Day #20 Cute Christmas Gift Tag Tutorial – Blogging Challenge Continues!!!!

I was so tickled to find this little tutorial!  I love handmade gifts. I really love these handmade gift tags!.  All from little scraps!  These are just so stinking cute!

I really love that little gingham ribbon she has used on the top of the gift tags also.  If you have a little homespun fabric in your stash – that will work also!

Polka Dots!  Always such a cute addition! Another little idea – if you are like me and don’t have ribbon laying around – use some fabric from your stash!  Iron some wonder under or Heat and Bond to the back of a piece of fabric. Cut small strips to use for the little ribbon on the package and iron it in place. OR you could simply use fabric glue instead of a fusible product.  Then make a simple little bow out of a slender strip of fabric for the top of the package on this little Christmas tag idea! Easy!

Buttons are always such a cute addition. I have jars of buttons in my home and can always find a button if I need one. But – if you don’t have buttons – make a little fabric yo-yo!
Just a few more days before Santa arrives. I’m ready, are you?


Day #19 Quilt Block Ornaments Tutorials

Today I found 3 different Quilt Block Ornament Tutorials for you!!
All three of these tutorial files take you directly to the download pages themselves. 
But, I encourage you to visit this creative quilter’s blog because you can also find this tutorial:
Have fun and look around on her website. Her blog is fun and she has some amazing patterns also on her webpage for purchase!

Day #17 Christmas Emoji Ornaments – A few Kids Tutorial

These just added a smile to my face when I found them on the internet.  While it’s a tutorial geared for kids, I envision you sitting with your kids and crafting the day away. Of, if you are lucky enough to be blessed to have someone calling you Grandma or Grandpa – why not have a crafting day with the grandbabies when they come to visit!
These little emoji faces still seem to be all the rage. I know that I am very guilty of using them on Facebook and Instagram because they make me happy. I like them and some of them are quite hilarious. And seriously, can’t we all use a good tummy giggle every now and then?

This little reindeer winking at me and sticking that tongue out.  I may just have to act like a kid myself and sit down and have fun this afternoon playing with emojis.
These cute little ornaments hanging on the Christmas Tree in your local school would sure add a smile to Elementary age children.  And what about a Community Center? Do you have a Community Center in your neighborhood?  I know some of them hold wonderful events for children and families and the little ornaments would be little bits of humor spread on the community Christmas Tree!
Share your love of creativity this season.  And then go one step further and share your creative finished pieces in unexpected ways with others to add a little holiday magic.  Spread the love!


Day #12 Snowman Yo-Yo Ornament Tutorial

Look at this cute little guy (or gal) snowman ornament tutorial I came across!  Cuteness!
Super easy, super quick and using just scraps from your scrap bag!  I love it!
See the little noses used for the snowmen in the picture above? In this tutorial, she uses clay – which is awesome, works great.  But I have a quick tip to share from my craft show days.  Buying a chunk of clay might not make sense when you have only a few of these snowmen to make up and finding the orange clay this time of year in certain areas may be challenging. So – go to your local dollar store and buy a package of  either round toothpicks or a package of small diameter wooden food skewers.  Either work great and you can use a simple crafting knife or a utility knife to carefully cut the wooden pieces to the length you need (please be careful!)  Then just paint them! Or if you wanted to be a bit more rustic and still can see the bare earth (for those of us in the snow-covered regions of the USA this might be impossible!) find a few small twigs outside, cut them to length and paint!
Enjoy and happy creating!


Day #11 Charming Christmas Ornaments Freebie Pattern

Grab a charm pack or a mini charm pack – depending on what you want to make and head over to the Moda Bake Shop Blog by following my link I’ve provided just above!  I’m in love with these ornaments!!!  The patterns are free, the instructions are written really well and the pictures are awesome!

This handprint ornament just about melted my heart.  It brought back many great memories of my children being little ones running around the house anticipating Santa’s arrival!

These are cute too!

Think of the many creative ways these ornaments can be adapted to the fabrics you might have on hand!  All different Christmas words can be used, special sayings if use a permanent pen like a Pigma could possibly be written on them! I have ideas popping in my brain of cutting out cute little Christmas Tree shapes, and little snowmen and maybe some reindeer!  Just think – you could probably use cookie cutters if you have them in your kitchen to give you the basic shapes you would need!
Enjoy and go do something creative today!

Day #9 Snowman Ornament Tutorial – Blogging Challenge

Little Snowmen to decorate your Christmas Tree this season!!!! How adorable.  These would be a cute added little gift to hang from your Christmas packages also!
I found this pattern by accident and really enjoyed this little blog, so take a minute and search around and read her blog. She has some cute things! I found several of her quilts I loved also!
It’s fun to search around and read different blogs. I’ve found several new internet friends that way. I’ve found a lot of great tutorials and learned many clever new tips and tricks!
Today in my neck of the woods it’s a relaxing Sunday. I like to keep Sundays to myself and minimize my work if I can or make it a day for family and friends but today, I need some me time. It’s a slow stitching Sunday here in by warm cabin. I’ll be nestled up on my comfy sofa, drinking my coffee and hand piecing several quilt blocks while enjoying the Hallmark Channel.
I hope you have an awesome and relaxing day also!


Day #7 No-Sew Fabric Angel Ornaments Tutorial

This tutorial is just so sweet. I love angels, especially Christmas Angels. And talk about simple to make. I love the old time Christmas feel these Angels have, love the burlap and raggedy muslin look and feel of them.

