Archives for Christmas

Beads and Buttons for Decorating

Categories: Christmas.

~ December is here and we are getting closer and closer to the holiday season.  Have you started decorating yet?  Here are some of my favourite things made with buttons and beads.  I’m into simple decorating with lots of recycling where possible. These homemade ornaments will add sparkle and glitter to your decorating.  I started with solid ornaments (colour didn’t matter) and covered them with pearls and beads.  Hang them by the lights on your tree and they will glitter and sparkle. I had lots of fun making these button trees after finding them at a craft sale a couple of years
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Birds and Reindeer at Christmas

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~ Just a month to go before the big day is here.  Are you ready?   Is anyone ever ready?  Or don’t you worry about it and just take it day by day?  I must say the older I get the less I get stressed/concerned about Christmas.  It really is just one day in the year. Don’t forget the birds over the holidays. Last year I made up some gifts for the bird lovers on my list.  Layer the different types of bird seed into a jar and wrap the lid.  I used brown paper and twine for a natural look.
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Trees for Christmas

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~ I love trees of all sorts so it is no wonder I have a selection of trees for decorations and ornaments over the Christmas season. The first is a nice simple stitching project using green yarn, plastic canvas and sequins.  Using 7 count plastic canvas cut a piece 17 holes by 26 holes and then cut out the pattern below.  Stitch the base in brown or all green as I did, and stitch the star in gold, and the remainder of the tree in green.  The sequins give it a sparkly look and are stitched on with fishing line. 
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Festive Tea Bags

Categories: Christmas and Craf-tea.

~ Cookie cutters aren’t just for making cookies.  I used them as a template to make festive tea bags.  These little gifts can be tucked inside a greeting card to send a cup of cheer to the recipient. You need the flat coffee filters that can be bought at dollar stores, some of your favourite loose tea, cookie cutters for templates and your sewing machine.  Be sure the cookie cutters are medium sized ones.  If they are too small, as the tree one in the picture was, it makes it difficult to get the tea inside.  I ended up folding the filter and
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Little Bird Feeder Ornaments

Categories: Christmas and Plastic Canvas.

Nature related ornaments are lovely to hang on the tree.  Several years ago when I was in a plastic canvas crafting mode I made some little bird feeder ornaments.I got them out a few days ago to hang on the tree and thought I would post a little tutorial how to make them.  I’m not sure how many people still stitch on plastic canvas.  It certainly isn’t as popular a stitching craft as crochet, knitting, and cross stitch. You start with 7 count plastic canvas which can be bought at crafts stores such as Michaels and even at dollar stores.
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Everything is ‘Tree’mendous

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It’s that time of year when the house is looking ‘tree’mendous.I love trees, lots of them, perhaps because it gives the illusion of outside throughout the house. Enjoying the pleasures that the backyard birds bring to our days, I created my own inside bird tree last year and have the tree up again this year.  We don’t have a huge entry hall, in fact it feels so much smaller when more than 2 people arrive at the same time.  There is a small space in the corner that I like to make use of.  We have an old artificial tree
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A Candle Centerpiece

Categories: Christmas and Garden Projects.

While searching through the craft closet for something I came across some wicker plate holders.  This reminded me of a craft I had made with the girls when they were young. The wicker plates were used as the base of a candle centerpiece using pinecones, greenery and a candle.  These make nice hostess gifts, teacher gifts, or last minute gifts for someone you may have left off your list.  This isn’t an expensive craft, just the cost of the candle (around a $1 from those wonderful dollar stores) and the cost of the wicker plates. The wicker plates were bought
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Make Festive Envelopes

Categories: Christmas.

The holiday season is fast approaching.  Giving something homemade makes it a bit more special. It is almost that time of year to send our Christmas cards and instead of those plain envelopes that come with purchased cards why not create some festive ones. You need an envelope template, some  labels, glue and some festive paper.  If you are using homemade cards be sure to get an envelope that fits the card.  Start by carefully taking apart the plain white envelope. Choose some colourful wrapping paper and trace the template with a pencil.  Cut out carefully.  I make sure to choose
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Christmas Tea

Categories: Christmas, Craf-tea, and Sewing.

Crafty is being craf-tea. When it comes time to mail out your Christmas cards,  why not include a cup of Christmas tea to share with your family and friends that are far away. This is a simple, sewing craft  to send some holiday cheer.  This takes up very little space inside the card and usually doesn’t add to the cost of the postage. Take one of your favourite tea bags. My favourite is Stash tea as it comes individually wrapped and fits so nicely into my tea chest.  You can buy many varieties of Christmas tea, which usually come 18 or
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Little Stash Busting Gifts

Categories: Christmas and Crochet.

~ I’m always trying to come up with little patterns to use up all the yarn stash of odd little balls of yarn left over from bigger projects.   I’m making little things but never seem to make a dent in the yarn stash. For Christmas I made a few things – wine bottle hats, little doll blankets and a lego bag.The cork cozies were easy to create and made up quickly, in fact I made these ones up on Christmas Eve. Using red, green and white yarn and a 6 mm hook it took just 6 rounds of crochet
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