I sure did! I have the new work area and everything was merry and bright. I decided not to put up a Yule tree this year, too many kittenish cats for that. I have several antique ornaments and I didn't want them ruined.
I did buy a few things to put up in place of a tree. I love the Tomtes and I found a couple here and there. I found myself a lovely little mobile with Yule goats, I made a wreath with my daughter and made some gnomes for it. I saw a lovely idea on Pinterest using ping pong balls on lights and I made that, and they turned out quite well. So, even though I decided against the tree this year, my home was still festive. I also decided to go a new color with my hair. Here's a few pics of everything and links to the pins that I found for these.
First, my new tomte that found a home in front of my fireplace:
Next, my daughter and I made some crafts for our home. We made cinnamon ornaments and turned them into garland.
I didn't really use a pin for this, as I have made these before. I usually start with a cup of applesauce and then keep adding cinnamon until I have a stiff dough. I also put a bit of cloves in. Here's a helpful link: Cinnamon ornaments
Next, I found a pin that used pinecones as the base of a wreath. I had been picking up pinecones for days on my walks with Tesla, my pittie. We decided to make this one, but I also added a few gnomes to it. The gnomes were another pin that I found.
Aren't they cute??
Here are the links to the ideas for them. Pinecone wreath and gnomes
Here's the ping pong lights
Link for directions here: Ping pong
I made my first Yule log cake! I found a gluten free recipe and I even made the little mushrooms for decoration.
The recipe that I used is here: http://christinascucina.com/2012/12/yule-log-made-easily-delicious-and.html
The one that I used for the mushrooms is here: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/meringue_mushrooms.html
And I had my hair colored a beautiful silver color with blue ombre, which I adore and plan to keep for a while.
All the Tomtes and vintage swedish Christmas cards on pinterest had my art wheels grinding in my head and I made a new plaque. I love the look of the vintage cards, some with glitter. This is a 3D plaque. I painted the background picture and then I create the main pic with clay. I made each of the little lights on the tree and strung them on green thread and placed them on the tree. I placed holly around the edge and put the Swedish "God Jul" at the top which means "Merry Christmas" or "Good Yule". This lovely plaque will be listed in my shop this week. I have another that I am going to make, plus I'm going to begin work for the Imbolc edition of Imramma Magazine!
I hope each and every one of you had wonderful holidays with your families and I hope to have more pics soon. In the meantime, here are some pics of my latest plaque!