Warning, if you are not into DIY crafts and homemade things this post will bore.you.to.death. I have been waiting to write about all our projects going on around here til closer to Christmas because so many of our crafts will end up wrapped under a tree. But I am afraid I won’t remember next year what we’ve done or where I found the recipes/patterns. So I want to record that info for myself and any others interested. Every year the kids make salt dough ornaments and paint them. This year there is no tree to hang them on but they are still fun to make and give to others. Next the kids made little cupcake ornaments out of cotton and pompoms. They didn’t turn out as cute as expected but maybe we’ll string them on a garland and they will look pretty.Then Mom has been working on making these cute clutches. They have dividers inside for checkbook and credit cards. And of course soapmaking, liquid and bar soap…(cute labels, huh?!)and lotion making. I cant remember where online I found the lotion recipe but it took a long time to find one I liked. Most were too thick or too liquidy or too something. But I like to use 3/4 cup oil, 2T of beeswax, 1 cup aloe juice and essential oils. Mixed up in a blender it is nice and light and leaves your skin feeling silky and smelling pretty. I also decided to whip up some cute messenger bags when I came across this tutorial online. Even the boys decided they had to have one. They like to fill them with junk mail and play “postman”. Jack loves to fill his with paper scraps and a pencil and then whip them out during the day and scribble us a note. He wore it all day in town today and was just the funniest thing to watch. Mia and Katie’s are a bigger size and are now filled with books and kindles etc. They are all a little different with buttons or different pin tucks or lining so they are easy to tell apart since we have 7 floating around our house.
I have also been knitting like mad working on little projects for our new baby on the way. The thing about me is that when I do something, I DO it. When I garden, I GARDEN and don’t think about much else. When I craft I CRAFT and everyone gets involved. It’s nice for me to have a “season” to do everything in. Come summer, I probably won’t craft or knit for months. But right now, we are enjoying our handmade items!