Christmas is less than a month away and we’ve already begun decorating our home. This is our first year in our new house plus we adopted our puppy, Corona, this year and it will be her first Christmas as well.
We picked up a beautiful fireplace at Lowe’s in the clearance section a few months back. There was a giant hole in the box, but when we got it home all the parts were there and nothing was broken. It adds such a cozy touch to our living room, plus it has the option to produce heat or just show the fire which is perfect for Florida where we often run the AC in the winter months.
Stockings are a big deal in my family. My stocking was made by my Grandmommy when I was a baby. The front is all needlepointed and the back is green velvet. Since my Grandmommy passed away and I do not know how to needlepoint I got Kyle a similar style at Lands End.
When I say a big deal, I mean that our stockings are one of our most cherished traditions in my family. My dad always made sure there was an orange in the toe of the stocking on Christmas morning and usually a handful of candies like Hershey’s Kisses sprinkled in. This makes a delicious pre breakfast. You see, we were allowed to wake up Christmas morning and open our stockings by the light of the Christmas tree even before my parents woke up. My mom used to fill the rest of the stocking with small useful items like lip balm or razors, all individually wrapped, and some fun items like silly putty or water wigglies which our family call “snausages” and are perfect for launching through wrapping paper tubes, by the way. Then there may be a candy cane or small stuffed animal sticking out of the top. They were always packed full if not overflowing.
This year I decided to personalize Kyle’s stocking and add two new stockings, one for Corona and one for Chimi, our cat who we adopted last year.
Here is what I did to personalize our Christmas stockings:
I got 2 plain stockings for a couple of dollars at the At Home store. You can also try Dollar Tree which is a favorite of mine. I got Kyle’s stocking online from Lands End.
I picked up some Siser Easy Weed Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV) at Michael’s when it went on sale a few months ago in red and green glitter. I also purchase Siser HTV on Amazon.
I used my Cricut Explore and Cricut Design Space to cut and pick out the fonts. Remember when you use HTV to mirror your cut and place the shiny side down on the cutting mat.
With this Easy Weed HTV I only needed my Cricut wedding tool for the very intricate pieces.
I then used my Cricut Easy Press to transfer and affix my designs onto the stockings. I referred to the Cricut material time and temperature sheets and followed the guidelines for felt for Corona and Chimi’s and bumped it up to cotton for Kyle’s.
I also used a Cricut Easy Press mat to place underneath my stockings when using the Easy Press.
This project is super quick once you complete your design.
You can add HTV snowflakes, holly, Christmas lights, or anything else you come up with. Feel free to comment below and share pictures of holiday decorations and projects you’ve made with HTV.
Happy Christmas season to you! May the decorating begin!