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


  1. Anonymous5:44 PM

    Love 'em, Anna, especially the owl. And, felt decorations pack up so easily for future holidays!

  2. Delicious colors and such!!!! I was just going to get to the fabric store to get my hands on some fun felts to make a christmasy banner to hang out front!!! Thanks for the inspirations, once again!
    L, Laurie~

  3. Anonymous8:30 PM

    I have a warm spot for felt Christmas ornaments. Certainly we have a few in our Christmas's past stash that the kids made! My favourite were some gingerbread men that I made a few years back with a contrasting blanket stitch edge and button "buttons" and eyes ...

  4. Your pictures are always so amazing. I enjoy checking into your blog to see what new items you have created. It's such an inspiration. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Anonymous9:20 PM

    i heart that owl!

  6. Very cute I just posted a tutorial on felt ornaments on my blog about a week ago. So I think it is great that you have some here too.

  7. Anonymous11:22 PM

    Oh Ilove the coat and Juliana looks stunning, most important at all can't wait for the felt lessons, I'm gathering up my supplies for a lovely quiet weekend...well OK, weekend evening after a little time out shopping!

  8. Love the felt garland! Can't wait to see the tutorial...I think lots of folks have "felt mania" these days. It's great!

  9. too cute - i love these for kids. we will put up the tree this weekend or early next week. i can see this garland in just red and white too.

    have a beautiful wonderful holiday season.

  10. That is too stinkin' cute! Some felt ornaments would look perfect with the pom-pom garland I made last year for our tree. I guess I know what I'll be doing this weekend!

  11. Anonymous3:56 PM


    have never posted on a blogger's comments before but having seen these felt ornaments, and winessed your huge genorousity with the garland tutorial, i just wanted to say WOW, you rock!

  12. Beautiful! I'm inspired :0)

  13. Anonymous3:36 PM

    your ornaments and garland are great!!!

  14. Anonymous5:21 PM

    oh my goodness, those are fabulous!!! i love felt too. i actually have a TONNE of purple/white felt - i might make a garland like you! i've already madea few felt

  15. Anonymous9:43 PM

    I am so happy someone told me about your blog. Wow -- love your stuff. :)

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