From our circus tent to yours -- all the best wishes!
|dolls & photo :: mother goose online|
Every so often, I get a request for some sort of tutorial, and a while back I received an email asking about making peg doll families. With many children off school for another week & parents looking for fun activities to do together, I thought it might be a good time to write about this project.
|dolls & photo :: make it your own|
I've posted photos and several of these are linked to tutorials on other blogs, however, here is my own quick summary:
1) Gather a selection of peg dolls which correspond roughly to the sizes of your various family members (small pegs for children, taller ones for the parents.)
2) Paint hair & eye colors to match those of your family members.
3) What does everyone like to wear? Do the children in your family like to wear super hero capes? Does your husband always wear blue jeans? Perhaps he has a mustache & beard? Does anyone in the family wear glasses? (glasses can be drawn on peg dolls with a sharp pencil). Do you like to wear a tiara while folding the laundry? Add decorations accordingly.
And that's it!
|dolls & photo :: the green dragon fly|
|dolls & photo :: pink & green mama|
|dolls & photo :: my poppet|
|dolls & photo :: tea & biscuits with k.d.|
I spotted some photos of a gingerbread man softie here & on pinterest. The design, by Cathy Gaubert, is from this book, and as soon as I saw the photos, I decided I had to make one. Immediately. Only, if you know me, you know I cannot just follow a pattern...
Here he is from the back so you can see the finger-pockets to make him run.
If you would like to make you own run-away gingerbread man, have a look at this tutorial I created in July, 2013, and also this tutorial on Wee Folk Art. If you are downloading the free pattern from Wee Folk Art, all you need to do is pull out some brown felt, cut off those bunny ears, stitch him up, and you've got yourself a run-away gingerbread man, too...
We like this version of the story by Jan Brett. Do you have a favorite version of the run-away gingerbread man?
Run, run as fast as you can,
You can't catch me,
I'm the gingerbread man!
I've been busy stitching tiny mice. They look really sweet in grey with pink ears...
And they are lots of fun in assorted colors, too.
I used a pattern from this book, and packed up mice for gift-giving with copies of my favorite mouse-related books: Tumtum & Nutmeg by Emily Bearn, The Mousewife by Rumer Godden and Mouse Tales by Arnold Lobel.
I made an adjustment to the pattern and added a bit of extra fabric to the base, so these tiny pocket-friends are also finger puppets.
Someone around here is fond of this blue one. This mouse will be staying at our house...
How about an idea for making gifts out of old socks? I'm serious. I buy Smart Wool socks for my older son because they keep his feet from smelling bad (TMI?), and also because the stripes are cool. But Smart Wool socks aren't cheap, so when he wears holes in them, I cannot throw them away. Enter the upcycled-sock mason jar cozy (and the easiest tutorial ever).
-- A sock or two with holes worn in the heels and/or toes.
-- Needle and thread
Step 2 :: If your sock does not have a thick cuff (where the fabric is doubled), turn sock inside out, roll a 1/4 inch (1/2 cm) hem and pin in place. If your sock does have a thick cuff, turn the sock inside out, bring the edge up to meet the bottom of the cuff, and pin in place. Use a needle and thread to stitch hem. (If you've never sewn a hem stitch, here's a link for how to do it.)
Step 3 :: All done! Now you or your gift recipient will not burn fingers on hot jars of coffee or tea (and no one needs to know that their gift originated as an old, worn out sock... shhhh...I won't tell.)
Tonight is the first night of Hanukkah. We will be lighting the Hanukkiah, eating latkes, spinning dreidels, eating chocolate coins, singing songs, and maybe even opening a few gifts in my house. Happy Hanukkah to everyone else celebrating the festival of lights!
Note: this peg doll Hanukkiah is a project from my first book. In my second book there is a dreidel project!
Hello Dear Friends! Winter Solstice is nearly upon us... Here is a quick project in time to bring a few rainbows, even during the darkest days of the year (or brightest days of summer solstice, if you are in the southern hemisphere). I've hung my sun catchers in the window, but you could also hang them on a Christmas tree.
-- Wooden cut-out shapes such as stars or moons (I used these)
-- Beeswax polish or paint (you can make your own polish or buy some here)
-- Glass crystals (I used 3/4 inch/18 mm crystal beads from my stash)
-- Small beads (1/8 inch/3 mm)
-- Electric drill, small drill bit & workbench vise
-- Heavy weight button thread & needle
Step 1: Using a pencil, mark where you plan to drill in the center of one of the points of the star, and directly below, where you plan to hang your crystal.
Step 2: Secure your wood piece in a workbench vise and, using a small bit, drill holes. (safety note: to protect your fingers, always secure wood in a vise before drilling!)
Step 3: Rub your wood piece(s) with beeswax polish or paint them if you wish.
