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Valentines Day Wreath

I wanted to spruce up our house a little for Valentine’s Day, so I decided to make a yarn wreath with felt flowers.  I wish I could hang it on the outside of our front door but doubt yarn could survive the elements, so I put it on the inside of the door instead.

valentines day yarn wreath
I just wrapped a straw wreath with white yarn. Make sure to leave the plastic covering on the straw wreath so the yarn goes on more smoothly. And be prepared…it takes a LONG time to wrap the yarn over and over. I spread it out over a couple days.  Then I used 3 colors of felt (pink, magenta and red) to make the flowers–I cut wavy spirals then curled them up and hot glued them shut. I was going to hot glue them onto the wreath, but decided to just stick them in with sewing pins in case I want to change out the decorations for another holiday–because I do NOT see myself wrapping yarn around another wreath frame anytime soon! Then I just hung the wreath on some cute ribbon. Total cost was under $3 since I already had the white yarn.

xoxo, emma

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Pomanders

Want a simple Christmas craft to make your home smell delicious using just two ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen? Pomanders!

pomander

Just stick some cloves into an orange or other citrus fruit. I used a push pin first to make it easier to stick the cloves in. Fill the entire orange or create a pattern, it’s up to you. You can tie a ribbon around the fruit first to hang it on your tree, or make a few pomanders [displayed in a bowl with pine cones perhaps?]

Here’s a cute use of pomanders:

give thanks pomander

xoxo, emma

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Christmas cross stitch


Besides some amazing pink and yellow [yes yellow, not gold!] balls [globes? orbs?], I needed some more ornaments for our tree.

Oh yes, and I know I said I wasn’t interested in those plain ball ornaments, but I found these amazing vintage sets at the bins @ 12 for 99 cents…and the colors are so great-even if it’s hard to tell in the above iPhone picture. My mom suggested I keep an eye out for more of them to make a wreath, especially looking for ones with slightly different shapes. The lady’s full of good ideas.

So here are some of the cross stitch ornaments I’ve made:

Noel Cross stitch

Santa cross stitch

Seasons Greetings cross stitch

xoxo, emma

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Craft To Do List

My current “To Do” list:

  1. Sew and stuff a stuffed log for my Halloween costume. (The Twin Peaks log lady). I don’t want to carry around a heavy real log so I got felt and fiberfill and will just make my own psychic log.log lady
  2. Applique and embroider 2 Christmas stockings.
  3. Knit fingerless gloves for the BF (his request…may require some cable knitting which worries me a bit).
  4. Finish knitting my scarf (still only about 2/3 done ugh).
  5. Embroider Christmas ornaments…about 5-10.

Luckily it is already becoming very cold so I have an excuse to just stay curled up in the house sipping Trader Joe’s apple cider curled up in an afghan and not answering my phone so I can get all of this done.

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Kitchen embroidery

Not much crafting going on ’round these parts (well some embroidery has been happening, but it’s Christmas themed so not quite ready to show and tell yet) but at least I have gotten started on hanging up some of my kitchen-themed pieces! I’m just happy because the kitchen was the most dreary, least colorful room of my house, and yet also the room I probably spend the most time in. Now that simply won’t do!

Those silly sushi paintings are from years ago, and somehow have made it with me to a couple other houses. I painted them when friends would come over to my house for “Craft Wednesdays.” I think that weekly date needs to be reinstated with new Portland friends. 🙂

 

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Craft inspiration

A string of houseguests, events and putting in more hours at work have meant that I haven’t had as much time as I would like for craftiness.  I’ve slowly been plugging away at some cross stitching though (of course) so I will have pictures of that to show you soon.

Meanwhile, here are some crafty projects I’ve seen around the blogosphere that I want to tackle:

BEADED DOLPHIN WHALE

Just what is a dolphin whale? I couldn’t tell you, but I do want to make a few of these for our guest bathroom which is decorated with a whale painting I did AGES ago.  The whole bathroom is a mix of dark jewel-toned purples and blues [yes, my l0ve for all things rainbow and bright-colored means I’m terrible at having restraint when it comes to color in interior design, but frankly I couldn’t care less 😉 ]  I’m thinking I’ll bead a few up and hang them from a piece of driftwood, like a mobile.

TIN CAN TEALIGHT HOLDER

I just think these tealight holders are so cute, and would make perfect Christmas gifts [yes, I am already thinking about Christmas! I blame it on the changing seasons, all I can think about is Halloween and Christmas.  I definitely plan on making all my Christmas crafts soon, because who knows how long it will take me to prepare our first little Christmas in our tiny Portland house–also our first Christmas where we are too far away to visit family 😦 ] And if you haven’t seen the blog What I Made you must check it out right away…it is run by a crafty GUY named Scott and is chock-full of crafty inspiration.

STICKER WREATHS

Thanks to my lovely mother [who not only fostered a love of crafts and creativity in me throughout childhood but continues to this day to enable me in filling up my craft room with a bazillion craft supplies] I own both the Martha Stewart circle cutter and flower stickers needed to make these lovely paper sticker wreaths.  Yes I know that this craft is aimed for children, but in my eyes Ms. Martha can do no wrong…I want to make one of these wreaths for the door of my craft room.  Heck, I want to make one for the door to every room in my house!

That’s all for now, ta-ta!

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How does your garden grow?

The Portland sun and rain is doing wonders for our garden and I couldn’t be more excited.  I can’t wait to harvest and cook with our homegrown fruits and veggies.  (Picked an almost-done green onion today and tried to eat it raw….I don’t recommend it).

Squash Blossoms: these were taken a few days ago and already there are a handful more blooms.

Squash Blossoms

These peas were among many volunteers in my friend’s garden that I dug up and brought home. I thought they were sweet peas, but don’t those have white flowers? hmm..

pea blossoms

And of course, where would I be without my handy helper, Knitty Kitty?  She diligently hunts the various bugs and eats them.  It is part of her reparations for eating all of my leek starts earlier in the season!  (In her defense, they did look an awful lot like her cat grass that she is ALLOWED to eat…)

stella in the garden

I can hardly believe that my garden is blooming, when it all used to look like this:

indoor sprouts

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