Hand-crafted Christmas Ornaments

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I don’t know about anybody else, but I am a huge Christmas ornament enthusiast. I love all Christmas crafts. Last year, I got absolutely hooked on Kirstie Allsopp’s Christmas Show

If you live in the UK, you can watch some on the 4oD link above, it’s not actually my favourite one which is ‘Handmade Christmas’, but some of the ‘Perfect Christmas’ episodes have handmade gift tips. She also does shows about upcycling and re-upholstering and lots of fun things. She also did a nice series about entering craft fairs around Britain. If you’re a craft freak, it’s worth a look! There was one show where they had to make a display themed around The Secret Garden, which was a lovely challenge. I remember her making a needle-felted robin for the display, which is probably part of the inspiration for me sewing my own.

This year, I have been making a LOT of ornaments- mainly robins, doves, snowmen, Christmas Trees and hearts.

If you’ve been making Christmas/ Holiday ornaments, I would love to hear of them/ see a link in the comments.

For these I made my own templates and then used sequins, felt, fleece, buttons, ribbon, sequins, baker’s twine and cotton thread, and just hand- stitched everything. I recommend having a good Christmas movie on in the background.

I hope everyone is enjoying the Holiday season.

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My Christmas Ornament section on etsy: https://www.etsy.com/ie/shop/WishlistArt?section_id=12787697

The Bluebird of Happiness…Happiness Comes From Within

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A link to this guy on my etsy shop:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/119802237/bluebird-of-happiness-soft-fabric-bird

The minute I found this perfect colour blue flannel I knew I was going to make a bluebird from it.

I first read about the story of ‘The Bluebird of Happiness’ in a Noel Streatfield book as a child- it was about children putting on a play about the same story as the 1940 film The Bluebird. The image of the bluebird as a metaphor for happiness always stuck with me.

Here’s the back:

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Creating Art Journals using linocut prints

Silver Feather Journal

https://www.etsy.com/listing/119394528/silver-feather-journal-for-art-and?ref=v1_other_1

Art Journals are something I have loved since Art College, but I don’t always finish them! This design I created by making an individual linocut of a feather, which I printed four times using metallic silver ink (I also stamped a small silver leaf on the back)
I love art with feathers because it reminds me of tribal art, like Navajo art, and of visiting the American Indian Museum in new York. They do look a little like leaves too, I guess we could call this an abstract design.