Wednesday, March 18, 2015

I "heart" Barns!

I have been working hard on my Quilty Barn Along by Bee in my Bonnet (Lori Holt). I have finally finished all the barns. It only took me 2 years....whew. I put it away for a while to build up my fabric stash. I really didn't have a lot of colors that I thought would work with this quilt. I wanted bright fun colors. I tend to purchase yards of a fabric that I love, so I had plenty of yardage but not enough variation. I have slowly been adding to my stash and making the barns as I went along. I also finished the tractor block. The tractor block is my quilt label with all of the quilty information on it. Lori used it as her quilt label and the hand embroidered information looks like smoke coming out of the "smoke stack thing" on the tractor (maybe that is called the exhaust pipe). I thought that feature was just adorable, in fact the whole quilt is adorable!! Lori has a new book coming out in April and this was just the push that I needed to finish my Barn quilt before the book is released. I already want to make the quilt on the cover of her book, but my New Year's resolution is "finish something old before you start something new" (ummmmm.....let's be real here, not sure how long that one is going to last).







Red tractor in honor of my Grandpa "Papa". I loved that tractor!


Hope you are having a wonderful day!
Holly

Friday, January 16, 2015

A Snowman Heart Finished

Happy Friday!!!
I have finished this wonderful Snowman heart from Bunny Hill Designs. A free pattern. Have you started on yours? I can't believe that it is the middle of January, February will be upon us in a few weeks. It is not too late to be crafting for this Holiday of Hearts.
It is hard to see the pale cream halo, but it is there.
See that sweet little heart to the left. I have 5. They were stitched by my sweet sister (click here for her blog) and were gifted to me. I keep them in my craftroom year around but hang them on my little Valentine tree during this time of the year.

This was a quick stitch. As was suggested, I used white flannel for the snowman. The wings and scarf are a quilter's cotton fabric. 
The back. I wanted to cover up the sewn on ribbon edge so I glued a button on. 

Don't you just love Bucilla. One is for Dear Hubby and the other one for Son. I have yet to purchase me or D#2 one and I can't find D#1's. Guess I will have to purchase one for her too. I have got to find a vintage Holly Hobbie for me :) Love Holly H. I can't remember what I had purchased for D#2 when she was little. I believe it was the Nativity stocking. Hmmmm.....D#2's will require some thinking.

The kits are amazing. They come with all the felt, sequins, & thread. You provide the stuffing. These are on my craftroom bucket list. I am going to try make them this year. I need to get a lot of stuff crossed off that list. That was one of my New Year's resolutions, cross stuff off the list. Craft room organization is coming along nicely. I will share pictures when I am totally finished. BTW, did you see Heather's finished Bucilla project? If not head on over there and check it out, click here. It's beautiful!!


So cute. I can't wait to start on February's. 

Monday, January 12, 2015

The Sweet Little Nutcracker


I have always loved the Nutcracker. D#1 adored it when she was little. My parents took her to see it several times when she was little. This year I wanted to make something a little different than the usual felt/yarn ornaments. I used pipecleaners, felt and wooden beads. The would be an awesome craft for kids, no sewing involved everything is glued together. I respect that some of you out there do not sew. It can be a very scary & intimidating thing to pick up a needle and thread. When I sew I am usually prepared to stick myself. I can be fumble fingers all the time sometimes. I have even had to dislodge needles/pins from my foot using pliers (yow-sa!!) multiple times but don't let that discourage you from trying if you really want too. 
The first three characters are : The Mouse King, Nutcracker and Clara (or Marie).

Cut all pattern pieces out. I will show you how to assemble the pieces using the Clara (or Marie) as the example. 
1. Trim the pipecleaners. Bend pipecleaner in half, these are your legs. The bent area is the neck/shoulders. Wait to glue felt on.


Bend other pipecleaner to form a place to insert the head on. Make kind of a neck. You will cover this with embroidery floss. Do not glue head on yet.

Here is a break down of the parts of the pipecleaner body.


You will embroidery floss wrap the arms and neck of the Swan Lake princess, the Sugar Plum Fairy, Clara, and the Snowflake Queen. The Mouse King and Nutcracker will have glued on felt arms or hands.


Glue the felt legs onto the girls' pipecleaners. Here is how to wrap the floss for the ballerina shoes.

