Merry Christmas!

I finished two Christmas knitting projects, and totally failed on two others. But it’s not bringing me down, because it’s Christmas! And Christmas with an eight year old and a four year old is Very Fun. You can not imagine the excitement. We’ll probably go to the mall today, which is a crazy tradition but a tradition nonetheless.

I hope you have a very special Christmas, full of peace, joy, family, friends, good music, yummy food, knitting time, cookies, and all that you ever wished for.

knitting in the south

When you’re a year-round knitter in North Carolina, you get lots of puzzled folks wondering why you’re knitting a wool hat when the heat index is over 100 degrees. I knit wool hats because some days we need them. Yes, it snows in North Carolina. Not every year, mind you, but it has snowed every winter since Maggie was born*. And when it snows, my family is armed with wool.

Greensboro Christmas Parade

The snow is gone for now, but the high today is only 32, and with the wind it’s mighty cold out there. Now we just need to work on getting some proper winter coats and snow boots for these kids.

*Actually, Maggie was born in March of ’06, and I remember sitting outside with her when she was a few days old because it was in the 70s. It’s mostly hot here, but it can be wintry, too!

i’m so crafty

Over the past few days, I’ve looked up the word “silhouette” about one thousand times because I’m never sure that I’ve spelled it correctly. Nonetheless, I made silhouettes!

Silhouettes!

I have this funny idea that silhouettes are an essential part of childhood.  I think that when I was in grade school we made them as gifts for Mother’s Day or something. I know my friend Mandy R. (one of the Crafty Mandy’s — I’m the other one) made them.  Two things have kept me from making these sooner. 1) I’m usually knitting, and other crafts have been pushed to the very back burner and 2) I don’t like buying craft supplies that will only get used once.

But then I joined Pinterest, and clicked though a pin one day to find that making a silhouette could be really, really simple. I even had all the supplies, including spray adhesive and black paint! I had to hunt around to find oval frames, but I eventually found them at Hobby Lobby and they were 50% off (looks like that is an in-store only sale).

silhouettes

I started with these pictures of the kids, and then followed the easy steps exactly as outlined in the tutorial. The frames I used are 8×10, and I printed out each picture on one sheet of 8.5×11″ cardstock. To get the heads to be the right size, I actually put the pictures into a Word document and adjusted them until they were the size I thought would work.  A bit of trial and error was all it took, and I figured that if I printed them out and the size wasn’t right, I’d only have to print them again.

I’m very pleased with how they came out. So pleased, in fact, that even though I considered wrapping them up for Gerald for Christmas, I decided to leave them out and enjoy them immediately.

Silhouettes!

I put the frames on the mantle for now, but I think I’ll hang them on the wall. For posterity and all that. This one moment, in a frame, preserved forever and ever, and hung on a wall. I’m a happy mommy.