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Crafting On :: Merry & Bright

I love working toward sharing progress each Tuesday, especially when I've had several hours to organize all my wool, yarn, fabric and supplies so I can find them better!  It's amazing to once more open a drawer and pull out just what I need instead of operating out of ziploc bags and plastic boxes.

Bunting doll

Here's Laurel Mae's bunting doll.  She turned out very sweet.

Bunting Doll 2

I stuffed her quite firmly, knowing how dolls soften up over the years.
I lengthened the body and went with a soft sweater.

Merry Napkins

Now that there are more of us around here, we need more napkins.
I made 6 Santa napkins and 8 snowflake napkins.
I've had this fabric for several years and it was last made into, well, shorts for Mike.

Bunting Bed

I'm making bunting beds from Toymaking with Children as a secret Christmas gift.
They look pretty non-descript, so I think I can complete them without the children knowing what they are.


After admiring a felt wreath at Earth Fare, I decided to make a similar one for the playstands.
I used the metal ring from a hot chocolate canister and simply crocheted around it.
It reminds me of the good old days and my great grandmother.

Popcorn garland

Willow and I took turns stringing popcorn.

Children's Tree

The children decorated their tree, which is on a bookshelf by their play kitchen.
Willow did all the finger crochet for the garland and she made the ornaments back in July.

Now, time to clean up from my sewing frenzy before a little boy wakes up!

For more crafting, visit Frontier Dreams.


( 10 trees — Plant a Forest )
Dec. 2nd, 2014 10:03 pm (UTC)
Do you have a source for instructions on your bunting doll, or did you make it up yourself? I'd love to make one like that for Sophia.

I love this edition - so many fun things!
Dec. 2nd, 2014 10:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you! These are lots of fun things. :-) I used the one in Bamboo magazine. I think it's from their first issue, available free online. I used a sock for the head, instead of the stockinette tubing. The cheeks are done with crayon.
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Dec. 4th, 2014 01:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you! We don't have many decorations up, less than a box (and there's just one box for the whole season, minus ornaments), but things are feeling festive.
Jayne Marti
Dec. 3rd, 2014 02:49 am (UTC)
Wonderful Christmassy projects. You are getting so much achieved. The doll is gorgeous.
Dec. 4th, 2014 01:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Dec. 3rd, 2014 04:16 am (UTC)
So many fun things to see! I love the dolly -- she's so sweet! The napkins are great, nicely festive.

I oughtta show Gnarly how to crochet. I bet she'd love to make a garland.
Dec. 4th, 2014 01:09 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I have lots of fabric bits that need to be made into things.

One thing that has helped with the finger crochet is something I learned from the Enki materials--clip the end of the chain down to a clip board. They recommend a clip on a big heavy board, but we use an over-sized sketch board, but a regular one would work well if sat upon. Make sense? It keeps the work in place so that the child can concentrate on learning the skill.
Ginger Schneider
Dec. 4th, 2014 03:49 am (UTC)
Oh, I love Laurel's little bunting doll!! Soooo cute and sweet. She's going to love her. I agree that your house looks so warm and Christmasy! I think I like the popcorn the best. :)
Dec. 4th, 2014 01:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Laurel already loves her--she snatched her up when she got home and wouldn't give her back for some time. I had to wait until she dropped her to sneak it away. ;-)

The garland is made from some low-fat popcorn that was given to us. I make mine in shortening or bacon grease, which the children gobble up.
( 10 trees — Plant a Forest )

A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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