A Crafty, Crafty Christmas & A Reflection of 2015

Well, it’s almost 2016 and as I sit here and reflect back on 2015, I have to say that I’ve accomplished a lot with regards to my crafting – both new and known.  Earlier this year,  I taught myself how to draw (better) and even learned how to paint with watercolor – all thanks to Creativebug.  It was both awesome and fun.  It’s always nice to have other creative outlets to break up the monotony of the usualities of knitting/crocheting.

Mid-way into the year brought me to try my hand at a few other things: a Kickstarter campaign, knitting my first short-sleeved summer sweater and my first Custom Fit sweater, learning how to hand-card punis (spinning fiber), and having my very first ombre gradient sock yarn wholesale deal with Natural Stitches in Pittsburgh.

Moving into Fall was awesome because it was filled with 3 more completed sweaters!  I was pretty addicted to knitting the Oatmeal sweater by Jane Richmond so much so that I made 2 and am currently working on a 3rd!  I also got to pick raspberries and can my own jam which is what I’ve been longing to do for a while now.  And lastly, I tried Periscope.  I lasted 3 scopes before it got to feel more like a chore.  Oh well, it was fun while it lasted.  But it did help me discover that I may one day start my very own video podcast….stay tuned 🙂

And last but not least, we are here.  The end of December. While I feel like 2015 lasted a good bit, the month of December sure felt like it flew by.  Maybe that’s because I was on a complete hand-made mission.  I spent many a December night up until sometimes 1 / 1:30 am making these gifts.  I had 10 days off of work for the holidays and my time off , every day of it, was spent doing some sort of Christmas crafting.  This year was also the first year I decided to hand-make my Christmas cards and was so thankful that Creativebug had some awesome watercolor how-to videos that I was able to put to great use.

For the past 2 years, I’ve been gifting my family with hand-made crafts.  In 2013, it was Christmas wreathes and no-sew blankets, and in 2014, it was crocheted ornaments and hand-made spa goodies.  For this year’s theme, I decided to go with “comfort” items.  I decided on cozy hand-knit slippers (another awesome class on Creativebug), hand-poured soy candles, plaid infinity cowls, and home-made raspberry jam.  I gifted each of the women in my family with these items and they loved them! Altogether, I cranked out 12 pairs of slippers, 6 plaid infinity cowls, 12 jars of jam, and 15 candles.  Lastly, I cranked out 4 painted reindeer feet canvases for the grandparents from my son and for my sister’s son.

Crafting is such a big part of my life and I am so thankful for it.

So thank you, 2015, you were great.

Stay crafty, my friends & here’s to an even craftier 2016!


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