Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Whimsical Sno-Men and Sno-Women Wreath

   This Snowman wreath has been in my head since last year and I had originally planned to make it for last Christmas but just didn't have the time to do it the way I wanted.  I used the grapevine as the base and small gourds for the heads and my Husband painted them white. I left all the stems in place if they had them, and thought that would make a great nose! I knitted all the hats and scarves and painted on each face.Finally, embellished the wreath with small ornaments and snowflakes! Snowmen are my favorite!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Holiday Wreaths

Under the Sea Wreath

Every year my Husband and I enjoy the beauty of the season and make fun crafts together! Over the years we have made elaborate Christmas cookies, Scented Candles, made from scratch Gingerbread House complete with sleds and hills, trees,snowmen and lots of icing and candy. 
For the last few years we have been making wreaths all with  different themes! We talk about ideas early on and and gather our own items we have stored away or frequent the local shops and garage sales, taking advantage of discounts. We also like to make some things from scratch!
Late October-early November we cut long lengths off our grape vine and form them into wreaths and then set them aside until late November, when we are ready to create our wreaths. After Thanksgiving we got to it and while we watched MANY Hallmark Christmas Movies(we love these) and listened to an occasional Christmas Song we created our newest wreaths! FUN and Great Quality time with my Honey!




Grape Vine in the summer and beautiful Green Grapes


Steampunk Wreath

My Husband loves Steampunk and just had make a wreath with that theme!

                                                           Vintage Ornament Wreath

My Husband bought a large bag of Vintage Ornaments from the 50's and 60's at a garage sale and turn them into this beauty!


                                                               Outer Space Wreath
                        Lots of Robots /Aliens and Sparkle....make this wreath out of this world!

                                                                 Sweet Treat Wreath

All kinds of Candy make this wreath Extra-Sweet!

                                                               Favorite Foods Wreath

      It's a Food Frenzy in this Wreath...from Hot Dogs to Sushi!

                                                             Birds of a Feather Wreath

I'm a Bird-Watcher by heart and this Wreath of Adorable Birds is one of my Favorites!

Stay tuned for the latest wreath coming soon.....in the next couple days! I'll give you a hint-Snow!

Thanks for stopping by and Enjoy the Season!
Debbie

Thursday, November 13, 2014

19 Sno-Babies and Counting!



Mr and Mrs Snowman have been busy! They gathered up all of their Sno-Babies just for this family photo! Mrs Snowman isn't ready to stop making Sno-babies...and I can see why! They are just so adorable!
So simple to make in minutes and uses scraps of leftover yarn. They only measure approximately 2 inches tall...give or take depending on your gauge of knitting. Join me and make a family of your own!(Mr and Mrs Snowman directions are from one of my past posts)
So you see...I can't just stop here........19 Sno-Babies and Counting!

*I created this simple knitting pattern especially for the beginner! Please contact me if you have any questions via contact form-please tell me which project you are referring to, or at seastar42@msn.com
Please read through materials and Instructions first, before making Sno-Baby.
Thanks for checking this out and have fun!
Debbie

Material List

 White yarn 3 ounces will make at least 20 Sno-Babies






Size 2 needles-the shorter the better









Yarn hand needle-they come in                                                            plastic or metal, I prefer metal 
Small beads for eyes

Small amount of stuffing for each Sno-Baby
Various Scraps of yarn for little scarves
 Latch Hook is optional but handy for putting fringe on scarf







Orange dimensional fabric paint
                                                  
                                                         Also regular sewing needle &
                                                                  thread for beads(eyes)
                                                         Optional Glue if you want to 
                                                          glue on eyes


Let's Make a Sno-Baby 


Cast on 16 Stitches have a least a 4-inch tail leftover from casting on.



Knit 16 Rows



Knit 2 stitches together, all the way across. You should now have 8 stitches. Cut off about a 10-inch tail.



Thread the needle with the 10-inch yarn tail and take each stitch off the knitting needle one by one.


Pull through and up to gather top and secure, do not cut off yarn.


With side edges lined up continue to sew down center back seam down to the bottom. where other yarn tail is waiting.



Tie and knot tails together


Pull off needle..but do not cut yarn tails yet


It should look like this


Turn right side out (will look like a little thumb mitten) seam should be down center of the back



Thread a regular sewing needle with thread and sew on bead eyes. Can glue in place if you prefer


Stuff body with small amount of stuffing and using leftover tails and knit hand needle, gather up bottom and tie off and an trim off tails


Take about an 8-inch piece of white yarn, lay 3/8 inch down from eyes, wrap ends around to back



pull up tight(to add separation of head and body) tie and knot ends together and trim close to knot




This little cutie is almost done!

