secret santa work stocking exchange

every year for our work holiday luncheon, we create a craft of some sort. then wrap it up anonymously and exchange. we've done ornaments and frames thus far and this year we made stockings. i didn't take a picture of the original natural colored canvas stocking, but you can see a little in the bottom image (it's basically the lining of my stocking.) i started by gathering supplies that i already had at home and went from there. i hand beaded all the snowflakes onto grey felt - i made those while playing passenger on a car trip. i then stitched my snowflakes onto this beautiful silk teal fabric (leftover from the flower girl dresses i made last year.) then i added some crazy fur trim - that matched beautifully with the grey felt. then i stitched the outer stocking to the original canvas stocking liner. my favorite part is the label that says "this took forever" - haha, i got those on etsy and i plan to add those to most of my handmade goody gifts. i think it turned out alright and i think the girl who ended up with my stocking likes it. i picked out a wonderful stocking with an illustration of Yukon Cornelius from rudolph.


flowery headband from scraps of fabric

spoonflower has this awesome (relatively new) fabric called faux suede. it's super soft and washes great. i had some scraps of fabric leftover from some project so i decided to make alex another headband. i have some headband blanks (that teal part: which is basically thin elastic with a circle of felt.) i had enough scrap fabric for cutting out 6 circles (approximately 3 inches in diameter.) then you just fold the circles in half and then in half again and glue them onto the headband blank. easy and cute.


lego trays

here's another idea i got from pinterest. they're lego trays. so kids can build and play right onto the tray and then easily move it and clean up when need be. there were a lot of people on pinterest who made custom size trays to fit the base boards (which are 10x10) but i went even easier than that. i made two different style trays. i bought 3 of the green lego base boards in 10x10. on amazon i found a plastic green tray that measures 12x12 that i ordered. then i found a large wooden tray on hobby lobby to make a double wide lego tray. then i simply glued the base boards onto the tray using e6000 glue. i put some heavy books on top overnight to make sure they dried completely flat and voila they were done. easy and inexpensive.


doctor who peg people - kid craft

just a quick post to show this awesome set of peg people that alex made (she's almost 8, so i'm quite impressed with these.) she is working on making more but was limited by the color of markers and wasn't willing to compromise on gray to make a weeping angel or cyberman yet. i love how she even improvised a little wood slice for a fez for the doctor himself. so creative. side note: i think the silence is her favorite doctor who villain.


large sugar skull repeat fabric

http://www.spoonflower.com/designs/3577007 i made a larger print of the sugar skull repeat that i designed for a fabric contest a month ago (in retrospect, i should have entered this larger print version, but oh well.) you can see more of the hand drawn goodness in this larger print. i am busy working away at holiday goodies right now, but on my to-do list is a test project making this fabric into a long sleeve jersey shirt. i'm not very good with stretch fabrics so we shall see how that goes. i hope it turns out though, i really love these sugary guys.


2015 calendar tea towel

the spoonflower annual tea towel calendar contest just finished this week. this was my entry for this year. i went with an all hand lettered design. the top three images above are the finished linen-cotton blend tea towel and the last image is the original pen on paper sketch. the pink was actually a neon coral color, but didn't transfer well with scanning or photos (good to know.) and i went with a linear calendar for this design - which i thought was fun. anyways, i like it and you can buy the fabric here: http://www.spoonflower.com/designs/3585380


Sugar Softie

last year i made a halloween skeleton softie and i think he turned out adorable. so this year i turned her into a sugar skull softie. you can buy the fabric here: http://www.spoonflower.com/designs/3565824
the fabric comes with a reversible dress to make and some flowers to attach to her head and the eyes are little soft pillow attachments as well. here you can buy the original halloween skeleton softie fabric: http://www.spoonflower.com/designs/2380735
they look great together too - my daughter says they are to be married now :)
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