Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Feather Fairy!

Here is a close-up of the feather fairy design. There is a circle of tulle for the dress, feathers (of course,) a 16mm wooden bead for the head and silver tinsel for the hair. The arms are wire and she holds a wreath fashioned from green tinsel.

Please give it a try - it's easy!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Ornament Wreath Do-Over

2010 Vintage Ornament Wreath

Last year I attempted my first vintage ornament wreath and while it was very pretty, I knew that it could be better. First of all, the ornaments were merely stung onto a wire hanger base and therefore a lot of them were facing the wall! Also, because the wreath wasn't flat on the back, it didn't quite hang right.

2009 Vintage Ornament Wreath

So a couple of weeks ago, I carefully disassembled the wreath and started fresh.

I saw some ornament wreaths at Pier 1 and I noted that there was a tinsel garland peeking out from between the ornaments:

Pier 1 Wreath

After collecting MANY more ornaments this year, I started over with a straw wreath form. I wrapped it with green tinsel garland. Also, I took the top off of each ornament and filled the necks with construction adhesive. I made sure that each metal top and wire loop was securely affixed to the inside of the ornament. It takes about 24 hours for the adhesive to dry. Then I used greening pins to attach each ornament to the wreath form. It took forever. There are over a hundred ornaments!

I love the way it turned out. Until next Christmas...

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Where's Laura K?

Our Christmas Program was called "Winter Wonder" this year and it was a lot of fun. Can you find Yours Truly in the cast photo? (Click twice on image to enlarge.) Click here for last year's cast.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Monday, December 06, 2010

Fairy Feather Fest 2010

It's a Fairy Feather Fest. You're invited, be my guest.
We will get our fairies dressed, in their feathered best.

These adorable girls came over on Saturday for the SECOND ANNUAL FAIRY FEATHER FEST (Now with theme song...)

Here's Lindsey,


and Ryan (with her Pittsburgh Steeler-themed Feather Fairy - GO STEELERS!)

Festive Fun was had by all! Click here for FFF2009!

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Twas the Night Before Christmas...

I first made these matchbox mice about 25 years ago. Maybe longer. Every year, as we decorate the tree, the kids love to locate the mice.

I was pretty sure that I had saved a package of the boxes and sure enough I located them as I was cleaning out some supplies.

These are at least 25 years old, I have no idea where to find them any more, but there are lots of matchboxes out there that would be equally as cute.

Here is a little photo tutorial. There's not much to it!

Just a little bit of felt, a scrap of fabric, a little embroidery, glue and blush the cheeks. There is a ribbon hanger. That's about it!

Sinple, cute and classic. I mean, who doesn't love a mouse in a matchbox?

I also did a variation with a pair of mice in a Crayola box. The idea was from an old Hallmark Christmas card. That was really cute too!

Anyone else remember these?

Happy December and Happy Crafting to all!