Christmas At Our House {2}

 

A cheerful kitchen windowsill with a collection of old, very old bottles, a chippy santa mug, vintage (there’s that word again) santa candy mold and, of course, my handmade candy cane ornament.  You can make one too, there is still time.

I bought these chenille stems at Hobby Lobby as is.  They were with the Christmas crafts and may be sold out but you can twist red and white ones together yourself.  Get the extra fluffly chenille stems.  They just look better for this project.

I gave mine a tea bath overnight to give them that “vintage” look.  See the difference?  Then you can tumble them in the dryer (by themselves so they don’t get all bent), for a few minutes to dry and fluff them.  It really doesn’t take long.  Or you can air dry them, which does take a while, and fluff them by hand too.  I’ve done it both ways, the dryer is easier.

Cut each stem in half, curl the end to make the cane shape.  You can use the mouth of a bottle as a form to wrap the end around so they are all uniform and you aren’t forever fiddling with the shape, because you know you will.

Overlap two canes, put a dab of glue between them to hold them together.  Let that dry and tie with a red bow.  And if you’d like, brush the tops with glue and sprinkle with glitter.  I used Martha Stewart’s “Snow” glitter.  It really is flakey and sparkly, just like last night’s snow.

Below you can see my inspiration, a very old and brittle ornament from an estate sale.

Now, what to do with all these little lovelies.  Hang them on the tree, or a cabinet knob, or a wreath.  Display them in your chippy santa mug or an apothecary jar.  Layer them in a bowl with starfish, tie them onto gifts, give them as holiday party favors.  Put several in a clear bag, tie with a bow and give as a hostess gift.  Print out the Legend of the Candy Cane, attach the ornament and give that as a gift.

Or leave one in an unexpected place to give a little holiday cheer.

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Published in: on December 21, 2010 at 10:15 am  Leave a Comment  
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Christmas At Our House {1}

 

I love starfish and use them year round, in bowls, perched on piture frames, propped on window ledges.  Add a vintage looking, but made yesterday, candy cane ornament and they become holiday festive.

Published in: on December 20, 2010 at 11:04 am  Leave a Comment  
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Altered Dishtowel

49 cent dishtowel from IKEA, before.

 

Burlap rickrack from the clearance bin at Hobby Lobby, red rickrack and green striped ribbon from my stash.

 

 

New holiday dishtowel for me after.

 

 

Keep warm!   And happy Tuesday

 

 

Published in: on December 14, 2010 at 6:23 am  Leave a Comment  

I Made A Pie

From scratch.  First time ever.  No help from Pillsbury or the Dough Boy.  A real pie crust.  See it there?

It had a pretty lattice top.

Took forever to bake.

Made vanilla ice cream too.  That’s the easy part.

It was sooooo good!

 

Published in: on December 1, 2010 at 7:13 am  Comments (1)  
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It Was Such Fun

Thank you so very much to everyone who attended my Christmas Open House this past weekend.  Many of you know I have been working toward this event for a while, creating some handmade goodies for you to give as gifts or keep for yourself.  And this weekend was the big reveal.  Since I never posted a preview last week as promised, this will be a sneak peak for Christmas in Kaneville, December 4th.  So much to see so grab a cup of something warm and take a few minutes to see what I’ve been working on.

Greeting cards, where the whole handmade adventure began for me.

A few autumn and harvest inspired things.  The playing card garlands have found happy homes.

Some whimsical, girly things.  Oooh, kind of blurry.

Lovely French inspired greetings.

 

Vintage sheet music and china.

A pear tree.  No partridge.

Hairpins and bracelets.  Vintage button rings too.

Repurposed children’s blocks.

Pretty things and glittery things.

 

 

Journals, flower pens, art collages, gift tins.

And many one-of-a-kind art pieces.

As you can see I love to make things.  And chances are good that if you receive a gift from me it will be handmade.  My hope is that you, dear reader, will give something handmade this holiday season, perhaps you’ve made, or even something I’ve made.  And though you will likely have to purchase supplies for whatever it is you make, you will know that the end result is a gift that is original, one-of-a-kind and heartfelt.

 

Happy Tuesday!

Published in: on November 23, 2010 at 7:17 am  Leave a Comment  
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Needle Felted Autumn

Thought I would share some photos of the pretty shelf my mother-in-law recently purchased and hung in her dining room.  She saw it in an antique shop and knew it would be perfect for this collection of china.  (Click to enlarge the photo.)  These very few pieces were her grandmother’s and now have a perfect place to be appreciated.

