Friday, December 2, 2011

A creative Christmas.....

First of all, a little catch up! I was in the table runner swap and my camera once again went on the blink so I didn't get to post the table runner I got from Dayna at Scottie Acres....I am in love with it....I love the colors and I love batiks so it was the perfect one for me....She also mentioned that she used her go cutter and I thought that was so cool. I don't have one, but I would like one someday...(that and a lot of other crafty, sewing goodies, but that is another whole subject.)
She also sent me a bag of things that is right up my alley...Buttons, ribbon, little books and frames...All the stuff that I love and use a lot! Thanks Dayna so much. I actually have my runner on my big square slate coffee table and it looks so pretty...















Have I mentioned lately that I am absolutely poor as a church mouse? Well I am. There are so many things I want to do, and just can't so this year it is truly a homemade year. In fact, it is a make handmade "with what you have" year...The grand babies I am hoping to be able to send something to, but for every one else I am making them something. Last year I just wasn't up to anything but this year, I am enjoying the process, broke or not. I keep thinking I am going to win the damn Publishers Clearing House thingie, but so far it hasn't happened even though they flood my email and I enter like a fool every time. Does anyone really know anyone that has won anything from them? I figure being a fool and having a little hope isn't costing me anything.


Ok, so right now as I sit pounding away on my laptop, surrounded by the huge mess I have created while creating, I guess I better show what I have been doing...

I have been making jewelry out of clay. I saw a free pattern at Michaels and took some clay and fishing line over to my sister Julie's house and showed her how to make these. Of course, I didn't know either, but I played the craft expert and luckily they turned out really pretty. But now I cant give her one for Christmas...I should've thought of that!

















I am so proud of her...She has started sewing! She made some I pad bags and they turned out great. I have tried to get her to sew before and I went with her while she bought fabric! Woo hoo....Of course I was the expert on that too....I think I am going to make her a really cute pincushion and some pins with toppers...She is like me, she loves pink so it will be fun for me to make. I have lots of pink fabric pieces.




I also started painting a poetry journal and all the pages are drawn and painted. It has been an ambitious project to say the least.


















Then I have made a few ornaments...here is a bird..












I like to make ornaments...I guess that is why I do the ornament swap every month that Val hosts...

And finally, I made three more hexagons...I still am sewing them on my machine and it seems to work out fine. Maybe someday I will catch up with Maria and make a quilt out of mine...I have no clue how to put them together, but I guess I will figure that out later!














The rest of what I have been making I cant show yet, but I will soon.
I hope you all are enjoying this season....Now I need to pick up that mess....Melinda

11 comments:

Maria said...

Love your new header photos.
Ah!! Now I know what I can do with the blocks I cut on a friends Go!Table runner looks great.
Your Hexies are looking good and I am a long way off making a quilt.

Needled Mom said...

Your new header is fabulous!

I still think homemade is better for Christmas gifts. There is thought and time put into it.

All of your work is wonderful. I love your hexies too and the clay designs are terrific.

roc said...

personally melinda i'd pick a handmade gift over any type of gift. i swear i can always feel the love in them, and that's priceless!

Laurie said...

I think the home made gifts are the best Melinda, they are the ones most remembered, and the ones that become heirlooms with special stories attached. Everything is beautiful, I know the recipients will love it all!

Jenxo said...

im so glad you ar ein a much better place this Christmas....you are always so productive too, love your goddies , your little bird is so sweet..... ive been gluing lace on to small canvas boards and pressing into the clay for nice impressions on beads and pendants too, stamps work well too, especialy the script ones....
im sure everyone will love your handmade Christmas :)take care....

Pat said...

You always make the best stuff! I love the runner your swap pal made you!

Jenny said...

I admire how you keep busy with such beautiful past-times.

I hope they give your heart some comfort.

Jeanne Turner McBrayer said...

I love all of your creations. Can't wait to see the rest of the poetry journal. It looks scrumptious!

Lynn Stevens said...

Beautiful gifts, handmade is always better!

Patty said...

Love the jewelery!

Marva said...

Oh how cool! Love your birds and your journal is awesome!!! You should open an Etsy shop! They only charge 20 cents to list something, at least I think that's what it is.