Snow-Gingerbread-Elf-Man Ornament

I made this little guy from a pattern in the book, Fa la la Felt. I'm not sure if he's a snowman or a gingerbread man - maybe even an elf? Perhaps a bit of each? I think he looks cute when sitting on my craft desk.

However, I don't think he's quite as cute when he's hanging. In fact, I'm afraid he looks morbid! Does it look like this poor little snow-ginger-elf man has just been to the gallows??

I think this decoration will be better as a sitting ornament instead of a hanging one :). 

Countdown to Christmas

November is zipping by! In preparation for December and the countdown to Christmas, I made an advent calendar. I was inspired by this awesome idea on sweet paul.

I used match boxes, xmas papers, stamps, hot glue and some fun little trinkets!

I started by stamping all of the match boxes with the numbers 1 - 25. Next time I make one of these, I'll save the stamping for the last step so I don't smear any of the ink.

I decided to line each box with a holiday paper to make the calendar even more festive and finished looking.

Next, I glued together the outsides of the the boxes with hot glue. One row of 9, one row of 7, 5, 3 and 1.

Then I cut out the paper to wrap around each row. I scored the paper at the corners and hot glued it around the outside.

I hotglued each of the rows together to form the shape of the tree and added a button to the top.

Then came the fun part, filling each box with a little treats and trinkets!

Let the countdown begin!

Felted Nesting Bowls

I've always been scared to try felting. When you spend hours knitting something, the last thing you want to do is throw it in the wash to be "agitated" but I finally overcame my felting fears with this project!

I used double-stranded Cascade 220 and a great pattern I found on Etsy to make these felted nesting bowls. They were fun to make and they are perfect for organizing little crafty bits and bobbles.

This is what the bowls looked like before I put them in the wash.

After they came out of the wash, I set them on molds for 2 or 3 days to dry completely.


One Pattern, Three Ways

I love Dangercraft's patterns. They are all adorable, easy and use the magic loop method for knitting in the round - which is SO much better than DPNs. One of my favorite designs is Daphne and Delilah the Mommy and Baby Monster.

I've made it a few different ways using different yarns and needle sizes.

For this version, I used Vanna's Choice yarn and size 8 needles. The finished size of mommy monster was aprox 13".

I made a couple big foot versions of the pattern for a sasquatch loving craft pal. I used a fun fur yarn for this and size 5 needles. I also added some big felt feet. Finished size was aprox 6" tall.

This is a baby big foot made from sock yarn and size 2 needles. Finished size is aprox 3" tall. He's hiding behind a little felt branch.

Introducing Gertrude and Hank

I love knitting but it's a time consuming hobby and I rarely have the patience to finish full sized sweaters, blankets, or other big items. That's just one of the reasons why I love making knitted stuffies. They are super cute, quick to make and a wonderful way to use up yarn stash.

I made these friendly twins recently, Gertrude and Hank. They crack me up. I used a pattern from the book, The Knitted Odd Bunch with a few minor tweaks.

I used silk/bamboo yarn and stuffed them lightly so they are cute and floppy. Finished size is aprox 16" tall.