Two Sweet Little Needle Books



Happy New Year!!

It's been awhile since I've been able to stop here and post.  I hope you all had a blessed Christmas.  We did...so much gratitude for the season. ♥

Yesterday I got the bug to make Ann Wood's "World's Sweetest Needle Book".  And since I had all the materials out, I decided to make two.


One for the drawer at my sewing machine to hold sewing machine needles and


one to 'travel'.  Travel where?  Upstairs? Maybe the car?  


The traveling needle book has a little pocket for thread.  I took a piece of vintage crocheted trim and hemmed it in fabric so as to stop the raveling and then stitched it on.


On this page I stitched a piece of braided trim to hold a leather thimble.  If you do hand stitching at all, I would really recommend this type of thimble even though appearances are lacking compared to a lovely vintage hard thimble!


I sewed in a length of recycled sari ribbon to hold a teeny pair of scissors.


Basking in all the vintage scraps, picking and choosing was so satisfying, just like when I made the tissue covers.


I pinned those little vintage lace trims in just to look pretty. :) ♥


Now you may think I hand stitch often to put all the time in to making this.  Well, really not all that often.  But I have taken some projects on the go (that link is one of my favorite projects) and I hope to have some ready to go for when I do just want to stitch.  


This little needle book will be the one to keep my sewing machine needles in.  I had been keeping them in one of my daughter's felt 4h project needle books or just throwing them in the drawer.  Then I have to squint with a magnifying glass to see the size after I rifle through the drawer just to find one.


I took a piece of old linen, ironed a piece of freezer paper to it to stabilize it, then put in one of my typewriters to type out the labels.  


That worked so well!


I use any old needle for when I sew on paper so I think I should keep those separate.


I have never actually used a leather needle, but I have some so now if I ever use one, I'll have a place to keep it.


I am thinking maybe this sweetness will keep me organized?!?!


It's been soooooo cold here this past week that it was perfect weather to spend quite a bit of time organizing and sorting all my supplies.  My sewing room/studio is getting spiffed up and ready for more projects.  Up next I believe will be some Valentines!

Have a great week!

Creative Christmas Trees


The idea of an alternate Christmas tree was first introduced to me in second grade by my teacher, Mrs Bohme.  She read us the Coat Hanger Christmas Tree and the story stayed with me.


I went seeking the book in the late 1990s.  The Internet was a thing, but only the beginning. I somehow found a used book store in Minnesota and ordered a used copy.  I wanted to read the book to my kids.  



I haven't read it to anyone in awhile, but all six of them heard it when they were little.

 I made these "trees" and just photographed them instead of securing the pieces down.  I made posters of them that are for sale now at Old Cottonwood.  I was hoping to add them to a shop like Society 6 yet before Christmas, but I still need to work out some details.

You may remember this book tree from last year.  This may shock some of you, but no one who knows me would be surprised, it's still up!!  Yep.  I liked it and honestly it just looked like a tree, it didn't need to be a Christmas tree.  Soooo....the question is, do I take it down now that it is actually Christmas and put something different there?  I think I may just make some different reader ornaments to adorn it. 

Completely unrelated to Christmas Trees, but related to God, so I guess it is related to Christmas trees:  You may enjoy this series of four podcasts by Father Mike Schmitz   They are given at the University of North Dakota. The series is really good and I think it's just so true and relevant to every person.  He calls the series "Comparisin"  as a pun to Comparison.  On my phone, I find it on the Podbean App.  

He also has podcasts at Ascension Press which are different than the ones he gives to the college students at University of North Dakota. So there is a lot to check out from him.  


Tissue Covers From Vintage Fabric Part 2


Sooooo, eight years ago I posted about making some tissue covers, you can read about it here.
I ended the post saying that I would be making more....


 Eight years later, I did!! 


These were all vintage fabrics again, but I have no idea what sales they came from this time.   Many different ones.


I have fabric sorted very roughly into colors and kept in clear bags or tubs so I can see what is inside.  Most of the pieces are scraps and often quite small so the piecing together is needed.  But, that is what makes them so fun.


I have to say, it's pretty time intensive because of the choices and the limitations on fabric sizes, but time well spent in the midst of all this color and pattern!


I didn't put in the little tab like I did eight years ago because all of these were so different I would have needed even more options of trim that I have.  But I don't think they are missing a thing without it.


When I stacked these up, I thought it was interesting how they look like little sacks of feed and some of the scraps I used are indeed from feed sacks.  :)

These will also be for sale this year at Old Cottonwood.

Pop Crate Advent Calendar (the no candy kind!)


I posted this project on Instagram along with the process to make it in my stories there.  


I saved those stories to one of the highlights so you can go take a look if you'd like to make your own.


I'd had this idea for so long!  


So I was pretty happy to finally bring it to life.


I used vintage music, calendars, and my own hand printed and painted paper to make the collages for the one side.  


On the other side I glued vintage jewelry pieces so day by day, you reveal the sparkle.


I chose gold, silver, red, and green jewelry along with a couple of religious medals.


A couple of years ago, I made a really scrappy advent calendar as a gift for a friend.  You can see it here.  That was a lot of fun to make too!

I also made this one in 2010...how was that so long ago?!  I ended up gluing all the pieces in place and I still put it out every year and really enjoy it even if we can't "count down" with it.

And then there is this one too, that I still put candy in for the youngest two kids. :) 


This one will be for sale at Old Cottonwood this advent. 


Have a great week!


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