Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Towels in Triplicate

For our 'One Craft, Three Ways' feature, Anisa came up with the fun idea of decorating our own Christmas dishtowels.

I think I was the most hesitant to do this project. What in the world was I going to do with a towel? For Christmas??? But not having any fabulous (or otherwise) ideas of my own to contribute, I went along with it. I managed to fly solo to Hobby Lobby where I bought some Christmas-y fabric, not totally loving it or knowing what to do with it. Then....I'm not sure what happened...but all of a sudden I knew what to do!

Remember back in the day when all dishes were done by hand? I remember my favorite dish towels, though slightly gray from years of dish-drying and counter-wiping were my moms flour sack towels that someone (probably her) embroidered. They were the best. No towel could dry a dish faster or better! Anytime I have to hand dry the dishwasher overflow, I've found myself wishing for those wondrous towels. And now....TA DA! Here they are!!

These amazing and adorable designs come from Wee Wondefuls. You can get the patter free here.

Of course I had to do both the boy and girl elf. They are way to cute to do just one!

I love buttons. I think it comes from my love of scrapbooking and having texture and dimension on my pages. I'm not exactly sure where I came up with the idea (my own brain, I guess). I decided to sew buttons in the shape of a tree on my dish towels. Here they are. It's a little impractical to dry your hands on (you have to dry them on the side) but it's way cute!!!


I had a lot of great ideas floating around in my head for this one, but being severely limited by my lack of sewing maching I had to try other things.

After several failed attempts at as many ideas, I settled into something familiar...crocheted snowflakes. My tree is covered with them. I made them the during the second year of my marriage and they're still going strong. Anyway, it really stands out on the black towel that matches my kitchen.


Saturday, December 13, 2008

Letters to Santa

I just wanted to show everyone this cute Christmas craft I made.


  • Crystal Light container
  • 1 sheet of scrapbook paper
  • glue
  • wire
  • paper piercer
  • ribbon
  • embellishments

I had saved my Crystal Light container to make a bank for my son. Then I saw an ornament at Target that was similar to my tube and it inspired me. I simply cut out scrapbook paper and glued it arounf the container. I cut circles to glue on the ends. I poked holes in the container to put the wire through and embellished the wire with ribbon and a few metal charms. My boys wrote letters to santa and put them in the tube and hung it on the tree. Santa snuck in at night and took the letters and left them letters in return.


Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Nativity Wreath

I have a friend that teaches craft classes in her basement. She sends out an email with a choice of 3 crafts. We sign up for the craft and the date (she offers about 5 different dates). You go to her house and she has a craft room set up in her basement. She basically has all of the supplies and the sample and you get to chat with friends and craft. I have been going to these classes with my sister in law and we make a wreath every month. This is our cute wreath for December!!!

- Anisa

Friday, December 5, 2008

Spiritual Gifts

Last year we started the tradition of giving a gift to baby Jesus for Christmas (it is His birthday after all.) So I made this cute tin that we put under the back of our tree. After everyone has opened their gifts and things settle down, we take it out and write down the things that we would like to give to baby Jesus. These are spiritual gifts and it helps us to remember the true meaning of Christmas. - Anisa