Thursday, November 30, 2006
because we FELT like it
Even though it has been weirdly warm here for almost December, I am thrilled that the holly trees around our yard have yielded a beautiful backdrop for the handiwork du jour. Especially since I haven't managed to get our trees up yet. Hopefully this weekend. I'm pretty sure that felt was created for Christmas ornaments. It has such warm, childlike texture and is so forgiving as a hand-busying material. As soon as Juliana and I started in on these goodies, all the kids wanted in on the action.
I know I've been talking about the flea market non-stop this week, but some vintage buttons I found there have a great new home on this little tree ornament. It's perfect for the one-of-a-kind buttons in your stash that you can't seem to find a garment home for, or are too worried about the wear and tear that putting them on clothing would involve. It's a keepsake this way. I also cut up a striped sweater from the Gap, that has lately been a moth's dinner, to use in some other spots. See it as a scarf on the hat? Fun.
I am working on a tutorial to give you for the little garland I made. It was so much fun and really requires only the basics in terms of materials and stitching! I can't wait to share with you! Also gonna slap up some cut-out patterns for some fun ornament shapes too. There are endless color combos available and at 20cents per 9x12 piece, its about the most economical thing I've made with the kids lately.
Wait till you see the cute things my bunch has been making with oh-so fab felt. None of them can get enough of it. It's my new bargaining tool to get their rooms clean and their homework done.
So add felt ornaments to your list of addictives, trust me. xoxo,AM