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There hasn’t been a lot of sewing in my world this past year. But I did manage one crafty weekend to whip up a couple holiday gifts for two of my favorite kiddos.

First up a stocking upgrade by request. A friend had a stocking for his daughter that was missing one very important thing – her name! Now this is a girl after my own heart when sparkle is concerned so I knew where to start – red glittery felt. Then came the hard part – finding the right letters. After an intensive internet search, I found a font that reminded me of the curly elf shoes – perfect for a stocking. Printing, cutting, tracing and more cutting and the result was a super cute (as my nephew would say) Christmas stocking.

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Somehow that project reminded me that my youngest nephew is missing something his older brother has – his own superhero cape. Since I went overboard the first time, I still had plenty of fabric on hand (I think this is the fourth cape from the original purchase – and finally used up almost all the cape fabric). I had to go back and check photos to make sure the color combo was different and a few hours later, a super hero cape for Christmas.

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Branches, pom-poms and a glue gun – that combo was my holiday obsession this year. A little pinterest inspiration turned into a serious pinterest win and lots of fun crafting times!

It all started with two friends willing to humor my excitement over the idea of pom-poms on branches 🙂 I drug (literally) a pile of branches home after a wind storm, then it was off to buy pom-poms. Sparkly was not the plan, but it ended up a happy accident when that was our only option. Then an evening of wine, friends and a baby that just had to be part of the action.

sticks and pom-poms

This is my kind of craft – quick, fun and not a lot of patience and no measuring 😉

Here’s the finished product from round one:

sparkly!

Then it was time for round two. Since the first one was so tall, I needed something else for my hot chocolate party centerpiece. Back to the store for white poms and no luck – more sparkly, just slightly smaller. So I picked out the white & silver ones for round two. This one did take a little more time and patience, since I involved by other crafting favorite – glitter & glue! I added spots of “sparkly snow” to the branches and then added poms. And on this one I learned patience has it’s place when working with hot glue – ouch!

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Round three happened because my friend braved the craft stores for me and found… all white poms! Teeny tiny ones, and some slightly less tiny. I made calendars for friends and family this year and was inspired to keep going with the branch and pom-pom theme to wrap them. First up, wrapping the calendars in kraft paper and baker’s twine. And then… more hot glue and poms. I have to admit these teeny tiny poms had me gun shy after the previous mishap. But putting the glue on the branch instead of the pom kept my fingers out of danger (just one very close call).

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The finished product…

a moment of zen

Wrapping presents is one of my all time favorite things, but I do think this was my best work. Little moments of holiday zen.

The sightly larger white poms were perfect for the rest of the gifts.

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I did mix it up for my nephews wrappings. All in all a very satisfying year of the holiday pom-poms!

best wrapping yet!

I’ve now officially made just as many tutu’s for boys as girls and I’m so proud the latest was for my nephew. Interesting coincidence that in both cases they requested purple?

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Enjoying his tutu

Enjoying his tutu

Another trip, another TripTik! This really may be one of the best parts of a road trip. This time I’m Montana bound. It’s been 10 years and I can’t wait to absorb that Glacier National Park magic.

I had to go non-traditional this time. I used our organization’s brand inspiration – the vintage postcard set as my starting point. One postcard per day with photos, maps and other images I collected over a couple months. And I love the backs. It might be the simple part, but that classic postcard feel makes me smile every time.

What really makes me smile is that in a day and a half I get to put this to use and start adding trip notes to the postcards!

Front of the packet

Front of the packet

Opening it up - yes printing the back flaps took a lot of trial and error

Opening it up – yes printing the back flaps took a lot of trial and error

All the postcards

All the postcards

And... may favorite part - the backs.

And… may favorite part – the backs.

The full set

The full set