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Christmas 2013 – Advent Tree

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I decided this year that I would have a little fun and get creative with felt.  Above are the first seven felt ornament’s I’ve made for my/our advent calendar.

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First was this little guy – he is very simple and I grabbed his pattern here: Felt Robin Template and Tutorial. He/she is very sweet, but at this point, I am thinking of making him/her into a hair clip instead! All the other ornaments I’ve made are much larger. He/she is a wonderful first try however – and I am not biased!!

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This one was made second and I love love love it!! And not just because I am an owl freak. I found the pattern for him here: Give a Hoot for the Holidays. I didn’t have any rick rack, but I like my first attempt at embroidery design, even if the stitches are a very basic running stitch and french knot – those little boogers are trixy I tell you! I watched this  youtube video on learning to make the knots: Embroidery: How to stitch a french knot.

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Next up was my Christmas Tree. Originally this one had on glued on (with those  craft glue dots) sequins, but my youngest decided that the glue dots looked tasty, pulled all the sequins off and ate the glue dots. *sigh* Tasty! Some quick internet research told me that she wasn’t going to die of poisoning, so I am not worried. I am still irked that she did it though, BUT it was my fault in some regards as I left it unprotected on the kitchen table. I am considering going back and sewing the sequins on it again. I got the pattern here: Felt Christmas Tree Ornament

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This little angel is a favourite. She looks so peaceful! A delicate wee creature! I made her pink in honor of my eldest daughter who loves the color, and in my opinion, no Christmas tree is complete without an angel on it! I got her pattern here:  How to: Felt Angel Ornament #2

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I then decided that I wanted a simple bell. I chose this one: Christmas gift: Felt Holiday Ornaments + Free Ornament Templates. I decided to forgo the bell at the bottom since it is dangly, it makes noise and the bells are shiny… all three of those being attractants to two year olds and children with incessant fiddle fingers. I am hoping to locate my pinking shears this week to trim the edges to look like the original, but I think this is sweet in a very rustic way!

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This one is my current absolute favourite!! I couldn’t find a pattern online, so I searched for clip art and discovered this one.

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I think he’s lovely! I got pretty close to the original drawing I think, which can be found here: Little Penguin Pattern. I added the heart because I felt that he just needed it 😉 I messed up the french knots a bit – told you they were tricky!

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The final one in this set the traditional candy cane 🙂 I like how rustic it turned out. Little G has already tried to run off with it, and when she see it, makes slurping noises and goes Yum! You can find this sweet pattern here: How to: Felt Candy Cane Ornaments.

I am finding the blog: Bugs and Fishes to be a great resource!

Check back later this week for the next grouping of ornaments and how I go with making the actual tree!! 🙂

Homemade Sandwich Thins

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With school being back in session now here in Florida, I am trying to make sure that my girls are eating healthy, but fun things for lunch every day and if it means I get to bake and be frugal at the same time, then bring it on!  I recently searched Pinterest for a Sandwich Thins recipe – the girl’s love them, but I feel that the product is too expensive and wanted to make something that used ingredients that I already had (yay!) and that the girls would love.

I found this recipe: My Retro Kitchen: Homemade Sandwich Thins. During my Pinterest wonderings, I saw people making similar things but cutting them out into fun shapes. Since I am only just now getting into Bento boxing, our selection of cutters is severely limited. I chose to go with stars and hearts this time – next time I may break out my Williams and Sonoma Star Wars cutters – I mean, who wouldn’t want to eat a sandwich shaped like Yoda? I know I would!

The changes I made to the recipe was simple. I substituted honey for sugar and halved the amount. I also did not add the wheat bran (I was out). But that was it! Really can’t recommend this recipe higher. The girls inhaled these with egg salad so fast, I’m currently making more to cover for the rest of the week!

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I also can not resist showing off the mixer bowl covers I’ve made recently. These were made with PUL fabric I got on sale at Joanns Fabrics. They were easy to make – I used a large dinner plate to draw a circle on some parchment paper. Then I cut out the fabric and sewed elastic about 1/2 an inch away from the edge. You have to remember to pull the elastic tight as you sew so it gathers. From start to finish this project took about 10 minutes. The only changed I made to later covers was to move the elastic to about 1/4 inch from the edge of the circle, still grips fine, just gives me an extra bit of leeway if the bowl I am using is a bit bigger than my KitchenAid stand mixers bowl.