Friday, December 12, 2014

Reminded How Much I Love My Victorian Village Cross-Stitch




In putting my Christmas decorations out this year I had decided to put my Victorian Village cross-stitch shadow boxes on the mantle in my dining room next to the two nutcrackers and one snowman nutcracker.

In setting them up I was reminded about how beautiful the cross-stitch design was and how beautiful they looked in the shadow boxes my younger brother have made for me and which I had sponge painted.

My Victorian house village was created based upon a Dimensions cross-stitch Gold Collection kit called "Christmas Village Ornaments." It was supposed to be a series of Victorian house ornaments with a cross-stitch front and felt cloth back outlined with a braided gold band.

However, I didn't make my Victorian village as cloth ornaments. Instead, I enlisted the help of my younger brother to create wood shadowboxes that I painted with a blue/white/green sponge affect.



I had purchased this kit with the thought of giving the finished projects as Christmas gifts several years ago.

However, like everything else I create cross-stitch I tend to fall in love with the finished products. Some more so than others. Some so much so that, sometimes, I selfishly decide to keep them for myself and my home decor. Okay, to be honest, make that many times.

However, it's not always my fault. Sometimes it's hubbies fault. He, too, tends to fall in love with some of my creations and doesn't want to give them away. So, I guess I'll have to thank hubby for convincing me to keep the Victorian Village.

Now if you really believe I kept the Victorian Village just because hubby loved them and not because they had something to do with the Victorian era I have a bridge I could sell you.....

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Gotta Love Nutcrackers

  

This year I decided that my BIG wooden  nutcrackers would stand guard in the kitchen/family room, one on each side of the fireplace.  In putting them out I thought about what happened when I bought the BIG nutcrackers several years ago and brought them home without consulting the "dollies."  What a brouhaha that was.

I had to apologize to the "dollies" not for bringing home dollies that weren't handmade, but because I hadn't consulted them ahead of time.  It's a long story.  If you'd like to read it again I've re-posted it at the end of this post.


Well, after putting the BIG nutcrackers out I decided that two small nutcrackers and one nutcracker snowman that I had bought at a Hallmark store a year or so ago (I think) would look nice on the dining room fireplace mantle with the Victorian Village cross-stitch shadow boxes I had made many years ago.  They were totally adorable and the cutest nutcrackers - even if they aren't handmade.


I was a little hesitant in putting them up as I had also purchased these 3 without consulting the "dollies."  I was hoping that since they were so small it really wouldn't matter to the "dollies."


However, the "dollies" can be so unpredictable that I just didn't know what would happen.  It's been a week now and, so far, everything seems to be okay.  Then again we're talking about my "dollies." You just never know with them....

Here's what happened the last time I brought home the BIG nutcrackers without consulting them:

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A Trio Of Adorable Mixed Media Collage Shelf Sitter Santa's



Three of the mixed media Victorian collage and paper-clay shelf sitter art dolls I made recently were a trio of Santa's that I named Nick, Nicholas, and Saint Nick.


Nick - 4 1/2" x 5" x 3/4" Handmade Mixed Media Victorian Collage Santa Shelf Sitter Doll 

What would Christmas be like without an adorable Santa decoration?  So, of course, when I was deciding what types of mixed media collage shelf sitters I wanted to make recently I had to include Santa's.  So I made a trio of Santa's that I named Nick, Nicholas, and Saint Nick.

Nick is a 4 1/2" x 5" x 3/4" mixed media Victorian Santa wood doll with a paper face, raw mohair eyebrows, mustache, and beard.  His sides and back are sponge painted and his outfit is a multi-layer embellished paper collage with paper center band.  His paper collage hat is embellished with white fur and sparkly pom-pom.  A combination red and green crinkly scarf is wrapped around his neck.

For more information please CLICK HERE.


Nicholas- 4 1/2" x 5" x 3/4" Handmade Mixed Media Victorian Collage Santa Shelf Sitter Doll 

What would Christmas be like without an adorable Santa decoration?  So, of course, when I was deciding what types of mixed media collage shelf sitters I wanted to make recently I had to include Santa's.  So I made a trio of Santa's that I named Nick, Nicholas, and Saint Nick.

