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Sunday, 26 January 2014

Being grateful

Well, looks like I took a BIT of a bloggy break!  Was it John Lennon who said "life is what happens while you're making other plans"?  While I may have planned to write blog posts as a journalling exercise in gratitude, life rolled over me like a great wave. But, I surfaced!

One of the things I have been grateful for is the blogs that I read. And I read everyday, so I really appreciate those wonderful bloggers who manage to write daily! Claudia at Mockingbird Hill cottage is one of those bloggers. She, and blogger Dawn at Creative Cain Cabin are having a monthly series of handmade felt ornaments for 2014. Those who follow along will end up with 24 cute handmade ornaments in time for Christmas this year!

I thought I'd expand my blog experience and follow along. Here are my January ornaments, made from scraps of felted wool sweaters. I have to say that these are such fun and quick to make, and the patterns are very versatile!



Thank you, Claudia and Dawn!

With gratitude, Barb

13 comments:

  1. Barb you did a wonderful job. I am having so much fun seeing how creative everyone is. Love the top fringe on the owl. Perfect :) Remember to download February's patterns.

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    1. I'm looking through my felt for cardinal red right now!

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  2. I love your ornaments, so charming! I'm having so much fun seeing everyone's!

    Happy Monday!
    Sally

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    1. Love the herringbone twill bear! Did you fuse something to the back of your fabric to keep it from fraying?

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  3. Your felt critters turned out lovely, and like me, I see you did a bit of tweaking to the pattern. Mine are here craftygardener.ca if you have time to visit.

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    1. I've browsed your blog before. The embroidered feathers on your owl are lovely! Must be very small! I had trouble cutting my felt into small eyes, so I used beads and small snap fasteners - I see you chose googly eyes. My hubby thought I was making finger puppets - I may have to because they are fun to play with!

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  4. The scarf on the bear and the owl's tufts are fabulous additions! Such good work! Thanks so much for joining in.

    xo
    Claudia

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    1. Thanks for hosting this fun "felt-a-long"!

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  5. Your ornaments are so sweet! I'm going to try my hand at felting sweaters for ornaments, too!

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    1. Oh! I'm so jealous! I've been trying all month to get my daughters and son together to make ornaments. I guess I do have all year... Your owls do have such personality! I like the colours.

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  6. Clever idea and your ornaments are precious! I too have started a 12 month Christmas exercise, each month I buy a small gifts for the kids and store them. Then in December I have that less shopping to do. I am storing them in a Tupperware container. I miss Christmas already...sigh. :) Hugs, Diane

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    1. Thanks. The ornaments are really fun to make! I just finished the cardinal for February, and I'm looking forward to working on the sheep next. I too like to pick up things that I think my family would like when I get out shopping, and I keep them in my linen cupboard. The only problem is that I frequently forget what is in there :( and overspend. Both my kids have birthdays in December as well!

      Keep warm! Barb

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  7. Thanks. The ornaments are really fun to make! I just finished the cardinal for February, and I'm looking forward to working on the sheep next. I too like to pick up things that I think my family would like when I get out shopping, and I keep them in my linen cupboard. The only problem is that I frequently forget what is in there :( and overspend. Both my kids have birthdays in December as well!

    Keep warm! Barb

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