This is a quick little projects that brings more attention to beautiful handmade doilies. All I did was tack my doily (is that the correct spelling? spell-check says it is, oh well) to a colorful piece of felt. It really makes the hand-work pop.
No doubt you've seen soft trees around blogland already. They've been popular for several years now and for good reason. They are simple to make and no matter how you choose to finish them, the results are always whimsical and sweet.
You can find the pattern here. And for more inspiration, check out the Flickr group dedicated to soft trees.
On Monday I took the last of my vacation time for the year off from work. In between a trip to the vet and a much anticipated lunch date with one of my girls, I made these sweet elf slippers from Maya*Made's tutorial. This project has been on my "things to make" list for a long time. I was thrilled to finally mark it off.
Instead of using a wool sweater, I used fleece from my stash. Fleece is so easy to work with, no fraying or slipping under my presser foot. The yo-yo embellishments were destined for another project that I never completed. Hair bows I think.
Maya's instructions were very easy to follow. It took a little time to make the first slipper, but once I understood the construction, the remaining slippers came together quickly. The girls were thrilled to find a Mama-made surprise waiting for them after school. To my surprise, my son liked them too and asked for a pair. I quickly obliged.
This would make a great gift for a baby or toddler. I used pre-cut charm squares for the trim which made piecing a breeze. In the book, Heather suggests using wool felt for the blanket but I used fleece from my stash again. It took me about a day to complete, however, that day included several breaks and interruptions.
Acorns are another one of nature’s abundant gifts in fall. To me, they bring a bit of natural whimsy into any fall décor. They can be used in many craft projects or just serve as inspiration for a project.
first, decide the distance between each acorn ( I did six inches )
slip stitch in the chosen chain and chain 5, then join with a slip stitch
single crochet in each chain ( 5 sc in the first round )
single crochet twice in each chain ( 10 sc in second round )
single crochet in each chain ( 10 sc in third round )
continue until you reach the desired length
slip stitch to finish and weave in the ends
hot glue your acorn to the cap
You may need to adjust the number of single crochets in each round according to the size of your acorn. By the way, did you know that weevil larvae live inside of acorns? I only discovered this after seeing little worms crawling around the container that held my acorns.Interesting and gross at the same time. You might want to leave the acorns outside for a few days before using them in any projects.
This was my first experience with wool felting and I have to admit, its addicting. I found this project on the Lion Brand Yarnwebsite. The instructions are free although you do have to sign up for access to the free projects. The body of the acorn begins as a pom pom made with wool yarn. You can buy a pom pom maker but I found an easy tutorial here.
In the coming weeksI will be posting a series of simple crafts that can be done easily and the with resources at hand. This is very much were my life is at right now. I want to have an enjoyable, stress-free holiday season. To accomplish that, I need to keep simplicity in mind with everything I do :: from crafting to budgeting.
To begin, I want to share some pine cone crafts. I have an abundance of pine cones in the yard. The kids love to gather them up for me and I usually just place them around the house in bowls or baskets. It's a nice way to bring a bit of nature indoors. I also like ti use them to decorate outdoors. I pile them in the empty pots after my summer annuals have been spent. It also helps keep the kitty out the potting soil that will be reused next summer.
Pine Cone Cluster
When I seen this idea in the November issue of Country Living I had a "why didn't I think of that" moment. It's such a simple idea, it's a quick and easy project, and it just looks pretty.
For my pine cone cluster I used strips of plaid fabric. Ribbon would be pretty as well. I cut the strips varying lengths so the pine cones would be staggered. Then I hot glued about two inches of the strip end to the base of the pine cone. At the top, I tied the strips in a knot. So simple.