Nicholas is a 4 1/2" x 5" x 3/4" mixed media Victorian Santa wood doll with a paper face, raw mohair eyebrows, mustache, and beard.  His sides and back are sponge painted and his outfit is a multi-layer embellished paper collage with paper center band.  His paper collage hat is embellished with white fur and sparkly pom-pom.  A combination red and green crinkly scarf is wrapped around his neck.

For more information please CLICK HERE.

 

Saint Nick - 4 1/2" x 5" x 3/4" Handmade Mixed Media Victorian Collage Santa Shelf Sitter Doll 

What would Christmas be like without an adorable Santa decoration?  So, of course, when I was deciding what types of mixed media collage shelf sitters I wanted to make recently I had to include Santa's.  So I made a trio of Santa's that I named Nick, Nicholas, and Saint Nick.

Saint Nick is a 4 1/2" x 5" x 3/4" mixed media Victorian Santa wood doll with a paper face, raw mohair eyebrows, mustache, and beard.  His sides and back are sponge painted and his outfit is a multi-layer embellished paper collage with paper center band.  His paper collage hat is embellished with white fur and sparkly pom-pom.  A combination red and green crinkly scarf is wrapped around his neck.

For more information please CLICK HERE.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

My New Mixed Media Collage Santa Art Doll Shelf Sitters - Santa Blue and Santa Maybe


When I was doing a little cleaning of my craft area, which I don't do very often,  I found some 3/4" wood shelf sitter shapes that my husband had cut out for me a few years ago.  I had intended to make a painted figure of some sort out of them.

Well, in looking at the wood I thought they might make perfect mixed media shelf sitter Santa's with collage faces and collage embellished outfits.   So, I decided to make two of them.


Santa Blue - 4" x 5" x 3/4" Handmade Mixed Media Shelf Sitter Paper-Clay and Collage Santa

Santa Blue and his twin, Santa Maybe just love the holiday season, but much prefer to be dressed in their blue outfits versus the traditional red outfits.  They just think the color blue suits them better.

Santa Blue is a 4" x 5" x 3/4" mixed media shelf sitter wood doll with a collage face, sponge painted wood body and paper collage embellished Santa outfit. His sides and back are sponge painted in winter colors of blue and white and his outfit is an embellished paper collage adorned with snow accents, raised white and blue dots, and crinkly blue paper scarf. He has bushy white eyebrows, a trimmed white mustache, and a bushy beard made with alpaca yarn from Sunflower at Rock Garden Alpacas Fiber.  His collage embellished Santa hat is covered with snow.

The only time Santa Blue and Santa Maybe dress in their red outfits is on Christmas Eve.  They love their blue outfits, but wouldn't want to disappoint the kids.  So red it is on Christmas Eve.

For more information please CLICK HERE.

 

Santa Maybe - 4" x 5" x 3/4" Handmade Mixed Media Shelf Sitter Paper-Clay and Collage Santa

Santa Maybe and his twin, Santa Blue just love the holiday season, but much prefer to be dressed in their blue outfits versus the traditional red outfits.  They just think the color blue suits them better.

Santa Maybe is a 4" x 5" x 3/4" mixed media shelf sitter wood doll with a collage face, sponge painted wood body and paper collage embellished Santa outfit. His sides and back are sponge painted in winter colors of blue and white and his outfit is an embellished paper collage adorned with snow accents, raised white and blue dots, and crinkly blue paper scarf. He has bushy white eyebrows, a trimmed white mustache, and a bushy beard made with alpaca roving from Sunflower at Rock Garden Alpacas Fiber.  His collage embellished Santa hat is covered with snow.

The only time Santa Maybe and Santa Blue dress in their red outfits is on Christmas Eve.  They love their blue outfits, but wouldn't want to disappoint the kids.  So red it is on Christmas Eve.

For more information please CLICK HERE.

Monday, December 08, 2014

Gotta Love My Sister's New Magnolia Pod Decorations


If you're a reader of my Linda's Blog you know how much I love pine-cones and decorating for the Christmas holidays with pine-cone trees and pine-cone baskets. Well, when my sister told me she thought wrapping her roving around magnolia pods and decorating them would make a wonderful Christmas ornament for her Rock Garden Alpacas Farm Store I had to ask what magnolia pods were. So she showed me during my last visit. I loved them.

Well, given my sister and I are never quite done with tweaking our creations she kept working on her magnolia pod ornaments until she had them just the way she liked them. She decided to add Angelina fibers, yarn, some dried berries, dried floral, silk floral and wire ribbon bows to them and the results, shown in the collage above and the pictures below, are just beautiful, I absolutely love them and think they make for adorable Christmas woodland ornaments. I hope you would agree.

