I saw this on Pinterest. It was love at first sight. I decided to have a go at making my own. The rules I set for myself included a stipulation to only use yarn that already existed in the stash. Oh, it is hard. There are so many glorious yarns out there that would only add to the beauty of these colorful little targets. I will follow my rules though. That's what I do. Follow rules.
It's about time to square up these pretty targets. I will post more progress soon. I PROMISE not to throw in the towel like I did here. Those little circles were driving me MAD. Maybe I will revisit them some day. But not now.
Toodles friends ...I'm off to find my hook. It's time for some target practice.
Does this ever happen to you? It happens to me. A lot. And not just when I am sewing. I often come up just a little short of what I need to finish a project. Oh well. The fix is usually simple. For that I am thankful. Cheers.
I made each of my girls a little pebble pendant for Christmas. The stones I painted on were about the size of a nickel. I collected these perfect pebbles this past summer when we would boat on Flathead Lake out to Wild Horse Island. As the name suggests, the island has wild horses. Seven of them, to be exact. I've only seen them once. But when I did, I was so excited I nearly peed my pants lost my senses. I am off topic, but it seemed important to tell you about the wild horses. Back to the pebble pendants...
I looked with purpose for the little stones each time we visited the island. I was particular in my choices. I wanted them to be just the right shape and color with a flat surface for paint, not too big but not too small. When I found a most excellent pebble specimen, I tucked it in my pocket for elfing at a later date. It was fun to pull the stones out of their hiding spot and paint on them long after summer days on the lake were just a memory. The necklaces hold extra meaning for my girls since the lake is quite possibly our favorite-ist place in the whole wide world. I grew up in a house on the shores of Flathead. Both sets of the girls' grandparents still reside close to the lake. My children have spent countless hours playing in her waves, sleeping in a tent by her edge with sisters and cousins, jumping into her frigid goodness as soon as they could bear it, and basking in the sun that sparkles like diamonds off her surface. It is a magical spot. Someday I hope to live on her shores again. For now the girls have a piece of the lake to remind them of her goodness and all the good things this life holds.
Edited to add: Yes. There is one pebble pendant missing. My college daughter took hers with her when she went back to school. She must like it. :-)
Hi friends. I just listed six new headbands in my You Go Girl shop. Whew! I always forget how much work it is to list items. The photos...gah...I think it is exhausting to take the photos. My footsies are near froze off. It is a beautiful sunny day in my neck of the woods, but the temperature was 12 when I took my photos. The snow on the ground looks like glitter and makes a little tinkling noise when you walk through it. Magical, but oh so frigid.
I'm thinking Libbie, my very lovely headband model, is a very good sport! I wonder what else I can get her to do for a bag of Skittles. Thanks darling Libbie. You are my rockstar today.
Ummmm...no. I was out and about thrifting wool sweaters for a little project that's been dancing around in my head when I came across this little beauty. Twenty four bucks for a solid wood desk. SCORE!! I can't wait to transform her into something wondrous. I don't quite know yet what the destiny of this sweet desk is, but for now I am smitten with the possibilities. Mr. Go Girl Incredibly-Manly-and-Handsome* doesn't always share my enthusiasm for thrifty finds. Mostly because my treasures sit in his garage for months on end. It bugs him. He's kinda OCD like that. He was out of town this week. In fact, he'd been gone for less than four hours when I loaded this into the back of the Suburban. That will teach him to leave me unsupervised.I was also late for church without him to keep me on task, but just a little. Shhhhh.I wonder if he'll notice this desk sitting in the middle of our living room upon his return tomorrow. I'm kinda thinking so. I'll give him just the right look though. He will love the desk too. Or maybe he just loves me enough to not say anything. Yes. I think that is probably it. I love that guy!
*Apparently it is not a good idea to call your husband Mr. Go Girl if you want him to like the desk you have sitting in the middle of the living room. Who knew? Thanks, Hailey, for pointing that out. You helped me dodge a bullet.
1) Making something lovely for someone you love, especially for Christmas
2) The act of being elf like
I have been elfing. A lot. I think my ears might be getting pointy. How 'bout you? Wait a second. That sounds like I am asking if you think your ears are getting pointy. Or perhaps it seems like I was asking if you think my ears are getting pointy. I wasn't really asking either one of those questions. Let me try again. How about you? Have you been elfing? I hope so.
Have I ever told you how much I love making these little felt ornaments? I'm pretty sure I have. Making ornaments sure beats the pants off my most recent project...altering a costume for the Nutcracker.Yuck!
Slippery synthetic fabric and alterations=MISERY
I think I would rather gouge my eye out with my scissors. In fact, I almost did. Fear not. I am done with the alterations and I still have both my eyes. Yay and yippee!
Now back to my little felties...I loved every minute of making them. They went in the mail to Canada earlier this week. I think they will be happy living together in a sparkly Christmas tree up north. I had a little trouble parting with Foxie Loxie, but I said my goodbyes and put her in the mail with the others. I think I heard her sniffle a little when I was wrapping her in tissue paper. Oh, wait. That might've been me. I have another little fox part way stitched. I wonder if she will make it on my tree this year. My make-it-before-Christmas list is pretty long, but maybe...
I've been busy making some felt ornaments for an Etsy order. One of the ornaments requested was an owl. Let me just say that I LOVE Jessica Levitt's owl pattern. Those little owls started my whole love affair with felt. Her pattern was my go-to for owls. If you look down in the corner of the pattern, however, you will see a little copyright and a request for the consumer to use the pattern for personal use only. I am assuming this means you shouldn't use her pattern to make owls to sell. Well, I am a rule follower. ALWAYS. I think it is a part of my genetic code. Sometimes it bites me in the butt. No matter. I follow rules. Since I couldn't use Jessica's pattern, I got busy crafting a little owl to call my own. After more than a few drawings and a garbage can full of paper rejects, I finally got her just right.Please welcome Miss Betty Lu Hoot, the newest addition to my little felt ornament collection...
What do you think?
Just a little FYI...I get lots of requests for patterns of my felt ornaments. The only pattern I have ready to share is the squirrel. The rest of my little forest friends are rough sketches. I mostly fashion the pieces as I go. Maybe someday I will create a few patterns for sharing, but for now they are not available. So sorry.