Wow, okay I have been absent a little too long. Maybe I can catch up on some of my past craft projects later, but right now we are getting ready for Christmas. This year that means a new Christmas tree.
Here is a picture of us decorating our old tree. It was small and skinny (perfect for our tiny little house). Kent and I made most of the ornaments when we were first married. We spent months cutting and painting the wooden stars, mittens, hearts, trees and snowmen. The tree had a real primitive (code for a little rough) look to it. I loved it, but the tree fell apart. The new tree we found (on crazy cheap clearance) had colored lights and when I realized the old ointments wouldn't match, I was pretty sad.
I decided I still wanted a mostly handmade Christmas tree, but I didn't have the time (or lack of children) to make it happen. So, here is our 50/50 tree. It is a fun mix of our keepsake ornaments from years past, store bought (shatter proof) ornaments and homemade ornaments. I wasn't sure it would be cute, but now that it is up, I really like it too.
I think the crochet snowflakes were the most fun to make. I made two different styles. http://sarahlondon.wordpress.com/2010/12/19/simple-snowflake/ I made this style out of a sparkly yarn (Christmas always needs a little bit of sparkle).
This snowflake was a little more involved (but not difficult) that the one above, and I think I like it a little more. I followed the instructions at the bottom of the blog post on starching the snowflakes (both patterns). Trust me, it makes a HUGE difference. I put a towel on my ironing board, pinned the points out and sprayed them with starch. http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/crochet-snowflake.html
Lastly, I made the fun twisty garland for the tree. http://www.purlbee.com/twisted-felt-garland-necklace/
I didn't make it out of the real wool felt though, $60 for the project was just too steep.