Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Crafty Things

This past Saturday I got to spend several hours making some Christmas presents. A friend of mine sent me an e-mail with a photo of a Christmas stocking decorated with a vintage hankie. I was so excited because I inherited several beautiful hankies from my Grandmother. And I loved the fact that you didn't have to cut the hankie, it is used whole for the cuff and could be taken off and would still be original. So, this is the stocking I made for my niece who loves pink!I took it one step further and added a clip on earring that belonged to my Grandmother and stitched it to the tip of the hankie. I really love how this turned out and am making two more for a couple of my Grandmothers nieces who have been so helpful to us as he have tried to sort though Grandma's things. Diane, thank you so much for the idea!

I also made a couple of recipe journals for my niece and sister.

These are not very good photos, but can you see the tiny little kitchen utensils of the ribbons? They were so tiny! The little girl baking image was taken from an old Christmas card.

The one above is the one I made for my sister. The best part about both of these books was that I used supplies that I had on hand. I had bought the notebooks during the back to school sales for .25 each and all the paper and embellishments I already had.
The last thing I made was a Barbie outfit for my great niece. The pattern that I used was the one that my great aunt used to make my Barbies outfits!
I used some fabric left over from a summer skirt and made the lounge outfit that you see in green on the pattern. I have a couple other vintage patterns that I am making some P.J.s and coat and a dress. I will post them when they are finished. I must say, its easier to make adult clothing than Barbies. I ended up sewing almost the entire outfit by hand!
The other exciting news is that this morning we woke up to see this!
OK, I know it's not alot of snow, it took me a couple seconds to decide if it was snow or frost but I could grab enough off my car to make a snowball!

Hope everyone has a blessed day!



Jeanne said...

Linda, I am so happy to hear from you today. You have been busy girl. I love the hankerchief stocking and the earring will make even more special. Since I am the recipient of one of your adorable journals, I am sure the girls will be happy to receive the cute ones you made. Don't you love to use some of your things on hand for your projects? Doll clothes are definitely harder to make. Especially for a curvy Barbie doll. I used to sew alot but not since blogging!!! It takes up so much time. My fireplace mantel with Mr. Pumpkin man is still there until after Thanksgiving as well. I love him.


Oops, I forgot to mention your snow. We had about the same amount about two weeks ago. I love it.

PEA said...

Oh, Linda, what a beautiful stocking you made and using that vintage handkerchief for the cuff is an excellent idea! I've no doubt your niece will just love it!! Look at all the other crafty things you've been making...I wish I had half your talent! lol WOWWWW look at all that snow!!! hehe We keep getting a sprinkle like that on and off but so far no real snow that has stayed on the ground. Stay well:-) xoxo

Mrs.T said...


All of the crafts are nice! I especially love the stocking, though. I have a stash of inherited vintage hankies and some costume jewelry, too. I would love it if you could share the pattern for the stocking or a link as to how to make it. I'm not good at figuring out instructions from just looking at a photo. Would you be willing to share how you did it?

Thanks in advance for any help you can give. We had snow flurries today too!

God bless,

Heidi Ann said...

Hi Linda - The stocking you made with the vintage handkerchief is lovely! Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting on my blog! I did get a kick out of the fact that you discovered it doing a search about John Hadamuscin! His books really are fabulous - I was afraid to try and show pictures of some of my favorite pages inside them - probably not okay without permission. I will be checking out more of your blog, too!

glorv1 said...

Linda, all the gifts you made are so nice. I'm sure they will be deeply appreciated. Your very creative. Thx for stopping by my blog and have a great evening. Take care.

Libby said...

Barbie clothes! Our only neighbor when I was growing up used to make clothes for my Barbies. How I wish I had held on to them. I'm sure these are sure to be treasured *s*

Arlene Grimm said...

Love love love the stocking Linda...the Barbie pattern took me back to my childhood when my Mom made Barbie dresses.

Mam said...

Love what you are doing on your Christmas presents. Your journals are soooo cute! I really like the stocking idea a lot.

Judy said...

I loved seeing the Barbie clothes. One of my best treasures is a doll case full of clothes my grandmother made in the late 50's and 60's. I have some pictures up on my site. I remember her complaining about them being so small!

Holly said...

Oh what a great idea for the stocking! I looooove vintage hankies! Those journals are cute too!