Thanksgiving Turkey Cookies

Crafting With Cookies

It’s the day before Thanksgiving and I’ve been busy baking pies. I also make Turkey Cookies for the kids (and adults) to munch on. The cookies are not my original idea. I have made them for years and can’t remember where I got the idea.

My finished tray of Turkey Cookies.

The supplies.

They are super simple to make. The front row in the pic is the different steps from right to left.

The “glue” is store-bought chocolate frosting. Apply frosting to one edge of a chocolate sandwich cookie. Stand a striped cookie against the sandwich cookie and press against the frosting.

Apply frosting to the bottom of a chocolate bell candy and press it to the top of the sandwich cookie. I have also used chocolate covered cherries for this.

Apply frosting to one side of a candy corn and press it to the front of the chocolate candy. You can see I am not real careful with my “glue” Hey, it’s chocolate! It’s all good!

And he’s done!

This whole tray took less than 20 minutes.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Christmas Crafting and Crafting and Crafting…

Whew! I’ve been crafting and crafting and crafting…

Between special orders, new design articles and craft shows, my living room looked a little bit like Santa’s Workshop.

This little guy is made using a plain red Christmas ball ornament. The tutorial article can be found on CraftBits.

Whimsical Santa Christmas Ball

Here’s several in progress.

These bed spring Santas were inspired by a client and previous bedspring characters I have made. In addition to the bed spring, a chenille bedspread was also repurposed. The client purchased several and I made many more for last weekend’s craft show. They sold very well.

The tutorial can be found on Thrifty Fun.

Santa Made from Recycled Bedspread and Bed Spring

I had previously posted my sweater ornament tutorial on Restyled Junk. You can find it here.

The next photos are of more projects in progress that I made for my last craft show. The tutorials are in different stages of completeness. When published, I will post the links.

Vintage Quilt Ornaments

Salt Shaker Angels

Bed Spring Snowmen

Stuffed Fabric Christmas Stars
The center stars were cut from an old crocheted tablecloth.

Sheet Music Medallion Ornament

Lastly, I want to show you what hubs made.

The back is a queen headboard and the sides are from the matching foot board. It sold at this last weekend’s craft show.

Restyled Fall Decorations

Recycle your Halloween decor into Thanksgiving decorations.

You can find the tutorial for my Book Page Covered Halloween Bucket here

Recycled Miniature Sweater Ornament-Tutorial

I’m working on Christmas designs and I’m having a little trouble finding online clients who accept crafts with PDF patterns. Rather than waste any more time looking, I decided my blog was the perfect place to share my recycled mini sweater ornament.

I hope you enjoy it.

Recycled Miniature Sweater Ornament

Make inexpensive Christmas tree ornaments using recycled sweaters that no longer fit or have become damaged or stained. This whimsical little sweater ornament looks like it came straight out of a little doll’s closet. It uses minimal sewing skills and can be completed in less than an hour. One recycled sweater can produce enough ornaments for ornament exchange parties or to give as teacher or co-worker gifts.

Things You Will Need:

PDF Pattern-Miniature Sweater Ornament
Scissors
Old sweater
Permanent marker
Straight pins
Sewing machine
Ruler
Pressing cloth
Iron
18-gauge craft wire
Wire cutters
Needle-nose pliers
Craft glue
3 buttons, beads or sequins

Step 1
Copy the PDF page. Cut out the sweater pattern. Do not cut out the hanger pattern.

Step 2
Turn an old sweater wrong side out. Position the sweater pattern on the sweater. If desired, take advantage of the ribbing along the bottom edge or cuff edges of the recycled sweater. Use these edges for the bottom edge of your sweater ornament. Trace around the pattern using a permanent marker.

Step 3
Remove the pattern. Pin the two layers of the traced sweater together. Using a sewing machine, sew along the traced lines where indicated on the pattern. Back-stitch at the beginning and end of each seam to prevent the seams from pulling apart when turning.

Step 4
Cut out the mini sweater 1/8 inch outside the stitched line. For the areas not stitched (neck, wrists and bottom), cut along the line.

Step 5
Turn the mini sweater ornament right side out. The unsewn edges may be a bit “crumby” from cutting through the knitting, but should not unravel.

Step 5
Lay the mini sweater on your ironing surface. Place a damp pressing cloth over the sweater to protect the yarn fibers. Press the sweater with an iron to flatten the sweater and shape it at the seams.

Step 6
Cut a 10-inch length of 18-gauge craft wire using wire cutters. Lay the wire over the hanger pattern. Use the pattern as your guide. Starting at the hook and using needle nose pliers, bend the wire into the hanger shape. Wind the end of the wire around the neck of the hook to secure.

Step 7
Insert the hanger into the sweater. Apply a dab of craft glue inside the neck of the sweater to secure the hanger.

Step 8
Cut a 10-inch length of 1/8-inch-wide ribbon. Tie the ribbon into a bow and trim the ends.  Glue the bow to the front of the sweater at the neck. Complete the embellishments with three buttons, sequins or beads equally spaced down the center-front of the sweater.

 

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Cross Country, a Cold and Pumpkins…Oh MY!

There are times when I feel my life is pretty unexciting, predictable and routine, but when you have kids you have to be flexible and ready to zig when they zag. That’s what the last couple of weeks have been like. Actually the first week was like that…the last week has been spent recovering.

My son qualified for the State cross country meet to be held in Lawrence, Kansas. School events, prep for the trip and everyday commitments kept us hopping. My husband and I also traveled to Lawrence to watch him compete. It was cold and windy, but the sun was shining and the kids were smiling. We had a great time, but I brought home a coughing-snuffling-cold. I’ve been catching up all week as I recover.

While in Lawrence, my husband and I stopped at a garden store that caught our eye. It could have been the sign out front that said all pumpkins 99 cents, after all, it was only a few days before Halloween, but we also wanted to check out how they displayed things. My husband and sons work for a local garden and landscaping store, and it is also my brick and mortar location for selling my local crafts.

The owners of the Lawrence store were very hospitable and gave me the go ahead to take pictures of anything I wanted.

This display is a wood fence that stood away from the wall. We were told they stored things behind it. It was a fabulous backdrop for displaying Christmas wreaths and garlands.

I absolutely loved the charm and the magnificence of it.

They were in the process of decorating their whole store for Christmas, so the displays were not all finished. These trees have twinkle lights. Don’t ya just love how they chose to twinkle at the very moment I snapped the picture?

Outside they had an arbor built with straw bales. People were standing under the arbor for pictures. I chose to just take a picture of the arbor. We were too windblown from the day at the meet. I wouldn’t want to scare you with that.