embroidery, sewing

Christmas Stocking

All the stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that Saint Nicolas soon might be there.  Blah, blah, you know the rest.  I’ve got my first Christmas stocking completed!  The embroidery was a killer for me.  Although I did manage to almost finish all of it in one sitting while I was at a craft show.  It was kind of fun to sit there are sew by hand.  I made some similar stockings a few years ago for my brother and his wife, very fun.

I should have named my kids Jo or Sam or something on that order.  Have you ever read the book Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes?  Well Natalie is a pretty long name, almost as long as Chrysanthemum.  It’s a good book to by the way if you haven’t read it already.  Anyway, the jist of the story is that all the kids make fun of Chrysanthemum because her name is so long.  A short name is quite nice when you’re embroidering it on a Christmas stocking.  Maybe I’ll take that under consideration for the future…

Of course I have to mention that Natalie’s name is kind of special in regards to Christmas (no, sorry she wasn’t born on Christmas or even close).  The name Natalie “is of Latin origin, and its meaning is “birthday”. Refers to the birthday of Christ, or Christmas”.  [according to thinkbabynames.com]  Pretty cool, no wonder the first song she sang was Happy Birthday to You. 

I think we’re going to take a trip down Christmas stocking lane in my next post.  I’ll get busy and round up some pictures of Christmas stockings of the past, this’ll be funny.  Oh, I almost forgot, I’ll post a tutorial on this by the end of the week as well!

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Lil Cutie Pouches

Oh, I think these are just too sweet!  I definitely will be making one for myself.  I always say that when I get done making something, but never do.  These lil cutie pouches are just the right size to hold a cell phone, iPod, change, credit cards, lip gloss, whatever!  I also added on a loop with a key ring, handy to attach to a diaper bag or backpack or purse.  How fun. 

I finally decided it was okay to use the japanese fabric that I had gotten a long time ago.  It doesn’t seem so bad now to cut into it and actually use it.  Now I want more japanese fabric of course, go figure.

Yes, the jelly beans, nice touch, eh?  We’ve been busy buying Jelly Bellies buy the pound lately.  Thought it would be fun to throw them in.  Anyway, I have another craft show coming up on Halloween.  I’ve been busily making and making and making.  More to do tonight though, it’s never enough!

If anyone’s interested in a tutorial on these I can get it posted pretty quick…

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Grandma’s Chair, renewed!

I’m really excited to show off this finished chair!  I had fun recovering it with some of Amy Butler’s new Love collection.  I ended up ripping some seams from the old cover to make sure I would have the proper fit.  I just cut the pieces like they were a pattern. 

The chair is pretty interesting, here’s some of the info on the underneath of the seat:

It also came with a handy tool (an allen wrench) secured by a loop, for when you need to take the chair apart.  I needed to replace the foam padding as part of this project as well.  Not sure if I used the right stuff, but it looks pretty good to me.  The old padding was so gross! It had disinegrated into tiny crumbs of sand = not good for sitting.