Saturday, December 25, 2010

Tooth Fairy Pillow

This morning my son started banging on the bathroom door. "My tooth is loose! When are you coming out, my tooth is loose." Well I have heard this a lot recently so I didn't go rushing out. But guess what. My 5 1/2 year old has two front teeth that are loose. So of course I had to quickly whip up some tooth fairy pillows. These were made with felt, pinking sheers, and some quick sewing. I made some extra for friends.

Craft Cabinet

Look what I got for Hanukkah. So pretty and so much fun. This is a picture of the front of the box because mine is not set up yet. I also have to get all the cute jars and fill them up with all my stuff. I dug out all my ribbons and put those on already. I love this craft cabinet. I always looked at this every time I saw it in the store. It was such a nice surprise to get this as a gift.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

More table toppers

This Hanukkah table topper was a gift for my mom. I used the same pattern as the Christmas tree pattern but used dreidel's instead. I had to make my own dreidel pattern.

I used a different Hanukkah fabric on the back. All of this Hanukkah fabric is fabric I received in a trade.

To make the dreidel I had to come up with a way to paper piece it. I checked some patterns on line and finally decided on this one. A bit of trial and error and some minor mistakes and I finally got the dreidel the way I wanted it.

Paper piecing is fun but can be a bit tedious. And if you mess up at the beginning and don't realize until the end you have to start over. Believe me I know this from experience.

I have a packet of paper piecing paper but I know you can use other types of paper. Some people use plain typing paper, tissue paper, or a tear away paper. I left my paper in there since this was not going to be a sleeping quilt and I wanted a little firmness to my finished quilt.
Here is another dreidel table topper. This one was from a pattern I ordered on line. For the first time I bought fabric on eBay. I just had to have this Hanukkah fabric as it matched the colors of the dreidels perfectly.

This one was also for my mom. She has a Hanukkah party every year and these will add to her party decor.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Star Wreath

Saw this at Little Birdie Secrets and had to make it. Was so much easier then I thought it would be. I cut out the stars using the George and Basic Shapes cricut cartridge. I don't have a scoring tool so I just folded my paper stars into shape. I used a needle point circle as the base. A little cardboard, glue, and craft pearls later and this baby was born.
I am so in love with how this turned out. I used some card stock I had left over from the tea party I made for my mom last June. I can see this as a great hostess gift or for someone who has just moved into a new home. Directions are at the Little Birdie Secrets site.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Holiday Table Topper

I love this quilt. It is one of my favorites, ever. It is from the October/November issue of Quilt. This magazine has yielded quite a few gems. My harvest table topper and the snow family wall hanging were all from this magazine. This holiday table topper is for a dear friend of mine.

The tree blocks were made by sewing rectangles together and then cutting off triangles. So easy once I got the hang of it.

The borders were made by sewing strips together and then cutting out a long segment. I stippled this mini quilt with a traditional puzzle pattern, throwing in a few loops here and there. The colors really work well together. I hope this little guy gets years and years of holiday use.

Monday, December 6, 2010


Tonight is the 6th night of Hanukkah. We made these adorable fig newton dreidels. Just cut off the edges of one side, add a pretzel, and use frosting to pipe on the letters. These were a huge hit with everyone and were very easy to make. The idea came from Family Fun Magazine. They also had this great idea to save all your boxes, twist ties, and other items from after you open your presents and use them to make a recycled robot. We are definitely going to try that.
We also won the Menorah making contest (to be fair it was a drawing of all the participants). We were supposed to use either recycled materials or Lego's. We used cliques which are similar to Lego's. The boys won a huge basket of Hanukkah arts and crafts. Next year I think we may try Lego's. There were some very creative ones made out of pin cones and another made with toilet paper rolls.