Archive | January, 2012

Making and Doing

18 Jan

I have decided that 2012 will be a year of crafting. I love the sense of accomplishment that comes with a finished project. But at the same time I seem to have an inability to keep my craft room clean enough to actually do anything. I keep buying more stuff. And hoarding old clothes for up/recycling. I am unsure where to draw the line. I saw something recently about having a “collection of thread too short to be useful.” While I am not quite that bad, it’s a close run thing.

Still, for the past couple of weeks I have been able to put my blinkers on when it comes to the mess and just gotten on with it. Pretending that it IS actually organised chaos (it’s not).  How do you not lose your transparent ruler every time you set it down? The hours I spent looking for the bloomin’ thing, well, it’s like a part-time job. Still, here are the things I achieved (beams proudly):

See, it’s Good Thing that I have been hoarding old clothes (can you tell that I have had this conversation with the Hubby already). I made a cape, and re sized a t-shirt for the Turtle. I obviously need all of the other bits and bobs currently littering the craft room floor. I might make something out of them. Someday.

The embroidery on canvas is my favourite. I’m trying not to cover the house with them. But I need to make more. Plans are afoot.

The pajamas were made for the Turtle. He saw the fabric and said “You need to make something for me with this”. Although, a shirt would have been better apparently. Still, he wore them to bed and refused to take them off all day yesterday. An order has been placed for a shirt. “The animal fabric will be fine.”

The cd visor yoke is not perfect (I doubt there’s a straight line of stitching in it), but it does the job. And it cheers up the car.

2012 will be a year of colour too.

And maybe organisation.

Christmas ornaments

6 Jan

I like the thought that even though our families are in far flung and disparate spots of the world, when we put our Christmas trees up we look at some of the same ornaments. So, I try to make some. Last year was a bit of a cop out – one of those mini frames with the Turtle in it. The year before was crocheted Santa, Rudolph and a Santa. Very cute, if I do say so myself.

This year I discovered the joy of felt. Ever so much easier. Especially with this super tutorial.

But, what good is one? Six is a good number for decorations, but I didn’t have the imagination, or the time. So I decided to match the previous set and make a Santa and a Rudolph.

The first poor Santa came out a bit gammy

His head is rather an odd shape and his beard is, well, I don’t know.

Take two looks like this:

I love the Rudolph buttons and the head isn’t half as odd when the hair  meets the hat. Still not sure on the beard. It’s a bit low. But cute nonetheless.

Rudolph was the easiest to manage. The only embellishments he needed were a nose and a mouth. Oh, and antlers. But at least adding the antlers meant I didn’t forget the ribbon. I cannot tell you how many times I forgot to add the ribbon and had to pull out the stitches for the snowman and the Santa.

I added some bells too. What’s a reindeer without bells?

I tried a Christmas tree too, but didn’t really like how it turned out.

It looks nicer in this picture than in real life.

Then I tried a gingerbread house, but I got a bit overwhelmed and gave up after cutting out the pieces. Maybe next year.

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