 

After one of our fun Saturdays spent running around the countryside, trying to find a certain barn sale, which we never found, and a quick apple cider donut at an orchard, we stopped at Esther’s Place in Big Rock.    She waited in the car with P, who had fallen asleep, while I poked my head in.  But I knew they both would enjoy it as well, and before we knew it an hour had passed.  After I narrowed my choices down to four balls of wool (all in shades of green), we arrived home and decorated the shelf with the little pumpkins we bought at the orchard.

 

 

I thought the shelf could use some needle felted acorns (with real acorn hats) and pumpkins, so I made more and delivered them to her the next day.

 

 

A fun reminder of the day.

 

Happy Friday!

Published in: on October 22, 2010 at 9:11 am  Comments (1)  
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Fun Fair Basket

This is the second year I have donated a collection of handmade goodness to the Freeman Elementary Fun Fair.  What a fun way to give back to the school I attended and that our daughter now attends.   The name of this collection is “Autumn Memories.”  Take a look at what I’ve created.

Here you see a sewn fabric bunting, perfect to decorate your mantle,

or to hang over a window.  Sorry the photo is dark but I think you get the idea.

Some candles for your table and a decorated box of matches,

Handmade cards to send Thanksgiving greetings,

A journal and photo album to record family memories,

A pretty photo frame,

And a little sign for your door or to add to a wreath.

This is basket #54 (Autumn Memories by PK Handmade) if you are purchasing raffle tickets.   The Freeman Fun Fair is the largest fund raiser for the school and there are some amazing baskets being offered again this year, so go ahead and buy a $1 ticket, you just may win!

Published in: on October 4, 2010 at 8:48 am  Leave a Comment  
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Felted Fall Decorations

A couple weeks ago, after a visit to a friends home (Hi Karen), and seeing her darling felted pumpkins and witch, I was inspired to get out my felting supplies and make  some myself.

In the end, I made five pumpkins and 20 little acorns with real acorn hats.  This is what I kept.  The rest have been given to family and friends.  This is seriously fun and easy, though I would not  let our seven year old try it.   Little fingers and sharp felting needles, not so good.   So I gave her complete artistic direction and ended up with some very colorful acorns, magenta, chartreuse, turquoise, gold, which were gifted to very specific family members.

Perhaps there is something you’d like to give a try.  Go ahead.  You may discover a new hobby.  And we all know what is just around the corner. . . .

Have a crafty weekend!

Published in: on September 17, 2010 at 6:26 am  Leave a Comment  
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Dream Wreath

My new wreath. . .

Handmade by me using items I had on hand.  The form is a straw wreath that I first decorated with fake grapes and ivy and sunflowers years ago, one of the first things I made for our new home.  So, we’ve been here for 18 years now and the front door gets a different treatment these days and this was just hanging from the rafters in the basement.  After wrapping the form with batting, I tore some muslin into strips and wrapped that around too.  And really, everything else was just here.  Though you can’t tell it here, the “Dream” script is glass glitter, now tarnished and warm looking.  It was a Wendy Addison piece from a couple Christmases ago.  It’s perfect here, I think.   The rosette is just a gathered piece of linen with a beaded wedding pic in the center.  Also tucked in there is a piece of vintage crochet, some rick-rack and lace.  The bird landed there and seems quite happy.

Have a lovely weekend!

Published in: on September 10, 2010 at 8:33 am  Leave a Comment  

Thank You From My Heart

Heartfelt thanks to everyone who visited me at Kaneville Fest last weekend.  It was great fun to see familiar faces and to meet many new visitors who appreciate handmade items.  I hope to get into a holiday show or two and there will be another PK Handmade Open House in November.  I will keep you posted on dates and times.  Now that I’ve taken a few days to unwind and catch up on some home work, I am feeling inspired again and ready to shift into this beautiful fall season.

But first I thought I’d share the results of the day P and I spent crafting with air dry clay.  After rolling the clay to a thickness of about 1/4 inch, I cut out a shape with a cookie cutter.  Then I impressed a variety of textured items into it.

This is a thrifted crochet doilie.

Upholstery ribbing.

The handle of an antique spoon.

The arms of a starfish.

Half the fun was finding textural things to use.  These will be framed in a shadow box  when I find the right one.

Enjoy this beautiful weekend!

Published in: on September 4, 2010 at 8:39 am  Leave a Comment  
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