Merry Christmas. Enjoy your Christmas with family and friends, take time out for yourself and I look forward to sharing new crafts and adventures with you in 2015
The above clip art is the nice vintage Santa, now the next photo is the handmade Santa lounging on the church pew on the front verandah of my family home.. every day I see him, someone has changed his position.
Make a elf wine bottle topper, completely removable
A rectangle of felt, wrapped around the top of the bottle and then hand sewn into place. Sew a piece of fake fur to the inside of the hat for his bead, and then glue on a wooden ball for the nose. Simple
This idea was found on Pinterest, what an amazing site that is?
These felt woven hearts were made, after watching a video by the Missouri Star Quilt Co. They used wool, but for my first attempt I just used some felt pieces.
Very simple to make, with good instructions. I put a little eyelet in the top of each side so that a ribbon could be threaded through for ease of opening.
They are very roomy inside and you can make them whatever size you like
Not sure what I will be filling them with, but I like the idea of using this red and white one as a bag on a Santa. Filled with greenery, pipberry and a couple of toys. Slung over his shoulder, I think it would work?
They could be hung on the Christmas Tree, filled with Candy Canes etc, or even just given as a gift with a gift card inside, many ideas for uses
Another one in a soft green and cream
While I have the felt out, I will be trying another Pinterest idea, stay tuned
Using only a rusty bed-spring, a polystyrene ball, clay nose, scrap of fabric and three little buttons, this snowman was created. Even though our Christmas is celebrated at the hottest time of the year, I still love snowmen. They have such a personality. So this is another one to add to my collection.
For a quick and easy gift you can make with your children, try these Wooden Bead Bookmarks.
Wooden Bead with hole
Leather thong - cord would work just as well
Wool for hair
Paint for face
Just cut the leather thong to the desired length, remembering to keep it doubled.
Thread the doubled leather thong through the wooden bead
Wind some wool around your fingers, till nice and full and then thread it through the looped end of the thong, pull tight. At this stage you may like to put a little glue underneath the hair to hold in place.
Paint a face on the wooden ball, anything you desire
Now all you need to do, is pop them between the pages of your book
The little wooden head pops up above the top of the book and the thonging is inserted between the pages
These make a great gift for teachers, family and friends
Enjoy your weekend, I may just relax on the lounge and finish reading this book.
Last night I got together with a couple of friends and we decided to make the owls that were featured in the current Better Homes & Gardens magazine. Well sorta! We had to bring our own twist on it, and compromise on materials, but I LOVED how they turned out.
We used an old pine cone for the body and made a wool pom pom for the head. Eyes and beak were cut from felt and glued on, with a small black bead for the pupil.
We broke apart another old pine cone, different colour, and used these pieces for the eyebrows and wings. We glued the wing pieces onto another piece of felt, so that it added some dimension.
Grapevine wire was used for the feet, which you can see best in the last photo.
I was really pleased with how these all turned out, something different.
We are meeting again next week, and have more ideas for the pine cones, so that will be interesting.
My owl has taken up residence on the window pelmet, and looks great perched up high, looking down. Could not get a photo of him up there, but take my word for it.
This is the second Lizzie and Co pattern I have completed this week. They are so quick and easy, I think that has become my motto for my projects lately. I love getting fast results.
Again, made entirely from felt. I even used felt buttons for his coat front, star on hat, and star on bottom of hat. I used a "mid brown" felt for the reindeer this time, darker than the previous one and also added a little bit of fake fur between the ears.
Closeup of both the Santa & Reindeer
The sun is shining today, so I will be out in the garden, it is a pleasant change after all the cold weather. What are you doing today?
Felt, felt buttons, chenille sticks, tiny black buttons (for eyes), rusty bells, and Santa's beard are all available from my online store