Friday, December 3, 2010

A busy week and works in progress...

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.

Some works-in-progress:

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)!


  1. Oh my it is all so lovely. Your advent wreath is beautiful even if it is artificial. Your winter table is sweet. I still can't get ovr the St Nick you made. And the stockings, what a big project and I love the homespun look.

    Biy you have been busy.

    Blessings, Elizabeth

  2. Let me know if you want some holly branches. We have several bushes around here.


  3. Is that a photo of your farm in the header? It's beautiful and so green. I love you stockings I must also replace mine with handmade. I can't find nice fabric where I live so it will have to be next year.

    Happy Crafting and enjoy your Christmas season.

  4. the stockings are just beautiful!!

  5. John is sitting next to me as I type this. I said to him, "How many times can I tell Nadja that she is very creative and very talented?" But, again, I must say it! You always impress me! +JMJ+

    P.S. All my kids enjoy your blog!

  6. beautiful stockings! good for you for crossing that one off your list! ;) i LOVE your st nicholas. he is so grand!

  7. Your stockings look great and so does your advent wreath even if it isn't real this year. I was just mentioning to my husband the other day that we should really plant some holly as it would be so lovely to have it this time of year for wreaths :) have a wonderful week.


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