Thursday, November 25, 2010

Christmas 2009: The Year of the Lamps

     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.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Christmas Pins: Decorations for your Lapel

     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

Train Station: Another Nursery

When my first grandson was born I used large foam stamps and stencils to make a Noah's Ark themed room.  When my second grandson was born my daughter decided that his theme would be "trains."  I decided to go freehand with acrylic craft paint.  First I drew a line around the entire room and made that train tracks.  Then I painted trains (of course), a station and children and animals watching for the train to go by. Over the door frames I wrote "All aboard" and "Tickets Please."  My cows may not be "utterly" perfect, but they'll do.  (Sorry--so Sorry!!)

Babushka Doll

     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  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

My Grandbabies

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.

Making art.

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

Is That a Giraffe in your Room? A New Nursery!!

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

Wool, Wool, Wool

      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!! 

Santa Is Coming

     With Christmas right around the corner I've started making presents.  My goal is to make one thing, no matter how small, for each person on my Christmas List. 

Unbearably Cute Bear
     I  dressed this little bear with scraps from my wool felt basket.  Here she is with her flowery dress and  a rose in her "hair."  I think she is adorable and I hope my grandaughter will think so too!!

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.)

This is a longer version of the penny rugs above.  This one is 26 inches long and 11 inches wide.

This is one of my favorites.  Same general shape as the first ones, but the middle "penny" is cut in the shape of a flower and embroidery is added.  Cut two 1 1/2" pennies -- one black and one any color you want yor flower to be.  Then cut triangles out of the flower color to make the petals.

  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?