Sunday, November 27, 2011

It's beginning to look a lot like...

You know what it's beginning to look like... it's in the air, it's here there & everywhere.

And so, long after I *should* have started, I have begun in earnest. 
The Christmas making season is underway in my little corner of the world. These are the first Christmas cuties I've completed this season.
I made them from a pattern from Fa La La La Felt, a great book I picked up last year from Amanda Carestio.

 These are the first project I've made from this book, and I have plans made for several more, I was instantly in love with these little portraits so they beckoned to be first.

Miss Bunny

Mr. Fox

Party Kitty

I made these from felt I already had in my stash, and isn't that the great thing about craft stash? Once you've aquired a fair bit, very often you can just plunk out little (and sometimes big!) projects without ever venturing to the craft store. I love that.

So my friends, what are you working on at the moment? Any Christmas goodies? Do tell, I'd love to pop over and have a look!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving Wishes

I know I'm just a scouche early, but...
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
I'm wishing you all a wonderful and bountiful, stress-free holiday!
It'll be a quiet one for my hubby and I, just the two of us at home this year... But I'm still cooking, oh yes, the whole shebang! Also, I will be having pumpkin pie for breakfast tomorrow, and probably the next few days after that.
It's tradition!!

Oh! Before I go, I wanted to send out a
to all of you who voted for my Wynken, Blynken & Nod piece on the Feeling Stitchy Covered In Stitches Contest! The winners were announced this afternoon and I took 3rd place!! I'm very happy, and very, very honored to be among the winners. All of the entries were amazing!

Until we meet again my friends, cheers!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Falling Into Place

Hi All,
It sure is looking and feeling like fall around these parts, and I could not be happier about it. I do so enjoy autumn's rich colors, the chilly bite in the air and leaves crunching under your feet. I think I've told you before, but autumn is my very favorite.

There are so many things I adore about this time of year and some of them take place indoors. Our house seems to sense the change in season too, and has become cozier somehow. We light fires in the fireplace and the animals decide its time to cuddle again. I change out light, summer linens for soft, warm flannel sheets on the beds, add seasonal rugs to the kitchen floor to keep my toes warm, and probably, like many of you, I change out some of the decorative accessories in the house, and I thought I might share a little bit of that with you today.

A cheery wreath greats you at the door, come on in!

At the entry way sweet little pilgrims meet you at the door with glad autumn tidings. In the dining room my small (but growing!), aluminum collection takes its place on the bookshelf my father made when he was in high school. And my favorite gobble~gobble, a gift from my mother-in-law comes out for his month in the spotlight.

You might notice I have a little thing for acorns... well maybe more than a "little" thing. I think they're adorable and it seems that every year, a few more find their way into my home. Here's the newest one...
Oooh, sparkly!

The top of my clock takes on a distinctly autumn feel with fall berries and flowers. My favorite table runner  with embroidered leaves and acorns (I love Home Goods!) and a scattering of ceramic acorns. I think I got those at Pier 1 a few years back.

Even the kitchen window sill gets a little fall love...

A simple fall mantle for the fireplace this year. Tall candle sticks, tiny pumpkins, autumn leaves, two little squirrels, and of course... acorns.

The large acorns here are two of my favorite, they're boxes actually. I usually keep matches or a lighter in one or the other, gotta have one of those close by when you're addicted to candle light.

That about wraps up my tiny tour, I have a few other decorations out too, but these are my favs. So what about you guys? Do you decorate your homes for autumn too? What changes at your place, do tell!

Thanks for stopping by!

p.s. Voting closes tomorrow, for the Feeling Stitchy Covered in Stitches contest. My Wynken, Blynken & Nod piece was chosen as one of the top 10 (!!!!!) and it's up to everyone in blogland to pick the winner. Please click here and vote for your favorite!

Friday, November 18, 2011

I'm A Geek

It's true, it must be... I was featured on Geek Craft!

I'll never not love Harry Potter. If that makes me a geek, then I'll proudly fly that banner high.
Happy Friday!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Feeling Stitchy: Covered in Stitches Contest

Well hello there my peeps!
As I write this, I'm sitting in a state of shock and could literally be knocked right out of my chair with a feather! Why's that? Well, it's because my Wynken, Blynken & Nod piece has made the Top 10 in the Feeling Stitchy: Covered In Stitches Contest!!

If you'll remember, this is a piece I made for an embroidery swap and now resides in the Netherlands with Nicole.
Here are a few pictures of my entry... the original post with lots more pictures can be found here.

There were 45 entries in the Covered In Stitches Contest, (you can see the entire group here) and I am honored that my embroidery is counted among other such amazing pieces of embroidered art, but to make the final cut with 10 other gorgeous pieces just about blows my mind!

So now, I'm going to humbly ask for your help & your vote. If you like my piece best, please, please, pretty please click on over and vote for me, I would SOOOO appreciate it, and I'll love you forever & ever.

And I might even bake you cookies, I'm not above bribery. Just sayin'.

Here's the link... go forth and cast your vote!


Saturday, November 5, 2011

Remember, Remember The 5th of November...

Twenty-five years ago today.
Gone from our lives much too soon.
Greg turned 35 yesterday, you'd be so proud.
He's a good daddy, just like you were.
I think about you every day, I always have, I always will.
I still miss you...

John Douglas Kramer
March 7, 1955 ~ November 5, 1986

I love you, Daddy.

Mommy Made Me Do It

I had no intention. None whatsoever, to make myself a little quilt for Christmas.
My mother made me do it.
How, you ask? This.
Santa Claus on a scooter, that's how.

 Seriously, how am I supposed to resist this? You guys know I ride a fire engine red Vespa, right? I'm a sucker for all things scooter, and my mom knows it.

There I am innocently working away at my office yesterday, and my mom sends me a picture from her cell phone of this fabric. She was at JoAnn's... with coupons! I was powerless.

Twenty minutes later I was with her, and we were picking coordinating fabrics.
Gah! As if I didn't have enough to do...
I blame Mom.

Isn't it the cutest though?!? I think I'm going to quilt this by hand, just by outlinging the girls and santas with a running stitch in coordinating thread. Should be pretty fast... I hope.

Wish me luck!