holiday crafting support group!!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012


i finally allowed myself to realize that it's november.  halloween is over and that means christmas stuff is everywhere.  tv, radio, stores, online...you can't get away from it.  this also means for us lovers of making that we usually are at this point getting either over zealous or a wee bit stressed with our holiday crafting plans.

if you're anything like me you've probably experienced both the highs and the lows of holidays crafting.  you start out super excited, almost a crafters high of sorts, writing lists, planning out your supplies and choosing gifts for everyone from your child's teacher to your loved ones.  you get all revved up and pump yourself full of "i can do this", "i'm going to save so much money doing this", "i don't need sleep", "i can live off coffee for a month" and so on....until you a) give up half way through and buy gift cards b) have a crafters breakdown c) burn out or d) end up grumpy/stressed and severely sleep deprived on xmas that you don't even enjoy yourself.

what's the point in pointing this out to you? well....i don't want that to happen to any of us anymore.  so how do we solve it? i'm not 100% sure what the answer is but what i do know is that i have some tips that i have learned and so do a lot of you.  we all love making gifts for our loved ones and we all just love to "make" so how can we, as a group, inspire, support and cheer each other on to make a  "reasonable"  (and i mean human, not robot) amount of gifts and home decorations.

throughout november and december i'll be writing posts on most wednedsays to open up discussions, project sharing, friendships to be made, shoulders to cry and lean on, and overall just a place you can come each week to keep focused, stay on track and try to make it through the holidays making but also smiling.

||  FOR THE SEWERS & CRAFTERS ||

- this is new for me so i'm going to try out a few things along the way. depending on interest from you fab ladies i'm thinking of starting a linky party on this day where you can link up your posts for crafts/projects you are making for the holidays and their progress or other posts inspired by the theme "holiday crafting support group".
- add your pics to our flickr group to show off your handiwork. we love to see what you're making.
- comment, chat, start discussions, join in the convo. i promise this is all more fun if you get involved :)

||  FOR THE KNITTERS  ||

- there will be a topic in our luvinthemommyhood ravelry group called "holidays crafting support group" where you can all chat away, share your project line ups, link to what you're making and also show off those pics!!! i love this part!!!
- feel free to also join in with the rest of us here on my blog post each week, link up your posts on all the knitted lovelies you're posting on your blogs as well.

i want this space to be somewhere you can come during this mostly joyful but also sometimes stressful time of year each week to feel like you have people to talk to who understand you, are making things right along side you, cheering you on, and just plain want to hear about all the fun stuff you have planned for the holidays.  feel free to show off all your handiwork and crafting skills!  it helps to keep us all motivated and feeling inspired.

i love christmas and plan on making this one as relaxing and as enjoyable as possible for my family this year and i hope you will all join me in this wee journey.  so join in! i can't wait to see what you will all be whipping up this year!

to get you started here are some of my fave roundups from previous years for holiday goodies:

||  GARLAND ROUNDUP  ||


||  WREATH TUTORIAL ROUNDUP  ||


||  CHRISTMAS STOCKING ROUNDUP  ||

would you all like to see some new roundups on these topics this year? anything else you'd like for me to round up for the holidays?  let me know below and i'll get my lasso out and get rounding em'posts up.  have you started your holiday crafting list yet?  what & how many projects are you planning on making this year?


24 comments:

  1. i'm doing 5 stockings, a tree skirt and 2 twin quilts (for gifts)

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    1. That sounds like a great project list! I can't wait to see them all!

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  2. Oh dear, I haven't started my holiday crafting list yet...I guess I should get on it. But the earlier I start, the longer the list ends up.

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    1. Me either! I need this group to keep on track and get motivated :)

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  3. oh yay! I love this idea! Diwali is next week, so I"m already starting to feel stressed. This time of year, I start compulsively writing lists and then loosing them. So I have a list, but I don't have it.

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    1. That happens to me too! I started putting them in the computer now so I have no excuse :)

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  4. you're just on time! I found myself standing in a yarn store in an unfamiliar place today, herding my crazy children, and beginning to think that trying to knit Christmas gifts this year was an insane idea. A lady came to help me, and halfway through her showing me different yarns I just announced "I'm overwhelmed!" lol. I hope my stuff works out. They were supposed to have a bunch of MadTosh there (making some stuff from Island!!) and there was none, so my brilliant idea of driving to a yarn store an hour away in a different state to make things "simple" didn't really work out. Having just dropped 70$ on yarn for various gifts, I still have to buy at least three sets of needles if I can't borrow any.

