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1000th post giveaway project
I was excited to hear that, despite cold temperatures and less-than-reliable postal carriers, Kelli received the gift I made for her for my 1000th post giveaway!
Kelli told me she likes bright blue, the little bluebirds I show on my blog from time to time, and wanted something in fabric. With that inspiration, I sat down and created a fabric block for her:
The base was a heavy vintage upholstery fabric that has a lot of stability. I layered a beautiful old hand printed fabric from San Francisco (the blue with the hydrangea) and then used a bluebird printed on fabric as the focal point.
I make so much with neutral colors that it was fun to throw in some brights!
I put this very old hand made doily over the hydrangea printed on the fabric and loved the way its shape and texture "mimicked" that. I added some hand stitching in thick thread for extra interest. It was so much fun to create this little square; why can't I do that for a living?
Here's a tutorial to make sweet baby Jesus ornaments: Materials: 3/4" round wooden balls blue felt like-sized small wooden stars flesh-colored acrylic paint yellow acrylic paint black permanent marker small button as star decor raffia natural excelsior "moss" silver thread or coordinating yarn candy cane You'll also need glue or a hot glue gun, paint brush and scissors Begin by painting the wooden balls with flesh-colored paint and the stars with yellow paint. When dry, draw two sleeping eyes on the ball. Meanwhile, cut small pieces of felt and make little rolls to represent the baby's body; tie with a tiny piece of raffia. Next, glue the wooden ball onto the top of the body roll of felt; if you wish, you can also cut a small wedge of felt to glue over like a little swaddled hood on the baby's head, but I think it looks cute without it as well. G
Earlier in the season Rebecca and I went to a craft fair at a local high school, and there was one booth with the CUTEST little jeweled, framed Christmas trees! The gal was nice enough to let me photograph them. Sorry it's kind of blurry, but it was dark in that high school gym! I know it's an older kind of craft (from the '60s and '70s) but she made them sweet -- not gaudy at all. We were both SO inspired. So, last week we made it happen. I brought a bunch of my old, broken vintage jewelry, some velvet, glue, old frames, and we sat in her dining room and made a forest of little trees! It was so simple: first, we took a vintage frame and covered the backing with velvet. We just glued it on. Then, we took our time arranging bits and pieces of jewels into a Christmas tree shape. When we were happy with the arrangement, we committed and glued the jewels down! I love this avocado green velvet! And then we did it again. We had so much fun playing
For several weeks now, one of my friends has been bugging me (poke, poke) about...needlebooks. She has a hankering to make some, and wants me to have a swap. I've been more of a pincushion person myself...but I'm willing to change. The pretty pincushion above is special because it is how I met my wonderful blog buddy, Angela . She and I were in an international pincushion swap, and she was partnered with me! You know I'm a sucker for any kind of vintage sewing notion, like the pretty little flat (above) into which you stash pins, and the little bejeweled walnut... that opens up to hold a thimble and some pins on velvet. I love this little holder for safety pins...I guess it could be used for needles, too, though. It's seen a lot of use, which makes it that much more fun. Speaking of safety pins, this little ring of pins is a treasure, to me. This tattered needle book is from 1914... and looks it! When all is said and done, I discovered that I only really ow