Yikes...who appointed me Christmas Craft Counselor of all time? Okay...I'm grousing..I really DO love these annual events..but no matter how EASY (yeah..e~A~s~Y) I think that particular craft will be for any given year it becomes a week of prep work.
Honestly, I can't leave EVERYTHING up to these ladies to complete start to finish or we'd be here until Christmas EVE! They talk, and eat, and DRINK
a whole lot more than they craft. SOOOOO I've gotten smart over the years and actually pretty much prepared them little Christmas Craft kits.
This year I thought it would be fun to make a pinecone picture frame and each lady would bring a small picture of something special and Christmas~y that they cherish and would like to make a frame for it.
Sounds good in theory right? The instrumentation is a WHOLE lot more...no wonder Martha Stewart has an army of preppies for her segments. I need those people!
I've done NOTHING but clip my fingers blistered on those darn pinecones and then I decided I'd work up an example...yep ladies need it spelled out in show and tell style...
before they venture in...spoiled, spoiled, SPOILED.
AND...what do you know..I used up a heap load of my precious pinecones JUST for the example. They may get a 'starter kit' this year and a few intact pinecones to take home and finish for Christmas homework. I don't know if I can get through more of this 'me against the pinecone' when the party is tomorrow night.
Last night I even had the hubs clipping...believe me he's such a good sport. A keeper that one. BUT...he did make a running narrative of WHY...do I do this year after year after year when I'm one of the only one's still working...isn't it time to pass the torch.
The simple answer is no. If we want the tradition to stay...it's up to me. No one will make the effort and that's just the way the snowman rolls.
And actually the night itself once all prepped and ready is GOOD GOOD fun. It's kind of my holiday gift to all my dear friends and my holiday thank you for the many years of camaraderie we've shared. Election crisis' and all.
I know them well enough (25+ years) to tell them the Craft party is absolutely a no politics, no religion spoken zone. Do they listen to me about this GREAT piece of advise....not often.
But I guess that's what makes friends friends...blistered fingers of mine and all. I love those crazy women...and I'll take pics of the party...you will too.
Here's two of the crafts we have on the agenda. I hope we make it through both. I might have to hide the vino!
This is the pinecone picture frames
Here's our Christmas package enhancers, or bookmarks, or even plant pretties. Should be fun...tonight I'll be pre painting the kraft sticks...oh boy MORE fun!