Glue the shoes on. See how mine don't quite line up. That's ok, just trim. You might need to trim legs too.
 First we are going to learn how to make the:

Mouse King
1. Drill tiny hole in top of head if you want to add an eyehook to hang M King as an ornament. 
2.Paint head, varnish and then glue ears and crown on. You can glue scrapbook jewels onto crown if you like.
3. Form the body as described above, do not glue any felt or embroidery floss on. 
4. Cut all felt pieces out.
5. Glue pants onto pipecleaner legs.
6. Glue gray hands onto pipecleaner arms.
7. Glue shirt on. Embellish shirt to make the M King look kingly. I used braided ric rac and sequins. 
8. Glue fur trim to cape. 
9. Place cape on pipecleaner neck.
10. Glue mouse head onto neck.
Enjoy!!
Up next is the Nutcracker.

Nutcracker

Clara (Marie)

Mouse King



I used some fake fur that I had on hand and just trimmed it to 1/2" pile and about 1/2" strip.








If you have any questions about the Mouse King or how to assemble the generic pipecleaner body, please don't hesitate to ask.
Keep those crafty hands busy,
Holly

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Do You Want To Build A Snowman?

Went fabric shopping this weekend at a store that boasts they have over 300,000 sq ft of floor space and it is filled to the brim with fabric and sewing notions. We bought lots of fur for the pencils and I found a few little gems. Lori Holt fabric. The first 8 fabrics are from her Vintage Fabric collection and the clock fabric is from her Gracie Girl collection. The rest of the fabric are fat quarters from Joann's. I believe that I am going to join in on Lori's new quilt along on her blog. And no.....I haven't finished my last quilt along but that is on my New Year's resolution bucket list:
**finish Barn Along quilt!



Starting the Bunny Hill snowman.

Wings are finished.

Snowman is now in the process of being appliqued. I am using the needle turning technique. I like this technique. I believe it give a more hand stitched look to the applique. What's your favorite way to applique? 
Adorable fabric on clearance at Joann's. I believe that the fabric is 75% off. I can't remember. 

Have a wonderful night and what projects do you have planned for 2015?
Holly



Friday, January 9, 2015

Brrrrr....It's Cold!

Have you had a chance to peek at the new freebie over at Bunny Hill? If not, head on over there now to get your fill of the most adorable snowman!! Over the course of the next 12 months, Ms. Anne will be releasing a new snowman design for you to stitch up on a heart each month. So adorable. I bought my reds and white flannel today and can't wait to get started. 
(photo Bunny Hill from pinterest)

D#2 and I have been busily filling February pencil orders. 
Lips, mustaches, fur and pencils. Getting us in the mood for Valentine's Day!
Have a wonderful crafty night,
Holly


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Goodbye, 2014!


Baby New Year and Father Time say "Happy New Year!".
Make your own, link here.

Happy New Year!! Thank you so much for following my blog and always encouraging me. I love reading your comments/emails so much and I do appreciate each and everyone. I am sorry that I have been very sporadic with posts. Family takes up a huge part of my life as it should. My two Etsy stores also take up a majority of my time especially during the holidays and I wouldn't have it any other way. I love my two stores and have a blast with both of them. D#2 helps with the second store. This year I plan to blog a little more and craft a little more than last year. I would love to have a Crafty Friday a few times a month maybe more :) I am sorry that I didn't get the December mystery craft posted but I am going to shoot for January. This way you will be early for 2015 Christmas. I hope that each and everyone of you had the Merriest of Christmases. We visited grandparents in Alabama. My daughters, sisters, nieces, mom,  & I all went antiquing for an afternoon and then just enjoyed family & food. We also went to see Night at the Museum 3. Fun times!!!
Hope your year is jam packed with crafty business and fun stuff! Don't be a stranger, let me hear from you time to time:)
Happy New Year, dear friends,
Holly


Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas Tour

I love this time of the year! Busy, busy, busy! Yesterday hubby and I celebrated 23 years together. We started the day off with the Christmas program at church then had a quick bite to eat at home and on to the Children's Theater in Charlotte. We took the daughters to see Scrooge! Son said that he was not interested in going. Guess at 20 years old he's too old for the Children's Theater. We had so much fun. They had adult actors playing the adult parts and children playing the children's parts. The orchestra was phenomenal as was the play! I purchased seats close to the orchestra pit and we were probably 25-30 feet from the stage. The orchestra was under the stage and you couldn't see them at all. It was a packed house. Then hubby and I went on a date to P.F. Chang's while D#1 watched D#2.
I have taken a few a lot of pictures of my house decorated for Christmas.

