Thursday, February 25, 2010

Thursday Thirteen 143: Crafty Me

Way back in November or December -- maybe even both -- I mentioned needing to finish a number of craft projects for Christmas. Someone (ahem, Alice) made me promise I would share pics after Christmas, when there was no chance of spoiling a surprise for anyone. January being a complete wash, I never got around to uploading and processing images until this month. So, while there is still snow on the ground (grumble, grumble), I thought I would share thirteen pics of crafty gifts I made for Christmas 2009. Click on any image for a larger view!

The stitching of these two was done early in the year, but backing and hangers still needed to be added, as well as trimming to shape.

I found this festive little guy in my craft bag, with only the white part of his legs done. It took me a while to figure out which pattern I was using, and only one evening of television programming to actually finish stitching him. He measures about two inches square and was stitched on plastic canvas.

My friend Manda loves and collects Noah's Ark memorabilia. This ornament is part of a series I have been stitching for her, actually the second set of Noah's Ark ornaments (the first was quite different from the second).

A special ornament done for my youngest niece, AKA The Bug, who attended her first performance of the Nutcracker ballet in December 2009.

Ornaments made for Kat, one of my many snowman fiend friends.

Another I found in my craft bag from last year that had been started and not finished off. He looks a lot larger in this picture than he actually is, which is not quite two inches tall.

This banner stitched for Kathy is cute, but shaping the bottom of it was a major pain in the neck. At least the tassel was a lot easier than it looked!

These are part of a series by Calico Crossroads that I have been doing for Kim, who is owned by two black cats (brothers). I had to stitch these patterns together and decided to fore go the usual 8x10 framed picture (click label 'Cross-stitch' for more) for a couple of cute throw pillows. The first says "One...Two...Three..." and the second says "Made it!" Click on image for a better view.

I have to share another pic of these, just to show off the back. Isn't this Debbie Mumm Calico cat pattern adorable?

There was enough material leftover after making Kim's pillows, I decided to use it to make a pillow for a friend's daughter. I found some sturdy brown material in my meager fabric supplies to back it et voila!

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Shelley Munro said...

These are cute. I really like the elephants.

Heather said...

Thanks, Shelley! That entire Noah's Ark set is really cute. I realized while uploading the elephant that I never posted parts of the set made in 2006 or 2007 (I somehow missed doing any in 2008). Will have to rememdy that!

Brenda ND said...

Wow, what interesting and cute craft projects. Kudos in completing them!

Adelle Laudan said...

Very kewl. I a mitten for each of my kids with their initial in it. Each year they go on the tree. I think the boys are over twenty years old.
Great gifts.
Happy T13!

Kaye said...

The elephants are fabulous! One of my daughters has been collecting elephants for over 30 years. You do really nice work.

colleen said...

You're quite the stitcher. I love homemade ornaments.

Alice Audrey said...

I love the Christmas Cow. Too cute.

Paige Tyler said...

Those are so cute!


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Olive Tree Guitar Ensemble said...

Hi, it's a very great blog.
I could tell how much efforts you've taken on it.
Keep doing!

Kimberly Menozzi said...

The cow is my favorite! I never have the patience to complete these sorts of projects, though. Well, there's also the problem with my kitty attacking any string/yarn/dangling object she lays eyes on...sigh... ;)

Happy TT!

Elise Logan said...

wow. you really are crafty. Nice work.

Heather said...

Brenda: Thanks you!

Adelle: Aw, what great memories those mittens must be for you each year. Hugs!

Kaye: Thanks, Kaye. The elephants were one of my favorites stitched during the past year. I've actually done three more in the series for 2010, but cannot share those yet.

Colleen: Thank you, I love homemade ornaments as well. Can actually decorate a large tree with nothing but between what my friends, sisters and I have made. LOL

Heather said...

Alice: Isn't that cow the cutest? *g*

Paige: Thank you!

Olive: Thanks, and thank you for visiting.

Kimberly: See, I have difficulty just vegging in front of the TV, so if I'm watching a game or movie or program, I'm either stamping or stitching as well. You can get a lot done during a 2-hr movie or 3-1/2 hour football game. I've already completed three small projects watching Olympics. lol

Elise: Yes, I am. Thank you. *VBG*

Grandma said...

There's a lot of time spent on those and the results are lovely. I'm putting my vote with the other elephant admirers, they are particularly charming.

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Bryn said...

Lovely work! I want to make all handmade gifts for Christmas '10, so this is really inspiring. It's been too long since I've done any cross-stitching...I love it! It's very therapeutic.

Maria said...

These are so cute. I'm a little jealous as I can't do tiny work like cross stitch.

Inez Kelley said...

Love the nutcracker!

lovesmukiwa said...

I am addicted to cross stitch and I LOVE stitching on the plastic for ornaments! I love yours :)

Heather said...

Grandma: Thank you. I'm glad so many love the elephants. *g*

Bryn: Glad to inspire! I'm trying to make as many gifts for 2010 as I can as well.

Maria: Thank you. Sorry to hear you have trouble to doing such close work.

Inez: Thanks, my niece does too. *VBG*

LovesMukiwa: I've been addicted for years myself, though I am not as big a fan of stitching on plastic canvas. I went through three needles last month on one project. Never have that problem with Aida cloth.

Sasha Devlin said...

I haven't cross stitched in a while. My last project was a Pooh Bear. Nice work!

Heather said...

Thanks, Sasha! I bet your Pooh Bear turned out cute!

Alice Audrey said...

Yeah. It's even better than a cheesehead hat. :) *ducking and running*

Gwen said...

They're all adorable - I really love the banner one with the snowmen.

Heather said...

Alice: Ha...ha... So funny. :-P

Gewn: Thank you, I'm happy the banner turned out as well as it did, especially as the pointy bottom really was a PITA.

Latesha said...

You do awesome work, as usual.