He has a jingle bell near his tail which makes a nice sound when he's pulled around. Kian just started playing with pull toys so I think Squirmy will be a hit.  

After my friend, Elisa, taught me the simple "back stitch" for hand sewing, I had fun with these.  I know it's a simple stitch, but I'm just learning the art of hand sewing. These were nice to work on while sitting next to my husband as he made Christmas cookies and watched movies.  These are for a few boys in my life.  The plain green one is for a Super Why fan.

Diaper sets for Felicity's BFFs
Complete with 3 cloth diapers, a wipe box full of cloth wipes, and a changing pad.

Handmade finger paint for my kids.

Some more Big Butt Baby Pants for Kian
This was my first experience sewing with knit.  I don't know why it scared me for so long.  It was nice to sew with.  This was once a dress that was handed down to me but had a stain on it I couldn't remove.  I made the pants so that the leg hem was actually once the hem of the dress.  That should show you how much I hate to do hems.  Pattern for these found here.

Name sign
This was a requested gift from a 6 year old boy.  I LOVE when kids request handmade gifts.  I made Cody's baby brother a name sign and Cody wanted one to match.  These letters will be tied to a branch once the perfect branch is found.  Cody's Mama thinks he might like to find his own branch.  Sounds good to me!

Boy's Wallet
Big boys are hard to craft for!  But I'm hoping a certain big boy in my life will like this wallet.  If nothing else, I think he'll like the dollar in it.  I was excited to make this for him.  I wasn't sure about how it came out or if I liked the pattern, but my husband thought it was fun and that any boy would like one.  I decided to trust what he said, since, he WAS once a boy.  ; )

Ok, I'm officially done.  Now to go clean up from the last few months of crafting, and start wrapping all this stuff up!


  1. great creations.
    d agrees with z, the wallet is cool.

  2. Nice to have the men's perspective. :)

  3. Very Impressive Jenny. I have enjoyed watching your creations come to life. I'm sorry to see the post end!But I can't wait to see what wonderful creations you come up with next year