I had a really difficult time getting into the Christmas spirit this year. This is the first year that both of my daughters weren't going to be home for Christmas. My oldest daughter, Melissa, is married to a Marine (Brantly) and they are stationed in San Diego. Brantly is being deployed in January so they decided to spend Christmas with his family before he ships out. So that meant no daughter, son-in-law, or granddaughter for Christmas. My youngest daughter is in Misawa Japan and this is the first year she has not been home for Christmas. So the Christmas spirit wasn't overflowing my heart this year.
My sweet husband bore the brunt of it. It's usually the girls that decorate the tree and since they weren't here it was left to me. Jeff and I went out and bought a Charlie Brown tree and had it up in the living room for about a week before we got around to decorating it. I spent that week trying to figure out how I'm going to cope with an empty nest around Christmas in the future. I obviously wasn't into decorating. When we did finally decorate the tree I was grumbling the whole time about what a stupid tradition it is to cut down a perfectly good tree and haul it into our house and put a bunch of expensive crap on it. I mean really.... have you ever thought how silly that is?!?!?! I decided that next year we're doing something different. I suggested to Jeff that we just have a really big poinsettia. I don't think he was too thrilled about that one. So that's when I decided that next years' tree will have home crafted ornaments.
So the search began. I want to have little quilt block ornaments, yo-yo garland, and crocheted snowflakes. I started with the snowflakes. I found the best site for crocheted snowflakes and started right away. You can find these patterns at snowcatcher.
These are all designed by a very talented lady who has the ability to look at a snowflake picture and turn it into a pattern.
I have 13 snowflakes blocked, starched, and glittered. They are so fun to make that now I'm hooked. She posts a new pattern every Monday. For the last two weeks I eagerly check her blog on Monday to see what new masterpiece she has come up with. These beauties look wonderful with batik fabric behind them. I'm not sure if I want them to hang free on the tree or attach them to fabric first. I'll have to play with it. and see.
I'm already looking forward to next Christmas. If you know of some great ornament patterns please share. I'll continue to post any that I find and make.
Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!