Well, now that the holidays are over, I'm back into the regular swing of things. We had a really great Christmas and are looking forward to a new year full of family, fun, learning and creativity!
I had to share Quinn's new stocking, even though it's a little late for Christmas crafts. I am still just so excited with how it turned out! While looking through some of my mother-in-law's Christmas decorations, I found a cute stocking and Quinn just so happened to need one- she still had a small pink baby one, but Santa brings bigger things now. ;) It had a Christmas tree with buttons decorating it, but I wanted to make it more personal like one I had growing up. We removed the buttons and tree and headed to JoAnn's, where Quinn picked out green felt for a large Q. I traced a big chipboard Q I had in my scrappy stash on the felt, cut it out, then used a blanket stitch to attach it to the stocking. I had to Google "blanket stitch" because I can never quite remember how to do that. When I took the original tree off, it tore the fabric a little, so I added the row of red ribbon which covered it up perfectly. I put the original buttons back on over the ribbon and, as Quinn would say... TA-DA!! A cute, new personalized stocking all her own! It was fun making it together (I loved her encouragement- "you're doing a good job, Mama!") and I love that it is something special that she can have to remember Grandma by each Christmas.
One more note... the ACOT Creative Team is putting together something really exciting for later this month. I can't wait to share it with everyone, so stay tuned!