Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas Unwrapped

Time for the big, "Samantha Crafted It" reveal.  Don't be too let down...

Hand puppets for a nephew. 

 A writer's notebook for my brother.

Headbands for my sisters. (I got the idea from http://sewcraftcreate.com/2011/11/felt-medallion-tutotial/)

Scarves for my sisters.

Not pictured: A beanie for a BIL, a beanie for Eden, and a decorative "E" for Eden's nursery. Whew!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


What do you do on the day that you become your mother and father's daughter in a court of law and you're just so excited about it that you can hardly breathe?  Easy.  It starts with chewing on your toes..

But things rapidly progress as you notice that you're wearing a super-interesting, ruffly dress...and it has a delicious, sparkly bow!

So you begin to chew on it...until you discover that your mom is watching you.  Then you try to look innocent, but instead you look all sorts of guilty...

SO just to make sure that your parents follow through with this finalization thing, you turn on an extra dose of cute.  Cue the big blue eyes...

Hey, look!  It worked!

Friday, December 9, 2011

30 Hours of Christmas

Eden is a wonderful baby.  Truly she is.  For about the last six weeks she goes to bed at 8 pm and sleeps through til 5:30 am, eats, and then goes back to sleep until 9 am.  Do you know what that means?  It means that for three whole hours in the morning I get to do WHATEVER I want (plus whatever housework intrudes on my solitude).  It's glorious.  SO what have I been doing with my glut of time?  Crafting, of course!  To be precise, I have made 9 Christmas gifts by hand over the course of about 30 working hours.  And I'm dying to post them; but that's problematic for obvious reasons.  Instead, I'll merely show you this:

My handcrafted wrapping job.  You'll just have to wonder what's inside. (As a side note, I am wrapping EVERYTHING this year.  My mom was and is the anti-wrapping nazi...and I quote, "I refuse the fill the landfills with unnecessary paper garbage."  In principle I agree, but there is still a pretty-packages-deprived child inside of me and this year I'm cutting her loose.  Sorry, mom.)

Oh, and I've also been doing some baking...

Anyway, it's been a lot of fun.  I love getting creative.  And it is amazing what Santa can accomplish if she takes advantage of one very "helpful" elf's sleep habits.