Sometimes I like to hang out in my sewing room all day and make things. I especially get this urge as Christmas nears. A favorite Christmas tradition of mine is to make a few new ornaments each year. I set out to use things that I already have on hand as my sewing room is filled with a lifetime of my squirreling away odd bits and pieces too precious in my mind to throw away. I'm that person, who when given a pretty card with a sequin, will pry off that sequin and save it. I have a little bin for sequins, color coded of course. Doesn't everyone? Although I never met my mother's mother, I think we may be cut from the same cloth. I have her old button case, plus boxes of her vintage trims and lace, all of which look like they've been purloined from old clothing! As for the button case, I have added to it over the years. When I was little, my mother's best friend gave me a pink robe with pink rhinestone buttons. I loved that robe so much and cried when I outgrew it. When I was finally convinced, under duress I'm sure, to give it away, I secretly snipped off the buttons. I can't believe I did that, I was 8 years old! I still have the pretty pink rhinestone buttons, and they are waiting patiently in the button box for their next incarnation.
Always inspired by Pinterest, this is what I came up with this year.
|The snowmen are made from vintage mother of pearl buttons.|
|When the snowmen are dry attach the hanger: |
On the back put a dab of glue to affix a piece of twine. Hold in place with another button.
The button box top left, is just one of the button boxes in my grandmother's big button case.
|I purchased the hand felted and over-dyed wool at Purl when I was in NYC last year.|
The teensy leaf was snipped from a ribbon I found in San Francisco
and the holly berry is the tip of a floral stamen.
|I added a picture to show the supplies I used. The felt is just lovely and came in many colors.|
|I'll keep a few of these for my tree and the rest will be tied to the top of Christmas presents.|