Monday, December 19, 2011

Yay!

 I got the tree up this year before Christmas Eve! A WEEK AND HALF before Christmas Eve, to be exact. I'm so proud of myself. *pats self* 

I'm not going to bother to try and take a 'picturesque' photo of it though because it's impossible. Large sunny window + killer huge tv that can be seen from space on one side = no good angles for proper photo taking. Plus, I'm not dedicated enough to have a theme tree so I'm not sure how photo worthy it is anyway. I pick up a few ornaments every year to add to the mess, take out a few as the years go on...........it's a mix of everything and nothing but I wouldn't have it any other way. lol

Here a few new ones for this year:
How cute is this? I got this off of an Etsy seller. Looks just like the  hubby in his moon suit bee keeper suit! Super adorbs!

Simple ones from Target but I love their knitty-ness. They look/feel like they were fashioned out of old Fair Isle sweaters or something. Now THAT I can get behind.

And here are my kitties, in clay form. Robyn did a post last week showcasing a whole bunch of crafty kitty ornaments made for her by people and it made me pouty not to have any crafty kitties too so I found a bunch on Etsy and................good god I don't have $15 each to spend on crafty kitties on Etsy! They are lovely but no. Sorry. I'll have to plan for that during the year, one at a time. So when I was at Michael's last week for something else, I hit up the clay aisle and got some supplies to make up my own gang of kitties. For less than $15, I made up a Meisha, Mooshie, and Maggie kitty plus something else that can't be shown because it's a gift. :)


Meisha says: Uhhhh, like, my nose isn't pink though? 
Me: Sorry, bbs. I didn't buy any black so pink had to do. 
Meisha: Pfffftt!

Of course, now I have all this leftover clay because I only used up the ivory pack. What to do with it?!? lol My 'career' as a clay artist (sooooooooooooo kidding!!!) was short-lived because rolling out the clay balls DECIMATED my hands. My middle knuckle, palm side, was inflamed and owie for two days afterwards. No more clay crafts for me. It's now DAYS later and my inner palms, where the joints are, are STILL a little hurty if I press on it. :(

It's always fun to bring on the cross-stitch ornaments too, here are two are my favs, a JCS ornie and a L*K one:

I have so so so so many less than I would like to have though. I totally, miserably, horrendously FAILED on that front this year. Need to rethink crafty goals for next year. Hmm.........


And finally, look at this super great birthday gift that Cookie A. sent me. A loverly skein of cashmere infused yarn and an organic cotton sock drawstring bag. So very very thoughtful of her to think me of like that when she's so busy flitting around the world doing super-important knitting things and..............OK so this is really just the last installment of the 2011 Sock Club......that was sent out to hundreds of people, not just me. A girl can have her delusions, right? :)

19 comments:

Annie said...

Looks like you've jumped right into the holiday spirit. A wonderful, varied collection of decorations.

Take care of those hands and have a wonderful holiday!

Margaret said...

Great stuff! Your Christmas tree looks great, as do the ornies, and etc. Love the clay kitties -- too bad about your hands though. Nice yarn too!

Jennifer said...

I love your cat!!! Beautiful and the cat ornies too are so sweet. The xstitch ornies are great. Very inspiring!
All the best for 2012

Nancy said...

All of your ornaments are so pretty - stitchy and otherwise, and I think your tree is beautiful!

staci said...

Your tree is gorgeous, unlike our's which has an obvious haphazard appearance! Love your new ornies...missed those ones from Target. But your kitties turned out awfully cute!

Enjoy that wonderful sock yarn!!!

valerie said...

Fun stuff Melanie! I love your decorations! Those from target are so cute as is the beekeeper and your stitched ones. I can't imagine putting up a tree on Christmas Eve!

Beth said...

Love the items on the tree - all very personal - as it should be - and great ornament stitches too!

Jackie said...

I love the knitty Target ornaments! I was totally sold on Cookie A sending your a birthday gift. Totally! Happy Birthday!

Carol said...

Love your tree, Melanie--and I think that's a very nice photo of it. It really is tough to get one that really shows how pretty it is, isn't it? Don't you love the cute things Target has for Christmas--I didn't see any of those darling knitted hearts or stars--may have to stop again after work tomorrow.

You are so creative--your new kitty ornaments are just darling!! As is your real life kitty--gorgeous :)

Catherine said...

Your tree looks great! Love all the pretties and the goodies!

dixiesamplar said...

Beautiful tree! And I just love your ornies. That new yarn is gorgeous...enjoy knitting up some socks with that, looks super soft.

Dani - tkdchick said...

I love your little clay kitties! I need clay kitties! Must have a Preciousness and Devil Cat on my tree (Hunter & Zeus).

Tammy said...

Love the moosy ornie never seen that pattern before

Julie said...

Your tree looks stunning. Loving the clay kitty's.

Have a lovely Christmastime x

geeky Heather said...

Gorgeous ornaments, all!! And that yarn...*gasp!* Merry Christmas!

Siobhan said...

Your decorations are wonderful--love those ornaments!

Lei said...

You have a beautiful tree on display. I love trees that are full of all sorts of ornaments. Love your stitched and clay ornaments - they are oh so cute!

Pumpkin said...

Your tree is beautiful! I love the new ornies you bought for it and you should pat yourself on the back for making your own kitty ornaments :o) Great job!

Jenny said...

What a pretty tree! You did great!!! We cheated and drove up to the in-laws - no decorations needed at home... LOL