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Crickets

Aside from the chirping of a few lonely crickets, this space has been awfully quiet for the last few days.  That sometimes happens here when I haven’t been creative, and there isn’t much of interest to share, but this time a lack of craftiness has not been my issue.  In fact, it’s been quite the opposite lately – so much time has been spent in the making, and very little time has been left for the showing and telling.

I’ve missed being here, though, and so I forced myself to carve out some blogging time tonight in between projects.

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The big news is that the family portrait ornaments are almost done!  Today I formed and cured the last three, and now all fifteen families are ready to receive their facial features and hair cuts.  That’s my project for tomorrow.  Then they’ll be packaged up all pretty and sent on their merry ways.  It’s a relief to have gotten this far; I had visions of a bleary-eyed me, stuffing them into Express Mail boxes on December 23rd and hoping for the best.  Heh.

Ornament work has mostly been a daytime thing for me.  At night, I prefer not to be alone in the dining room hunched over a table, and so I’ve curled up on the couch with more portable work, like knitting and jewelry making.

More specifically, Fiesta Hats and Dangly Necklaces.

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I really enjoy the colorful whimsy of this wool, and the brim of a chunky beanie is a fun place to park a button, too.  I’ve got a few more hats waiting to be knit – one in pink, perhaps tonight, and there will be some aquamarines and purples soon too, I hope. I’m having a holiday open house next week for some local customers and friends, and I don’t want to fall short hat-wise, as they’ve been one of my more popular items.

The necklaces are mostly finished, just a few last touches, and they’ll be ready for the camera (and the blog, the shop, and the open house.)

It feels envigorating to be so productive.  I need to ride this wave and get some other things accomplished, too.  Next on the list?  Getting my holiday groove on and hanging Tacky Santa in the window.  Yeah.  December is feeling good on me today.

4 thoughts on “Crickets

  1. I just realized yesterday too that I haven’t blogged for awhile. Holiday projects are keeping us busy!

    Your ornaments look fabulous! I’m definitely keeping them in mind for some year when we have more of a family if you’re still making them then. So far it’s just me, the hubby and the bunny. 🙂
    .-= See Tanya’s latest blog post: Custom-ers! =-.

  2. It is such a busy time of the year for us handy folks! The ornaments turned out fabulous! The families will love getting them. And the hats… they are sooo funky! I just love the knobbly wool and the buttons make them look great.

    If I don’t get the chance to pop by again, Merry Christmas and have a great Holiday with your family!
    .-= See Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor’s latest blog post: Super Deal On Copper Wire for Making Polymer Clay Jewelry Findings =-.

  3. Those hats are gorgeous – I love the colours! The green and turquoise one is my favorite – I think I am going to have to make some big hints for christmas 🙂
    .-= See Mousy Brown’s latest blog post: Updates. =-.

  4. I agree-the actual snowfall is pretty, but hate that aftermath. We’ve been in the throes of a winter storm-ended up not having more than a couple inches of snow but it brought out the creativity in me-crocheted until my hand wouldn’t work. Then I switched to knitting until my eyes went crossed. I’d have moved on to sewing but by that time it was bedtime!

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