3 Wooden Pegs
Red and green felt scraps
Small piece of fluffy wool or pompom for tail
Paper ribbon for antlers
Black paint or pen
Remove springs from pegs.
Glue two pegs together to make body and legs, turn other peg around and glue to form head and antlers.
Glue on googly eyes and nose
Attach bell with thread or string, and use string to make a loop to hang from tree
Glue on large and small red and green ovals for saddle
Glue on tail
Cut 2 pieces of paper ribbon and curl to make antlers. Glue in place
Colour hooves and antlers
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Marga this little Negro Angel is for you
Bead or polystyrene ball for head
Light and dark flesh coloured stocking
Red and green felt or other fabric for dress
Net or feathers for wings
Wool for hair
Paper for songbooks
White felt for gloved hands
Insert into neck of dress and close back.
Sew or glue back and arm seams.
Sew or glue wings to back of the sleeves,
then sew or glue sleeves at shoulder height and slightly around sides of dress.
Sew or glue gloves into place and sew or glue song book onto one or both hands.
Wrap wool around two fingers, and tie in the middle.
Cut opposite the tie.
Put glue on the back and sides of the head, and glue wool ‘wig’ in place,
ensure the strands are equally spread. Trim
Stuff dress lightly with polyester stuffing to give shape.
Attach a loop to top of head to hang from tree.
Cut a saucer sized piece of white net – body
Cut a Coffee cup rim sized piece of net – head
Sew small running stitches into the edge of the net and leave a tail to close.
Take a large piece of polyester stuffing, form into a ball,
place into middle of net and gather top together and knot thread to hold.
Repeat with the head.
Sew the two balls together tightly.
Pinch a piece of net and stuffing down the side and sew a line of stitches to represent arms.
Take 2 or 3 long threads of red, green and white wool, tie a knot at one end,
and plait the strands together to make a long scarf for your snowman.
Tie the other end in a knot.
Glue or sew on bead eyes, and orange coloured nose and smiling mouth.
Wrap and tie on the scarf. You can add a hat if you like.
Make a loop of thread at the top of his head to hang him from the tree,
or insert an opened paper clip into the top of his head to hang from.
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Well, as most of you know,
I have been laid-up for 8 weeks, with my broken ankle;
non-weight-bearing and elevated above heart and hip.
It has been the perfect opportunity to get creative.
That is, once the depression and “poor-me” wore off!
These are some of the things I decided to do.
The Grandies especially enjoyed them
and the Christmas Tree looked great.
I crocheted my niece a bobbly scarf,
taught Whitney to bake spicy biscuits and fudge,
and decoupage herself a salt box
to hold her handmade lavender bath salts.
Creative, productive and thoroughly enjoyable!
BTW I hope to do some tutorials on these and other crafts this year! Lol
I swore I wouldn’t begin yet another hobby!
But when Grandie #1 made an appearance!
Well you have to showcase the most beautiful Baby in the World!
When #2 came along!
Well the most brilliant, gorgeous, funny, clever, children have to be documented!
Besides, it incorporates all my other crafts,
so it isn’t really new;
it just requires lots of supplies
masses of room
a new camera
a photo quality printer
Sewing for little boys means thinking out-of-the-box.
So, I came up with making them Ragbooks.
These are like my Playmats,
Tactile, Auditory and with hidden surprises!
I know, I missed this one, and a few others!
I hope you don’t mind if I play catch-up.
When I stand before God at the end of my life,
I would hope that I not have a single bit of talent left, and could say,
“I used everything you gave me.” Erma Bombeck
I love going to Craft Markets, hobby and Craft Expos, and Craft Shops. I am inspired to try new things, or have “ah-ha” moments when solutions to problems or “crafters block” suddenly appear. Crafters and hobbyists are such open and friendly people and most of them are eager to share their knowledge and skill. It’s unbelievable how much talent there is out there, and how many different products!
I became a Granny 4 years ago, to another boy! And two years ago to yet another one! When my 3 sons where little I had to steer myself into creating things they’d be interested in, quite challenging! Boys don’t like soft and cuddly things when they get older!
They’ve been great teachers!
However, one of the sewing projects I hit upon for them has turned out to be a real success. It has grown and changed and developed differently over the years too. I started out designing linen for their bedrooms, placemats to encourage them to eat, playmats when they were babies and when they were bigger and had cars and airplanes to land. With the two littlies now, I’ve come back to Playmats, Rag Books and Softies.
The Playmats are tactile, audible and fun; with Softies attached to teething rings; crinkly wings or ears, or blocks; there are squeakers in tummies, wheels and other places; bells too; things to lift up and find surprises hidden below; textures and lumpy bumpy things; stretchy and bouncy doodads; and all kinds of themes.
I’m designing a girl’s range too; Sugar and Spice and All Things Nice; teddies, cupcakes, dollies, and all kinds of girly things.
What joy! I hope you enjoy my offerings…
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I know I missed the Challenge on Create,
But, as always, I have something to say,
So I decided to post this under Ailsa’s Art Challenge!
I haven’t travelled, so, it isn’t famous or even someone else’s,
But I think it is applicable.
Life has been full of busyness!
Creativity, and Art is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes and having FUN.
So many people have said, “I wish I was creative; could draw; could sew; could make things like you”. Yes, I’m flattered, but I’m not special. Guess what? You can!
I can’t draw like some artists who create beautiful masterpieces that could be photographs, while they doodle and dream and then … draw! But one day I saw a picture and copied it, freehand. I was delighted! It was a good facsimile of the original and I have never looked back! To draw anything decent, I have to have a picture in front of me. I’ve learned to tweak and change and tailor-make the image, but I can’t do it “out of my head” – yet.
After that first copied drawing of a clown, I went on to draw my own version of all sorts of things! Sure I had disasters and frustrations when I couldn’t get “it” right. But I persevered and practiced and learned. Yes, learned. I had a fantastic Art teacher who showed me techniques, shared tips, challenged me to “see” things differently, “do” things differently. She inspired me and helped me and taught me so much. The drawing above is one of mine – my Masterpiece.
I learned to sew, knit and crochet at my Granny’ knee - at the end of a ruler she wielded in one hand! To get me back on track when I went off on a tangent you see. Quite effective, that ruler! What I’m really trying to say, if you go beyond my waffling on, is find a teacher. It may be a person or some kind of media. There’s so much to choose from and many of them come free. But there are so many tips and tricks and techniques that can take you from “interested” to “accomplished” in an organised, sensible manner, and in no time you will produce your own masterpiece.
My greatest lesson has been to just “go for it”. To experiment, and try, and fiddle around, and think outside the box. I’ve had wonderful hours of fun by myself, with my boys, with other children, and with adults. Other people have been teachers and encouragers and above all friends! Crafters have to be about the best people there are on earth! They love to share and exclaim enthusiastically over little things! Most of them are a little nutty, but absolutely delightful!
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