  

  

  


All of the magnolia pods shown above are available in her Rock Garden Alpacas Farm Store.  If you're interested in purchasing them please contact her here or message her on Facebook here.


Sunday, December 07, 2014

Still Loving Custom Gift Wrap Boxes



Hubby and I were so pleased with the way our other custom gift wrap box decorations turned out we decided to add two more to the area over our family room cabinets. That way when you scan the kitchen/family room there would be decorated boxes above all the cabinets.


In agreeing to this I, of course, had a secret motive here as I really wanted to try my light blue snowman design and had run out of boxes the day before. So, of course, the first box we wrapped had the light blue Snowman Collage Fabric 7 paper on it.

And, if we do say so ourselves, it came out beautifully.


For the second box we decided to utilize the rest of the Presents Design1 Gift Wrap that we had used yesterday.  It did not disappoint as it looks beautiful with the blue and silver wire ribbon bow.


We've run out of room on the top of our cabinets so that will probably be the last of the custom gift wrap boxes decorations.

Then again, we can always start wrapping the pictures on the walls.

I can hear my sister say, "Don't even go there!!!!"

Hmmmm.....

They would look really festive.....

And, we do have a lot of pictures......

Hmmmm......

I Just Think They're Pretty To Look At! Hope You Would Agree

Saturday, December 06, 2014

My Custom Gift Wrap Arrived - YIPPEE!!!



I was thrilled the other day when I received notification from Spoonflower.com that my custom gift wrap order, which I had written about in a blog post entitled "How Can You Resist Adorable Custom Gift Wrap? I Know I Can't" had been shipped.


I could hardly wait to see it as I wanted to see how my holiday and snowmen designs came out on gift wrap.


Plus, I was anxious to see how the gift wrap would look on our present decorations as hubby and I wanted to re-wrap the presents we decorated with Christmas paper and wire ribbons and put over the cabinets in our kitchen.


Well, I have to tell you the custom gift wrap doesn't disappoint. It comes in a long box, securely rolled and packaged in a long, clear resealable bag - which makes it so easy to store. The paper is thick and fabulous and so easy to work with. There is no chance of you accidentally putting your finger through this gift wrap or accidentally ripping the corner when trying to box the edges.

Plus, you don't have to turn the edges over to get that nice smooth look like you need to do with thin gift wrap. Cut a nice straight line and the edges look beautiful just they way they are.


And best of all hubby loved it - which is a huge a compliment for this paper as he does all the wrapping in our house. We have a perfect system. I organize the gifts into boxes, he wraps the boxes, and I decorate them.


I had chosen the satin finish versus the matte finish for my custom gift wrap as I wanted it to shine under our recessed lights. It's hard to tell from the pictures but the boxes look so festive and colorful under the lights. I just LOVE it.

Here's the custom gift wrap I ordered:

Monday, December 01, 2014

How Can You Resist Adorable Custom Gift Wrap? I Know I Can't


I just love Christmas boxes decorated with beautiful wired ribbons and floral accents. In fact, for quite some time I used to elaborately decorate all the Christmas presents. I love the creativity involved with trying to decide which paper to use, which ribbons to use, and which accessories to add. The presents always look so pretty when stacked together. Everyone would say that they just looked so pretty they didn't want to open the present.

For me decorating the presents is kind of the same as looking at containers filled with crazy quilting or creative embroidery trims and embellishments. The trims and embellishments always look so pretty all combined in a container. Too pretty to use sometimes.

You could also find this to be the case with fabrics sorted by holiday, season, or color. Almost too colorful and pretty to use. I know I find myself always saving the prettiest fabric for that very special creation. It's so pretty that, in fact, you never use it.

As usual I'm getting off course - so back to the story.  As the family grew over the years trying to elaborately decorate all the presents almost became impossible. It got pared down and down and down. I still do it from time to time for hubby or some really special presents but, for the most part, spending days on end elaborately decorating my presents is over.



However, several years ago my hubby suggested that we add some festive color to the kitchen by decorating some fake boxes and placing them above our kitchen cabinets as Christmas decorations. With this suggestion I, of course, was in 7th heaven. I could decorate several boxes to my hearts content and look at them during the whole holiday season. So, I did five of them and we placed them atop our cabinets.

