Every year at Christmas I try to make each of my three children something handmade. Last year both boys were engaged and my daughter was married so I thought—hmmmm-- something for their homes. I decided it should be a collaborative effort between my husband and me. A Lamp!! He made the lamp –I made the shade. Of course, I covered the shade with felted wool and I made it personalized with the first initial of their surnames. They all loved them. My husband and I were pretty pleased ourselves.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
Here are a couple of the pins I made from my wool scrap bag. The patterns are my own. They are all hand-stitched with DMC embroidery floss or perle cotton. Each one ooak –I couldn’t make them exactly the same even if I tried, similar but not exact!! I think they’ll make a cute small gift for someone on my Christmas list.
Saturday, November 6, 2010
I decided to make a babushka doll for a special someone for Christmas. I searched the net for ideas and found a wonderful pattern at http://weefolkart.com/ I made the pattern about 10 inches tall, added a backing of wool felt and stuffed it. I also changed some of the doll's embellishments and embroidery. I think she is adorable -- what do you think?
Friday, November 5, 2010
Our four year old --he was diagnosed with leukemia this year--but he really tries not to let it get him down.
The two boys -- a moment of brotherly love.
Can you tell he is a "stinker??"
Here she is -- our princess.
Gotta love him!!OK I've waited long enough. Here are some pics of my favorite little people. My three grandchildren.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
When my granddaughter was born I went to town fixing up her nursery. She was going to collect giraffes --so I started with a life-size tree and 51/2 foot giraffe.
The owl peeking out of the tree trunk is a favorite of my grandsons.
Birds and baby birds in a nest -- cute huh?
The boys painted the birdhouses and made the butterflies -- with Mommy's help.
The boys LOVE turtles so --here is the one I painted.
My oldest grandson really enjoys the goldfish pond at our home so he suggested I paint one for the nursery.
After two boys --this girl was going to be THE princess so I made a canopy for the crib. It is carefully out of reach and may have to be removed when she gets bigger.
The bureau scarves are embellished with a flower.
A Pretty Room for A Beautiful Girl!!
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
I love working with felted wool. Some is new fabric, but much of what I use is repurposed and salvaged from thrift shops. I love the variety of textures and colors you can get when you recycle wool. I haven't learned to overdye yet, but this may be the year:) Most of the crafting I'm doing now involves wool and if it is big enough to trace a penny on -- I'll use it somewhere!!
Unbearably Cute Bear
A Penny Saved
I made several penny rugs for gifting:
Here are two plain three stacked penny rugs for two special ladies on Santa's List. Aren't the colors beautiful? They measure approximately 10" x 10". The pennies are 1 1/2 ", 1" and 1/2 inches. To make the pattern for the "rug" part I cut a square or rectangle of freezer paper about 1/2 inch bigger than I want the finished rug to be. Then I get something round to make the scallops. You have to play around a little to make them even --but you can use this pattern quite a few times and trace it when you need a new one. Iron the freezer paper on to your wool fel and cut!! Pennies get nicer if you use freezer paper too, but if your pennies don't look perfect don't worry -- blanket stiching does wonders. After cutting out the number of pennies I need I blanket stitch the smallest one to the medium sized one, the medium sized one to the large one, and the large one to the rug. Then I cut a second rug and blanket stitch it to the completed rug to give the penny rug weight. (To keep pennies from shifting while I stitch I use a small dab of Aleene's No-Sew Fabric Glue in the center of each penny . Caution: Don't use too much or it will seep through to the top and do not use on the part you'll be sewing -- it is very difficult to get a needle through the dried glue.)
These ornaments are from a kit by Rachel T. Pellman of Rachel's of Greenfield. Of course after following general directions you make them one of a kind with special embellishments. I added extra embroidery and beads to mine. I still need to ad the hangers and some greens. I'll take a picture when they are completely done.
Santa Clause is Coming
These Santas are made from a pattern by All Through the Night--Folk Art Designs with a bit of Wimsy. Each one is a little different. I sewed mine by hand, but you can use a machine. Love this pattern -- so simple but the results are very impressive -- don't you think?