Posts Tagged ‘crafting’

When a Start = Success

June 14, 2017

I took a moment to celebrate Chocolate Ice Cream Day last week, hoping to calm my brain enough to do something creative. It worked. The next day, I had ideas for two small pieces. Yes, it’s only a start, but I’m counting it as a success.

I’ve been experimenting with sewing squares on acrylic felt, then melting the felt. This time, I thought I would lay down a grid of thread first, and put something on top of that. The dragon applique was just sitting there, so I stitched it over the grid.

This yellow fabric was on top of the scrap basket. I cut circles from it, and scattered them over the surface. There weren’t enough. “Self,” I said, “why not see if a circle of thread will work just as well as a circle of fabric.”

The next step was melting the felt with my craft heat gun. The dragon didn’t mind at all.

The yellow circles weren’t quite as pleased. I added a bead to make them feel better.

Here is the little circle of thread. It isn’t as noticeable as I expected. If I try this again, I’ll make the circle from parallel lines instead of one big meandering line.

Luck and wisdom!

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Camels and Whales and Tree Glitz, Oh My

December 22, 2010

Since the kids are home, and I know for a fact they won’t be reading this until I point it out to them, I can show off the Christmas ornaments Mom and I made in October without ruining the surprise.

I’ve been itching to get these out and deck the tree, especially the glitzy ones:

The sewing room is filled with wrapping paper, ribbon and gift tags at the moment, but at least there aren’t any ghosts of quilt projects past in the way. Come the new year, I’ll be able to get back to finishing projects (oh, stop laughing) and organizing (really, get a grip).

I wish I could say the same about my kitchen. It will take weeks to clear out that mess, and I still have more cooking to do! This last week I have been baking my traditional gingerbread Christmas camels. I added a friend, too:

My college roommate’s mother used to send her camel sugar cookies. I thought they were wonderful, and when I found a camel cookie cutter I decided to use it for the Christmas gingerbread. It has now become a standard in our house. I usually do trees and reindeer, too, but this year I added the Christmas whale. One of the kid’s friends was talking about the Raffi Christmas music they liked as preschoolers, and that reminded me of “Baby Beluga” (come on, sing the chorus in your head with me – it might even displace “Jingle Bell Rock” for a few minutes), and that means we have Christmas whales on the menu.

As my last bit of tidying up for the year, I finally went to the “About Me” page and posted something other than the generic form that had been living there for months. Once again, we take our victories where we can.