Crafting Together Through Winter

January 03, 2018
Welcome to January friends!

Winter is the perfect time of the year to use our imaginations, hearts, hands and dreams to create beautiful projects for our homes and for gift giving too.

As I sit here inside our cozy home my mind is racing on all the Winter crafting projects I want to get to.

Just like my Mama did, I am going to Craft my way through the Winter months and I am inviting you to join me!

Winter is such a perfect time of the year to explore new crafting methods, and sharpen some rusty skills.

These chilly months are also the optimum time to try out a new tool, learn a new stitch, or purchase a new machine to assist you in your crafting journey.

Speaking of machines, I am about to try out my new Sizzix Die Cut Machine. No matter how sharp I keep my scissors, I still don't have the crisp edges on my projects that I really need. I just ordered these Sizzix Thinlits Dies.

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Crafting has always been a staple of life for me and it all began with my Mama in our red brick house, in the Winter. Now, when I mention Winter well those were some fierce Winters on the Farm in Idaho, below zero temperatures and often times snow drifts up to your waist.

So, when I speak of Winter in my region of the country, I have to laugh at myself.

The best months for crafting on the Farm were January through March and that is when Mama would bring out her patterns, fabric and sewing machine...and her dreams.

Some of my fondest memories growing up are those Winter months with Mama where she would alternate me between sledding and crafting. Plenty of fresh air and activities to keep a youngster healthy, growing and out of trouble!

It was in that little cozy kitchen with yellow walls and a matching yellow kitchen table that I fell in love with crafting. Today warm memories flow generously as I picture Mama setting up those special crafting supplies just for me, and I suppose to keep me busy so she could actually get some sewing done.

Crafting and dreams sort of go together.

Seems to me that what the mind can imagine and the heart can feel, well it's only a matter of time before the hands can create it.

Sharing these easy rosy red flower pots with you today-thinking ahead to Valentine's Day!

I am excited to be sharing with you today some activities for these upcoming months.

There will be tutorials on these projects so you can easily make them yourself or you'll find them all finished and ready for purchasing in my online shop very soon.

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Sharing a little list of a few of the projects you will have access to here at Jemma's.

  1. Ombre and solid pompom garland.
  2. Variety of baskets and bags with pompoms and tassels.
  3. Greeting cards and bookmarks.
  4. Wreaths.

Thank you for joining me and Happy Crafting!

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  1. My mom was not a crafter. She was an amazing cook and baker, but I think that was only due to necessity. She was a Broadway performer so her passion was singing. Luckily, my aunt and grandmother were very crafty. I learned to cross stitch at a young age and that DIY was acceptable and preferable. Which is awesome, since the singing gene definitely skipped me!! ;)

  2. I'm so delighted you are doing get-ready-for-Valentine's day now! It does seem to sneak up on us! Those little red pots are really cute! They'd be awfully cute party favors!

    I've got to get busy making my blog prize drawings and some bookmarks for this month's book club. Yikes. Time flies, doesn't it!

  3. Oh, how exciting! I can't wait to see all of your neat projects! You always make the prettiest things and always brighten my day when I come by to visit. May God bless you and yours in the new year, sweet friend!

  4. I have been crafting all my life. This will be so much fun. You came up with some cute projects.

  5. You are such a busy lady and you are very talented. I take crafting by spells and I have to be in the mood. I keep saying that when I retire I am going to do more crafting and pick a few new hobbies. I hope that you have a wonderful New Year dear Jemma. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  6. I love crafting thru the cold weather! Such cute projects ahead! I can't wait! ❤️

  7. I'm so excited you're getting that machine Jemma! You can be my guinea pig ;).

    I wish I could sew or craft now, but it's not possible. But that's ok, I have more time to do other things like read fun blogs!


  8. Hi Jemma! I love your story of crafting and sewing with your mom during the cold winter months! As I learned to sew, my mother was glad to hand the chore of fixing buttons on clothing over to me. She liked to do some crafts but her gift was reading ~ also a present she handed to me! I know, I've been thinking I've got to get some crafts going, too. I already did a simple one and I just need to write it up. :)

    Have fun and glad we are starting to thaw out here in TX,
    Barb :)

  9. Your mom sounded amazing, Jemma! Sadly, my mom really didn't enjoy motherhood. She did a lot of sewing, out of necessity not enjoyment, and never let her curious little daughter in on any sewing adventures. I was so excited to finally learn to sew and cook when I took Home Ec in Jr. High. I excelled in those classes, and everything else I know how to do have been self-taught or via YouTube. Everything my mom didn't teach me, has made me work just that much harder to teach my own children and grandchildren how to do "stuff." I'm not sharing this to sound like a "pity party," but just to show that some of us were "Momma-challenged," and life turned out very good in-spite of it. I do truly enjoy hearing about your childhood, and I know you are an amazing mom, because you are an amazing person!

    Warm hugs,


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