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The Eighth Day of Christmas

January 13, 2011

One of my current favorite color combinations is brown, pink, and teal. So here they are in a traditional ball ornament, “Felt Flora” by Cathy Ziegele, again in Fa la la la Felt: 45 Handmade Holiday Decorations. There are lots of wee bitty pieces in this one — each flower petal and little circle appear on both sides of the ornament. While I don’t have one of those cutting machines (like Silhouette and Cricut), I really don’t have the need for one — the amount of cutting I do is easily done with scissors and, in this case, a paper punch, neither of which require additional purchases for different designs.

The Seventh Day of Christmas

January 10, 2011

Itty-bitty Christmas tree ornaments in pink and green, from Ula Phelep’s pattern “Oh, Christmas Trees” in Fa la la la Felt: 45 Handmade Holiday Decorations. Her design has the swirls. I took the dots from elsewhere in the book. I think the more, the better with these little trees. A full-sized Christmas tree deserves a forest of them.

The Sixth Day of Christmas

January 9, 2011

almost like a Fabergé egg, huh?

Another Cathy Ziegele pattern, “Beaded Tassel Drop,” from Fa la la la Felt: 45 Handmade Holiday Decorations. This one reminds me of a Fabergé egg with its heavier beading and fully three-dimensional shape. It’s positively luxurious. I omitted the tassel at the bottom and attached a pearl instead.  I’ll definitely be making more of these. They take a little extra time, but when there are so many colors and beads to play with, how could anyone resist?

The Fifth Day of Christmas

January 7, 2011


And here is a gingerbread house for yesterday’s mice. Well, not really — the mice are too big for it. And the door doesn’t really open. And it’s full (overfull) of stuffing. Oh dear, my son’s logical, practical, literal side is rubbing off on me.

The pattern is Laura Howard’s “Gingerbread House” in Fa la la la Felt: 45 Handmade Holiday Decorations although altered a little — I was inspired by Jenny Kearney’s beautiful ornament with its boxy shape. My snowy roof forms little wings at the edges instead of having the snow obey gravity like it should. Oops. I may tack it down, later.

The Fourth Day of Christmas

January 5, 2011

I’m not sure who made these mice — either my mother-in-law or grandmother-in-law. Both were talented seamstresses. Whoever made them, there are a whole village of mice, of which these three grace our tree every year.

On the top is Choir Mouse, apropos for our family because sis-in-law, hubby, daughter, son, and I have been in choirs at one time or another. The American Indian woman in the middle is holding a wee papoose, and while she is probably entirely inaccurate, she is also charming. And on the bottom is Santa Claus Mouse. There is a Mrs. Claus as well, I think. Putting the mice on the tree is always a reverent moment.

I hope to find the patterns for these mice some day. In the meantime, I am thoroughly enjoying all the incredible mice at House of Mouse. A Charles Darwin mouse! And Dr. Who! These people are amazing.

We will not even mention, much less discuss, the thriving population of real house mice in our house. So adorable. So annoying. But they won’t wear the little costumes. Ingrates.

The Third Day of Christmas

January 5, 2011

(Technically the Twelfth. But I’m not good with numbers.)

This little fellow is from Lisa Jordan’s pattern “Holiday Hoot” in Fa la la la Felt: 45 Handmade Holiday Decorations.
God, I love owls. Hearing a real owl at night is magical. I’ve so rarely spotted one in the wild — maybe only once on a birding excursion with the Nature Discovery team. (And if you’re in the Lansing, Michigan area and haven’t taken one of their classes or gone on one of their excursions, you really should. These are knowledgeable, dedicated, wonderful people. Wild animals seem to show up on their cue. Seriously.)

I also love owls in any other form. So an owl ornament? How could I not make it? He’s just so darn cute!

The Second Day of Christmas

January 4, 2011

Oh noes! I iz bitten!

Technically the eleventh day, but I’m going with the second.

My children were delighted with the arterial fountain of blood gouting from Gingerbread Man’s left arm.

That seems a normal reaction for teenagers.

I’m not sure what it says about me as a parent.

Pattern inspired by this gingerbread man, but adapted to my cookie cutter and with added blood. Oh, and he’s made of standard acrylic felt because I didn’t have the right color in wool.