Crafty Catch Up Days

So many crafty projects, so little time….  I started way back in August trying out some new craft ideas for Christmas assuming that that would give me plenty of time to complete some things before December.  Well, it’s December – it’s close to Christmas – several projects had been started, none completed.  Game plan had to be devised.

First, play with some wax – it is a joyful time in the Bolinger Household when it’s candle tart making day!  The entire house fills with fragrance as it wafts from room to room – LOVE it!  Gregg LOVES it!  The requested fragrances this season:  apples-n-oak, cinnamon bun, cinnamon stick, northwoods Christmas, vanilla velvet, spiced tea and a couple others.


My happy little candle tart helper!  Caution:  the little plastic fragrance bottles are NOT to be added to the wax!!!!  Eau de plastique is not a popular tart request!


Sara just couldn’t resist dropping the bottle in….  plastic spiced tea coming right up!  Seriously though, she did a fantastic job making some tarts!!!


The candle tart harvest was small this year but mighty in fragrance!  



Next, we moved on to the ornament station – oh, the ornaments – a work in progress, labor of love craft project!  We started with thin, undecorated pieces of wood and ended up with scrapbook fantastic mod podged (yes, it’s mod, not modge….. I had been saying modge podge the entire time) bejeweled ornaments for the trees!  Alex worked on some drawings for Sara while we hurriedly attempted to speed through the finishing process on the ornaments.  She looks super cute in her apron!


Sara was the happy recipient of several “Alex B. Original Drawings” for her fridge!


Here are some of my finished ornaments, bejeweled and ready to be put on the tree!


Here are some of Sara’s finished ornaments bejeweled and ready for her tree!  We both dreamed of the day that they’d be ready to hang – finalmente!!!  Aye dios mio, estan muy bonitas para los arboles de Navidad!


Next on the list, work on teacher’s gifts.  Christian is stirring together some homemade cocoa ingredients for his teacher.


Ben is adding some non-dairy creamer to his mix.


Alex is busy stirring away – please take notice of the littered stove top!  It was hilarious to see what ended up outside of the bowl….!


Cocoa mix assembly line


Eventually, all of the teachers’ gifts, bus drivers’ gifts, etc. were finished and tres cute!


Needed a fun snack to go along with the cocoa mix, although I don’t recommend enjoying both treats together unless you want to go into a sugary shock….  Oreo bark is such a rich, “little goes a long way” treat.  Oreos and alpine chocolate mixed together – dangerously delicious!


And just looks oh so lovely!


More of my assembly line madness.


Last but not least, I had been dying to try out this 3-D paper snowflake since I saw the tutorial for it at  and while it takes a little bit of time and patience, the end result is amazingly beautiful for copy paper, tape, and staples!  I plan on making several more to hang around the house before our Christmas party.  Inexpensive delight!


And, with that, several of the unfinished projects have indeed been finished before Christmas!!!  SUCCESS!!!!  Thanks to all of my little helpers on the Crafty Catch Up days!  Now, one more week of school before Christmas break – we are all incredibly excited!!!  Merry Crafting to you!

About cjbolinger

I am a stay-at-home mother of three children (Ben, Alex, and Christian), a wife who is head-over-heels in love with her husband of 13 years (Gregg), a hobbyist photographer, and a lover of everything crafty! Follow my attempts at domesticity as I cook, clean, and craft for my family...
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