Welcome back to Handmaking the Holidays! You’ve probably been on a tour of my lovely partners in handmaking:
Melissa from Love Bug Living
Heather from Feather’s Flights
Sandee from In The Hills of North Carolina
They’ve come up with a lot of fun crafts and goodies for you to make for the holiday season this year. If you haven’t been checking them out, I hope you will. You can see the previous posts by clicking here.
Now, onto my post!
Shortly after the beginning of last month, we took Lil’Miss out of school and started homeschooling. It’s a long story, remind me to tell you about it next month. We’re experimenting with the Notebooking style of schooling, and we’re having a blast.
This month, we’re studying how the world celebrates the Winter Holidays. It’s a great way to introduce kids to the world.
For some handwriting practice, I created these notebooking pages with some of my favorite Christmas-y quotes. To use them, click the download link below the image and the print them out. You’ll need Adobe Acrobat to open the files. After you’ve printed them out, your child can practice writing the quote on the lines below. Then they can color or decorate the page if they like.
I made each one with a version with the dotted middle line and a version with just lines for older kids. I hope you’ll enjoy them!
This one is from Norman Vincent Peale: “Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”
This one is from Charles Dickens: “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”
I hope you these will be useable and fun for your homeschooling family!
Don’t forget to check out Heather from Feather’s Flights tomorrow with MORE
Handmaking the Holidays!
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Over on Sew Mama Sew, they are having their 6th annual Handmade Holidays series and they asked for some bloggers and shoppes to give some things for some awesome giveaways. I was chosen and today, you can go over and win your very own Prudence doll, made by me!
The winner even gets to pick out her eye color and dress color.
In Handmaking The Holidays news, did you see the awesome apron tutorial that Heather from Feather’s Flights did? Melissa from Lovebug Living also posted a great Round-Up of Handmade Stocking Stuffers. Tomorrow, Sandee from In The Hills of North Carolina will be posting a tutorial, so keep on checking back! We have so much fun stuff in store for you!!
Prudence is Lil’ Miss’s Christmas gift- she already knows and she’s been anxiously awaiting the moment when she can hold her and love her. So of course I had to use her in the product shots!
Prudence is available on Craftsy or over at Etsy.
For those of you wondering about details- Prudence is 22 inches tall. She’s nice and sturdy for little kids, and really enjoys dressing up, for those older kiddos.
Here’s what you’ll read in the pattern literature:
Prudence is a sweet, loveable doll, who is just ready to go out and play! Prudence is an easy doll to put together, with a darling outfit. She can be a real heirloom for your family! Prudence wears an adorable pair of bloomers under her simple buttoned up dress. Over it all, she’s wearing a delightful pinafore with lovely eyelet lace all over it. Prudence’s basic doll shape and simple darling face make her the perfect companion for any imaginative child. She’ll be a best friend and welcome at all the best tea parties.
Intermediate Sewing Level, approximately 2-3 hours.
Thank you all for looking and for all your support. Every single one of my customers and blog readers have been amazing! Now that Prudence is finished, I’m going to be taking a break from pattern designing for a little while to re-focus on being a Mom- which is my first job. I’ll still be releasing patterns, just at a slower rate. I will also be blogging still- in fact I’m hoping that I’ll get to blog more with the down time that I should have. We’ll see! Anyway, thank you to each and every one of you and I hope that you will enjoy Prudence. She’s such a sweet girl!
Sometimes it’s hard to get anything done around here. Kids, Hubs, Meals, School, Work, kids, Hubs… you know…
I am finishing Prudence up as quickly as I can and The Hubs is giving me a little extra time to get her done. After she’s finished, I am going to take a much needed break from pattern designing to re-focus on being a Mom. Then, I’m hoping that all the kids and Hubs and meals and school and work won’t be so overwhelming.
Don’t worry, it shouldn’t take anything away from the blog! In fact, I’m hoping it will give me more time to do projects and more time to blog about them! Fun stuff!
Here’s some pics of my work area while I work on writing up the pattern:
Poor Prudence! Her hair is all mussed up from me measuring and messing with it. Her skirt is up, it’s practically indecent! Yes, that is 30Rock in the background for some noise pollution. It’s a little untidy on my cutting table… so much fabric, so many unfinished projects….
And my sewing desk… owl costume, basket of ribbon (that’s grosgrain ribbon I found at the $Tree!) And lots of bias tape, waiting to be ironed.
Meh, it will all come together in no time!!
What does your space look like when you’re hard at work? Is it just as messy as mine?
Say hello to Prudence! I’m really excited about her and I’m hoping to have her pattern finished and ready for you by the end of the month…. that’s only 2 weeks away though and I’m not the best with deadlines… but I will remain eternally positive!
Her shoes aren’t quite finished yet, but the rest of her is pretty spot on…. I’ve got plans for a boy doll too, and I thought I would call him Maxwell, but that might be a little too Beatles, so I’m still thinking…
Thank you for looking! I’m excited to get her ready for you!
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