Wednesday, November 11, 2009

WIP Wednesday:: A Variation...

The weather here is dark grey and rainy....and I don't have any good pictures for today. I've moved all over the house, turned lights on, turned lights off, flash on, flash off...on and on and on, and not one good picture. :( So, I thought I would just share some of the things that are on my to do list. I have some fun crafting plans for Christmas (aside from gifts) that I can't wait to get started on!

I found this super cute mini mitten ornament pattern (free) that I really want to make...they are super super tiny, I've seen pictures that compare them to a quarter and I'd say that they're probably only twice as big! I'm thinking I might up the yarn and needle size so that they're a wee bit bigger. Or maybe make a little family of them?

I also have a few more gnomes to make, I want to do one with a "light" theme for our nature table, and Bitty wants one just like this one that I made a few weeks ago.

While I was growing up we had a really fun Advent calender that was my mom's growing up. It was a big felt tree and each day you added a new felt ornament, placing the star on the top on the last day. Well, I was thinking of doing something like that, and was looking for free tutorials online when I found this one. I *love* the idea of a garland, and I could fill it with all sorts of tiny things... I really really Really want to make a small nativity set out of my horde of scraps, and I would love to put one piece into each pouch. Nothing too fancy, just something small and friendly to little hands... I think it will be fun! Oh, and I want to make the garland out of fabric on hand too, as wonderful as wool felt would be, I don't think it's in the budget this year.

I collect star ornaments. I love them. I think they are the most beautiful kind of ornaments. Each year I pick out two or three to add to my collection, and our tree just looks so happy! :) When I saw this tutorial, I knew I had to make some! (Although I'll probably use flannel scraps instead of felt.)

I just saw these beautiful mason jar candle holders this morning over at Frontier Dreams, and I can't wait to make them! I'm considering doing three purple and one pink instead of the more traditional taper candles for our Advent wreath this year... I foresee making many of them in different color combinations...they looks so pretty!!

And last but not least, are these Waldorf star lanterns. I really love just about everything Waldorf related, but I really love these lanterns. I'm so excited to make them!

Thanks for looking! What special crafts are on your to do list?


  1. Hi Tilly,
    Those mini-mitts are cute. I might have to add them on my craft list. Beside making knitted rabbits
    I've been working very hard on a felt Jesse tree! Hopefully I'll finish before Advent starts :)

  2. Most of my Christmas crafts are gifts but I am hoping to do a "yo-yo" garland for our tree that I saw at SewMamaSew. I have left over Christmas fabric from the stockings I made last year and will add the fabric left over from when I make Rowan's..they will work marvelously I think. Of course this assumes I have the time. I MUST make Rowan's stocking for sure :-)

    I love the different ideas you have and will love seeing them if you share :-)

    Have a great day!

  3. Oh, the star ornament tutorial is so lovely!

    I have been thinking about crafts and making different decorations for the house. Our house this year is so much bigger, I am afraid my little collection of decorations will look sparse and bare when all spread out.

    I've been working on felt bird ornaments with embroidery but want to make some out of a luscious brown and gold taffeta I have, strung up at different heights on cranberry ribbon. I think that would be pretty. And for the rest of our decorations I think I will make some of those star ornaments (I LOVE stars!) and we'll decorate with pine boughs and pinecones, free from nature. :)

    My decorating "theme" is:

    Homemade ornaments not just for the tree, but all around the house
    Green pine boughs
    Cranberry ribbon, both satin and velvet
    Glass - especially cut glass - candlesticks and bowls and plates, etc.
    White candles
    cranberries, for stringing up and also for glass bowls and jelly jars, filled partly with water, with a floating candle on top.


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