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‘Tis the Season To Be Crafty

I can’t believe Christmas has already come and gone. Last year, as you may remember, I was in the holiday spirit, like really in the holiday spirit. This year, not so much.

I wasn’t my usual Grinch self, but I think I was in denial that it was December because (1) the weather didn’t feel like December weather and (2) I’ve been so busy that my sane state of mind was (and still is!) stuck in October. Therefore, I am sad to report my holiday crafts are fairly limited this year. However, I think the awesomeness of the few crafts I did makes up for the limited quantity.

I started the Christmas season off strong, dragging my older sister into my office to help me do a little holiday decorating the weekend after Thanksgiving. Borrowing concepts from a few images floating around Pinterest, my sister and I converted the reception area into a pseudo-gingerbread house.


As is, I thought it turned out pretty awesome, but the icing on the cake (or frosting on the gingerbread) was the built-in lighting of the reception area. It’s as if our architects planned for something this awesome to happen!

gingerbread-reception-lightedNext I made a holiday sweater that, without a doubt, takes the cake for “most original.” It’s a Barney-in-a-speedo themed holiday sweater. Please take note that this sweater also accurately depicts Barney’s inability to reach the top of the tree because of his short arms. #dinoproblems

barney xmasBelieve it or not, I made this sweater for the head honcho of the company I work for. He made a comment about the turkey sweater I wore before Thanksgiving and I mentioned, “oh just wait until Christmas.” Ultimately, I walked away from the conversation set on making him one and immediately began scheming with a coworker on what to make (so oddly enough, there’s a reason behind Barney in a speedo). When it came time to give it to him, I wondered if I’d gone too far (because, well, I do that sometimes), but he liked it. He really liked it.

And last, but certainly not least, for my work department’s holiday party, I made a pair of holiday sweaters for The Boy and me. I toyed back and forth between two concepts and ultimately settled on innuendo-based concept: “Jingle My Bells” and “Feel the Joy.” Needless to say, we were a hit at the party.

innuendo pair

I will say, The Boy was a really good sport about wearing this: he wore it for nearly 40 minutes at the holiday party (38 minutes longer than I expected). I will probably never get him to wear it again, but that’s what photos are for!

Like I said, my holiday spirit seemed to be lacking this year, but at least the caliber of my holiday crafts didn’t suffer. Plus, it seems Mocha Jo’s holiday spirit was limited too…


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