Monday, November 12, 2012

getting excited!

Is it a bad thing that I'm already excited for Christmas? 

With (only!) six weeks to go, I've been busy thinking about holiday shopping, travel plans, cookie recipes and of course, Christmas craft projects! My husband and I live in Texas but are flying home to New York for the holiday to visit our families, so gift shopping and giving are tricky. Previously, I've tried to buy small things for everyone to make fitting gifts in my suitcase easy, but this year I'm going to shop online and ship anything I buy directly to my parents' house, where I'll spend Christmas Eve furiously wrapping.

Of course, craft stores have been building and expanding their holiday offerings since September, and while I haven't (yet) caved to home decor supplies, I've been hard at work on my annual hand-made ornaments. (I'll post some from years past soon.)

A few weeks ago, a fleeting thought crossed my mind: "How can I make beaded snowflake ornaments? They would be so pretty!" I've worked a little bit with wire in the past, experimenting with a range of gauges to find out what would bend easily but still support weight, so I thought that might work and set out to find some examples online. After a bit of googling and Etsy browsing, I came across something even better: pre-made wire snowflake forms!

Score! I immediately ordered a bunch on Amazon and impatiently waited for them to arrive in the mail. (None of my local craft stores appeared to carry them.) In the mean time, I stocked up on beads, taking full advantage of sales and coupons.

Husband sees me come in with bags from Target and Michael's: "I thought you just went out to get toilet paper...?"
Me: "Well, Michael's is right next door, so I stopped in there quickly too..."
Husband: "More beads?" ::Sigh::

It's ok. He loves me.

Anyway, with all my supplies gathered, I was ready to start crafting! Here's a look at a few of my favorites so far...

This snowflake is available in my Etsy store! sauleshine.etsy.com

This snowflake is available in my Etsy store! sauleshine.etsy.com

This snowflake is available in my Etsy store! sauleshine.etsy.com

This snowflake is available in my Etsy store! sauleshine.etsy.com

I have a big window in my office at work, so I brought a few in to hang up. They really sparkle and shine in the morning sunlight!

So, fellow crafters: what are you making for the holidays this year? What's the best thing you've made recently? 

Non-crafters: do you like getting home-made gifts or do you wish we'd just give you the real thing?

Thursday, November 8, 2012

a little about me

I'm Lindsay.

I grew up in upstate New York but now live in Texas.

I'm a graphic designer by day.

I love my husband more than anything in the world. My dog is a close second. Sadly, he lives with my parents in New York, so I don't get to see him much. (My dog, not my husband.)

I love baking. And eating. Mostly ice cream. And sushi.

I love crafting. Especially for Christmas.

I hate being cold.

I love sunshine. And being outside in it.

I love shopping. And shoes. (Duh. I'm a girl.)

I have long hair and I never wear it the same way two days in a row.

I love tennis. Fun to watch. Fun to play. I'm not very good.

I love playing ultimate frisbee. I'm not very good at that either.

I went to a small, artsy college in New York. If I had to do it again, I'd go there every time.

I'm somewhere between 1/4 and 1/2 Italian. (Grandma is 100%.) I'm determined to see the "motherland" someday.

I'm a sucker for reality TV shows. I can't help it. And I don't want to. I know most of them aren't real. I don't care.

I love wine.

I hate beer.

I love the beach.

I love reading books.

I love writing.

I hope you enjoy and read more of my blog!