Thursday, December 18, 2014

Cardinal Pattern....Revisited

IMG_0627As I hung this small cardinal wall hanging when I was decorating my home for Christmas I remembered I had posted the pattern in 2012 and decided to share it again this Christmas for those that might have missed it before.  Click Here for the pattern to make it for your personal use.  To read the original blog post on December 19, 2012 and learn how I made it just click on that link too.

Happy Stitching,

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

New Santa

IMG_2771Isn’t this the cutest needlepoint Santa?  I purchased him at the Art Market at the Museum at the International Quilt Study Center in Lincoln, NE a few weeks ago.  The booths were filled with all varieties of art work for sale with at least part of the profit going to the IQSC.

I was temped by several items but this small Santa just stole my heart.  It works into my Santa collection as I don’t have one like it and there was room to fit it on the fireplace mantle with a the majority of my other Santa figurines/dolls. IMG_2770If I counted right there are 28 different Santas displayed on the mantel this year.   Walking around the house and looking for other Santas I found 11 more sitting in other places plus my pencil Christmas tree that is decorated only with Santa ornaments.  If I get a chance to photograph them I will share close ups of more of them on a later post.  When I look at each of them when I unpack them I think to myself…”this one is my favorite.”  Then I unpack the next and say the same thing.   I guess it is a wonderful thing to love them all!

Until Later,

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Hot Pad or Christmas Mug Rug

Another friend just gave me a hot pad as a gift.  It is made like the ones I make out of old denim blue jeans.  I blogged about them on this post from back on July 21 2011.  Check it out for a tutorial.  You can find more of these potholders on blog posts here and here  too.
As you can see I have decided to use this newest one as a mug rug for my pot of tea and my mug.  I use it every morning as I sip my tea and read my morning email and the newest posts from my favorite bloggers. (Yes, I make my tea using loose leaf tea in a coffee press and it works great!)IMG_2716
This particular hot pad is a little smaller than I make mine but works great all the same.  Wanted to use this one a lot right now as it is a Christmas themed one with candy canes on the fabric.
These really do make the best pot holders and so quick easy to make too.  In fact they are the only ones I use now.  No heat comes through and no burns to my hands with these.IMG_2718-flake
Until Later,

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Cathedral Window Ornament

IMG_2713One of my good friends just gave me this cute Cathedral Window Ornament that is now hanging on my Christmas tree.   It has a little stuffing, tufted with a button and hung with a ribbon.IMG_2702.jpg-bI love the little tree print she used for the inside of the window.  Tiny, tiny Christmas trees!  It is important to have good contrast between all of the fabric choices so all the detail work can be seen.IMG_2705
IMG_2707As you can see from the photo below she used just one piece of fabric rather than making a Cathedral Window block for the back– just as pretty!IMG_2706I am not sure where she got her pattern but found one that sounds like what she used.  It is called a pin cushion but you could put a little less stuffing in to make this ornament.  The size of the original square is what she said hers was too so I know it is probably pretty close to how she made mine.
Cathedral Window Pin Cushion Tutorial from My Go-Go Life

Until Later,


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