Posts Tagged ‘christmas’

Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season filled with relaxation, joy and creativity!

 

Sweet Felt Birds

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

So easy to make, these handmade felt birds add a sweet and cheerful touch to your Christmas decor.

Here is how to sew them by hand or using your machine:

1. Draw a basic bird shape on a piece of felt (I thought about posting a template but it’s so easy I didn’t want to insult anyone).

2. Put another piece of felt underneath it and cut out the body shape.

3. Cut a little triangle for the beak in a contrasting felt. Be sure to leave enough felt on the thicker end for attaching it to the body.

4. Next prepare a loop of grosgrain ribbon for the hanger.

5. Pin the beak and the ribbon loop in place between the two pieces of felt.

6. Sew around the bird leaving a 1.5″ hole at the bottom for stuffing. Beak and hanger will now be secure.

7. Use a bit of poly stuffing to fill out the shape but not too much as the felt will buckle at the seams.

8. Finish sewing the body shut.

9. Cut two little wing shapes from fabric remnants of your choice and adhere them with no-sew adhesive. Alternatively you can sew the wings on before you sew the body together. If you want to get fancy you can finish the edges of the wings with a blanket stitch and embroidery floss.

10. For the eyes I used a simple french knot embroidery stitch.

Have fun getting in the Holiday spirit!!

Best wishes,
Stephanie

Advent Calendar

Friday, November 30th, 2012
Here is a super easy advent calendar idea using cute little vintage looking tags. I love the homemade Christmas look and this couldn’t be easier. Print numbers in a variety of fun fonts on to clear labels and stick them on the tags. Grab some mini clothespins (and little bags stuffed with treats etc.) and clip them on to a piece of ribbon strung across your mantel. In this case I used a vintage industrial chicken egg rack, but in case you don’t have one of those handy, ribbon or baker’s twine will be perfect. Happy December!! 

Taking Christmas cookies to the next level

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

This past weekend my daughter and I spent a wonderful evening covering cookies with white royal icing and painting up a Christmas storm using powdered food coloring mixed with vodka. The vodka is key as water will melt the icing base. It was so much fun and we can’t wait to create beautiful confections for Valentine’s and Easter. I never realized that a ginger snap, a plain sugar cookie or a shortbread treat could become such a wonderful tiny canvas.

For these I used little shortbread cookies and painted on royal icing thinned with water (not too thin though). I put them aside and allowed them to dry overnight. The next day I had perfect little cookie canvases. I sprinkled some red, green, white and brown powdered food colorings into my palette and mixed them with drops of vodka to create my cookie paint. Using small artists brushes I painted these little Santas. I like how cute he looks with his many different expressions.

FYI I bought both the royal icing and powdered food coloring from Michael’s.

 

Vintage Holiday Finds

Friday, December 16th, 2011

It’s finally beginning to feel like Christmas. Some years it kind of seems to sneak up on me and before I know it it is so close!! This weekend I am going to be making some Christmas cookies with Izzy to get further in the spirit. I will let you know how they turn out on Monday. In the mean time I have had some fun digging up lovely vintage Christmas treasures. I especially love the antique chocolate mold!

Top row from left:
Antique Glass Ornaments
Santa on Reindeer plastic Christmas decoration from the 1960s
Charles Dickens Christmas book set

Second row from left:
Santa Christmas light covers
Vintage glass ornaments
Christmas carols songbook

Third row from left:
Vintage glass ornaments
Mr. and Mrs. Claus dancing salt and pepper shakers
Vintage Christmas carolers

Fourth row from left:
Vintage Chocolate Mold
Fun 1960s Christmas dress
Vintage Santa Planner

Gift Tags Galore!

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Here are some cheerful gift tags for you to download and cut out. I think they look prettier than the regular rectangular tags don’t you? Feel free to add glass glitter or other embellishments. Warmest holiday wishes:)