Dolls, dolls, dolls
Since we decorated the house on Friday, Billa has been stealing the Christmas themed Beanie Babies and carrying them around everywhere, calling them her "babies." I gave her one of my old purses so that she could carry them around. I've noticed that she's started to develop an empathetic streak and is becoming obsessed with caring for things. So we've decided that Billa will be getting a doll for Christmas. I haven't liked a lot of the ones I've seen at stores, so I am going to make her one. I'm so in love with these soft bodied dolls I saw on Etsy and I am planning on making one that is inspired by them and creating clothes to go along with it, and maybe even a little carrier so that Billa has something to carry her babies in!
Dolls made by The Windy Hill
I also saw these peg dolls and realized I had wooden pieces left over from a craft project that would be perfect to make some of our own. And this cigar box dollhouse? Too cute to boot! Of course, I may end up saving these peg dolls for Billa's birthday, but they would also be really cute for ornaments or gifts for the other kids on my list.
My company is giving all of it's employees an iPad for our Christmas gift this year and I am so stoked. I've been iPad crazy now, trying to decide what apps I'm going to get, and looking at cases. I love this owl case from Boutique ID, but if I recreate it, I'm going to make some adjustments/improvements to it so that it's a bit more functional for my needs.
Owl iPad case from Boutique ID
I might even use up some of my fabric stores to make some cute iPad sleeves for my coworkers too, since they'll all be in the same boat I will!
Gift presentation and Ornaments
Some of the people on our list will be receiving gift cards this year. I don't have a problem with gift cards as gifts, but I really dislike it when there's no thought given to the presentation! I saw these nutcracker ornament boxes from Crate and Barrel and thought it would be really cute to make some for holding gift cards. I started a tradition with my friend Kellie's kids and my own daughter by giving the kids a special ornament each year as part of their gift. That way when they go off on their own, they have a whole set to get them started! These little boxes would be super cute for this year's ornament, especially customized with favorite colors.
Last year, it was the middle of December when I was blogtrolling and discovered all sorts of cute ideas for advent calendars. It being the middle of December, I couldn't exactly start one then, but I resolved to do it for the next year! I bought some felt from the craft store over the holidays and I am ready to st out to make an advent calendar for this year. My idea was originally that I was going to make little mittens and socks out of the felt and then hang them up on a line like this one from Martha Stewart, but I don't really have any place to hang them in our apartment now that everything is decorated.
I may just make a panel that hangs on the fridge and each one of the little socks and mittens clips to it if I can't find someplace to hang them all up. They'll all be little pouches so that I can stuff candy or other activities into them and hopefully it will grow with us if our family ever expands!
Hopefully my budget will allow for all of my craftiness. I haven't been able to craft in some time and now that I have some free time after finishing NaNoWriMo, I am ready to get crackin' on my craftin'!
Happy crafting to you!