Ornaments for the Craft Show

I always have some ornaments left from the previous year, but I also like to add something new and to replenish things that sold well in the past.

5-DSCN7317Barbed Wire Star Ornament

I found a bundle of barbed wire during my cleaning spree this summer. Actually, I found more hanging on the pasture fence next to the barn, and more inside the barn. I only used one bundle, but they sold so well, I will definitely be saving the rest of the wire for more ornaments in the future.

Barbed wire isn’t the easiest stuff to work with, but once I found the right tool…a bolt cutter…it was a piece of cake.

1-DSCN7312Necktie Angels

I made one of these last year for a tutorial.

2-DSCN7313I didn’t have all the supplies I needed to make a lot for craft shows last year, so this year while junking I collected more ties and doilies to make a whole choir.

7-DSCN7321Salt Shaker Angels

I also made these salt shaker angels last year. They sold out. I didn’t think I had anymore shakers, but during my wonderful cleaning spree I found a box that I had stashed and forgot about. It was like opening a Christmas present in July. :)

8-DSCN7323Santa Belly Rings

This idea wasn’t mine. I found it while blog surfing one day, but I can’t remember where. My apologies to the original designer.

The idea stuck in my head when I saw it, but I’m sure my technique would make the designer cringe. I used what I had, which I am sure didn’t resemble much of the original “supplies needed” list. I had a bag with an assortment of rings. There were brass rings, shower rings, plastic rings and round frames. They were all different sizes and different thicknesses. I used a pipe cleaner for the belt and made buckles from clay.

9-DSCN7327Santa’s Union Suit

Also a hit last year. The flap on the back opens so that candy or a small gift can be tucked away inside. You can find my pattern and tutorial here.


By the way, the craft show this past weekend was a success. I don’t have anymore shows planned before Christmas because of family things that may happen. They might not happen either, but because of the unknown I can’t commit to more shows this year. I am continuing to sell things locally so that I can still make what I normally do each year and to bring my inventory back down to a manageable size for storage. I guess if there’s a will there’s a way.

Santa’s Union Suit Tutorial and Pattern

Christmas is fast approaching, so I wanted to share my Santa’s Union Suit Pattern. A few weeks ago I posted that I was making them for a craft show, but they are so stinking cute and quick to make, I thought I’d post the instructions.


Do you need a cute treat bag for a school party, or a small gift bag for something bright and shiny that also does double-duty as a tree ornament? Whip up a bunch of miniature Santa union suits to bring smiles to all who receive one.

Things You Will Need:

Card stock
Red flannel or felt
Marking pen
Sewing machine
Straight pins
1/4-inch-wide red ribbon
4 small, white buttons
Craft glue

Print the PDF pattern on card stock and cut out.

union Pattern PDF


Step 1
Trace one suit pattern and one flap circle onto red flannel or felt and cut out. The suit shape is the back of the suit. Measure down 3 inches from the center of the neckline. Cut a 2 1/2-inch horizontal slit centered between the sides of the suit. Fold the circle in half. Sew around the curve of the half circle 1/4 inch from the edge.

Step 2
Pin the folded edge of the flap just above the slit on the suit. Sew along the folded edge 1/4 inch from the edge.

Step 3
Pin the back of the suit to more red fabric with the flap facing up. Cut a 5-inch length of 1/4-inch-wide red ribbon. Fold the ribbon in half with the cut ends together. Place the cut ends under one shoulder of the suit and pin to secure.


Step 4
Sew around the suit along all edges, 1/4 inch from the edge. Using the attached shape of the suit as your guide, cut out the stitched suit. Do not cut off the ribbon. Your suit is now constructed. The slit under the flap is your only opening.


Step 5
Use craft glue to attach two small, white buttons down the front of the suit and two white buttons to each top corner of the back flap.

Fill with candies and enjoy!


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Santa’s Union Suit Ornament

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Actually, in my house, preparing for Christmas is an all-year, on-going process. It has to be. When you sell at craft sales you can’t wait until December to start making merchandise. I have a show this weekend that I originally didn’t think I would be able to do. It runs Friday through Sunday. Friday wasn’t going to work for me, but they are allowing us to come in Saturday morning to set up for the remaining two days. The event is the Habitat For Humanity 4th Annual Festival of Trees in Arkansas City, Kansas. Come check it out.

These Santa union suits are a quickie craft I am whipping up (last-minute) for the show.

I work in assembly line style. I seem to be able to accomplish more in a short amount of time that way.

The attached back flap hides a slit for filling the suit with special treats.

The entire outer edge of the suit is stitched closed. The ribbon hanger is attached at the same time.

After adding buttons to the front…

…and the back…

It is ready to hang on the tree.

Santa Star Pillow Tutorial

Sew a jolly Santa star pillow for the holidays using vintage bedspreads. The points of the star naturally form the hat, arms and legs of Santa, while the red and white bedspread fabrics create his clothes. This pillow will be an attention-getter in your home, and a lovely gift for family and friends. I’ll be making several for Christmas craft shows I’m participating in.

Santa Star Pillow

You can find my tutorial here.

Festival of Trees

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

This weekend my husband and I are participating in a craft show that is an extension of the Festival of Trees in Arkansas City, Kansas. It’s a 3-day event, but hubby is really stepping up to the plate. He’s manning the booth so that I am freed up to get other things done. Yippee! Today I actually got the tree up. Okay,…it isn’t decorated, but it’s shaped and ready for the lights. The lights are hubby’s job. I also worked on laundry. I haven’t seen the bottom of my hampers in weeks. Well, that’s another story, and it has nothing to do with this post.

Here are a few of the trees at the festival. I am so inspired! Tomorrow I am putting up more of my decorations.

This is my favorite tree. It was decorated by the public library. The entire tree is made of stacked books. The covers were wrapped in black paper. I believe the picture ornaments were created at geekthelibrary.org . I’m not familiar with that site, but I plan on looking into it when I have a chance.

This tree has a gazillion references to Kansas. Sunflowers, Wizard of Oz, wheat, famous people from Kansas…It had me at the Wizard of Oz ornaments.

This red tree, donated by a local clinic, is decorated in sparkly candy ornaments. The lady decorating it said she had started last night, but had to run to the store this morning for more ornaments because the tree was bigger than she thought it would be. She was adding the finishing touches during her lunch hour.

I wish this photo was clearer. It is beautiful. I think it is called “Tea with Grandma”. The garland is pearl beads, and the ornaments are ladies gloves, tea cups and other vintage pretties. This tree would be perfect for my home if I wasn’t out numbered by men/boys/guys.

Cute little snowman tree.

Clever Santa tree.

Beautiful blue and white snow tree.

This is an interesting tree. It has no needles. The branches are wired stems. It was donated by the humane society. Each of the ornaments are photos of their animal “clients”.

Alien tree. Imagine walking through your darkened house at night.

Safari tree.

Old fashioned rustic tree.

Table top trees.

More table top trees.

Lastly,…a few shots of my craft booth.

“Smile, Hubby.”

Gifts galore.

Can never have too many ornaments.

Third Annual Festival Of Trees

December 02, 2011 – December 04, 2011

A Benefit for Habitat for Humanity.. A gallery of themed decorated trees, table top trees, wreaths, centerpieces, Nativity Scenes, Holiday music, door prizes, silent auction, Santa Claus visit, hot apple cider. Awards presented at 4 p.m. on December 4th..