Wednesday, November 25, 2009


Okay, so I’m totally procrastinating here! I’m supposed to be arranging my dining room and chopping veggies in preparation for Thanksgiving tomorrow! Instead, I decided I want to make a blog post, something I haven’t really had the inclination to do for over a week!

Here’s what I have been up to:

First I am in the process of making a Gnome home for a corner shelf in my downstairs bathroom. The little rug is actually two sided with oak leaves on one side and holly leaves and berries on the other. I blanket stitched around it, then crocheted with embroidery floss to finish. I’ll show a better picture of it when I take pictures for the Christmas layout.

gnome home

I also make a turkey for the “wall” that as soon as I put the eye on, I will hang in their area.

felt turkey

You too can make your own Gnomes and turkey! I got the patterns from Wee Folk Art. I did make the Gnome’s hats just a tad shorter and for the turkey, I printed him out at 1/4 the size of their pattern.

Back in August when Spartan and I went on our anniversary trip, one of the places we went was Shipshewana. There is a quilt store there called Lolly’s. It is an awesome quilt shop! While there I got my first jelly roll. It is all Moda material that Lolly’s custom rolled!

xmas jelly roll

I have been trying to figure out what I was going to do with it…after all…I didn’t want to waste it, or worse yet hate the project when I got it done. When I saw that Kellie from Don’t Look Now was doing a quilt along with this lovely pattern, I knew just what I wanted to do! Instead of making a quilt, however, I am making a table topper for my dinning room. It is all hand appliqued at this point, so I’m not quite done with it. I have about 1/2 done. I had to take a break yesterday because my fingers just couldn’t take being poked anymore. I haven’t done “real” hand work in a few weeks, so my callus’s have gone away. There will be a pretty patchwork border on it when I get done with the hand work. It’s hard to get a good picture since there is so much gold in the material. Even the cream background is flecked with gold.

xmas table topper

Last, but not least, for your visual enjoyment may I present my kitchen table topper. It’s made with a Mary Englebrite charm pack. The colorful star material in the bottom of the picture will be a scalloped border a la Vicki from Tozz’s Corner.

holiday topper

So now you know what I have been up to. Since I have posted the pictures and made it official (of sorts), I will have to finish everything so I can show more pictures!

Okay, I know, I know…enough procrastinating…back to work!


retdairyqueen said...

You have been busy
Your house will look lovely with all the new goodies
Well done

Daffycat said...

The gnomes are sweet! I must send that link to my DD she is GNOME CRAZY!

Katherine said...

That's a lot of things to be working on! I'm tempted to set up a Gnome corner too. :-)