Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Christmas in my home part 1

 Welcome and please come in! It's feeling more like Christmas so come in and enjoy the twinkling lights - one of my favorite things about Christmas when the days are so short.

I apologise in advance for the picture quality as I have misplaced my camera.

 These are taken in the hall with lights on the stairs

 At the end of the hall my primitive shelf and new Jingle all the way sign
 Now in the living room where the main tree is

 Some of my handmade tree decorations

 This is the mantel which I find really hard to decorate
 There is a rag ball garland on the mantel with a lantern on either end - love the candle glow!

Thanks for your visit and please come back again for the next part!
Have a lovely Christmas-y day!


Monday, 15 December 2014

'Gourd' Santa

 This is my newest creation: a gourd Santa!  Made from wool felt and weighted base.

Looking jolly and ready for Christmas with some sweet Annie in his belt.

He started off just like this with a rusty bell.

But I couldn't just leave him alone and made another in gray wool felt this time.

Here they are, a gourd pair!
 I hope to share some freebie ideas this week so please stop by again soon!

Best wishes

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Ol' Saint Nick Wool Pillow

 For a while there I thought I was never going to pick up needle and thread and do any stitching before Christmas!  The past few days have been a blur of various family and church activities, as well as trying to write Christmas cards and find Christmas gifts.

But with a stitch here and there I finished this Need'l Love pattern by Lynn Horsford called Ol' Saint Nick.  After cross stitching I love to try my hand at wool applique and Christmas being my favorite holiday, this one was a pleasure to bring together. 

Even all the  finer details  were lovely and added to the pattern.
Don't you think he seems to be winking? 
Must be I'm on the nice list this year!  Hope so!

Have a great week and don't stress but enjoy this special season when Christ came down, the greatest gift of all!

Best wishes

Monday, 1 December 2014

Festive First of December!

 That feeling is sneaking up on me now that it's the first of December and of course it's time to think about getting ready for my favorite holiday season of the year.  I love making and decorating for Christmas and I just listed this cute little hanging pillow with jingle bells on my Etsy shop.

Thank you to those who have favorited my shop and goods.  I'm hoping to add more this week!

But here's what I've been working on for gifts for friends this year.

I feel in love with these reindeer pillows and decided to make some from wool which is simply appliqued on. I was surprised at how quickly they came to together.

I have included the templates I used which were easily available on google images for free and there are so many you can have different silhouettes to pick from.

 So it's definitely feeling a lot like Christmas in blogland and I hope you get lots of crafting done!
Enjoy every minute!

Best wishes

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Well I thought it was high time to reinvent The Primitive Shelf my selling blog and so I have opened an Etsy shop with the same name! Just click on the link on the sidebar.

 So far I have listed Christmas cross stitched finished tuck pillows but I'm hoping to finish wool applique items and even some Valentines Day items.

It was just the push I needed to keep crafting!

Hope you visit again!

Best wishes

Monday, 24 November 2014

Angel Punch Needle Stocking

 Welcome dear friends.  Did you enjoy your weekend?  We had a busy one and a cold one with freezing temperatures yesterday. 

Today I finished this punch needle angel stocking by Country Stitches.  I just used DMC threads that I had to hand.  In hindsight I wish I had used darker green for the holly leaves but overall I'm pleased with it.
 I think my punch needle technique is getting better but I would like to know how to achieve clearer definition of detail eg the stars the angel is holding.

 As that's another project ticked off my bucket list, I'm going to start into the next one!
All fun and games!

Once again, thank you all for your comments and visits.
I truly love hearing from you.

Best wishes

Friday, 21 November 2014

Happy Weekend!

 The weekend is upon us again and I have enjoyed a week less fraught with deadlines and more relaxing time for stitching at leisure.

I also wanted to show you a little bear I made with the remnant of faux fur and with a pattern by Brenda Gervais.  Just keeping him simple with a wool scarf.

I've been busy needle punching and hope to have it finished by Monday.
Are you working on anything this weekend?
Have a fun weekend what ever you do!

Best wishes