Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Getting Crafty with My Bad Self

Every year since we've married, Jason and I have been designing our own holiday cards. The first year, we were quite ambitious and made two designs: one for friends and family, and the other for nieces, nephews, and god children. The first was a portrait of us as figure skaters, and the latter one was of Jason getting into shenanigans in the Christmas tree.

Patten Christmas 2007 Design

Patten Christmas 2007 Design

2007 Designs

Last year, we opted to do one design - a simple ode to one of my favorite Christmas movies.

Patten Christmas 2008

2008 Design

This year, we decided to reflect the main source of our pride and joy - Jason's totally awesome mustache (however, if you ask the boy about it, I'm sure he'll be singing a different tune). If you don't know the story behind the infamous 'stache, you can read it here. Every day, Jason threatens to shave it off, but, so far, my "I didn't marry a man who breaks his promises" seems to be working. (In case you were wondering, the dear boy has until June 14, 2010 to keep the mustache, so mark your calendars.)

Patten Christmas 2009

2009 Design

One of things I like doing most during this time of year is making gifts for people. Sure, I love to shop as much as the next gal, but sometimes you just want to create a gift that says, "Hey, I cared enough to put my own sweat equity into this for you. Enjoy!" I think that's why we enjoy designing our own holiday cards so much. It's like giving a little bit of ourselves for Christmas.

This year, I was inspired once again by the 'stache to create these unique gloves for my girls at work. I bought fleece gloves at Old Navy and sewed my own felt mustaches to the index fingers on each glove. (Tip: Slide a wooden popsicle stick into the index finger to keep from pricking yourself with the needle. Works like a charm!) I liked the results so much, I even made myself a pair!

Mustache Gloves!Yes?

Ah, we meet again!

I also had enough felt left over to make these sweet flower pins. They were so easy and fun to make, that I, again, made one for myself. Note the diva-like quality of my pin.

Flower Pins in ProgressFlower Pin ConstructionFlower Pin Construction 3Special Flower PinsMy Flower Pin

Flower Power

I hope the holidays bring you all great joy and happiness and many opportunities for creative blessings. <3 Diana

Sporting My MK Scarf

"What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present,
hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow
with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace."
-Angnes M. Pharo


  1. The pins and gloves are awesome! Hope you and Jason have a very 'stache-tastic Christmas!

  2. You are so precious! what a gift you are :)
    let's get together and craft in 2010!

  3. Kristen, sounds good to me!



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