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Showing posts with label Snowmen. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Snowmen. Show all posts

Monday, October 22, 2012

Felt Appliqued Snowmen

It feels so relaxing to take a break from hurting myself with tools while working on wood projects
 to sew again.
I decided to make some felt appliqued snowmen for my sale.
I don't use a pattern; I just make one up as I cut.
After positioning the pieces the way I want them, I start sewing the bottom piece first--
using the blanket stitch.
The scarves are layered too.
After all the pieces are appliqued onto the background,
I add the details with floss.
It's so amazing how it all comes together.
I love that blanket stitch!

Since I don't use a pattern, they are not exactly the same.
There ya go.
Hand-stitched in America :)
I'll show you the finished products in a future post.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Good-Bye January


I know Valentine's Day is coming up fast, but I wanted to share a little Snowman felt ornament before I say good-bye to January.

We were invited over to a couple's house for dinner.  As I walked into their home, I was surrounded by Blue, Silver, Snow Flakes, and Snowmen--Lots of snowmen.
We had a great time talking with each other.  As I sat and listened, I couldn't stop my mind from thinking that I have to make a little ornament for her as a "thank you"

I needed a pattern for a star.
I had this star hanging in my living room, and I thought it was the perfect size to make my pattern.


At Christmas I had a lady give me some yarn and in the bag was this blue felt.
It was the perfect color to match our hostess's home.

I traced the pattern on a double layer of felt and cut it out.


I separated the blue stars that I just cut--one will be the backing.

I cut a 2in circle of white felt out for my snowman head.
Using floss I sewed a face onto the white circle.
I blanket stitched my Little Man to the center of the star.
I then proceeded to sew little snowflakes in the corners of the star.

I placed the second blue star on the back and finished it off with the blanket stitch going around the star.


My Hostess loved my Little Man!

Okay, bye to snowmen and January!


Monday, January 23, 2012

For My Biggest 'Fan"

Can a crafter have a fan club?

If so, my aunt has got to be my biggest fan--either that or she feels real sorry for me.

She had bought many dolls, small quilts, and painted things from my craft sales over the years.
I recently visited her, and she took me on a tour of her house.  She kept saying, "You made this, and this, and that, and that"  I really couldn't believe how many crafts she had of mine.  I am sure my uncle just loves when my aunt comes to my craft sale every November.

This past year, she was disappointed that I had not painted any shutters with snowmen on them.
I informed her how I just found out about this Annie Sloan's Paint and had painted a lot of furniture instead.
She wasn't impressed  :)

She asked if I would paint some shutters that she had.
She wasn't picky at all about how I painted them. 
She told me to kind of match the one panel I had painted that hangs in her kitchen.

So I took her lovely white, glossy shutters.


I had painted a coat of Annie Sloan's Paris Grey as a primer.


I then took Midnight Blue Folk Art Paint and covered both sides of the Shutters with it.
I love being able to use AS as a primer-- It works so well.


I then proceeded to paint a snowman scene.
She told me that she wanted to put them in her kitchen window.  I painted them so she could separate the scene if she wanted too, or she could keep them together.


I hand painted a little saying across the top of each shutter--again, if they were separated it really wouldn't matter.


After painting them, I stained them with Minwax's Walnut color stain.
I love how the stain gives the words and picture a distressed look.


It was tough painting a scene on the shutter part.
I am not impressed with my snowmen because I had to deal with the slats.
My Aunt Loves it though, and that is all that mattered :)




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