Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas!

Here are a few pictures to share our Christmas experiences.


First, Iris with her mermaid tail afghan (her second favorite present) ...

Next, the sock snowman that Iris made for me (my first favorite present) ...


Here's Iris and me doing a little crafting ...


And Iris helping Sonja with her new rocking horse ...


Iris and I made a zentangle inspired drawing which was a card for the family.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

All of my hand-crafted Christmas cards and tuck-ins should have reached their designations by now, so I will post a picture of them here; although most visitors to my blog have probably received these.


The cards are made with fabrics and a star puffy "stamp".


The ornaments are machine embroidered onto felt and backed with another piece of felt.

And in return, I received these beautiful, heartwarming cards and gifts ...

From my Our Home for the Holidays crafters' challenge friends:


From a friend on Magical Holiday Home:


Merry Christmas!


 Big and Little Sister sweatshirts for Iris and Sonja. This was a last-minute idea, and it was hard to find plain sweatshirts, so they aren’t the same, but I think the girls will like them.



Here are my wine bottles dressed up for the season. I knit some of these last year and had one red hat and scarf set for myself, but it didn't show up this year in my Christmas boxes. I didn't do a lot of decorating  because we won't be home for Christmas and I guess I thought it would be easier to knit another red set than to dig through all my boxes to find it. I suppose it will show up next year and I will think I need to get another wine bottle. I found the gold bottle at Goodwill last year but I'm pretty sure I can find these at a local grocery store (with wine!).

Tuesday, December 13, 2016



I made this gift bag for the Russian Tea Cake cookies I made for a friend's birthday gift. They are his favorite cookies, and I try to make a batch just for him every year. His birthday was actually on December 5th, so I'm late. I think he'll eat them anyway.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

My friend, Kathy, wanted me to get some Folgers coffee containers from another friend who uses that brand of coffee and searches out people who can re-purpose the plastic containers the coffee comes in. I took a few to use for my crafts and requested some for Kathy. When I got them recently, I thought it might be fun to wrap them up as a "Christmas gift". I just used some glittered tissue to wrap them, some fleece to make a hat and scarf, an orange pipe cleaner for the nose, a few buttons, and they became a snowman.

These grime guards are for QSnap used for hand embroidery (including cross stitching). I have a friend who has just started CCS and has purchased some QSnaps. Her first project ended up getting pretty grimy from her hands, so I've made her some grime guards as a Christmas gift. They were quite easy to make. I used an online tutorial for the measurements. One is for an 8" size and the other is for an 8"x11" configuration.



Here's Sonja's 2016 Christmas ornament. This motif is part of a larger chart which is in the Autumn 2015 issue of Stoney Creek Cross Stitch magazine.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

 This little German putz house is for Julia's first Christmas which she will spend in Germany with Oma and Opa. It was my "inspiration", but Merwin actually implemented it by making a paper prototype and then tediously cutting all the pieces out of craft wood, painting, staining and gluing. We brainstormed ideas for attaching it to a tree for use as an ornament and decided to use a clothespin with magnets. The clothespin can be clipped to the branch and then the house just sits on the clothespin. There is a magnet inside the base of the house and on top of the clothespin. The magnets were Merwin's brainstorm, which allows the little house to be equally happy sitting on a shelf (without the clothespin). Merwin put brown stain on the clothespin, which helps camouflage it in the branches. I added the glitter and the little tree. There's also a small hole in the back where a light bulb can be inserted. Definitely a gift from both of us!



Here is the Pooh ornament for Iris. This ornament commemorates her first trip to Disneyworld this year. She said her favorite character was Winnie the Pooh.



More poinsettias ... I just used one of the smallest patterns and made some napkin rings by hot gluing them to some circles of red grosgrain ribbon. I'll be making more of these for myself and for a friend.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Here are a couple of yo-yo animals that will be Christmas gifts for Sonja (the elephant) and Julia (the bear). The yo-yos are fun to make. The instructions for sewing the heads together are a little confusing, and sewing all the yo-yos tightly together is a bit difficult. A very strong thread is necessary, since the one I made for Iris, I've had to sew back together a couple times. With these, I ended up stringing two yo-yos and then making a knot to hold them before stringing two more and knotting. I hope they hold up well.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

These organza poinsettias are for Emelie's table d├ęcor ... or whatever else she may want to use them for ... I may need some for myself ...

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Quite a few years ago DH made me a large ironing board which is great for quilting and other crafts. I've been pretty hard on it, though, and it became badly stained and scorched. So today, we recovered it. Now it's so pretty and inspiring!

Made a little humbug zip pouch to keep small items in my backpack. I used a tutorial for the Triangle Zipper Pouch from The Crafty Gemini.

I just love youtube and other tutorials online!

I think it's pretty cute, though. I may not want to hide it in my backpack after all.

