Craftastic Pre-Christmas Party!

October 28, 2010, 14:30 pm  Posted by Lark

I know, I know. CHRISTMAS?!? Already? SERIOUSLY? … Yeah. I’m serious. As a heart attack. (Ok. Maybe not a heart attack. But heart burn. And that stuff is serious.)

This year is my year NOT to procrastinate on Christmas. I’ve already started making a list. So what inspired me before even Halloween? Going to the Southern Highland Craft Fair last week right before my whirlwind awesome Girl Camp weekend. That’s what.

I thought, “Shoot! I need to get on Amazon pronto figure this out!” But then I realized, “Hey! I’m artsy. I’m crafty. My friends are super-fantastic and deserve some thought-out gifts!” (Below is a shot of some of these friends at Girl Camp weekend):

A sampling of my friends who deserve awesome Christmas gifts and will hopefully be attending my Craftastic Pre-Christmas Crafting Party!

While we were hiking back from Rainbow Falls, my friend Michelle planted the seed in my head that we could all make Christmas gifts together. Cool! THEN another friend was kind enough to send me a link to this hilarious video that is, well, craftastic and inspiring:

Bingo. A reason to pull out my gold lame leggings. So what should we make? I’m making a list of ideas including:

1. Shrink Plastic Jewelry. PERFECT for friends you’d like to personalize necklaces, earrings, etc. for.

2. Polymer Clay Bead charms! We could make some skull beads (for those goth friends) or just some colorful polymer clay bead charms.

3. My friend Abby really wants to try to solder something. I have a soldering iron and figure I should whip out the Ultimate Jeweler’s Guide to learn how to handle tools for jewelry making…and probably read the section on ‘safety.’

4. Anything to do with RetroCrafts and also adding glitter to any and everything.

Do you have any ideas for making your own Christmas gifts? If so, please comment! I’d love some more ideas! :)


12 Responses

    Kerosene says:

    Girl Camp sounds fun! Crafts fo’ Christmas too. Neat idea. Jewelry making – yeah! You can mess with sharp things and melt stuff and it isn’t really complete until a Mapp gas torch or some kind of mystical fire is introduced. 3, 2, 1, GO!

    Anonymous says:

    Camp was awesome fun, the horseback riding and zip line were the best! And I’m all in for making shrink plastic jewelry for myself and my friends. When will this Craftastic Pre-Christmas Crafting Party be happening?

    Anonymous says:

    Sometime in November maybe? We’ll have to discuss. Glad you like the idea!!

    MichelleReynolds77 says:

    Girl camp was cool – next time I’m just gonna be a little less ambitous with the physical stuff on the schedle ;)
    For Christmas crafting, I’m thinking maybe nice-smelling glycerin soap – maybe with tiny figurines in them – Wonder Woman maybe? And glitter ball Christmas ornaments would be fun. Also, I like those mixes in a Mason jar they sell – maybe we could do brownies or chili, something that everyone likes. The possibilities are endless – it could be like Craft Camp Weekend!

    Ray Hemachandra says:

    Carol, I love how that video perfectly captures the aesthetic and sensibility of our team. But please stop wearing your gold lame leggings at work. It’s getting a little old.

    Ahaffelt says:

    Can’t wait for CraftMania and to do some Craftalkin’ and soldering. Give me my iron!

    Anonymous says:

    Jealousy does not suit you well, sir. But gold lame leggings come in one-size-fits-most. …Christmas and Hanukkah are fast approaching! :)

    Csfolks says:

    Soldering? Really? Count me in. I too have always wanted to solder something.

    Making jewerly sounds like a great holiday activity. I can see making decorations for the tree with some of those craft techniques.

    Kathy says:

    Are you kidding me?!? That video is fantastic. Craft talking rocks.

    Teresa says:

    Let’s make holiday collars and hats for our pets. We will need bells…

    ... says:

    LOVE the Craft Talk video. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen it, and it still rocks.

    I would highly suggest throwing a canning party with some friends. Visit a local apple orchard and whip up some lovely apple butter on the stove (it has the extra benefit of warming up a cold kitchen). You’ll have plenty of tasty gifts for family, friends, and neighbors with a fun local twist. I did it last year to rave reviews.

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