Christmas crafting

Hey, there!!

I really am not so good at this blogging idea, but I wanted to pop over and share what I’ve been working on lately!

I’ve always wanted to make some kind of Christmas countdown calendar for my kids that we could use year after year.  After searching Pinterest for a while (ya’ll have some GREAT ideas!!), I found this!!  Aside from being a very talented seamstress and quilter, Cynthia  gave me the oomph that I needed to work my math and creative mind together to make a calendar for the kids.

Here is my expression of that piece:

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You can see below that I didn’t tackle the bow tops (which were SO CUTE)…

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…and instead of using the buttons on the tree, I substituted teeny tiny pompoms.  I did stitch them down to be sure they wouldn’t pull off as the kids hung their ornaments.

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And instead of crafting the ornaments (which would have taken days, and I was already 4 days late in finishing!), I found these little resin ornaments by Darice for about $5 for 24 pieces!

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I’ll post another photo around Christmas time to show off how it looks fully decorated, but I’m so happy with the way it turned out!

What are you working on these days?  Do you have any pieces that you’ve crafted over the years that your children look forward to pulling out of storage for special occasions?

Whatever you celebrate, do it with a full heart.  : )  Happy Holidays!

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Hi, everyone!

Hope you’re all well and moving right along as you dream up efforts to make others feel happy and special and loved…it’s the best gift of them all, isn’t it?  : )

Well, I promised that I’d pop on today to post about a couple of things I’ve been working on.  Promise kept!

First, I’ll talk about my first toy for Craft Hope’s Project 19.  My choice was made by memories of my children and the strange little things that they called their favorites when they were young. I can’t imagine they’re the only oddballs (their mama being cemented firmly on that list!) on the planet who like things like this, so I made a lovey in thier honor for another little sweetie.

I found my pattern in Sewing Bits and Pieces by Sandi Henderson.  I made the Woodland Bunny…

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*** RASPBERRIES!!!!  Why are my photos crooked???  LOL ***

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…and I think he is super sweet.  My Clare likes him alot!  : )  This pattern is a great stash-buster pattern.  In fact, alot of my work lately has consisted of applique…because my scrap stash is obcene.  *blush*

Next, I was asked to make some slippers for a friend and THEY ARE SO AWESOME AND WARM AND COZY!!

Smashed flat:

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Sitting up pretty-like:

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I made a model before starting Shannon’s slippers to make sure that I understood the pattern well – the lone slipper was confiscated by my 9yo son who demanded a match, so one pair of feet in this house sports a pair of slippers!  I have 2 more pairs to make and stuff in stockings.  No sweat!

What else…  Oh, yes!!  Napkins!  : D

2 months ago, I had enough cloth napkins to fill my drawer, and now I don’t have enough to get through a meal.  I have no idea what happened, truly.  I’ve checked the tree fort, the doll bed, the bike trailers, the workshop, the linen closet, the silver-dryer-vent-thing, closets, buckets…you get the idea.  My napkins are no more, so I’ve made another dozen or so!  And because I first thought of the sparkle in my children’s eyes upon seeing something new in the house instead of the sounds of their screeching voices as they fight because they all want the same one, I made them with different designs.  *insert eye-twitch here*

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There is a hiccup on the snowflake applique, but it’ll mend.  : )

What are you working on these days?  I’d love to hear!  : )

Another stocking complete!

Finished up another stocking earlier today!  This one is for my daughter, Clare.  I had chosen the fabric, but Clare determined the placement, the stitching, and the thread colors.  I think she did a nice job, don’t you?

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I apologize for the flipped photos – I can’t seem to figure out how to get them topside up!!

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Here is a picture of both stockings done.  The first one I decided to offer to our dog, Bess.  Her stocking is tall and skinny because Santa brings her bully sticks.  ; )

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Both stockings were cut from a paper bag template (HA!), machine quilted and embroidered.

How is your Christmas crafting going?  Whatcha workin’ on?

Busy, yet trying to stay grounded…

The seasons change so quickly and the holiday season is so short.  I realize that it’s important to observe each holiday as it comes and to be fully present in family, in emotion, in love. That said, I am at work on Christmas items…and it’s not even Thanksgiving!!

As I sit at my machine making stockings for my family, I am enveloped in gratitude.  I am grateful for a family to create for, for my talent, for a warm, safe home full of everything that I need and for my many fantastic friends (lucky girl, I know!), one of which is Renee of JaneEleanor, who inspired me to create stockings for my family simply by showing me a picture.  Ha!  Sometimes…most times, that’s all it takes, folks.

For my first, I’ve chosen a smattering of Amy Butler fabrics sewn together in random strips, then quilted.  The cuff is in the works as I type.  This one was more experimental for me and I’m excited to personalize each one for my kids.

Happy holidays, whichever you celebrate.  Blessings and peace to you and your family.