Did you think I’d let a holiday go by without any crafts? I think not!
A few years ago I started Homemade Christmas, an ambitious plan to sew or bake or stitch some element of all the gifts for my family for the holidays. I always meant to start in September, but never got going until after Thanksgiving and then without fail would spend Christmas Eve in my room with a headlamp and an embroidery hoop. Spoiler alert — I didn’t make any gifts for Christmas this year. I’m a little disappointed in myself, actually. I’ve been busy making things for other people, and with an early December deadline for shipping to the States, I didn’t have my 2 am Christmas Eve sewing miracle to count on. Sorry, family. This year you’re getting random Japanese curiosities instead.
But the crafter in me just couldn’t let the holiday pass without a little sparkle-adorned felt for the occasion.
I think the ornaments look rather cute on my tree branch. No $500 Oregon pine for me. (Seriously. That is no exaggeration.) The beauty of a corner nook in a small apartment — I really only need 1/4 of a tree.
Today is the Emperor’s birthday, a national holiday in Japan and the beginning of our long weekend of leisure. I’m looking forward to all the fried chicken and eggnog in my future. What is everyone else cooking?