half eaten ornaments

Here’s our half eaten gingerbread men!  I love projects that have a bit of humor in them.  Sometimes you just need a good laugh.  And the girls love these. 

I made a couple extra to attach to some Christmas presents.  They were so fun, I even officially learned how to tie a french knot. 
I used my Grandma’s baby ric rac and some vintage red buttons I had scored at an estate sale last year. I also used the ric rac as the hanger, just sewed it in when I was stitching the gingerbread man’s head together.  This was a super cheap project, I only had to buy the felt which I think was about $1.  Niiiice.

I think that’ll be all my handmade ornaments this year.  There are so many cute tutorials and patterns and kits out there it’s hard to choose.

embroidery, patchwork

for the girls

I had made these for the girls a few weeks ago, and they love them.  The i-spy fabric patches were the remaining pieces left from the pack I started using on this pillow
I tried out free motion quilting again and am really liking it, seems to make quilting a little more interesting, just another option.  I can’t wait to wash these up for the first time and see how they crinkle.
And for the very simple reason of being able to tell who’s pillow is who’s, I hand embroidered their names on a little patch on the back of each pillow.  It’s funny, but they absolutely love that part!  I see more embroidery in my future, it’s just so nice to be able to curl up on the couch and work on a little project.

Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!  I’m off to start cleaning and making a batch of Apple Pie Squares!  Yum!


my nephew’s Christmas stocking

I know, it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but I wanted to have this present finished up so it can be used this Christmas season.  My newest nephew Grant was born in September and since his mom and dad already have stockings I made them a couple years ago, I figured it would be the perfect project.

I used my own Christmas Stocking Tutorial. It was actually perfect timing because a few people were asking me about the old file, so I updated the pdf file of the pattern pieces so that it prints on 3 sheets of letter size paper.  I should also add that I omitted the small fabric strip below the name on this version (my tutorial calls for a small piece sewn between the name and the body of the stocking – just didn’t want this to mess anyone up who plans on making a stocking).
Good thing Grant’s name isn’t very long, it only took me a few hours to do the embroidery.  I had fun taking this not so Christmas-y fabric and making it Christmas looking.  The little lines are just long running stitches with embroidery floss and make it nice and quilted.  🙂
I really love this size stocking, it’s big enough to fit some really fun stocking stuffers, just looking out for ya Grant…
ps. I’d like to add that it’s been terribly dreary and raining here lately, I am almost to the point where I’m wishing for snow in hopes of brightening things up around here, it’s almost impossible to get a good picture when it looks like it’s 5 o’clock at night all day long.  Such is life…