Friday, December 23, 2016

Walnut shell knitting basket ornament

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We used the walnut shell many times in our small crafts, one of our favorites,
was the knitting basket from this post

This would make a really cool, unique ornament for the knitter in your life, so we made new
Christmas baskets, with red and green yarns.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Yet another easy small holiday ornament

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I love the kitschy awesomeness of the Yule Log, and even more so as a cake. 
Also known as Buche de Noel.

Tiny cuckoo clock ornament

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Here is just one more last minute ornament idea!

I absolutely love cuckoo clocks, and have been dying to get one for our house for years! 
I love all the hand-carved details in the house, the little woodland animals, the kitschy German landscapes
and of course, that fact that a birds comes out of a little door to say "cuckoo!".
So like many things I have yet to get, I will make a very tiny version for a dollhouse 
and wait patiently for the day, I get a real one in my own house!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

It's not too late to make more gifts!

There are still a few days left to come up with some creative, quick handmade gifts this Christmas.
Here is just one example, one of our most popular Christmas gift ideas, tiny book charms!

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With the holidays approaching I am once again struggling to come up with some inexpensive, original gifts for my family. How about you?
 First order of business for me: a present for my mom. She has a home filled with festive dishes, Matryoshka dolls, quilts, tea sets and books. I try to make her a gift every year. My mom is rather obsessed with the Bloomsbury Group. She collects their various first editions, gives a dramatic slide show detailing their capers and love affairs and for many years even had a big picture of Virginia Woolf hanging in her sewing room. (If you would like to see the Virginia Woolf quilt she made it is on Tumblr) So it did not take much imagination to determine that I should make her something featuring her favorite tortured author. I decided that at the same time I could make my daughter something for her dollhouse.