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Friday Favorite: Stash Busting

December 14th, 2018

One of my goals for my handmade holidays this year has been using up fabric in my stash, things I’ve collected over the years, fabric I love, notions I love, yarn I love. So far it’s been a great plan and I’ve managed to get rid of lots of things (more to come after Christmas so as not to spoil the gifts in case the recipients read the blog). One thing I can share that I’ve been doing to use up fabric scraps: making fabric ribbons. I’ve always loved beautifully wrapped gifts. Wrapping gifts is one of the things that I really enjoy doing during the holidays.


I’ve been sewing up all the scraps of fabric I have into long ribbons, most of what I’m using is holiday fabric that I’ve gotten in grab bags from the thrift store. Some of it matched the gift, as is the case with the Russian Nesting Doll fabric (check back after Christmas to see what I made with this lovely thrift store fabric).

These bows are easy enough to make, I fold fabric in half with right sides facing in, then sew along the ends and towards the middle leaving a 3-4 inch opening in the middle for turning. Turn inside out with the help of a pencil or knitting needle, iron, and it’s ready to use. They take only a few minutes each to make and are well worth the effort!


I’m pretty pleased with the results and will be making them for other gifts throughout the year as well. Most of the recipients are the types of people that will save the bows and reuse them, which makes me happy as well. There’s nothing like reducing waste and being able to reuse something you already have.

Are you a meticulous gift wrapper? What sorts of things do you like to use when wrapping?

Holidays in the Office

December 10th, 2018

With the great room swap of 2018 I ended up with a new desk. (we purchased a new mattress which wouldn’t fit up the stairs, which meant my downstairs office moved up to what was our bedroom and our bedroom went downstairs). The room is finally getting organized and settled, which means I’m finally able to find what I’m needing within a few minutes. Since I spend so much time in this room, I decided to add a Christmas tree to the corner and a little decor on top of the cabinets.



It’s not a perfectly festive room which I’m thoroughly enjoying. I even have a little speaker in there with Christmas jazz on most of the day. This room doubles as my sewing space, so it’s nice that I get to enjoy the decorations all day and in the evenings as well. This is one of those times when having access to thousands of little trees on our property is a benefit. They need cut anyways, so it’s nice to be able to get some enjoyment out of them.

Do you enjoy an artificial or a real Christmas tree?

Handmade Holidays

December 3rd, 2018

I’ve always been one to make lots of gifts, this year is not exception. Over the coming weeks I’ll be showing you a few of the things I’ve been making as I finished them up.

This beautiful green wool afghan was made with yarn from my mom’s stash. I found a pattern for a Finnish Granny Square on this blog and decided it the was the one I wanted to use. The edging I made up as I went along.


I’m pretty excited to gift this beautiful afghan, in fact I love it so much that I’m thinking of making one for our bed as well, perhaps with a thinner yarn of linen. That won’t happen until after the holidays of course, as now I’m on to quilting a quilt for a gift and then I’ll move on the making reusable shopping bags from vintage sheets. Stay tuned, I’ll show you lots of the beautiful things coming out of my craft room.

Are you a crafter? Do you enjoy making gifts for people?

Glass Teardrop Ornaments

November 29th, 2018

Many, many years ago I ordered glass teardrop ornaments from Gardener’s Supply. They quickly became my favorite holiday decoration, simple yet stunning. After falling in love with them, I looked and looked for more, but they were no longer made. Fast forward to this year, I found new ones, though they’re smaller than my original ones, at Terrain.



These little glass raindrops are one of my favorite things to pull out each year. There’s something beautifully simple and natural about a tree with lights and these little sparkling beauties.

Do you have a favorite ornament?

Here Come the Holidays

November 28th, 2018

I don’t decorate for the holidays as much as I used to. We get so much snow that I quit putting the winter container by the front door. We cut a nice little wild tree in the woods, string one strand of large white lights, then add a few glass raindrop ornaments (more of that tomorrow when it’s a bit brighter and I can get photos). Two years ago, when my mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and I was traveling back and forth to Ohio for one week each month, I tackled this embroidered advent pillow.
embroidered advent pillow
embroidered advent pillow
Now it’s one of the things I’m most happy to get out of storage for the season (which happened this weekend). Since I don’t do much else as far as decoration, it has a starring role in our holiday decor, which is just as it should be. My mom was always working on holiday crafts and loved doing handiwork projects. She watched me make this as we sat around her dining room table talking and telling stories. It’s a beautiful piece for more reasons than the needlework, this is a heirloom for me now.

Do you have any sentimental holiday decor?

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