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Crafting On :: Just in Time

Whew!  Okay, almost.  I'm blocking the Baby Surprise Bonnet and still working on the Yellowstone Ear Warmers, but it's all so close to being done!  I've just got some short rows and some pinning to do and then I'm free!  Here are my makings from this very, very busy week.


This little fellow would like to say, "Hello!"

In the Box

He makes his home in this little refurbished match box.  It's a tight fit, but he doesn't mind.  He's the Jack-in-the-Box from The Children's Year and I love him dearly.  This can be constructed quite simply.  It took around and hour and a half, but I did do a softer version of a true Waldorf doll head (that's a little big).  The face is done with mapmaking pens and some beeswax crayon.

Holy Family

And here's Roan's Holy Family, done just this morning while Laurel sat by my side at 5:15!  I made six doll heads yesterday, some for the shepherds and one king.  Those will wait for later, but I think we've already got a great start on a lovely nativity for his forthcoming stable.

Pot Holders

Don't look too closely at these pot holders, just appreciate that they are done.  I've learned a lot about sewing on bias tape, too.

Rosalie's Dress

And here's a very, very red dress for Rosalie, just like the one on the cover of The Doll Book.  I'll have to tell that story another day.  I might make some pants in a cheery print, if I get a chance, but I'm not holding my breath.

Lined Pants

Lastly, though done first, are some new lined pants for Laurel Mae.  Kids' clothes are notoriously wimpy, really, and I'm done with it.  So, I've archived the leggings and made some warm pants in corduroy, flannel, and quilting cotton.  Children wear what we put before them, so make your choices count.  Yes, I've got a clothing soap box.  It's been a long week. ;-)

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( 6 trees — Plant a Forest )
Dec. 20th, 2016 09:42 pm (UTC)
I love those pants you made! I buy the Lands End flannel-lined jeans for James - they are the only kind he likes (he says they're his "cozy pants") and they last forever. I got two pairs more than two years ago and they've survived near-constant wear. I just bought two replacements that I hope last another two years. But they are EXPENSIVE and they don't make them for girls or toddlers. Yours look so cozy!
Dec. 20th, 2016 11:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Those do sound like good pants. The inequity in children's clothing is crazy, isn't it? Girls get more styles, but less durability, even in Hannas. These are such sweet pants. If you ever need some made, I'm happy to help you out.
Dec. 21st, 2016 05:50 pm (UTC)
Such lovely things. I love little Jack. And the nativity scene is perfect. He will love it.

Great pants! Yeah, kids clothes have a lot of issues. My system of consignment saling works well for me, but it would be tough if I needed cold weather things. It's great that you can make your own.
Dec. 23rd, 2016 12:07 am (UTC)
Thank you! You do have good luck at the sales. :-) And courage!
Dec. 22nd, 2016 12:23 pm (UTC)
What a lovely selection of handmade presents Brandy! Well done for getting them all done and they look great to me and so sweet, the little Jack in the Box - what a lovely idea. I am sure he will be well received and the Nativity people are precious too! Homemade doesn't have to be perfect perfect. It is infused with love and attention and that makes it a perfect gift for the receiver. I am struggling a bit with my Phoebe mice. I didn't check the gauge beforehand and I seem to have lots of gaps everywhere around their faces, now that I am stuffing them, but as I have just said, the children will love them because they were made especially for them with lots of mama love. Fingers crossed! Well done for your beautiful work. Seasons Blessings Anna
Dec. 23rd, 2016 12:08 am (UTC)
Thank you for your kind words. I'm sure your girls will love the mice. :-) Merry Christmas!
( 6 trees — Plant a Forest )

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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.

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