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Warm Holiday Wishes

Christmas Card from the Os

A very merry Christmas and warm holiday wishes to all of my lovely readers!

Thank you for visiting as I shared crafts and goodies from my family’s Christmas.

I have just a few photos to share today and I hope they bring you a smile!

Marie is enjoying my Christmas quilt.

This is Marie, enjoying our Christmas quilt.

Merlin in my lap.

This is Merlin, sitting in my lap while I enjoy our Christmas quilt! I love the way the light caught his white whiskers. :)

Best Christmas stamps ever.  One from @mkissa and one from my mom & dad! First Harry Potter stamp received!  Even though I sent a slew of these myself,  I am still very excited!

I’ve received several Christmas cards from friends and family adorned with the wonderful Harry Potter stamps offered by USPS. I ordered mine online some weeks before Christmas and put them on every single card we sent out!
Have I squeed a little with every card received with one of these wonderful stamps? Why yes I have!

Time is ticking away… Paper Piecing Vintage is just $6 through Dec. 31, 2013. You get 12 patterns in two sizes (that’s 24 patterns!) for just one payment. On Jan. 1, the price goes up to $12, so don’t miss your chance to register at half price!

Join the Paper Piecing Vintage Facebook Group and piece with friends!

Still looking for the perfect gift? The Craftsy class sale has been extended one more day! Save up to 50% on classes through 12/25. Up to 50% Off Classes Today Only!

There will be no Talk to Me Tuesday today and I’ll be taking a small break from online life so I can spend time enjoying my family over the holidays.

I hope that you, too, will be spending quality time with people you love, whether they be family or friend, and you’re together or chatting online.

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Made By Tiny Fingers

Ornaments Made by Kids

Some of my favorite, and most abundant ornaments are those made by kids.  We have ornaments made by my kids, by kids I watched after school (something I did almost the entire time my kids were in elementary), some made by children of our friends and even a few made by my sister when she was a kid.

Ornaments Made by Kids

This felt star was part of a fundraising event my daughter’s Girl Scout troop took part in many years ago. Volunteer moms made the stars (myself included!) and the girls stitched the buttons on.

Ornaments Made by Kids

This pipe cleaner snowflake was the craft project from my daughter’s first grade class’ winter party. Remember that comment a few posts ago about my having been a room mom for many years? This was a project I came up with. The kids followed directions beautifully!

Ornaments Made by Kids

I have several stuffed Christmas balls on my tree that were made by my sister when she was around 12 or so. They’re all hand stitched and stuffed with a different fabric on each side.

Ornaments Made by Kids

This little guy is a mouse made by my daughter when she was probably 4 or 5 years old. He’s felt and marker with a couple of popsicle sticks  glued to the back for support.

Ornaments Made by Kids

I saved this one for last. My son had an absolutely wonderful kinder teacher, Mrs. K. She had a variety of these wall hanging designs based on what holiday the children celebrated. She helped the little ones make this very special gift for their parents. The wreath is made of his wee 5 year old hand prints. The holly berries are thumbprints.

We learned just last year that Mrs. K had passed away when we received a Christmas card from her daughter with a very sweet note in it.  Prior to that, we had sent, and received, a card from this most exceptional of ladies every year.


The shortbread recipe! This is from Farm Journal's Best-Ever Cookies, 1980. I've never had a bad recipe from this book and highly recommend it...If you can get your hands on it!

Have a yummy recipe! This is my favorite Shortbread recipe and is from Farm Journal’s Best-Ever Cookies, 1980. I’ve never had a bad recipe from this book and highly recommend it.

Stop back by every day between now and Christmas as I share crafts and ornaments that are special to me and my family.

Do you have special quilted items just for Christmas? Tell me in comments, I’d love to hear!

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Merry July…and Sue, too!

Recently, my 15-year-old commented on the absurdly early signs of Christmas shopping that are popping up here and there. It’s usually fantastically hot here in Texas and Christmas is a long, long way from most people’s minds. I’ve come to think of these uber-early retail nudges as Christmas leakage, which in my mind is any Christmas showing up pre-Thanksgiving!

The only exception for me is, of course, crafting! I explained to him that for crafters, Christmas in July is about giving yourself enough time to finish projects that you want to give as gifts. Some of us start long, long before July, but I think the countdown to completed projects starts about now! That, he agreed, makes much more sense than red & green twinkle lights at the mall when it’s over 100 degrees outside!

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So, we have this conversation, and then I find out Craftsy is having a Christmas in July event…and that one of my free patterns, Sweet Sue Tops the Tree (seen at the top of this post), is featured…well, how fun is that!?

Sweet Sue’s new-found fame inspired me to do my own BIG Christmas in July post and share some Christmas & winter-themed patterns that I myself have designed.

Hey, well, they’re doing it, so why not me, right? ;)

Holly Jolly is part of Sunbonnet Sue’s Magical Friends. If you’re new around here, I’m somewhat Sue obsessed. Just recently, I’ve been updating my older Sue patterns as part of the Summer Sue Makeover.

Holly Jolly was in the update queue. No time like the present!

Here they are, updated for 2013 and ready for Christmas in July! Each of these patterns is now also available individually. This update includes not one, but two bonuses! Wee Lil’ Penguin now includes two sizes when purchased separately and there’s a new pattern not included with the set, Santa & His Bag.