Here's a cross stitch card I made for a friend whose birthday is in December. Trying to get a jump on it, since it's so close to Christmas. The chart is a freebie from Kirsi Huttunen.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Here's Sonja's birthday card made with fabric from the growth chart ...

Monday, October 31, 2016

 Ah! Finally Sonja's growth chart is completed. We're wrapping and packaging it up for mailing today. The more I look at it, the more I like it.

Sunday, October 30, 2016


Here's my latest greeting card creation. A dreamcatcher for Anders' birthday. This cross stitch chart was free from Amanda Gregory's website.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

I must have wanted some instant gratification today. The craftermath in the studio was reasonably under control, so I dug out some trailer-themed fabric scraps and made a little zipper pouch to keep in the travel trailer with quarters for laundry. We had another bag we were using, but it didn't have a zipper, and if you picked it up wrong, you'd spill quarters all over. Pictures show both sides of it.
I pretty much used Jenny Doan's YouTube tutorial on from Missouri Star Quilt Company but added the side loop and made it quite small.

Friday, October 21, 2016

I've been knitting for Christmas gifts. The first shrug (on the left) was made for Emelie. She chose the yarn which is Lion Brand Heartland yarn, color Olympic. The pattern is called "Basic Shrug", a free pattern from Lion Brand. It calls for a different yarn and needle size, so I knit a swatch and ended up using a size 9 needle and casting on 152 stitches. This shrug was knit mostly on a camping trip to Eastern Washington with Denerd, Phyllis, Susan and Gary; from where Merwin and I continued on for several days at Glacier National Park. On the way to Glacier, we stopped at a JoAnns store to purchase yarn for a shrug for Leslie.

Leslie's shrug (on the right) uses the same pattern and yarn (color Kenai Fjords) with some changes. I used size 9 needles again, casting on 150 stitches. Instead of knitting in stockinette, I used a one-row pattern that is reversible. Since Leslie is a little shorter than Emelie, I made her shrug a couple inches shorter.

Next, I made a drop-stitch scarf for Emelie. This is Lion Brand Heartland yarn again, color Cuyahoga Valley (all the colors are named after National Parks). Emelie had trouble choosing between Cuyahoga Valley and Olympic for the shrug, so I'm surprising her with the scarf knit with the other yarn. I used a pattern that I found on the internet for a drop leaf scarf knit on the bias, changed it up just a bit, and ended up sewing the ends together to make it an infinity scarf. I wanted it bulky, so I knit with two strands of yarn together on size 10 needles, cast on 30 stitches.

Moving right along, I decided to make a mermaid afghan for Iris for Christmas. This pattern is "Mermaid Tail Lap Blanket - Toddler thru Teen" available on Ravelry. The yarn I used is Lion Brand Scarfie, (color 215, cream/teal) which is a bulky (5) weight. Although Iris is 7 years old, I knit the size 8-11 year old size on size 10 needles.

That's all the knitting for now! I need to decide what to cast on next.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Here is the tote bag I made with the Cat Lessons CCS. I used Lizzy Kate's "Cat Lessons for People" as my inspiration and some of the elements, but changed it up quite a bit. Most of the mini designs were gleaned from the internet, books and magazines. This is a birthday gift for Emelie.

I finished this birthday card for Emelie (October birthday). The cross stitch is from Durene Jones. She has some very cute cat charts! I also used my embroidery machine to add "Happy Birthday".
I got totally sidetracked this morning while browsing the internet and decided to finally make some purse tissue holders. I made these to go with the eyeglass cases I made for my friends. They are quick and easy to make. The tutorial I used did not call for batting, but I used some anyway; and I added the loop so they can be clipped together with the eyeglass cases if my friends want to do that.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Julia likes to chew/suck on the tags on her toys, so I made her a taggie. She seems to like to finger the machine embroidery soft book I made her, so I decided to make a machine embroidery design on the front of the taggie. I've been wanting to use this cute cat fabric for a while. I just selected various ribbons from my SABLE, and added some pom-pom yarn  for a little additional tactile interest. It also has some plastic cereal box lining
added inside for the crinkle effect. Hope she likes it!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

I hope and pray that I won't need this prayer shawl for a loved one any time soon, but it is knit in prayer for comfort and health of the eventual recipient. I used a drop-stitch bind off in lieu of fringe.

     Pattern: One Row (scarf)
     Yarn: Loops & Threads Urban
               (4+ 3.5 oz. skeins)
     Color: #6 Gray
     Needles: Size 10 1/2
     Stitches: Cast on 82


            Sunday, August 21, 2016

            Iris thought Sonja should have an otter on her shirt ... so Mimi used her embroidery machine on a onesie design from Great Notions.

            Monday, August 8, 2016

            And finally, the Advent stockings I just finished for Julia. She will receive the first one this coming Christmas.

            These were made on my embroidery machine. I combined an in-the-hoop stocking design from Newfound Applique with Itty Bitty Christmas Stamps from Designs by JuJu.