This sweet little denim angel would really make a cute addition in a farmhouse or old fashioned themed Christmas decor.

Sweet little angel ornaments.
Just precious.  We all have bits and pieces of muslin laying around. Get a little creative with these, have fun and try something new.
While you are on this gal’s blog, peruse around a little and enjoy her offerings. She has some fantastic photography skills, some wonderful sounding recipes and just have fun!


Day #6 Christmas and Holiday Challenge and Blog Writing also! Christmas Ornament Pattern

Day #6 of my Challenge!!!
Are these ornaments not the cutest! (Just click on the link above!)
I can literally dive into my own personal stash basket of scraps and be able to make a bunch of these ornaments up in no time at all!  The gals over at the Moda Bake Shop posted this pattern a while back and I’m glad I found this little treasure!
Just think – you could make these for ornaments for your own tree. Or give them as gifts to a couple that is newly married and might want a few keepsake type ornaments for their new Christmas Tree. Or – the other idea I had for these – Christmas Gift Tag hangers – You could easily make these ornaments as a gift also and use them as a Christmas Gift Tag by using a Pigma pen to write on the back of the ornament. For Example:
From: Grammie with Love
See – wouldn’t that be cute!
Or – If you know of someone in your community that might need a little bit of a “pick me up” in their spirits this holiday season. Well, here ya go. Make up a few of these cute little ornaments.  Drop them down in a gift bag with a sweet little note of encouragement stuck in a Christmas Card and play Secret Santa and leave it hanging on their front door or in a special place they will be surprised to find a treasure awaiting them!  A co-worker – leave them a surprise on their desk.  Need a teacher’s gift….. here ya go!  I could go on and on when I get on a roll….just ask my kids.
I’m off to spend my day sewing. I have a million pieces awaiting me at the sewing machine and my fingers are itching to be off this blasted computer and sitting at my sewing machine, with my puppies laying on their blanket next to me as I sew, the woodstove with a good fire burning in it, a pot of coffee and some soft country music playing in the background! I’ve typed my self-imposed goal of 3,000 words for today in the book I am writing and now the rest of the day is mine to enjoy!
Have an awesome day!

Day 4 Christmas & Holiday Quilting Fun and the Blog Challenge!!

It’s day 4 of my Christmas & Holiday Quilting Fun, self-imposed challenge and the Blog Writing Challenge that I joined.
I’m super excited about this free pattern I’m sharing with you that I found on the Moda Bake Shop Blog today.  Personally – I love giving homemade gifts for Christmas and for Birthdays and just because.  I think any teen girl, a college girl or even us Moms would love this!  And it looks super easy to make.
With all those cute Moda Charm packs and the fabulous prints I’ve seen them produce this year alone – I just bet you could make up a few of these in a Christmas theme, then make up a few in the gift receivers favorite colors. Then if the receiver of these adorable curling iron pockets goes to college —go for the college colors – or her high school colors for that matter if she’s still in high school!

Here is another treat I have to share with you today.  I found this amazing sew-a-long a couple days ago on the AQS Blog.  Isn’t this quilt gorgeous!

Visit the AQS Blog for all the details and be sure you go back and visit daily to print out or save each PDF file of the new pattern introduced daily through and including on Christmas Day!
This past weekend I enjoyed some nice quiet hand stitching time.  I worked on quite a few different things, testing out some quilt stamps and some other templates I drew out.  I’ve enjoyed using some of the fabrics I recently received in a fabric exchange I was part of.  I loved playing with the new prints that I didn’t already have in my stash!
Have a good one ya’ll!
And remember – Be Fierce, Be Strong because YOU are worth it!

Day #3 Redwork Stitchery Ornament & Lollipop Ornaments Tutorial

I love these little ornaments! So cute and quick to stitch up! The tutorial is a nice full-color download for you.
and then I also found another cute ornament tutorial for you today…..
Don’t these look fun and so clever!  Easy enough to whip up in no time at all to decorate your Christmas Tree!

I love the buttons in the center as added dimension and the ribbon tied around the lollipop stick!  What’s that – no ribbon on hand you say?  Never fear – just use some of the fabrics you do have on hand a cut a small strip of fabric!

I really like the idea of some bright and cheery fabric lollipops added to a Christmas tree, especially if you have little girls and boys in your household that would delight in seeing the added pop of color on the tree.  But if you are a bit more traditional…..

The fabric combinations are endless.

Look at that aqua and red fabric combination in the bottom row, center photo. I love aqua and red together – such a cheery fabric combination! 



Oh and don’t get me started on how cute these little lollipops would be in my favorite civil war reproduction fabrics!  Oh, be still my heart, I may have to go dig into my collection of Pam Buda’s luscious greens and reds and creams from her lovely fabrics! (an awesome fabric designer for Marcus Fabrics, which I’m sure you already knew that!)
And speaking of Miss Pam, have you seen her new book? It’s called “Vintage Patchwork” and it’s the most delightful and lovely book.
 Packed with the loveliest projects and clever????  This whole book is organized around the thought that you can create the projects within using just one of her 10″ square bundles of fabric. She designed this fabric called Prairie Basics And Shirtings and it is just luscious!

And above is a little look at the projects in the book! Earlier, I shared the link to her website which will lead you directly to her page where you can order the book only.  This link just below will show you the “Grand-daddy” present for yourself – go order the book and the fabric bundle because you are worth it my friend!
Have fun with this tutorial I shared today and I hope you can dig into your own fabric stash and find some treasures to make a couple or three lollipops for your Christmas tree this year!