Book Nook - Caps for Sale

"Once there was a peddler who sold caps. But he was not like an ordinary peddler, carrying his wares on his back. He carried them on top of his head." So begins the tale of Caps for Sale, the lovely story of an unorthodox peddler and a tree full of pesky monkeys! Written and illustrated by Russian author Esphyr Slobodkina in 1940, it has remained a favorite amongst children for generations. I can remember when my kindergarten teacher read this book to our class. I immediately feel in love and have reread it many times over the years. Although the list is long and mighty, I can honestly say, this was my very favorite book as a child. Why? 

I loved the absurdity of the book; a man balancing 17 caps on his head, monkey's in trees wearing hats, and the interplay between man and monkey! 

I also was empathetic to the peddler's loss. Can you imagine losing your wares to a bunch of renegade monkeys!  


Well, far be it from me to give away the end of the story, suffice to say, I've...Read more

Painter's Palette Applique Block

FYI... Tim and I are off for a long weekend with Little Lady and her Mommy and Daddy. We will be back mid week. We hope everyone in the States has a wonderful and safe Memorial Day Weekend. And... if you're NOT in the States... we still hope you have a lovely weekend ;)

Do you have a budding artist in the family? (Perhaps it's you :) As you know, every artist needs a palette. Now, you can applique this palette to smocks, aprons, t-shirts or just about anywhere. I have a couple ideas of things I want to do with this design that I will share sometime next week. As always, this applique was made to fit a 6" x 6" block but can be enlarged or reduced to meet your needs. The pattern for the Painter's Palette Applique Block can be found HERE. Enjoy!

Appliqueing: Use 3 strands floss to blanket stitch palette to your block and use a running stitch and 2 strands floss to sew the paint blobs to the palette.
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Spring Big Gnomes for Wee Hands

When is the right time to bring fanciful gnomes into your child’s life? As soon as they are sitting up and ready to play, of course! Our Big Gnomes for Wee Hands were designed with our littlest ones in mind. The large bodies are easy for wee hands to grasp, and with no small parts, safe for supervised play. Make a pair (one for each hand, of course) or make all six in this series for a delightful Spring Rainbow of Big Gnomes!  

Our Big Gnomes for Wee Hands measures 6 1/2" x 1 1/2".

Note: Check the bottom of the page for a link to a different set of Big Gnomes.


Materials for Each Large Gnome:
Large Wooden Peg People - 3 9/16" x 1 1/8"
Wool felt in light and dark matching colors
Embroidery floss in coordinating colors
Crafting glue
Favorite stuffing material (optional)
Beeswax wood finish (optional)

Note: All materials used should be non toxic and child safe.




IMPORTANT: There can be significant variations in the...Read more

Bitty Birdie Applique Block


Spring has sprung! The trees are flowering, and the baby birds are bouncing around the yard looking for yummies! Just imagine the fun you can have with this little "FunScape" applique. Designed to fit a 6" x 6" block, it can be reduced or enlarged to meet your needs. Michelle REALLY enlarged this block and painted a mural in Pixie and Fairy's room. The pattern for the Bitty Birdie Applique Block can be found HERE. Enjoy :)




DIRECTIONS - Refer to pattern and photo for applique placements and cutting instructions.

Use 6 strand embroidery floss.

Make a copy of the pattern.



Cut out felt using pattern as a guide. Note: On the pattern there is only an extra pattern piece for the beak since part of the beak is obscured by the body. The rest of the pieces can be cut from the Funscape.

Using a blanket stitch on the top and a running stitch along the 2 sides and bottom, sew grass to block using 3 strands.

Using a blanket stitch, sew cloud to block using 3 strands.

Using a running stitch, sew trunk to block using 2 strands.

Position bird on block. Using a running stitch, sew beak to block using 2 strands. The beak should be behind the bird.

Using a blanket stitch, sew bird...Read more

Flower Fairies and Buds

[We took one of our favorite patterns and made it lovelier by adding more embroidery. I love the end results!]

If Fairy Dust is sprinkled on a flower as the last dew of morning evaporates, something magical happens... a Flower Fairy is born! If you are lucky enough to have Flower Fairies in your garden, then you already know that all of your plants seem to grow a little lovelier and their blooms seem to last a little longer… as if by magic!
Now, you can bring that magic indoors by crafting your own Flower Fairies. Long known to be great friends with the gnomes and woodland creatures, your Flower Fairies will easily join in the merry making with the rest of your wee folk.
Our Mother Flower Fairy measures 2 ½” (6.5cm) and the Baby Bud is 1 ¾” (4.5) tall.

To make your own you will need:


1 adult and 1 child wooden peg
100% wool felt in a light and medium color (pictured: peach and orange) and green
100% cotton 6 ply cotton embroidery floss to coordinate with each felt and a dark floss in the same color family as...Read more