Thursday, December 2, 2010

Xmas Crafting

It's that time of year - the Christmas crafting rush. It seems many in blogland are last-minute knitting/sewing/making as the big day looms just a few weeks away.

In the weekend the kids and I had some fun with my collection of beads to whip up some little gifts. I'd like the girls to grow up thinking of the season as one of giving - sometimes hard to remember in this world where advertising (and the accompanying ridiculous expectations) seem to infiltrate our lives. Luckily, they're always super keen to be making things for loved ones.

A friend destashed her collection of bits and pieces to us the other day and included was this glass pendant which we added beads to, to make a hanging in the window sun catcher thing. It's the first time I've made something like this and it turned out pretty well.

The little ones and I used their own plastic beads to string onto elastic for colourful bracelets. Practicing their threading skills, hand-eye co-ordination and for Miss 5 a talk about patterns.

And Miss 8 had a turn with my beading tools to make a pair of earrings.

Miss Smith
has some other excellent handcrafted gift ideas for adding some handmade-with-love to your Christmas this year.

I have another request for handmade bath salts again so will be getting supplies for those this week too.

What are you making this Christmas?


  1. Hi! Welcome back to the blog-o-sphere. We all need a break now and again.

    Me, I'm making way too much for Christmas- socks for dad & grandma, a table runner for my mom (sewn), 1 pair of fingerless mitts (done), 1 pair of mittens (60% done), and a hat. Although a lot of the stuff doesn't need to be finished until January because that's when my dad will be out here.

    Lovely beads and I love your Multnomah shawl!

  2. Thanks guys :) Abby you sound really busy!! Good luck getting it all done x