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  • Yanet - Looks like y’all been busy! My “craft” table (which is really my dining room table) is a mess right now. I’m making Christmas ornaments out of conoli molds and donut molds. All cool gara sale finds. Happy crafting to us!

  • RachelC - I like the Christmas tree garland. I just put the finishing touches on a sweet gum ball wreath that I made with my dad. Today, I am making gift tags.

  • Kimber - I think it would be one of the most fun days ever to stand in your home and watch you and all the chaos around you for just 1 day. Seriously, it would be amazing seeing all the stuff you accomplish while watching all the commotion going on around you.

  • lizibeth - Oh, sooo much more fun than eating!
    I just finished sewing trims on a dozen cotton towels that I’m giving all my sisters and sisters-in-law last night while my husband monitored the baths. So nice to get them checked off the list!

  • Sarah - i have several tables that look like yours! i’ve been making several christmas presents which include crocheting and sewing, painting a magnetic chalkboard on a kitchen cabinet, making new christmas decorations, and cooking! what a great time of year!

  • Margie - Busy times! I have been making christmasy burlap hurricane covers and horizontal striped curtains for my dining room… I also have a little ‘helper’ who is fascinated with the sewing machine.

  • meg duerksen - nothing.
    i have been sick and working.
    today is the day.
    more coffee and work is DONE!!!
    i want to get creative.
    or take a nap.

    or both.

  • Dacia - I like this! And love the clip art. I have been wrapping gifts, making table runners, and working on candy bar signage for my cousins baby shower. 🙂

  • ashley jensen - For us this is the year of “Made with love by Ashley” gifts(that is what my tags say on all the prestents I made)! I have done an apron with fabric flowers, painted canvas bag, painted porcelain plates and bowls, painted wooden name/established 2010 sign, oh and couple silhouettes on canvas. Everyone is getting something.

  • Ashley - Hey Ashley! I am making lots of gifts this year on my sewing machine! Such fun!
    Question for ya!….how old is fire cracker exactly? My baby girl is 13 months and I am trying to decide when she’s old enough to join my craft table and paint on some wooden ornaments and things. She likes to color and loves play dough, and they hold her attention for a few minutes at a time, but I am nervous about the painting…any suggestions?

  • nori - you’ve been busy! can’t wait to see what you’ve made.
    it’s so fun seeing my bakers twine in your pictures!…puts a big smile on my face :o)

  • Ashlee - I just finished making a load of christmas presents! Can’t wait to see everything you made, finished!

  • Danielle - Looks like fun! I have been making decorations for my tree!

  • Mariah - busy busy girls! Although… I’m pretty fond of eating. My list of things more fun than eating is pretty short! 🙂 Fun to run into you on Saturday! I got all I needed and then some! How ’bout you?

  • heather - we’ve been getting our craft on over here, too. now i want to make some little jars like yours though. oh well, add it to the list. 🙂

  • Sara Rose - This is a tease. We want to see more. What crafts have you been up to???

  • Katie - our kitchen table has been looking like this for the past week, too. we clear a little spot off at every meal time 🙂 i’ve been making christmas cards, gift tags, and a few little presents…

  • Stephanie - I am wondering what all these small clips of crafts look like finished!!! I have been making wooden signs and cookies!!!

  • Kenyon - I always love the color you have in your pictures. I work in a library, so in my spare time I cut up old book pages and make paper roses. They look so cute on the counter…perhaps it’s sending the wrong message to the children though ;o)

  • Jill E. - love the kids in the collage!

    just been collection to get ready to make my wedding center pieces so excited to have a purpose to craft.

  • sarah - I think I’m going to start on some jewelry and maybe a funky wreath for my mom. love you shots of “work”

  • Natalie - I’ve been crocheting scarves – I picked up a hook/yarn for the first time in 10 years- It’s a lot more fun when you have little ones to make things for – they are appreciative, and the projects are quick because they’re mini-versions of the grown up scarves!

  • Kara - ha this looks JUST like my kitchen table right now! Glad to know someone else has their crafts all spread out!

  • Jenny - We just celebrated my daughter’s first birthday, so I’ve been making decorations for the party. Made some felt garland too, but out of circles. LOVE IT!

  • Seamingly Sarah - Ah! My entire living room floor looked like that over the weekend. Then the Christmas tree arrived and I had to clean up my act! I hand cut (and now must find a circle punch to save my hands next time) all my old christmas cards for a circle garland. I made purses for my etsy shop. Hair accessories for christmas gifts and a little test stamping with dried flowers and finger paint (can you tell my 2 year old was involved?). Now onto a quilt and christmas cards (this is where the stamping and finger paints will come in!).

  • The Prairie Hen - Dear Crafty Chic,
    Looks like you are having a ball among the blasts of holiday hustle and bustle. I’ve been working on lots of THANKFUL[NEST] projects to show those I care about how much I appreciate them.

    Raimie For Real in NE

UPDATE: The post is up now.

Today I am sharing another one of our Christmas traditions over at Smile and Wave as part of Rachel’s Home for the Holidays series. If you haven’t checked out her series…you should. There are tons of great ideas and beautiful decor.


My contribution isn’t your typical tradition…..

Also, I would like to say the only thing that makes it worth the walk to the mailbox in the cold is the Christmas cards starting to fill it up. I get giddy each time I pull out a card!

Today is also my dad’s birthday!

Happy Birthday Dad!!!

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  • Anna Marie - Happy birthday to Ashley’s dad!!!

  • amanda torres - Today should be especially sweet. High in the 60’s!

  • Dacia - Happy Birthday Dad!!!

  • Alissa @ Homemade Christmas Gifts - Oooh, interesting! I am looking forward to reading the article!

  • nori - oh ashley… i LOVED this guest post! what an amazing tradition! that is something that can be carried on for all generations and that journal will most certainly be a family treasure forever! :o) thank you so much for sharing!

  • RachelC - One of my favorite Christmas traditions! Great post.

  • Amanda - i loved your post on “smile and wave”! so cute! i’m totally going to incorporate it for my family in the future!!

  • Kellie Ann - The guest post was really fabulous. Thanks for sharing such a unique, but meaningful tradition. Often, I read about traditions that are not practical or too cheesy for my family. My husband and I don’t have kids yet, but I am excited to start this this year and see how the hopes change in a few years 🙂

    Happy, happy birthday and year to your dad.

  • caro - thanks for sharing, love the idea!.
    Tonight and tomorrow there is the TELETON in my country,this event help kids and youngs with mobility problems,i don’t know the name in english, people who can walk or write or paint, ’cause they don’t have hands or legs, is a beautiful work from one person since 70’s, DON FRANCISCO, i’ll hope, we, like country can raise funds we need.
    Best wishes for your father and sorry about my english.
    From Chile with love.

  • Joye - Such an adorable photo! And I just read your tradition and I LOVE it! So simple, yet so meaningful! I enjoy making traditions with my family and we just might have to do something like this 🙂

  • Rose - Fun idea! Are those pictures above the mantle tiles? So neat!!

  • Ashlee - That is the sweetest idea! I will certainly keep that in mind when I have my own family someday!

  • Mariah - Loved this post, Ashley! What a great tradition! I think we are going to borrow it at our house. 🙂

  • Rachel - I almost wish I didn’t know about this just because now I’m excited to take down the stockings and write our lists.

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