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Crafting On :: Happy Things

Seems we're filling nutshells lately.  The nuts went to a lovely apple crisp and we are putting fun little folks inside the empty shells.

First, we made little babies, much like the one I bought from Frost Lane years ago.  My Grandma Lois had a mouse that slept in a nutshell on her Christmas tree.  I think I should make one some time.  Our babies are still in the prototype phase, but we are pleased so far.  Roan made the one on the right and Willow did the one on the left.  They are not glued in, so that they babies may come out to play.

Walnut Babies

Inspired by Anna's sweet sledders, we made a rainbow of them today from uncracked hazelnuts, wooden beads, and more walnut shells.  I used the hot glue gun to hold them in place, though I suppose wood glue would be a more natural alternative.  The little hats are simply craft felt, cut to size and glued in place.  We're planning a nature table with these little friends enjoying the snow.


And here's a dear little one to peep out of a seashell that I happened upon in my own little archive of trinkets.  We drilled a small hole in the shell using a hand-cranked drill (yes, really!).  The little stick is a size two knitting needle that I sacrificed (I seldom need five double points) and a wooden bead is glued on for the head.  The body and hat are a scrap of satin, also glued in place.  The instructions came from The Children's Year.  I hope to use this for our kindergarten story time--more on that later.

Gnome in the Shell

The weather has turned cool again, save for one last bit of warmth tomorrow, so we are back to wool undershirts and hats.  Here's the start of a salmony-pink hat for me, with yarn from beanovich, and a nearly finished Colin Vest for Laurel Mae.  I'm hoping to get it done tonight or tomorrow.  I steam blocked the bottom of the vest because I couldn't stand it curling up on me while I worked. ;-)

Hat and Vest

These colors are so fun and all these creations, ever how small, are little bits of happiness.

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( 6 trees — Plant a Forest )
Jan. 24th, 2017 09:36 pm (UTC)
Ah Brandy, your little sledgers are lovely! I used wood glue, but the heads kept falling off. I ended up superglueing them several times, so I think a glue gun was a wise choice!! And I love the little chap in the shell too and of course the little babies in their walnut cradles! So sweet. Your knitting is coming on well too. Lovely to see your cosy crafts :-) take care, Anna ( amothershares)
Jan. 26th, 2017 12:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Yes, I think an instantly holding glue is the way to go on these.
Jan. 24th, 2017 11:18 pm (UTC)
Carie @ Space for the Butterflies
Oh those little sledders are adorable and I love the babies too. Oddly enough my grandmother also had a little mouse curled up in a nutshell on her Christmas tree though goodness knows where it ended up. It must have been a thing at some stage so everyone had one!
Jan. 26th, 2017 12:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Carie @ Space for the Butterflies
Must be something about grandmothers. <3
Jan. 25th, 2017 11:22 am (UTC)
Well look at that! We both have colin vests on the KCCO! What a happy coincidence. Love your little gnomekins, too.

~Rebecca from www.zeahrenaissance.blogspot.com
Jan. 26th, 2017 12:51 pm (UTC)
I saw yours, too, but had trouble commenting. :-)
( 6 trees — Plant a Forest )

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