Felt-A-Palooza

For December’s craft meet-up the FC crew made felt ornaments. We drew, cut, stitched and stuffed, and by the end of the day we were buried in an explosion of felt.  A big thank you to all the ladies that made this event such a blast!

Here are the results!

My hubby and I drew ornament templates especially for this meet-up. To download them, click here-  Download the Felt Ornament Templates PDF here

Download the Felt Ornament Templates PDF here

Cookie Crafternoon

We added a sweet twist to December’s craft meet-up with a cookie swap. Like wine and cheese, boots and tights, grey and yellow, I can now add crafts and cookies to the list of my favorite things to pair. Crafters brought dozens of delish cookies, and I ate more sweets than any person should consume in one sitting. Stay tuned for more on our December craft project. In the meantime, scope out the yummy cookies and the recipe links listed below, enjoy!

1. Snicker Doodles 2. Mini Apple Pies 3. Almond Crescents 4.Chocolate Truffles 5. Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies 6. Cuernitos 7. Oatmeal Cranberry White Chocolate Chunk Cookies 8. White Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats 9. Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze

DIY Gift Tags

Tis’ the season for free online holiday magazines!  Check out Sweet Paul magazine for great holiday gift ideas, recipes, and crafts.  That’s where I found this great DIY project using old family photos to make gift tags and wrapping paper. It seems like a pretty simple project and adds a sweet and nostalgic touch to gifts. However, I would probably use goofy, semi-embarrassing photos from the past to give my family and friends a good laugh.

Etsy Austin Event!!!

“Austin, TX- November 20th & 21st, 2010 - Just in time for the holidays, EtsyAustin CRAFT RIOT brings you A Handmade Revolution in Shopping! This 2-day family-friendly event is the perfect place to find locally handmade and unique holiday gifts. Indulge in fabulous shopping from over 40 local artisans while enjoying your favorite cocktails and other refreshments. Get creative in our fun wintery photobooth filled with props. Admission is free and the first 25 guests will receive EtsyAustin Craft Riot gift bags filled with goodies each day.”

Saturday, November 20th, 11am-6pm

Sunday, November 21st, 11am-6pm

The EtsyAustin Craft Riot event will take place at The Marchesa which is located at 6406 N IH-35 Austin, TX 78752

Heart Felt Holidays

1.Pickles 2. The purl bee 3. Angel Dog Designs 4. Jenn! 5. Fancy Tiger

While on the hunt for holiday craft ideas I discovered felting! Wool felting is a method of manipulating and shaping wool using soap and water; here is a great DIY felting guide. I never realized the versatility of wool until I read this post; it describes how to construct the colorful felt ball wreath shown above. I love-love-love this handmade wreath, and would probably keep it on display all year. If you’re not interested in molding hundreds of tiny felt balls to make a holiday wreath or garland, you can purchase them pre-made here.

Web and Flow

The beautiful and eccentric creations of Shane Waltener are captivating. At first glance these large crocheted webs looked so realistic I wondered what Godzilla of a spider created them. Shane’s web installations are handcrafted and thoughtfully displayed. I love the concept of delicate webs entangling Chihuly’s gorgeous and fragile glass chandelier. Wouldn’t you love to have one of these webs hanging in a corner of your living room?

B&A: Beverage Cart

I found a rusty old serving cart that needed an extreme makeover. It looked as though it had been around the block and was caked in dust. I gave it a good sand and scrub, then spray painted it a nice limey green.

I think it spruced up pretty well!  It’s perfect for parties, as a beverage or food cart.

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