December’s Plush Of The Month

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I was really excited about December’s Plush Of The Month Club! I wanted to create something seasonal but also something for everyone regardless of what they may celebrate during the month of December. I thought about my plush candles which I have only ever briefly made in the past, first for a gallery show, and then a few to sell. I thought they were perfect because December marks the longest night (Winter Solstice) and what better to a candle then to cheer up those long winter nights, even in plush form.
I did get it in my head that I wanted to include candy & stickers inside these vintage style stockings.
I’ll share January’s POM boxes with you in a few weeks once all the overseas boxes have been delivered.

December Crafternoon


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December Crafternoon is always one of my favorites. The house is decorated, I get to make fun little party gifts, and there are loads of Christmas cookies. For the craft I wanted something super simple and with very little supplies, so I had everyone pick up a couple of packs of Sculpey polymer clay and we just made ornaments. I didn’t even get photos of any of the ornaments this time, but it was pretty laid back which I think is perfect way to end the year.
A few nights before Crafternoon I made The Splendid Table’s buttermints. They were so easy to make and taste so great that I think I am going to make it a yearly tradition to make up a big batch of them (Tom’s mom does this with fudge and we really look forward to getting a tin of fudge each Christmas from her) I packaged the buttermints up into little jars and tied some snowmen I printed out on. I originally had plans to make the snowmen into ornaments by pasting the cut out on wood and using my scroll saw, but I kept breaking off the hat brims and finally gave up on that idea.
For the white elephant we did something different that I think worked out quite well! We did a stocking exchange and I decided to wrap my gifts like parcels (need to remember to wrap more gifts this way next Christmas, so much fun!!) and then I had to sew a huge ridiculous Santa stocking to fit the boxes inside. Ahead of time I made up little cards that said things like “swap stockings with the person whose birthday is closest to Christmas”. Then when we were ready to do the stocking swap I had everyone start by picking up a stocking that did not belong to them. Then we went around the circle each person drawing a card and doing what it instructed. I made about twice as many cards as there were people so the stockings would travel around a bunch. It worked out so well, and everyone ended up with a stocking that was not theirs. I figured if someone at the end had theirs I would have them draw one of the cards we already used to swap it out, but it wasn’t needed.

Winter Wonderland

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Despite the holidays being the busiest time of the year, I did set aside time to make special fabrics. First I made a blow mold and matching vintage stocking set, and then I made one with some silly winter time friends. I even got a chance to sew myself a Bruce tote to hold all my tape, scissors, gift labels etc. and it worked perfectly! I didn’t mind leaving it out somewhere because it looked fun and festive, and I never found myself hunting around for gift wrap supplies.
You can find these designs over at Spoonflower available on fabric, gift wrap, and even wall paper if you have a special Christmas room that needs a makeover.