Why a Handmade Caribbean Christmas? This Christmas season marks a first for my husband and I. It will be the first year in our marriage, and the first in 29 years for me, that we have not had at least one of our kids with us. I knew this would be the case before we left the States to come to Martinique and I had decided that I just wouldn’t decorate, we would go to church like normal and then just hang out like normal.
Then, as I was recovering from one of my knee surgeries, sitting in a chair, reading my emails, I got an email from Riley Blake Designs with this wonderful Cozy Christmas fabric. It was love at first site. Seriously. I’m that person. You know the one. The one that falls in love with fabric and usually buys it without a plan. Yep, that’s me.
Anyway, since I have done a little work with Riley Blake Designs in the past, I decided to contact them and see about getting my hands on this fantastically wonderful fabric. Lucky me, it was to be and soon I was receiving my package, with all this wonderful fabric, in the mail. Yay!!
I mostly recovered from my surgeries and off we were to the beautiful island of Martinique, with the sand of many colors and the beautiful beaches. Christmas was the furthest thing from my mind for the first 2 or 3 months. How could I think about Christmas with this to visit every day?
In August I started thinking about my Christmas projects and then we got a call telling us we needed to go to the French Consulate in San Francisco, so my plans were put on hold as we took at crazy week long trip that included many planes and not so much sleep. We made it back to Martinique and I got to work. For your information, each post, with instructions, will be linked in red throughout the post, in case you want to make one yourself.
My first project was a table runner similar to this one. This is actually the second one I made. The first was a gift for someone else, not saying who. I made this one the other day. It’s a pretty quick project. My dining table sits on my terrace, as is the tradition in most homes here.
I recently did a little furniture moving around to accommodate the guest we will have over the next few months. I’m thinking I it like this and wish I would have done it sooner.
I made this little picture using vinyl I purchased from The Crazy Creative Vinyl Lady. She ships and will actually make the full project for you if you want. Look her up on Facebook and see some of her handy work. (Shameless plug for my daughter.)
In September, my friend Robyn got here from the States. Her husband and my husband work together, so she is like me in that she travels with her husband. We had a sewing day one day and made these two aprons. I taught her to sew that day. Didn’t she do great?! She’s a little more fun in front of the camera than I am. It was a fun day though.
Christmas trees are a funny thing in our family. If we’re home, we will usually cut our own tree in the mountains. However, sometimes that doesn’t work out and I wing it, usually making a tree of some sort. I wish I had a picture of all my trees that I made. I think this one is my favorite though. This is not on the blog, but I copied one on Virginia Sweet Pea’s blog that she made at Home Depot. She didn’t have instructions, just a picture. The lights are a little obnoxious, but I’m figuring them out. There is a dial to dial it back a little.
I made this scrap fabric garland with a bunch of scraps I had. It’s super easy. You put painted or colored beads on a string, either like I did, with thread, if your string is too thick, or you can actually string them. Secure them in the spots you want them. Then, tie scraps of fabric on the string, as many as you want.
Super simple and it comes out so cute. The finished product below, taken during the day and at night.
Christmas coasters are fun to have. They are also an easy, quick gift idea. If you’re in need of coaster, you can use any fabric you want. I love how these turned out with the Cozy Christmas fabric though.
Probably my favorite thing I made is this Advent Calendar. It takes a little more time, but it’s so worth it. Plus, if you add a little chocolate in each pocket, you have an excuse to eat chocolate every day.
I made this fun banner with the Cozy Christmas fabric and vinyl from The Crazy Creative Vinyl Lady in a couple of hours. It is almost no sew and has a pattern on the tutorial, so you could make it even faster. Whoo Hoo!
Those are my Christmas projects this year. Thanks so much to Riley Blake Designs for the awesome fabric. The nice thing about these decorations is that they will travel easily, except for the tree, so I can take them with me when I move someplace else. I wonder what kind of tree I will have next year or even where I will be. Until then, I will just enjoy my spot in the world. Thanks for visiting my Handmade Caribbean Christmas. I hope you found something to spark your interest.
What are your plans for Christmas?