Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Last minute and such...

My kiddos will hit Christmas break on Friday at about noon, and as of yesterday, we put up a two week schedule up that was a bit daunting, to be honest.  Ava has a two night ballet performance plus dress rehearsals this week and weekend along with a couple of school related choir concerts.  For some reason Joe's things are fairly quiet for the week with a Jr. high movie night being the biggest item on the list.  Then we've got Christmas and three days later, we are hosting a family wedding, here in our home.  (EEEk!!!  Can I just tell you it feels like we are kind of christening our home or something? Ha.  Don't ask me why. I am loving this!)  That has kind of consumed our thoughts as we want to have all the details nailed down before Christmas or we will be scrambling.  I will be sure and share the many good ideas we've come up with, for planning an inexpensive wedding.  It has been so much fun!
My little family managed to spend an evening cutting snowflakes and watching Christmas movies last weekend and it was lovely. I realize how important it was to carve out time to simply hang around together- especially when surrounded by holiday chaos! Man you have to be so intentional about that, don't you?

Today was my morning to wrap up a few remaining gift items.  I am now finished and wanted to share them in case you were looking for a quick and inexpensive gift idea for the girls in your life.  (I can tell you that a tween would love this too because Ava is begging me to make her some more.)  They are sweet and can be customized any way you can imagine and the best part- they can pretty much be created from mostly scraps.  The pieces are so small that you don't need a lot of fabric or trims.  And you can make a few at a time (I highly recommend that) and get a bit of an assembly line going, to knock out several at once.  (Perfect if you've got several little girls in your life, like I do!)
The pattern came from Bit of Whimsy Dolls, and you can purchase the Mae doll pattern and download it from her here.  I love that it is easy to follow, since I'm not a pattern-sewing kind of girl. (I'm more of a fly by the seat of my pants and make it up as I go along kind of girl. Ha!) 
 Ava said, "Mom!  We can't give these dollies away without names!" (Like that was the worst thing in the whole world.) So she named them and made me promise to put their names on a tag or card.  I came up with little tags, stamped them, and tied them on with oyster-colored bakers twine.  (I usually get mine from Whisker graphics. You can find yours here.)
 I used a few extra printable Avery label tags that I had on hand.  (#22802) 
 Let's talk about the stamps because I know someone will ask.  I can't for the life of me remember where I got them, but I found really similar ones on Etsy, here.   I have lowercase ones as well.  They make perfect little imperfect tags.  And for some reason I adore imperfection like that.
 All the materials were from JoAnns or my scrap bin.  The pretty gray rosettes were found in the scrap booking area of JoAnns and I hot glued them right onto the skirts.  I used a strip of sparkly gray tulle over the top of polka dotted fabric for the skirts, to make them extra sweet.  (Also from JoAnns.)
And NOW I am finished with Christmas gifts.  These two little cuties lay in wait for a couple of sweet nieces to love on them.  How about you- are you finished or just getting started? 


D said...

They are so adorable! I can't believe you're having a wedding at your house! Oh my, I can't wait to see photos how fun.

Between You and Me said...

lydia would love one of those!!!
you're such a good and thoughtful gift giver.

Kim@Seasons of My Heart said...

Awh...those dolls are adorable! What a fun gift!


Shannon said...

My girls would love those dolls!! Such a sweet gift :)

Melodee said...

oh my gosh soooo cute!

carissa @ lowercase letters said...

oh amazing!!! just WOW.

~The Robins Nest~ said...

Cute dolls! The stamps look just like the ones I got from Pick Your Plum~Love

paige said...

those are sooooooooo sweet...and especially since they're named ;)

Jackie at Roots and Wings said...

Those are precious! You are a lady of many talents, my friend. :)

Jeannie S said...

Love the sweet little blessing dollies....you're the best mom!

Jensamom23 said...

I will be done today, with the help of my 16 year old elf. I must tell you that the snowflakes are gorgeous and the fact that your hubby helped made me smile. What a blessing.

Mama Jedi said...

You are truly one of the most talented girls of EVER! These little dollies are adorable.

Msmoozys Open House said...

Love those little dolls, you are so talented and thanks for sharing with us. Have a great week my friend.

Prince Snow Farm said...

These are the sweetest things I've ever seen! Little homemade dollies. How very perfect Sasha!

Holly said...

These really are cute!
I was at the Grandiflora Christmas party last night and saw some of your prints in cute little frames!! So fun :)

Lea said...

Oh, your house will be the perfect setting for a wedding. I can't wait to see the pics afterwards. And, the little dolls, how precious! Always a delight to drop by. Christmas blessings!

the vintage wren said...

Super cute, I wish my sewing machine didn't intimidate me so much. What a great homespun christmas gift. Merry Christmas.

Farmgirl Paints said...

i tried to comment on my phone the other day. boooo. anyhoo love the snow flake wall. carissa's turned out super cute too. sometimes simple is so much more impactful. isn't that weird!! and you and those dolls. homespun magic!! you amaze me:))

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