Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Fun Christmas Ornaments and other stuff!

I kind of like Christmas. The snow, the getting together, the tree, the pretty wrapped presents.. Not so much the actual presents I mean the ones that are wrapped up all pretty.. Did you guys realize that Christmas is only 18 days away? Crap, how did that happen? I like to say 3 weeks, that way I am able to trick myself into thinking it's longer (anyone else do that). I decided this year that I wanted to make some ornaments. This was mostly because I kept seeing such awesome ones around in blog land (and started with the Sculpey birds)!  So here they are. First up, this cool.. ahh. ball? I made it using this tutorial from Zakka Life.

Kinda cool right? I wouldn't normally pick yellow but I had 2 pieces of felt so I used them up. I think it looks pretty cool from the top. If I have time I might make a smaller one, I was lazy and just used the circle pattern from the ear bud pouch!
The next one I made is from A Spoonful of Sugar. You can find the tutorial here. That's a link to the tutorial page. There is some other cute stuff there!

Here are the other ones I want to make:
Cool 3D felt trees
These Quilt as you go patchwork trees
One of these cool trees

But I have a few other things that I want to make for gifts so I'm going to have to balance that out...somehow.. The constant battle between the "want" to make list and the "need" to make list.. I added to that list today by going to Joann's. I went to look for one thing, which I actually completely forgot about until after I left! And then decided I needed some Christmas fabric to make an early Christmas present. But I got a good deal. Did you guys know that you can buy the remnant amounts for 50% off the price, even if it's on sale? So if you see some cute fabric that you want and there is like a yard left on the bolt, ask for 1/2 yard and then what is left will be 1/2 the price. So if it's $2/yard you'd spend $1 for the 1/2 yard and then 50 cents for the other 1/2 yard, getting it all for $1.50. Just something to think about, it isn't very often though that you find the bolts with less than a yard on them.

Have you ladies heard of Mollie Makes Magazine? The first I ever saw or heard about it was on Jenna's Blog. I decided that I "needed' to have it. I looked for it at Joann's (because you can use a coupon on magazines there) but they didn't have it. I found the last copy at Barnes and Noble. It isn't cheap either, cost me $12. But I got a little kit to make covered buttons, don't know what the heck I'm going to do with those, but apparently I needed to have them. I also don't know if the 3 buttons made it worth the $12....
I'm starting up my "other" job again tomorrow. That's going to cut into the crafting time but I'll manage. It's 2 hours a day 2 days a week, so it isn't that bad. I don't know if I've mentioned before what I'll be doing but I'll be tutoring 3rd and 4th grade kids in reading. I did it in the spring and it was 7 hours on Saturday, so 2 hours after school will be like a cake walk. I do have some prep time and phone time but I get paid for all of that too. So, I hope you all have a great rest of the week and do some damage to your "lists"!


Karen said...

Love your yellow ornament. I've seen something like that made with old Christmas cards. Love the 3-D tree too. We're doing Secret Santa's at work so I may try some of these with fabrics I have. Thanks for all the links, love looking at new-to-me blogs!

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Your little mushroom turned out really cute!! Good luck for the new job. I have found a couple of issues of Mollie Makes here - it has some fun and modern projects.

SoMuchSugar said...

That is so great you'll be tutoring, kids can be really nice at that age.

hope you're having a good weekend!!

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

OH! You made a mushroom ornament! That's on my list for next year. Have fun tutoring!