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Dec072010

Aargh Humbug!

Little did I know when I planned my little boy's 4th pirate birthday party that I was ushering in what has become a full-blown pirate obsession. In the last six months, he has devoured every single pirate book our library has to offer. He has become distressingly well-versed in the weaponry of 17th century swashbucklers. After he broke his leg this fall, his only consolation was that he would be more convincing as Long John Silver.

Truly, at this point I feel like I live in a pirate ship. So it's no surprise that as I was doodling last week, I started drawing a holiday pirate snowman. You know, Christmas and pirates, a match made in heaven. And to set my little doodle off, I put it on a stocking shape. Big mistake. Because at exactly that moment, my son looked over my shoulder and said, "Mommy! You're making me a new pirate snowman stocking! I love it!" Uhhhh. Hm.

How could I say no? So, after enlisting the help of my personal Craft Fairy Godfriend (buy her awesome, recycled holiday ornaments here!), I think I am going to tackle this guy in wool felt. My husband is afraid. Very (justifiably) afraid.

In the meantime, while exhibiting my peerless fabric-cutting-avoidance-skills, I thought I'd spread the wealth— er, booty—in a little holiday printable: giftcards!

You can download the file here. There are two versions of the cards, which print 8-up to a page and have cut lines clearly marked. Print on heavy card stock, or use Avery pre-cut card sheets (look for products 5881, 8373, 8869) to avoid cutting altogether (my fave!).

As always, you can use this template as much as you like for personal, non-commercial use.

Oh, and if you like these printables, how about keep my poor husband in your thoughts as I undertake this and other absurd last-minute sewing projects in the coming weeks. It could get ugly in here.

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I love this so much - it is the most beautiful pirate snowman around - and am happy to be following in your footsteps! Thanks!

December 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKate

Cameron, you need to come to Houston to see the Pirates exhibit at the Museum of Natural Science. My son is also 4. His current topic of endless facts is dinosaurs but we went through a pirate phase last year. Lots of fun. I love the pirate snowman, too! Good luck with the stocking.

December 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterheide

How are you so amazing?!
So glad it's a printable, I have a lot of pirate friends out there!

Cure for the common gift tag.

December 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney!

You can DO it! Felt makes all things possible...and he'll love it, it's such a fabulous design!

December 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCandy from Candied Fabrics

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