Red and White Christmas


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!



32 Comments, Comment or Ping

  1. miss lynn

    merry*merry
    Christmas
    to you,
    becky!
    i love your pretties –
    so beautiful!!!

    much love.

    December 15th, 2011

  2. Ann Marie

    Oh! the bird Becky, the bird!! So cute!!! I know what you mean, I’m feeling the “noise” — enjoy your peace and see you back here in 2012. Merry Christmas!!!!!

    December 15th, 2011

  3. so gentle, cozy, and beautiful. wishing you a wonderful holiday season.

    December 15th, 2011

  4. So very pretty and soothing….. I do love batting!! Merry Christmas!

    December 15th, 2011

  5. These are all beautiful! I hope you get the quiet time you need!

    December 15th, 2011

  6. Linda K

    LOVE the sweet tree and bird Becky, and the stocking and mittens oh my!!! Gotta love the batting and lace! Thank you for so generously sharing Becky. Wishing you a beautiful, joyful holiday-I look forward to meeting with you again in 2012. Cheers! Linda

    December 15th, 2011

  7. Dorothy C.

    Thank you for sharing with us all year long.. Blessings to you and your family and a very Merry Christmas.

    December 15th, 2011

  8. laura huffman

    to get away from the hustle and bustle- good idea. love your creations. the batting ornaments especially love. wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and wonderful New Year. will see you in 2012. thanks so much for sharing your talents. enjoy the holidays with all it’s wonder.

    December 15th, 2011

  9. You have been busy Becky! I love the little fuzzy bird the best. :-)
    I hope you enjoy your quiet time with your family and friends. Drink some apple cider and have lots of yummy food! Stay warm up there…I bet you have some pretty snow by now.
    Have a very Merry Christmas!
    Becca

    December 15th, 2011

  10. beautiful and simple. your little birds are always so sweet, and the stockings are so clever!
    Happy Holidays to you – enjoy your time out!

    December 15th, 2011

  11. I love mittens and the ones you made are wonderful! I love the simply touches that whisper gratitude, giving and the gifts of the season(giving time)! Thank you for sharing!

    Vicki was so sweet to send you such lovely offerings!

    Happy Holidays to your n’ yours! I too long for quiet, reflective time, it isn’t happening. I will take my camera and try to capture it! :D

    December 15th, 2011

  12. oh becky,
    loving your little goodies!! they are wonderful!

    December 15th, 2011

  13. I am absolutely in love with your little birds Becky, and the other ornaments are gorgeous too! I can see you’ve been having fun. Thank you for sharing!
    Have a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family! xoxo!

    December 16th, 2011

  14. rush

    i love the little tree and the tiny bird projects. those are just too darn sweet. unplug and enjoy the silence, as much as you can get. see you when you get back.

    December 16th, 2011

  15. One pretty little thing after another., The wee birdie is adorable as are the stockings and mittens.
    Your published work inspires me but I am so glad I found your Blog .
    Have a wonderful festive season and may it bring you what your heart desires.
    Wishes
    Lynne

    December 16th, 2011

  16. Thank you very much for your lovely messages ladies…I’m sending good energy back your way.

    December 16th, 2011

  17. Patricia Wolf

    Awww…love the litte mittens!! All are so precious! Have a wonderful Christmas!!! Thank you so much for all that you do… now rest!!! Will be waiting to see your first post of the new year!! XO

    December 16th, 2011

  18. Tami Roth

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Becky!! LOVE your latest as always!
    Hugs

    December 16th, 2011

  19. Linda Abbott

    I love all your ornaments, they are so sweet and beautiful. A little bit of whimsy, some recycle and totally awesome. Merry Christmas to you, I hope that you have a delightful time filled with quiet and love and I hope you new year is filled with joy and peace.

    December 16th, 2011

  20. Jani Howe

    You’ve done it again, Becky! Thanks for the great ideas! Wishing you and your family a beautiful, love-filled holiday!

    December 16th, 2011

  21. oh these are all so adorable but i would have to say that my absolute favorite is the felted tree in the doorknob. surprise..surprise! love! merry xmas! ;)

    December 16th, 2011

  22. a heARTful life

    Thank you so much, Becky for sharing these…I’m resting in the sweet presence of your birdies and feeling cozy with your mittens…I love using cereal plastic, too. This year I made some little mittens and Christmas goodies using the brown little bags one finds in a ladies restroom, another favorite of mine. Enjoy being restful and present in the magical moments of the season.

    December 16th, 2011

  23. Peggy

    super cute as usual, Becky — have a very Merry Christmas

    December 17th, 2011

  24. Aw…….! Precious, Becky!

    Have a wonderful “Count-down-toChristmas” week!

    Hugs, Diane

    December 17th, 2011

  25. So creative and cutie!! I just came over from the Junk Saturday Night view! Congrats on being featured. Love those tins…I just bought some at the Hospice resale center…I am just going to have to create these myself!

    December 17th, 2011

  26. I love all that you made in this post, gorgeous, especially the little tree, so pretty!!
    I hope you have a wonderfully calm and peaceful holiday season.

    Micki x

    December 18th, 2011

  27. These are lovely, I’ve never tried felting, it seems scary to me!

    December 18th, 2011

  28. Becky, these are all such fun creations. I have to say the tree is my favorite! So glad the little box of goodies is coming in handy. The stocking is precious. Enjoy the holidays with your family. I’ll be doing the same over here – unplugging. Time to focus on my family even more and enjoy our company coming to town. Happy Holidays and a blessed New Year to you, Bill, Brook and Mac. xoxo

    December 18th, 2011

  29. Deb

    So adorable ♥
    Merry Christmas Becky ~ Wishing you a Joyful Holiday & All the Very Best for the New Year .

    December 19th, 2011

  30. What wonderful festive projects, they just scream cuteness.
    I would like to wish and your family and very Merry Christmas and a wonderful and joyous New Year.
    Thanks for you inspiration and for sharing that inspiration.
    love me :-)

    December 19th, 2011

  31. I can clearly envision how wonderful all of these creations would look on a Christmas tree.. although, they really would look lovely anywhere. It opens my eyes to re-using packaging before it hits the recycle bin or waste basket, there is so much potential….

    Enjoy this holiday time Becky, and I anxiously await what you will share with us in the year to come!

    December 19th, 2011

  32. these creations are darling! it makes me happy just looking at them. i hope you are able to have and fully enjoy the quiet time you seek. i’m working on that myself! joyous holiday sason to you! xo michele

    December 26th, 2011

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