I just finished making some seasonal things using this n’ that.
Here’s a cozy little Christmas tree…
…on top of an antique door knob stand.
And here’s a fuzzy little bird…
…on top of an altered spool with a sparkly nest (the center piece was saved from the star ornament that our dog, Mac, got to.)
Here’s something else that speaks of the season. I used organic cotton batting to create the stocking base.
I also added some simple machine sewn details at the toe and heel (I did this before sewing the 2 stocking pieces together.)
For a touch of elegance I added a paper trim cuff. I received this beautiful trim many months ago as part of a gift (a box full of lovely art materials) from a very thoughtful and generous soul, Vicki.
I love using cotton batting so much that I went on to make mini mittens…one for me (the name tag is an altered clothespin)…
…and one for Brook.
Here’s another mini stocking that I made using a piece of recycled plastic bag from a box of breakfast cereal. I love the strong yet transparent quality of this material.
To create the red and white striped stitching at the toe and heel, I threaded my machine with red thread on top and white thread underneath. I only stitched the top stocking piece with this mixed thread, and then I used white thread to sew both pieces together.
The number 6 is cut from a piece of cloth measuring tape and then sewn on top of cotton batting for a bit more heft.
And here’s a pair of mini mittens that I made using the leftover material (1 from the cereal bag, 1 from cotton batting.) There’s something charming about mixed-and-matched mittens. This pair could be cute stuffed with a handful of peppermints or mini candy canes.
I’ve been craving some quiet time…how about you? When the volume all around me is turned up (this is definitely what’s been happening with the holidays coming up) I feel a need to take it easy and slow down some…to soak in some silence so that I can better process my thoughts. And this time of year I like to try to focus on the true meaning of this season, which for me is about giving and gratitude. So, as I readjust my internal vibrations to be more in tune with the Christmas spirit as well as the coming of the New Year (a good time to reflect), I’ll be unplugging for the next couple of weeks.
Happy Wonderful Holidays and a Happy New Year…see you in 2012!