The weather has finally started to chill here in our little California desert. I’ve pulled out the sweaters, fired up the heater and stocked up on my supply of hot chocolate!! While we don’t get snow (when we do it melts about the time it hits the ground!) we do get freezing temperatures. I absolutely love this time of year—it’s BOOT season for one, and I love layering on the sweaters, scarves and hats. Also love curling up with a big cozy blanket, a warm mug and a great book if I’m lucky. One draw back to winter is early sundown, which means more time indoors for most of us. Likely why winter was always a big craft season for me. Although my mom may have started that winter ritual.
My mom was good for coming up with winter craft/family projects. One year it was decorating jar tops to be filled with spices—or maybe it was cookie dough. The most memorable family winter craft was these yarn wreaths. She took wire hangers and made circles and gave each of us kids a square cardboard and bundles of green yarn. We’d wrap the yarn around the cardboard twenty-five times, pull it off and then tie it with a small piece of yarn. Those little yarn bundles were then tied to the wire—and after a gazillion bundles were wound and tied on, it made a really cute wreath, to which my mother fastened other decorations. We must have made ten or fifteen of those suckers—a hundred bundles each! I have clear memories of sitting by the fire in our blanket robes (anyone else have one of those blankets that snapped into a robe?) and likely our super-hero Underoos underneath *lol*, and winding yarn, and trying to keep count while watching some Christmas special on TV 😀 For anyone interested in these yarn wreaths, I found a blog which details the instructions for making these exact wreaths! Just click on the pink and white wreath.
Now that I’m a mom I’m really in awe of how clever my mom was to keep us kids busy during those cozy winter evenings 😉 In the past I’ve had my winter projects of ceramics, toll painting, ornaments…the year before I started writing I sewed about fifteen snowmen dolls out of fleece. My hubby used to get miffed because I never kept any of my crafts—but we can visit our relatives and see all kinds of creations that had been gifts. The past few years my winter craft has been books 🙂 This year my winter project is finishing my HOUSE. We are remodeling and currently living in a rental…and hoping to move back home the week of Christmas!
We already got a peek at one of Pam’s winter crafts—love those glamour gloves!! Anyone else turn crafty over winter? Anyone in the midst of any winter projects…have memories of past winter projects?