Wee Lil’ Penguin, now in two sizes! $2 on Craftsy

It all started with a penguin! He was the very first pattern designed for Holly Jolly all those years ago. I always imagined that this little guy was on the ground, motioning Santa’s sleigh in for a safe landing.
Here he is, St. Nick, ready to climb in his sleigh and deliver presents all over the world!
Where would Santa be without the Mrs. keeping him on his toes?
I tried to come up with a sweet name for this little guy, but imagination failed me. In the end, he (or she, it’s hard to tell with the present blocking the view!) became Santa’s Little Helper.

Wonky Lil’ Christmas Tree, $2 on Craftsy

Where would Santa be without a Christmas tree?

Bonus Pattern: Santa & His Bag (Paper Pieced), $2 on Craftsy

Santa & His bag are a bonus pattern designed at the same time as Holly Jolly. He’s not included in the original set and is available only as an individual pattern.

I always imagined  Holiday House as a supplement to Holly Jolly! I can just see Santa’s Little Helper standing next to the tree ready to deposit his gift! This wee house was designed for a Quilting Gallery event.

Sweet Skating Sue (paper pieced), free on Craftsy

Sweet Skating Sue was designed for an event over on Quilting Gallery for 2012. Not only is she a free pattern (and one I’m very fond of!), but I wrote a full, detailed paper piecing tutorial to go along with the pattern. See it here!

Topsy Turvy Trees was one of those doodles that insisted on being in fabric. It was fun digging out every bright green in my stash for this project. I love the lightning shapes between the trees. Hmm, I think I want to make another in batiks…

Tree Trimming is the gift that keeps on giving. I share it last for two reasons. One, it one of the earliest patterns I made available for sale and two, it has been a joy to teach. It’s an excellent beginner project for a class for both free-form and pre-cut paper piecing. I’ve seen this sweet wall hanging in every variety of fabrics you can imagine and many, many of my students have grown their very own “happy little trees!”

Happy, happy July! I hope you enjoyed this very unseasonable post.  Be sure to visit Craftsy and see my pattern featured for their event!

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 7
And, because I just can’t help myself, a giveaway! Win a free signed copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Vol 7. My very own design, Lemons Into Lemonade appears page 33. You can also see the quilt I designed around this block on page 10! To win, leave a comment and let me know know if you’re currently crafting for a holiday!

Gotta have a copy? I have a limited number available in my Etsy shop.

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Hello Holidays…a Sewhooked Christmas Roundup!

Tree Trimming - Honey Bee Quilt Store Kit

Happy December, friends far and wide!

 

I love this time of year for a lot of reasons; the weather’s cooler, visiting with family and friends, and of course, all the wonderful holiday projects that populate the web!

To celebrate December 1, I thought I’d share a little roundup of some of my projects for this time of year! Some are free and some are from the Sewhooked Shop, I hope you enjoy them all!

 

Tree Trimming

Tree Trimming, my most popular holiday pattern still makes me smile even two and half years after I first shared it here on Sewhooked. I’ve taught this pattern to beginners and experienced quilters alike, Honey Bee Quilt Store here in Austin sells it as a kit to make the dark varation seen above. I still see fun versions of this little tree on a regular basis. I love the way you all have embraced this little pattern!

Homes For The Holidays

Homes for the Holidays, a fun quilt made from a paper pieced block swap from a now defunct paper piecing website. I used oodles of fun Christmas fabrics for my borders, including the Christmas trees, which I drew free hand to paper piece! I met an awesome local lady, Myra, through this swap and still get to see her from time to time!

Lil' St. Nick

Santa's Elf Little Wonky Christmas Tree

Mrs. Claus Wee Lil Penguin

Holly Jolly, a fun set of 5″ patterns inspired by Sunbonnet Sue! These little guys were originally designed as a gift for some friends of ours.

 

Santa & His Bag, one of many Santa’s I designed while working on Holly Jolly!

 

 

And where might Santa visit? A Holiday House, of course! This wee house was designed for a Quilting Gallery event.


Sweet Sue Tops The Tree was designed for another fun event hosted by The Quilting Gallery.

Recyled Paper Wine Bag

Recycled Gift Bags, because presents need a fun and crafty wrapping! There were super easy to make with a few fun stamps and a hole punch!

Smiling Santa Gift Bag is one of my favorite ways to gift items to children! Free tutorial at the link, plus some fun variations.

Coconut Bon Bons Peanut Butter Bon Bons

Bon Bons – YUM, just like Mom makes!

english toffee

English Toffee – deceptively easy and completely delicious!

Jennifer's Best Peanut Brittle

Jennifer’s Best Peanut Brittle – the only recipe that has actually helped me make new friends…really!

Spice Cookies

Spice Cookies are my family’s newest favorite Christmas cookies. Absolutely delicious.

I’d love to know about your favorite crafts and recipes for this time of year, feel free to share your links in comments and I’ll do a round-up of YOUR projects, patterns and recipes!

Last, but definitely not least, remember to use coupon code BUYHANDMADE now through December 18 in my Etsy shop for 20% off your total purchase! This includes printed patterns, blank greeting cards and more!

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Featured Pattern – Wee Lil’ Penguin, now a stand-alone pattern for just $2 on Craftsy!

Season’s Greetings

Christmas Card 2011

With love from

The Ofensteins, 2011

From the left: Elena, Eli, Jennifer & Gareth

Christmas Card 2011

It took a while to get that perfect photo. These were “practice shots” to make sure everyone was in frame. My kids and hubby had a grand time being silly while I got the camera all set up for our annual photo in front of the tree!

Christmas Card 2011

From my family to yours, I hope you have a wonderful, restful holiday season!

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