Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Looming Elf?

Are your kids obsessed with this Rainbow Loom Craze?
Are YOU obsessed with this Rainbow Loom Craze?!?!
My kids sure are...and so am I!
When the little monsters fall asleep, I'm checking out new patterns on YouTube.
But what a fun and creative thing to grab their attention and get them crafting.

Here are three new bracelets my kids wore to school today:

But I didn't make them! Someone else has been swept up in Looming Madness!

Looks like he got all twisted up and stuck to our loom!

What a Silly Elf!
He must have been looming all night! At least it looks like he was able to make himself a bracelet before he got all tangled in the mini rubber bands!

For real...our kids thought this was hilarious! They found him right away since he had his "work space" set up on our couch. I think that our Christmas Elf doing something so...normal...was what they loved the most. 

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Crochet Granny Trees

I have a tradition of creating an ornament each day between December 1st and Christmas Day. Whether I put them on a tree, garland, or package...doesn't matter!

So. When I can add my love of ornaments with my love of crochet with (specifically) my love of granny squares...this is what happens...

And this...

Very cute & cozy Granny Trees!

I used a pattern from The Royal Sisters blog. Her pattern is easy to follow and she has wonderful photos to go along with the written instructions!

Here they are hanging on our tree!

Elf Not So Much On A Shelf

Happy December First!

In our house that means Official Christmas Mode. Since we were visited last year by a creepy-yet-cute Elf, December first also means I've been getting lots of questions like this, "Is it time for Filmore to come back?" and "When is Filmore coming? I'm SURE he was here this time last year!"

Filmore is our Elf. Our Elf that, by popular demand, does not stay on a shelf! Filmore isn't too enthusiastic; he doesn't dump flour all around my kitchen or put all the Christmas ornaments away. But he's mildly funny and entertaining!

Last year he arrived in fanfare with a letter from the Big Man Himself, and a sugar-fest breakfast for the kids. This year was much more subtle. 

We had some friends over to visit today. The kids all played and the Moms hung out in the kitchen and chatted. When it was time for them to head home, we all stepped out onto the front stoop to wave good-bye and when we stepped back inside, Filmore was peering out of our tree! 
The kids were ecstatic!

We sat down under Filmore's watchful gaze and reviewed the "rules".
No touching the Elf.
There are no naughty kids...only naughty choices. God...always loves us. He wants us to be helpful and kind. He is always ready to forgive us.

Where will this little guy be tomorrow?