This is in my foyer by the front door. Very awkward ledge that just collects dust but at Christmas it becomes Santa's candy land. Elves are Annalee.

Just hanging around. These felt elves are just perfect. The cat likes to explore this ledge and will knock stuff off the ledge.
Yes....this is the cat. I don't think that he approves of having his picture taken.

Cute red elf.

Candy lane balls hanging from the chandelier. 

Cute candy houses.




Standing under the candy ornaments hung from the chandelier.


Dining room. We were able to seat 12 people in here for a Sunday School Christmas Party.

Putz houses in the kitchen.

Putz houses and a VW bringing home a Christmas tree.

Here comes another Christmas tree in a truck. The truck and VW were son's when he was little. I saved all of his hot wheels.

Vintage Nativity I purchased at an Estate sale. The figures a made out of a wax substance but the sheep are made out of chalkware. Tiny tree has little wooden ornaments on it. Some vintage and some not.

Kitchen breakfast area. Hopefully next year we can add a window seat.

Chandelier decoration. I saw something like it on pinterest but can't find it now. I believe that they used garland and a bow, I just used some floral picks.

Dining room, this is how we were able to seat 12 people without being too crowded. Notice Bethlehem in the right corner. Hubby and I usually get a piece or two for our anniversary each year. We just haven't done it yet this year. We will probably go to the Peppermint Forest next week and purchase a few pieces.

Very simple tablescape but it looks so pretty when the candles are lit. The glass is so sparkley.


Lenox Mr. and Mrs. Claus salt and pepper shakers, gift from hubby for my birthday. Love them!

I also love poinsettias.




On the fridge. Candy theme nutcrackers and decorations. The two nutcrackers with blue hats are repainted Dollar Tree nutcrackers. I also replaced their hair and beards. I will show them in more detail in the next few days.

Top of the hoosier. Mama Marcinak's mixer and my winky Santa mug and pitcher set. Vintage cookie cutters in glass hoosier jar onto of vintage scale. My Grandmother Ashley gave me the Santa door frame topper. He has to be hot glued to the door frame. This is the 23rd year that I have used him on a door frame.


Mantle, now I just have to hang the stockings. Notice that little smudge in the bottom right? That's Pip.

Longerburger basket my sweet neighbor gifted me. It holds some of our Christmas books along with Fashonista the Llama. She is an Annalee doll.

Great little corner for watching birds or reading a magazine. Another poinsettia. See the floral decoration on the sewing machine cabinet? That graced our tables at our rehearsal party. I added a new bow this year. I have another one with poinsettias on it but it really needs to be refreshed. A German Steinbach nutcracker stands guard.

Greenery above the kitchen cabinets.

The resolute desk. My papa paint the winter painting hanging above the typewriter. The smaller picture is of me not really enjoying Santa. All of the items on the desk are vintage Estate sale finds or gifts. The two bottle brush trees were Target finds one year.

When I had Bunco at my house a few weeks ago, one of my dear friends (she is 84 years old) said "I remember alot of this stuff. I use to have it. I wonder what happened to it." I love that she recognized some of the pieces. You will have to click on the picture to zoom in. My favorite is the Santa brooch with the pull string that use to make Santa's nose glow.

"Dear Santa, I have been very good this year. I want a puppy, a bike, and a radio. My sister would like a red wagon. My other sister wants a sled and a baby doll with a stroller. We will leave cookies and milk out for you."

Another Annalee. She is getting into mischief.

I just love this subway art for my mixer! I was so tired of that green and this really makes it so whismy.

My tiny hall. The Santa and Mrs. Claus are a music box that my mom made my Mama Marcinak. I love it!

Red bow on the quilt.

Collection of a few of our nutcrackers.

Byer's Choice elves helping to decorate the clock.

 My front door. I changed it this year. I need to paint some round paper mache boxes like toy drums for the nutcrackers to stand on. I think that they need a little more height to them. The garland and wreath have lights that turn on at night.

I didn't get a chance to photograph the formal living room today so I will try tomorrow. 
Hope that you enjoyed this little tour.
Merry Christmas from my house to yours,
Holly