Monday, November 24, 2014

New Winter Group Snowmen and Snow-Ladies Cut and Sew Kit and Handmade Ornaments Sets


Winter Group Cut and Sew Kit - Creates Four  3" by 5" Cotton Fabric Snowman Doll Ornaments

To buy our cut and sew Winter doll ornaments group kit please CLICK HERE.
To buy our handmade machine stitched cut and sew Winter doll ornaments group please CLICK HERE.
To  buy our blanket stitch embroidered edges cut and sew Winter doll ornaments group please CLICK HERE.

Cut and Sew Kit Contents: Four (4) pieces, as shown above, consisting of one each of the Winter Group cut and sew cotton fabric piece designs and instructions for finishing the ornaments one of two different ways. Kit DOES NOT include sewing thread, poly-fil, warm and natural or batting, and DMC color coordinated embroidery floss needed to create the ornaments one of two different ways.

Instructions included for finishing the ornaments via machine stitching as shown in the picture at the top of the collage shown above. Kit does not include poly-fil, sewing thread, and color coordinated DMC embroidery floss that you will need to buy to finish the cut and sew ornaments.

Or, blanket stitch embroider the edges of the ornaments as shown in the picture at the bottom of the collage shown above. Kit includes how-to tutorial for blanket stitching. Kit does not include warm and natural or batting, and color coordinated DMC embroidery floss that you will need to buy to finish the cut and sew ornaments this way.

The Winter cut and sew kit contains 1 fabric piece for each of the following cut and sew custom cotton fabric doll ornaments:

 1)  Kathleen Snow Queen Cut and Sew Doll Ornament
 2)  Sissie Snow Gal Cut and Sew Doll Ornament
 3)  Jerry Snow Guy Cut and Sew Doll Ornament
 4)  Alexander Snow Tsar Cut and Sew Doll Ornament

Decorated Dresses Group Cut and Sew Kit and Handmade Ornaments Sets


Decorated Dresses Group Cut and Sew Kit - Creates Four 3" by 3 1/2" Cotton Fabric Dress Ornaments

To buy our cut and sew Decorated Dresses ornaments group kit please CLICK HERE.
To buy our handmade machine stitched cut and sew Decorated Dresses doll ornaments group please CLICK HERE.
To buy our blanket stitch embroidered edges cut and sew Decorated Dresses doll ornaments group please CLICK HERE.

Cut and Sew Kit Contents:  Four (4) pieces, as shown above, consisting of one each of the Decorated Dresses Group cut and sew cotton fabric piece designs and instructions for finishing the ornaments one of two different ways. Kit DOES NOT include sewing thread, poly-fil, warm and natural or batting, and DMC color coordinated embroidery floss needed to create the ornaments one of two different ways.

Instructions included for finishing the ornaments via machine stitching as shown in the picture at the top of the collage shown above. Kit does not include poly-fil, sewing thread, and color coordinated DMC embroidery floss that you will need to buy to finish the cut and sew ornaments.

Or, blanket stitch embroider the edges of the ornaments as shown in the picture at the bottom of the collage shown above. Kit includes how-to tutorial for blanket stitching. Kit does not include warm and natural or batting, and color coordinated DMC embroidery floss that you will need to buy to finish the cut and sew ornaments this way.

The Decorated Dresses cut and sew kit contains 1 fabric piece for each of the following cut and sew custom cotton fabric doll ornaments:

 1)  Victorian Cut and Sew Dress Ornament Fabric #2
 2)  Victorian Cut and Sew Dress Ornament Fabric #1

Colonial Group Cut and Sew Kit and Handmade Ornaments Sets


Colonial Group Cut and Sew Kit - Creates Four 3" by 5" Cotton Fabric Doll Ornaments

To buy our cut and sew Colonial doll ornaments group kit please CLICK HERE.
To buy our handmade machine stitched cut and sew Colonial doll ornaments group please CLICK HERE.
To buy our blanket stitch embroidered edges cut and sew Colonial doll ornaments group please CLICK HERE.

Cut and Sew Kit Contents:  Four (4) pieces, as shown above, consisting of one each of the Colonial Group cut and sew cotton fabric piece designs and instructions for finishing the ornaments one of two different ways. Kit DOES NOT include sewing thread, poly-fil, warm and natural or batting, and DMC color coordinated embroidery floss needed to create the ornaments one of two different ways.

