Wednesday, December 21, 2011

I had intended to blog sooner but with the holidays fastly approaching I've barely had time for anything.  I do, however, try to make time for a little sewing everyday and recently I decided that we needed Gingerbread Houses.  I came across an article in Quilting Arts Gifts Holiday 2008-2009 magazine by Jane Davilla called Fabric Gingerbread Houses and knew I had to make one.  As it turns out, I made two.  Jane's directions were easy to follow and I had most of the materials on hand.  This project was fun and quick to put together and is "calorie-free".  You simply just get to decorate and enjoy.  My granchildren were amazed and we decided that after Christmas we would make a village.

Jane Davilla is one of my favorite artists and you can find her in Quilting Arts and Cloth Paper Scissors or visit her blog.

Here are the results of my gingerbread houses . . .

I love them!  Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year!  And always have FUN!

Monday, December 5, 2011

A Fabric Forest Christmas...

What about a scrap fabric forest for Christmas 2011??  Well, then check out
Cloth Paper Scissors Gifts Holiday 2011-2012.  Inside there are lots of wonderful ideas and suggestions for making the holidays festive and fun, but what really caught my eye was the Fabric Forest Mixed-Media Topiaries by Cynthia Ann Dubbers.  They are extremely easy, fun to make, and uses up lots of scraps.  Just follow the easy directions and you will have a great tree or trees.  The only thing I did differently was instead of hand fraying, I sewed on  buttons, put my fabric circles in a lingerie bag (or pillowcase), then washed and dryed them.  For me, an instant gratification kind of girl, it was just the trick.  Another nice thing about this project is you probably have everything you need at home except the cone.  Get started and have fun!  This would be a great project to work on with your children (with supervision for the younger ones).  Check out Cynthia's blog  You'll love it!

Here is a picture of my finished projects.  I plan on doing many more!