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Handmade Holiday – Sewing Edition

My mother’s birthday happens to fall nine days before Christmas, so technically this is not “Holiday” sewing. However, it still lies within the month of December so I’m including it.
Several years ago my mom and I were paroozing the isles of one of our favorite local quilt shops. She ended up finding several “can not live without” fabric prints, mostly of the nature persuasion. She was going to make a table runner with them. Fast forward two years and that vision had yet to be executed. This is where I step in.
Mom “Hey Dee”
Me “yes?”
Mom “I have this fabric and never got around to making anything with it. Would you want to make me a table runner for my birthday?”
Me “Well, seeing as how I was going to make you one in the first place and now I don’t have to go and buy fabric, you betcha!”
I used a strip piecing method for the patchwork. Initially it was going to be alternating blocks of small and large patchwork. Mid way through I completely changed direction and added a pattern by switching up the order of the blocks.
To be quite honest I’m not all that happy with it. I think the orange over powers the entire piece. My mother on the other had was beyond ecstatic and my step-father also really liked it. Just so long as she is happy, that is what counts…but I still don’t care for it! haha
This table that the runner currently resides on is huge. I had somewhat of a difficult time getting the backing to lay flat and not wrinkle as I was cutting it out on the floor. I just should have sucked it up and went into my crawlspace and brought down the leaf insert to my dining room table giving me the extra work space. Once I had the two pieces sewn together and turned right side out, I top stitched the edge. Really what I should have done was quilt the layers together. Damn you hindsight! This would have solved my wrinkles but then I would have had to make edge binding, which I don’t like to do…well, it’s the stitch in a ditch part I don’t like. Oh well, maybe next year’s runner will be a quilted piece! Or better yet, I’ll just make her matching place mats!

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Handmade Holiday – Jewelry Edition

During the time span of age ten through fifteen I was really into friendship bracelets. I had a collection of DMC embroidery floss that would rival any big box craft store. While in high school and college my preferred jewelry medium was hemp. I remember sitting in my room between classes twisting up a few heady pieces while listening to the sweet sounds of the 60’s and 70’s. Now my focus has shifted to gemstones and wire.

I really enjoyed creating this jewelry for the intended recipients, despite having to dismantle a few pieces, several times. There is one change I’d still like to make to the amethyst necklace but seeing as how my sister-in-law loved it, I’ll just let it go.

Jasper & Tigers Eye bracelet for my mom.

Amethyst butterfly necklace for my sister-in-law.

Jasper & Moon Stone coyote necklace for my niece. (she selected the pendent during this adventure)
The pictures turned out a bit too dark for my liking, but it’s just too cold for shooting outside in natural light. I really need to build a light box. I also need to get started on my cold frames for the upcoming planting season. I’d like to have both projects finished by mid Feb. Lets see if it gets done!

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Handmade Holiday – Felt Edition

Gifts have been given, recipients are happy! (insert big sigh of relief) Now it’s time to share!
Everyone was super excited over the felt food I made, myself included.  I thought about stuffing the toast to make it more 3d, but honestly, I just didn’t feel like it. I’m not all that excited about hand stitching a blanket stitch. Lame excuse, I know. But I think I may have redeemed myself with the bacon, which features both raw and cooked sides. (I used elastic to make it wavy)
Cecelia was most excited about her tea set, as was her mommy and my mom. In fact, I think this was the all around favorite. When staying at the cabin, Cece always helps Grammy with her morning tea. Now she has her own set, complete with an assortment of 6 *flavored* teas, tea wallet and lemon wedge. (I couldn’t figure out what the lemon wedge was missing (another layer of yellow) until now, so I may make her another one.
I really enjoy making felt food and since it has been received so well, I may end up making some for the site. I have plans to add several new goods, maybe play food will be one!

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