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
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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...Read more

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.

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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...Read more

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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