12.06.2009

Merry Making

Or, "Where I've Been and What I've Been Doing".

merry making

Pull up a chair and join our apparent custom. For the third year in a row, we've left the big Thanksgiving table up in the living room and set up "Craft Central". I think it's a reaction to the sad fact that just prior to Thanksgiving there is very little crafting going on at our house. Cooking and cleaning do not go hand in hand with crafting and creating, and I bet you can guess what I'd rather be doing.

we craft with friends

So now we craft all day, every day. Neighborhood kids stream in the front door, grab a pair of scissors and get busy.

we cut paper

We cut and color.

we embroider

We embroider

we applique

and applique.

we stuff

We stuff

we string felted wool

and we string.

If we ever finish anything, we will gift.

We don't have too many traditions, but of the few we have, this just might be my favorite. So bring your own project, or pick up one of ours, and join the merry making.

29 comments:

  1. I do love this tradition-I want to join right in!

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  2. hi molly! i love my felted wreath so much. would you mind giving me a few pointers as to how to string them, on what, etc...? i'm collecting felted sweaters, but not sure where to go from here.
    hope you are enjoying the season.
    xo, tara

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  3. what a merry tradition! if i were closer i'd pull up a chair. i love that your neighborhood friends come and join you. such great memories your making!

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  4. That's awesome! I want to pull up a chair too.

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  5. Excellent! I want to come over! (read that in a very whiny voice because that is how I am saying it...) I love the gingerbread guys.

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  6. I wish I lived in your neighborhood... I'm not a kid but if I bring my own scissors can I stay and create with you??

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  7. We made felted wreaths this year too! The mini ones turned out so cute and it was my first time felting....so fun!

    We are hoping to finish some of our gifts as well, time is passing so quickly~

    :)

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  8. Oh, love this tradition. Very cool. Now I just need a big Thanksgiving table. Oh yeah, and no 9-5 job. Dang.

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  9. On my way over ;) What fun!

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  10. inspiring - truly... I think I see the beginnings of a new tradition in our home :).

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  11. love this molly!
    it is like santas workshop at your home! i have lots of wool roving, felt and threads, i will be right over to join in on this fun! : )

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  12. The kids love it! Thank goodness for you :)

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  13. Wonderful Merry MAKING! So fun to see everyone join in the fun!
    I made those felted wool mittens we talked about a while back. A pair for Dylan... he loves them! The only ones he has worn since we made them! So easy... 10 min standing up at the sewing machine! Up next a fingerless pair for Fionna. Thanks!

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  14. Such a great tradition - in our little one-table house, I have to pick up my craft table every day. It's funny because today I had a friend over to craft - but the 2 year olds (hers and mine) had other things in mind

    Still it was very nice. Love, love the felted wreaths (everything really) - I've been saving some here and there as well. If you pass along instruction to Tara - would you send some my way as well.

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  15. I want to come to your house!

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  16. i wish you were closer! great fun!

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  17. This has me laughing. We have a craft *floor* in the dining room. I just step over whatever project the kids are in the middle of, and very occasionally, clear it away if company is coming. Have fun!

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  18. I wish we lived in your neighborhood.
    Blessings
    Diane

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  19. Everything comes if a man will only wait........................................

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  20. You know I have always wanted you for a neighbor, but never more than now!

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  21. I think this looks like great fun! I struggled about taking down my extra table in my space to use for Thanksgiving here. Instead, I moved my sewing machine off another smaller table, and set another there and we had room. We had a few cancels, so it worked that we had enough space. I've had stuff on it for a couple of weeks. I have 2 friends and a daughter coming over with flannel on Sunday after Sunday School to sew flannel lounging pj pants. I put them on whenever I get home to stay at night...or sometimes all day, if I can get away with it. I invited the not-really sewers to come to my space and I'd help them and they were thrilled with the chance. I guess I take that for granted sometimes. God Bless my 4H teachers and my mom for letting me start when I was young. Now I need to get back to my apron(presents) which was my project for today, since they called me on my way to work to say "stay home-no electric here!" I'd better have something to show for the day!! Back to MY table. Thinking the sculpy will come out soon, too. Need to grab a few more colors. Ornaments for the basketball team for my daughter, the senior...

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  22. I love the little pink star baby! And everything else, too. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  23. looks like where you've been and what you've been making is pretty wonderful!

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  24. I like this tradition a lot! such fun and so wonderful how it's open to everyone! Merry Merry!

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  25. It all looks like so much fun and those neighbor kids will remember you always as the great lady who let them come over to craft! You have some lovely looking projects going there.

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  26. This is a wonderful idea ....
    You are blessed to have that wonderful space.
    Warm wishes.

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  27. Love it, love it and wish we were closer. I think tomorrow I'll be leaving out the items to make our own garland trees and gingerbread men in a place where my little ones look to see what is new to do. Tracing is what they love right now - reindeer, Santa, a tree...

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