Instructions included for finishing the ornaments via machine stitching as shown in the picture at the top of the collage shown above. Kit does not include poly-fil, sewing thread, and color coordinated DMC embroidery floss that you will need to buy to finish the cut and sew ornaments.

Or, blanket stitch embroider the edges of the ornaments as shown in the picture at the bottom of the collage shown above. Kit includes how-to tutorial for blanket stitching. Kit does not include warm and natural or batting, and color coordinated DMC embroidery floss that you will need to buy to finish the cut and sew ornaments this way.

The Colonial Group cut and sew kit contains 1 fabric piece for each of the following cut and sew custom cotton fabric doll ornaments:

 1)  Denis Loves His Big Eyes Colonial Boy Cut and Sew Nurse Doll Ornament
 2)  Peter With The Big Eyes Cut and Sew Doll Ornament
 3)  Alice Loves Her Big Eyes Colonial Girl Cut and Sew Doll Ornament
 4)  Pamela With the Big Eyes Cut and Sew Doll Ornament

Dollie Storage Group Cut and Sew Kit and Handmade Ornaments Sets


Dollie Storage Group Cut and Sew Kit - Creates Four  3" by 4" Cotton Fabric Boy and Girl Doll Ornaments

To buy our cut and sew Dollie Storage Room doll ornaments group kit please CLICK HERE.
To buy our handmade machine stitched cut and sew Dollie Storage Room doll ornaments group please CLICK HERE.
To buy our blanket stitch embroidered edges cut and sew Dollie Storage Room doll ornaments group please CLICK HERE.

Cut and Sew Kit Contents: Four (4) pieces, as shown above, consisting of one each of the Dollie Storage Room Group cut and sew cotton fabric piece designs and instructions for finishing the ornaments one of two different ways. Kit DOES NOT include sewing thread, poly-fil, warm and natural or batting, and DMC color coordinated embroidery floss needed to create the ornaments one of two different ways.

Instructions included for finishing the ornaments via machine stitching as shown in the picture at the top of the collage shown above. Kit does not include poly-fil, sewing thread, and color coordinated DMC embroidery floss that you will need to buy to finish the cut and sew ornaments.

Or, blanket stitch embroider the edges of the ornaments as shown in the picture at the bottom of the collage shown above. Kit includes how-to tutorial for blanket stitching. Kit does not include warm and natural or batting, and color coordinated DMC embroidery floss that you will need to buy to finish the cut and sew ornaments this way.

The Dollie Storage Room cut and sew kit contains 1 fabric piece for each of the following cut and sew custom cotton fabric doll ornaments:

 1)  Primitive Annie Cut and Sew Ornament
 2)  Primitive Andy Cut and Sew Ornament
 3)  Elmer's Little Boy Cut and Sew Ornament
 4)  Doris Marie Cut and Sew Ornament

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Patience Is A Virtue Bunny Cut and Sew Kit and Handmade Ornaments Sets


Patience Is A Virtue Bunny Cut and Sew Kit - Creates Six 2" by 2" Cotton Fabric Bunny Doll Ornaments

To buy our cut and sew Patience Is A Virtue Bunny doll ornaments kit please CLICK HERE.
To buy our handmade machine and blanket stitched edge cut and sew Patience Is A Virtue Bunny handmade doll ornaments please CLICK HERE.

Cut and Sew Kit Contents: Six (6) pieces, as shown above, consisting of our Patience Is A Virtue Bunny cut and sew cotton fabric piece designs and instructions for finishing the ornaments one of two different ways.Kit DOES NOT include sewing thread, poly-fil, warm and natural or batting, and DMC color coordinated embroidery floss needed to create the ornaments one of two different ways.

Instructions included for finishing the ornaments via machine stitching as shown in the picture at the top of the collage shown above. Kit does not include poly-fil, sewing thread, and color coordinated DMC embroidery floss that you will need to buy to finish the cut and sew ornaments.

Or, blanket stitch embroider the edges of the ornaments as shown in the picture at the bottom of the collage shown above. Kit includes how-to tutorial for blanket stitching. Kit does not include warm and natural or batting, and color coordinated DMC embroidery floss that you will need to buy to finish the cut and sew ornaments this way.

The Patience Is A Virtue Bunny cut and sew kit contains 6 of the Patience Is A Virtue cotton fabric pieces.