Winter

Brrrr... Cold Day Project :: Mitten Line

It is bone chilling cold out there today! Our schedule has been cleared, all activities for the day have been canceled due to extreme wind chill. What to do on a snow day that is too cold to play outside... crafts of course. Here is a fun and useful project that we made a couple weeks ago on another similarly cold day... a mitten line.

Usually when the kids come in from playing outside they all try to pile their wet mittens up on the heating vent in the foyer. When their mittens were much smaller this worked fine... but now they don't all fit and we have a puppy who loves nothing more than to run off with a pair of socks or mittens. So we hung up a clothes line in the foyer that keeps the mittens off the floor, lets the mittens dry, and makes it easy for the kids to find a matching pair while bundling up to head out into the snow.

For this project you will need a clothes line hung where the kids can reach it.
Pairs of clothes pins
Acrylic craft paint
Brushes

First you will need to disassemble two clothes pins.

Paint the clothes pins with acrylic paint. We painted our clothes pins in matching pairs. So 2 red, 2 yellow, 2 green, and so on. Be sure that the paint you use will not wash off when wet. You don't want the color to bleed on your damp mittens.

When all of your clothes pins have dried, carefully put them back together. You now have a fun rainbow set of clothes pins.

Hang your mittens using matching pairs of clothes pins.

Whimsical Winter Evergreen

Note: I DO NOT share my watercolors because I think they are perfect. Quite the contrary. I am self-teaching and learning, and I hope I can encourage other would be painters to join me in the journey :) Remember... I'm not seeking perfection, I'm seeking JOY.

As my love affair with watercolors continues, not only am I experimenting with paint, I am also playing with other techniques.

I wanted to paint a whimsical winter scene, because, after all, if I'm not whimsical, I'm nothing! I wanted it light and airy, yet give definition and movement to the snow. Lately I've enjoyed Zentangle. If you are unfamiliar with Zentangle it is a method of creating images by drawing structured patterns. The "Zen" part comes from the almost trance-like, meditative quality of repeating a pattern over and over again. I've started incorporating Zentangle elements in some of my drawings, paintings and journaling. Each of the 3 hilly sections of the snow has a different, VERY simple Zentagle pattern, since I wanted to keep the overall composition light.

I have a long and exciting journey ahead of me. Each time I put watercolors to paper I learn something else about using color, blending and the very nature of watercolors. I am also learning to combine techniques, while finding a style that stays true to my artistic tendencies. Basically, I'm having a blast!

Here are a few books I've gotten on Zentangle. There are also many sites online that share Zentangle patterns for free. The wee ones love creating the different patterns and quickly create their own. If you haven't tried Zentangle yet, give it a try. Even if you think you can't draw, I believe everyone can Zentangle. It truly is very relaxing!

 

One Zentangle A Day by Beckah Krahula
 

Zentangle from the Heart by Jeanne Paglio and Michael Hale
 

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Happy Snowman Applique Block


"In the meadow we can build a snowman". Oh, how I love our "Winter Wonderland"! There can be the slightest sprinkling of snow and  wee ones will be outside, carefully scooping up what precious little snow there is, hoping to build a towering snowman. But, when the weather's right, and the snow blankets the ground, you can be sure neighborhoods will be graced with the visitation of these jolly visitors.

I'm sure you can think of many places that are crying for this joyful snowman! As always, this Happy Snowman Applique Block was made to fit a 6" x 6" block, but you can reduce or enlarge the pattern to meet your own needs. I have a favorite wool coat that is beginning to show its age, but I can't bear to part with it, so... I'm thinking I can "gussie" it up, just for fun. Think it's yearning for a snowman!
 

The pattern for the Happy Snowman Applique Block can be found HERE.

The tutorial on How to Enlarge and Reduce can be found HERE.

The tutorial on How to Cut Out Felt can be found HERE.

The Stitching Glossary can be found HERE.


Accessories:
tiny black button eyes (3/16")

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

Make a copy of the pattern.

Using the photo as a guide, cut out felt and transfer any embroidery markings.

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

Using a blanket stitch, sew snowman pieces to the block using 3 strands white in the following sequence; bottom, middle, top.

Position scarf ends piece in place. (The scarf neck will cover the top edge of this piece.) Using a small running stitch, sew scarf ends to snowman using 2 strands of floss along stitching line. (The 2 dangling pieces of scarf will not be sewn down, giving a 3-D look to the applique.)

