What can I say? I am a fortunate girl.
No words can describe the gratitude I feel- right now.
Happy Thanksgiving! and save some pecan pie for me!
What do you do when your family consumes 4 dozen eggs a week?
You use the cartons to make ornaments! Perfect.
Penny and I enjoyed ourselves this morning as we created our first snowman of the season. Honestly, this is my kind of guy…the cold and snow are not my favorite. No freezing hands and cold feet!
More circled-felt ornaments! I suspect these will be popular and easy for our party. I may just be insane and already have the zillion circles already cut. Am I nuts? All I need is a few good movies to get me through.
Here’s the next installment of my ornament obsession…I love glitter and wanted to use more of it today. I also found I have several of these wooden people and, well, here you go…an angel.
Although, when I had doll’s hair on this girl she looked like a night club singer and she totally creeped me out. Ellie loved it, I cringed and thought that I made a very poor move using the hair. So painting on the hair seems to be the best bet.
What’s up with the nail? (Yeah, Simon asked the same thing.) I used a a small picture frame nail, thinking I can tie fishing line onto it for hanging.
Okay, hopefully people out there are enjoying these posts. Is no one feeling Christmas crafting yet?
I have been wanting to make these ornaments since Martha put out her December 2003 issue. At the time, I was pregnant with Penny, homeschooling Ellie and Simon wasn’t even 3…I also was working not only in the evenings and weekends, but in my sister’s shop too. Fortunately I was realistic and filed the idea in my mind for a later date.
Well, now I have made 30 of these guys and they just make me smile. They smell wonderful (try to find cinnamon at your $1 store, I found 7 oz. bottles at mine.). I have left several for my kids to decorate and just might make more for my ornament making party.
I plan to give these ornaments to friends, teachers and family…so if you know me and think you may be getting one of these, act surprised- okay? I also intend to keep a few for myself and my kids’ collections and leave them up throughout the winter. Nathan was commenting on how cute the birds in our back yard (we have a lot, busying themselves with berries and such)…of course the gloomy side of me had to add that they soon will be gone until at least February. What’s my problem? Hopefully these fellas will help with winter blues until the real thing appears again!
Okay, think what you want. I have spent the last few days making Christmas ornaments. THERE. I SAID IT!
I was hesitant to even share this bit of information until at least December. But my interest in posting on this blog hasn’t exactly dwindled, but it has taken a back seat. I figured I should just post and at least proudly display my Christmas spirit! I am not one to go crazy with Christmas before Thanksgiving, but it is my desire this year to avoid the crazed state of mind most of us feel…even if we are determined to stay sane! I also have to be overtly organized because of my hectic work schedule. Alright, enough justification.
At some point in my craftiness, I decided to announce to my kids that we are hosting an “ornament making open house”! We are inviting many of their friends and family to drop in on a Sunday afternoon to make ornaments and drink cocoa. I’m so excited. They are so excited. Nathan may be slightly hesitant. He knows how I get when I have a “bee in my bonnet”.
Anyway, so I was leafing through my Martha Stewart kids/ Winter 2005 and found these darling ornaments, but knew it would not work with the 20+ families invited and my lack of vintage buttons…or ability to buy hundreds of buttons. One thing is for sure- I am not a stranger to felt.
I started pulling pieces of felt (both wool and synthetic) from my stash and came up with this guy. I love it and plan to share more of my creations each day this week.
Need a tutorial? Cut various sized circles and just thread them onto embroidery floss. I did use some beads as spacers to ensure that Santa didn’t look like a “flattened Santa”. I think this will be fun for our party, don’t you?