The gingerbread house was made. And I swore considerably less than last year which was my goal. Love this roof! All Oscar's idea. Here's a pic from the front.
My sister brought us do-it-yourself diorama ornaments from Paper Source and we got to go crazy with glitter. Finished pic here.
The caramel corn is made and tinned and is, as advertised, crazy good.
All my presents are wrapped, my handmade gifts (all two of them) are on track for being finished in time, all my teachers gifts are delivered, the kids are off school, I've made peace with all the things I didn't get to this year (Christmas cards, the gifts I didn't get bought and in the mail on time, baking, many more handmade gifts) and I'm ready to relax and play in the snow and wait for the big day. Ahhhh. And this is all a 180 from the basketcase I was last week. I think with Christmas you just have to get over the hump. The too-late-to-mail-stuff cut off can be its own gift.
I saw a yarn wrapped wreath somewhere and thought what a cute, fun project. Yeah, not so much. I probably made 20 trips to the craft store for this thing. Half of those trips buying all the wrong stuff. Looking at it here now I think that dang bow is too big, I'll have to go fix that. Wreaths are hard. I couldn't find a good wreath form, this one is too small. And it's hard to attach all that stuff. Mine's shifting everywhere. I guess I probably needed to hot glue. Oh well, I love the colors and the awesome peppermint striped ribbon. So I'm happy. And the front door is happy with it's tiny little wreath.
Still haven't been able to get a good whole tree shot but I am working on taking pictures of every ornament. Like I do every year. Same ornaments. Can't stop myself. The beginnings are here, http://www.flickr.com/photos/hillarylang/tags/realtree/
why isn't it working? I'm working on my slippers with this wool. I'm laying my roving fibers criss cross applesauce, spritzing with hot soapy water and then rubbing the heck out of it and it's doing nothing feltlike. I decided to ditch the lining color but still a disaster. I need a xmas miracle. or maybe do some googling and see if there's any tips/hints out there for me.
heading over to vintage xmas crafts to cheer up. the colors alone are enough to lift my spirits. thanks doe-c-doe!