Making the Tiny Scarf

Cast on 2 stitches on your Size 2 needles with yarn color of your choice, and knit until little scarf is 4-inches long, cast off


Cut 4 - 2-inch pieces of yarn , and fold each strand in half and put loop end through end of scarf(this is where the latch hook comes in handy) repeat for other side. Attach 2 strands on each end off scarf and I trimmed the tails on each side the length of the fringe. Tie scarf around your Sno-Babies neck


With orange paint add nose


Cuteness!


You can never have enough Sno-Babies!
Contact me if you have any questions and please leave comments!
Happy Knitting!
Debbie~Damsel Quilts&Crafts
seastar42@msn.com


Friday, September 12, 2014

Apple Block






  Apple picking was always a favorite time of year for me! We would always pick bags of fresh juicy McIntosh Apples and make the most delicious desserts. This Apple block is raw edge applique, so it's quick and easy to make!

Materials
~10-1/2 inch square cotton print fabric~ I used a tree print by Thomas Kinkade
~10-inch scrap of red cotton print fabric for apples
~8-inch scrap of green cotton print for leaves
~paper-backed fusible
~decorative thread in coordinating colors~brown for stem
~Optional fabric colored pencils

Apply paper backed fusible on wrong side of  red cotton print and green cotton print. Trace two apples on red fabric on paper side using provided pattern.
Trace  five leaves (2 large 3 small) on paper side of green fabric  using provided pattern. Cut out all apples and leaves and peel off paper back. Place apples and leaves on background fabric any way you like or use my block as a guideline. Press in place.
Use decorative thread and stitch around leaves and apples.
I used brown thread and stitched a stem on both apples.
If you want to add more dimension to your apples as I did use fabric pencils to draw in highlights. I also drew on veins of leaves and will quilt them later when I set the block.

Any questions or comments please contact me at seastar42@msn.com
Have fun~Damsel

Project Pattern to download and print
 Apples and Leaves





Sunday, September 7, 2014

Fun Cotton Cloth Napkins

I really loved making these quick easy napkins!
I chose patterns that correspond with food we love to eat, cut 17 inch squares of food novelty cotton fabric,
then serge edge with a rolled hem. You can hem by regular machine by folding and pressing under 1/4" and stitching close to raw edge.   Saves on all those paper napkins in the trash and they are so fun!
Every little bit helps!

Friday, August 22, 2014

"Jungle Eyes" Reader Block Challenge




I created this Block for a Reader block challenge using Batik branches and custom leaves! You had to incorporate circles of some sort so I made eyes for my circles.

Please check out the gallery of quilt blocks and vote for me!

Thank you so much!
http://interweave.upickem.net/engine/Details.aspx?p=V&c=138165&s=68842965


Saturday, August 9, 2014

Back to School Chalkboard Breakfast Mat


What a fun way to have breakfast on this Back to School Mat! Just enough room for your little one's breakfast and drink and more room for doodling or maybe a quick math problem....
I'm always trying to come up with new ways to use the piles and piles of jeans I have accumulated. This project is quick and easy and will be sure to put a smile on your child's face!
This mat measures 7"x 15"


Materials List

~Cut from a spare pair of jeans (leg) 1~7"x 15" rectangle of denim for chalkboard front
~Small can of chalkboard paint from Lowes or Home Depot 
~Paintbrush
~Cotton fabric for back 7"x 15" rectangle, plus 4-1/2" x 3-1/2"      scrap for chalk pocket
~Batting 7"x 15"
~Muslin 7" x 15"
~Strong nickel-plated pins for pinning layers together
~Jean sewing machine needle
~Coordinated thread
~optional Teflon foot or walking foot to help sew on top  layer(chalkboard paint)
~Binding
~Chalk

Take your 7"x 15" piece of denim cut from old jeans



Paint top of denim rectangle with a generous layer of chalkboard paint almost to edges, let dry.




Paint a second layer of chalkboard and let thoroughly dry. Curls a little on edges but will pin in place easily with heavy duty pins.



Layer muslin on bottom, batting in middle, and top cotton backing fabric on top.




Pin layers together.



Free motion stitch all over back with any thread you want, set aside.





For chalk pocket~ with 4-1/2" x 3-1/2" scrap fold over one short side 1/4" then 1/4" again, press, stitch close to fold.
Fold right sides together and sew 1/4" across other short side.


Flip right sides out and press.


Lay quilted back, right side down, then lay chalkboard top right side up.


Pin Chalkboard pocket centered to left side matching raw edges of pocket and mat. Pin with heavy duty pins all the way around mat.


Using a jean needle,  sew a scant 1/4 " straight stitch all the way around mat to secure layers and pocket. A Teflon or walking foot helps make this chalkboard fabric feed more evenly or gently pull through.


Sew on binding all the way around.


Clip to 1/8 " of stitching, fold to back, pin, and hand sew in place.


Fun quilted back can be used as well.




Chalkboard mat ready to use while your little one enjoys breakfast!

Any questions or comments contact me at seastar42@msn.com!
Thanks for looking~Damsel