I cross stitched the center piece of this pillow about 25 years ago. I had it in a frame for years and then I took it out and put away. Today when I found it in my Christmas box I decided to add pieced fabrics around the cross stitch to make a pillow.
I just finished this cute little Crabapple Hill pincushion. I bought a pattern/kit but decided to take a practice run with wool and materials I had on hand. It took a little time but I like how it turned out. I forgot to add the rick-rack on the bottom of the pincushion, but I can do that later. Now I am going to make the pincushion from the kit I purchased. It's called Lacy Wool Cookie House Pincushion. It is cream colored and very feminine, the perfect gift for someone who quilts or sews!
Can you tell I have more time to spend on Christmas this year? It has been so long since I sent out Christmas cards, yet alone ones that I made. I can remember Christmas Eve's that I was trying to finish gifts and get them wrapped. It took some of the joy out of the season. This year I have time to create more thoughtful gifts and cards. Things that reflect the people I am giving to. Here are some of the cards I'm making. The jeep idea came right off Pinterest.
This post was repeated! Sorry! I thought it was gone and I had to re-write it! Such a bummer because I'm not sure how to delete the second post!
I love pretty presents but I don't want to spend a lot of money on wrapping. I took out things I have on hand to start wrapping my gifts; brown paper, raffia, fabric flowers, canvas bags, assorted ribbon and extra ornaments & photo ornaments I purchased after Christmas last year for $2.
Look around your house for gift wrapping inspiration! A pretty tea towel, plain paper, old ornaments. Find unique ways to personalize your presents!
This is my very favorite quote! If you really want to do something you have to start by believing you can! When I started making art I wasn't very good but that didn't stop me. I kept trying until I got good at it. I started this blog and Etsy shop and it is taking so much of my time learning how to do it, but I believed I could and I did! Does everything always turn out like we plan? Heck, NO! But when you believe in yourself don't you increase the odds of being successful?
This pillow was made from my favorite vintage pieces and a stitched saying. These supplies were all things I had on hand and sewed together! Project #3
This post is really about 2 ideas. The first is using what you have on hand to wrap presents. I like pretty presents! I don't think you should spend a bunch of money on wrapping. I went into my craft room and gathered a few supplies; brown paper, raffia, leftover wreaths and ornaments, handmade fabric flowers, etc. I wrapped some presents using things I have, and then added photo ornaments to finish them off. That is where idea two comes in! I bought these dated glass ornaments after Christmas for very little money ($2 for 6). I am putting family photos in them and using them for tags. It's so easy and makes the gift so personal and pretty!
Be creative this year and use what you have to wrap your presents! I would love to see your ideas if you would care to share! Happy Holidays!!
I am going to take this week and finish projects that I have started! The first one is this "Home Sweet Home" pillow. I love this material! I created the letters out of assorted material and stitched them on a light fabric. Next I pieced pretty fabrics outside the center panel and sewed them on. I had a big panel I had sewn before, and I used it for the back of the pillow. I used a ready made pillow form for the inside stuffing of the pillow. It measures 23" X 23". 1 down 6 projects to go!
I'm an art teacher and junk lover! I like to hunt for and repurpose treasures from flea markets, old barns, yard sales and funky shops.