Using the pattern as a guide, clip the 2 bottom edges of the scarf to give a fringed look.

Using a running stitch, sew scarf neck to snowman, covering the upper edge of the scarf ends, using 2 strands of floss.

Using a running stitch, sew hat to snowman using 2 strands of floss.

Using a running stitch, sew hat brim and tassel to snowman using 2 strands of floss.

Using a running stitch, sew carrot nose to snowman using 2 strands of floss.

Using French knots, stitch mouth using 6 strands of floss.

Sew on button eyes using 2 strands of floss. If you prefer you can sew on eyes using a satin stitch or French knots.

Using a stem stitch, add branch arms using 6 strands of floss.
 

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PHOTOS: 9-23-09

 

Warm Woolen Mittens


"Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens,
Brighton copper kettles and warm woolen mittens."

When Drew Drew Buns (the inexplicable name I called/call my youngest) was 4 years old, he came in from the season's first snowfall in tears and told me his "wrists were broke". The coat and mittens he wore left a band of young, tender flesh exposed and vulnerable to the frigid temperatures. That evening, I stayed up until I had knitted him a new pair of mitts... ones that nearly reached his elbows when uncuffed! They needed to go on before his coat, so after he donned the mittens, he needed help getting dressed. I suppose we effectively postponed his learning to zip a zipper by a couple of years, but that was a small price to pay. He was now able to romp in the snow without wrist freeze!

He wore those bright red mittens for three years. Amazingly, he never lost one. (Of course, once on, they were nearly impossible to remove :) When he finally outgrew them, I couldn't bear to part with them. Instead of putting them in our community mitten basket, they made their way to our Christmas tree. Over the years, I've tucked those mittens into our family tree, and each time I do, I'm reminded of my little guy.

This Christmas, as two year old Little Lady was busy taking ornaments on and off our Christmas tree, she came upon the pair of her daddy's red woolen mittens. She wanted to put them on. Although they were still too big on her, she ran around, clapping her hands together in glee. I suppose it's only fitting that they should be handed down to Drew Drew Buns' children... circle of life and all, but... I didn't give them away. Oh, I'll make Little Lady her own red woolen mittens that reach her elbows, but I'm hanging on to these, and the memory of my little boy with "broken wrists" :)   

I think most of us have mitten stories (just ask the 3 Little Kittens' Mom :), so I decided to create a Mitten Applique Block. As always, it was designed to fit a 6" x 6" block, but can be enlarge or reduced to meet your needs. I'm thinking it would be kind of cute to cut out backings for the mitts, and add brooch pins to them. Then, you could pin them to a lapel, with a braided cording running between them!

The pattern for the Mitten Applique Block can be found HERE

The pattern for the Mittens Applique Block can be found HERE.

The tutorial on How to Enlarge and Reduce can be found HERE.

The tutorial on How to Cut Out Felt can be found HERE.

The Stitching Glossary can be found HERE.

 

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

Make a copy of the pattern.

Cut out felt using material list above and transfer any embroidery markings.

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

Using a blanket stitch, sew cuffs to mitts using 3 strands floss.

Using a stem stitch, embroider the 3 crossing lines of the snowflakes using 6 strands floss.

Using a straight stitch, add the snowflake details using 6 strands floss.

Using 6 strands floss, add a French knot to the 6 top ends of each snowflake.

Using 2 strands each of 3 colors of floss, thread a embroidery needle as if the 6 strands were one piece of floss. Chain stitch the line connecting the 2 mittens.
 

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PHOTOS: 9-23-09

Deck the Gnomes with Boughs of Holly

I've had many requests for photos of our winter gnome house. I still need to get our Starry Night silk draped behind it and add lots of snow... aka... cotton balls! Of course, I can almost guarantee you that somewhere between now and Christmas, I'll make something new for the gnome's holiday celebration... I always do!

The first thing I do whenever I change out the season is to clean and polish the wood. This is one of my favorite things to do!

Many of the gnomes and furnishings shown here are shared as tutorials. Check out our Gnome Home offerings in our Gallery. A few of the items are also shown in our toy section.

BTW... If you have a blog and have featured photos of your holiday gnome home, please feel free to share a link. I'll try to remember to post a photo when our gnome home is all done :)


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