    I also have this grand dream of making a Star Wars quilt and new tutus for the kids. And I have to decide on how to decorate for Christmas since I've historically been awful at getting anything done, and I'm determined to make this place fu@#ing magical this year. Lol.

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    1. you are **fu@#ing awesome**!!! hahaha! made my day! girl....did i miss another one of your fb messages? off to check it out. new rule...only email me direct :)

      hope it all works out if not let me know and i can try to help ya out.

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    2. hahaha, no more facebook messaging! It's evil!

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  5. Just starting to think about Christmas lists the past 2 days. Not sure exactly what I am going to do yet, but a few ideas in my head so far: quilt, photo calendar, photo 'slide show' set to music - burned onto dvd, fabric bowls, hand scrubs, chalk board rolls, hats (fleece or crochet). I have blogged about how I make some of these if you are interested. But still looking for ideas/thinking. Looking forward to seeing what others are doing.

    http://simple-yes-easy-no.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Jill! I'll be sure to check out your blog! Sounds like you are going to be busy! I always feel like the photo slide show takes me way longer than any other project so I leave it to the hubs now if we make any. It took me months to do the last one - same with the calendar. I have no edit capacity when it comes to my images so I almost can't chop them down to the amount I need because I'm emotionally attached to them all. I need help...hahaha.

      I can't wait to see what you end up making!

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  6. Thank you for sharing this with us. I am a reader from the Netherlands and over there is little Christmas spirit yet. It is first "Sinterklaas" that is celebrated on the 5th of December, mainly for the kids. And because my stress for handmade presents began early this year I decided to make one pattern for the women, and one for the men, all in different colours. So when you figured out the pattern, you do not have to take the efforts again to figure out a whole new pattern. You simply do the same trick with different colours!
    Can you please tell me how I can join the Flickr group?

    Good luck to you all!

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    1. That's a great idea! Thanks for your comment!

      The flickr group is here:

      http://www.flickr.com/groups/luvinthemommyhood/

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  7. I have finished 3 of the four quilts I am making for my girls for Christmas,, 3 of 4 art totes that I sewed from the Growing Up Sew Liberated" book, and I am half finished Christmas jammies for the family. I can't wait to be done! lol

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    1. Wow! You are a machine!!! Tips please! Did you start a while ago?

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  8. YES! Great idea. I'd love to see a handmade ornament round-up. We moved out of state this summer and we're living in a condo while our house is being built. ALL of my holiday stuff is in storage and inaccessible, so I bought a few yards of Christmas fabric and thought it would be fun to make this year's decorations all homemade, but I don't have any ideas of what to make!
    As for gifts, I thought I'd try to use laminated cottons for the first time and make some pouches. A teacher gift round-up would be great, too.

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    1. Those are great ideas! Pouches would be such a great way to make a cute project without a lot of time to put in. Love that. And the suggestions for roundups were great too. Adding them to the list :)

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  9. How 'bout an advent roundup and a tree skirt roundup? One I'm planning to make this season and the other I accomplished last year.

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    1. Oh....good ones Jenn! Thanks for the suggestions! I need a tree skirt!

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  10. Thanks for the inspiration Shan - I totally started thinking about gifts the other day, and how impossible it might be this year to handmake everything :( On the other hand, maybe I could just give everyone handbags? Merry Christmas Dad, hope you like your new hand *ahem* manbag! LOL :) I'm going to be checking in with this support group for sure.

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  11. Oh yes I totally need this! Not so much the support so much as the accountability! I don't have that much to make this year but I do need to get started!

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  12. One stocking done, one to go...and the Christmas throw quilt I started last year *cough*. Oh yeah,a nd maybe I'll put the binding on the tree skirt (which we used binding-less last year.).

    I used the tree pants tutorial that sew, mama, sew did last year but just made it of yardage.

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  13. What a great idea! I'm taking the super easy holiday crafting route by not crafting anything for anyone unless they ask for something. :) I am excited to read your posts, though, and hope I can stop into the Ravelry thread from time to time to see what's cookin'!

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