It has been a bit of a whirlwind week, what with a wedding last Saturday, the first Sunday of Advent, Gabriel's birthday, our Goddaughter's birth, the exhibit by Una and Sebastian's art class, making ornaments for our Jesse Tree, setting up our little seasonal shelf for December and making things for Christmas. Whew!
Here is our Advent wreath this year. Having to use an artificial wreath this year has made me determined to plant some fir trees on our property! And holly shrubs. And ivy. As for the red candles, they are all that we ever used when I was growing up in Germany. I never heard of pink and purple candles for Advent until I moved to the U.S.A. But I will get my act together next year and we will roll some beeswax candles for Advent.
Here is our seasonal shelf set for December. I am hoping to have St. Lucia done by her feast day, and I still need to hang paper snowflakes as we cut them.
Besides all the knitting I am trying to get done, here is the project I am most excited about right now. I have been meaning for years to replace the kids' cheap, junky, made-in-China Christmas stockings with something more befitting a family with a "handmade-is-best" philosophy. Anyway, I have 6 kids now and only 4 of the lousy stockings, so something had to be done. The moment I laid eyes on this vintage-looking fabric, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. I would make stockings, and use tea-dyed muslin for the cuffs, and embroider the children's names on them.
And two completed stocking, lacking only hanging loops:
Okay, this post has taken up enough time--back to school, crafting and baking (right after I check out a few other crafty posts on Natural Suburbia's Creative Friday)!