Step 4: Draw a 10 inch (25 cm) length of heavy weight button-thread through the bottom hole in your star (or other wooden shape) and tie a knot close to the wood.
Step 5: Thread a needle with both ends of your button-thread. Run the threaded needle through the crystal and through the small bead. Decide how long you would like the crystal pendant to hang, and adjust the height of your crystal and bead, then knot the thread above the small bead (the knot will go around the thread between the small bead and the crystal). After you have securely knotted the thread, run your needle back up through the crystal and cut the threads from the needle just at the top of the crystal.
Step 6: Find a pretty piece of ribbon and thread it through the top hole, then hang your sun catcher in a window where it might find even a bit of sun during the darkest days of winter. Or pack up your sun catcher and send it to a friend (note: if your initials are ES, you know you shouldn't be peeking at this post, you naughty thing!!)
Marilyn Scott Waters (aka The Toymaker) has a website with the loveliest paper toys which you can download and print out for free. Her newest creations are Ginger & Snowy in a fun, candyland scene which you or your children can cut out and set up in no time at all. The figures could be used to play with like paper dolls or they can be set up as decorations. To find them click here...
Dear Friends -- Are some of you new-ish visitors to we bloom here? If so, maybe you haven't had a chance to fully explore, so I wanted to draw your attention to a particular area of my blog. Did you know that there is a place where you can quickly look over the various tutorials I've posted over the years? You can find them right here on my craft tutorials page (usually accessed via the menu bar beneath the photo of those gorgeous golden mirabelles).
Are you looking for some hand-made gift ideas you can quickly whip up? This list of tutorials might help!
Speaking of tutorials, I've been working on several for you. I realize that gift-giving season is upon us, and I am running a little late with these; however, between hosting Thanksgiving & children underfoot, things have been delayed (I'm sure you understand...) Anyhow, please know that I'm doing my best and will have a couple of new ideas for you next week.
Also... a *give-away* on Monday! What am I giving away? It's a book plus a few more surprises. Not one of my books, but trust me, it's utterly delightful and seriously wish-list worthy. Okay, twist my arm... do you really want to know? Have a look here...
A final note: did you know that, even if you "Like" we bloom here and/or Making Peg Dolls on Facebook, you may not be seeing updates and messages from me in your Facebook feed? Here's what you can do so you don't miss anything: once you’ve liked the we bloom here and/or the Making Peg Dolls page (thank you!), use the dropdown menu right under the “liked” button to select “get notifications.” This lets Facebook know, going forward, that you really do want to know when I've posted a new tutorial, give-away, and other assorted nonsense.
Another way you can hear from me is to have a look at the right-hand sidebar of this blog, and find the widget which allows you to "follow by email." Once you've typed in your email, you will get notifications delivered directly to your inbox.
See you Monday --
For your amusement here are a few photos from the new book, and also an important message. Did you know that, even if you "Like" we bloom here and/or Making Peg Dolls on Facebook, you may not be seeing updates and messages from me in your Facebook feed? Did you know that you might be missing tutorials for lovely, quick-to-whip-up gifts? Missing information about the upcoming blog tour? About book give-aways, and other give-aways? (yes, an assortment of give-aways coming soonish!!) What can you do so you don't miss blog posts, updates & messages from me? Keep reading...
Here's what you can do so you don't miss anything: once you’ve liked the we bloom here and/or the Making Peg Dolls page (thank you!), use the dropdown menu right under the “liked” button to select “get notifications.” This lets Facebook know, going forward, that you really do want to know when I've posted a new tutorial, give-away, and other assorted nonsense.
Another way you can hear from me is to have a look at the right-hand sidebar of this blog, and find the widget which allows you to "follow by email." Once you've typed in your email, you will get notifications delivered directly to your inbox. I don't have access to information about who signs up for email through my blog, so there is no way I could add you to some list and send you junk-mail (not that I would ever consider doing such an annoying thing anyhow, I promise).
I hope your December is off to a good start. I will be posting some more tutorials soon, and meanwhile, please stop by and say "hi" any time!
Another book trailer -- hooray! (Did you miss the first book trailer? You can find it here.) But first a bit of happy peg doll information:
1) Making Peg Dolls & More is now available for purchase at the Bookstore at Rudolf Steiner College, Amazon and Book Depository. Please consider buying books at smaller, independent shops. Also, you can find supplies at wonderful shops such as this one, this one, this one and this one (plus a list of more shops which stock supplies, including ones in Canada and Australia here).
2) Mark your calendars (or sign up for emails) so you don't forget to come back during the first two weeks of February. There will be ...drum roll... a blog tour for Making Peg Dolls & More; this means visiting some of my favorite blogs to see best-loved projects from the book, give-aways (thanks to the generosity of Hawthorn Press), plus a few other surprises!
Please feel free to re-blog, re-post, and forward this trailer to friends and family alike. The peg dolls are dancing... won't you join in, as well?