It’s the Most Craftiest Time of the Year

I have to admit, I really blew it this Christmas in terms of not making things for anyone.  Well, I’ve got a nearly-finished mandolin strap for my brother, but that’s going to have to wait until I see him in person because I’m unsure about the length.  And I did finally whip up some knitting stitch markers for my sister-in-law.  I bought some owl beads from my local bead shops a while ago, thinking to make her earrings (she loves owls) but I didn’t know at the time that she doesn’t have pierced ears!  So, I came up with these (all other beads were already in my stash):

stitchmarkerslizI also made some for myself with some odds and ends I had lying around, including some stamped metal lucky clovers I’ve had since the early 80s (boy, they were cheap but they held up nice!  Not a speck of tarnish) and a stray half of a toggle clasp (the circle half, fortunately):

stitchmarkersmeMy husband was the more ambitious crafter this year, designing a barn for his niece to keep her horses in:

barnmelprogressHe did a beautiful job on the woodworking, but the clock is ticking and he ran out of energy and patience for the painting.  So I took over, and boy, did I have a great time!  I don’t think I’ve painted, really painted, in years.  I remember the last time I tried an acrylic painting had to be around 2007, and it was a failure.  I definitely want to get back into it in the new year.  Or maybe just throw myself into the jewelry-making.  I waste so much time not doing things I love to do.  Why is that?

I’ll have more pictures when it’s done and I’m back from holiday travels.

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