Saturday, December 23, 2006

Ornaments again

These have turned into the best portable project. Everything I need fits in a couple baggies. Yesterday, while at my kids teen gathering at the local coffeehouse I stitched three of these. I made one while sitting at a doctors appointment and a few more watching tv with the family. The wool is wonderful to stitch through.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Creche and more ornaments

Following up several other blogsters that have been showing their creches, this is the creche I made with my daughter about 12 years ago when she was 4. We made it out of sculpy.

Here's a few mored felted ball ornaments.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Felted ball ornaments

These ornaments were made from felted balls that were leftover from last years felted ball ornaments. This year I cut out wool felt shapes and sewed them on with embroidery floss.


Yesterday we made wool felt needlecases for when we take our sewing on the go. This one is mine.

And this one is Nina's for the ultimate in goth crafting.

Friday, December 08, 2006

The Raven King

Dick Blick was having a sale a couple weeks back with canvases half price. How could I pass up cute little 4" canvases for $2.50 each?

Unfortunately I forgot to gesso my canvas before I started painting, so there are little bumpies, it has been a long time since I have painted on canvas. I love the size of this. I am so used to painting 4-6 foot pieces of fabric that take a month to finish. Nice to have a finished product in a day.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Happy Saint Nicolas Day

The eastern European tradition is that on the evening of December 5th you put your shoes out for Saint Nicolas. In the morning on December 6th when you wake up your shoes will be filled with cookies.

Every year I make these delicious spice cookies for St Nicolas Day, this year my kids found themselves filled with the spirit of St. Nic and joined in. To make St. Nic I use a modified gingerbread man cookie cutter, I just bent the top of his head to make the pointed bishop hat and changed the shape of the legs to make his robe. I have several bent up paper clips to stamp the hat line and beard shape. We always make some hands with spirals and hearts on them too. These are great cookies for tea and if kept in a tin will take you through the holidays.

Saint Nicolas Cookies

Mix in order

1 C shortening
2 C white sugar
4 eggs
3/4 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder
4 C flour
4 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. allspice
2 tsp. nutmeg
2 tsp. ginger
2 tsp. cloves

turn out on floured board kneed in about 1 cup more flour or as much as you need until dough is no longer sticky and is easy to handle.

Put into plastic bag and refridgerate until chilled and stiff. When rolling out dough keep unused dough refridgerated. Roll dough thinly for small cutout cookies. 1/4 inch thickness for larger.

Bake on parchment paper at 350° until golden-brown.

Cute Booties

When I was on Kristen LaFlammes blog I saw she had made an adorable pair of booties for her sisters baby made from a pattern designed by Heather Bailey.

I made these with some of Ninas leftover polar fleece and wool felt for details. They are fun to stitch and decorate, Now I need to find some babies to give them to.

Heather has a wonderful blog and she is so generous to put the pattern up for free download. It looks like she is coming out with some great patterns in the near future. I want the pattern for her apron. I havn't wanted to make anything close to a garment in ten years, when her pattern comes out I might break down and do it.


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