I love snail mail, especially small packages. This is a gift I put together for a friend’s birthday. Hopefully it will give you some fun ideas and inspire you to surprise someone.
I recycled Birchbox packaging by gluing a card on top of the box; the tissue paper and shipping carton it came with also came in handy.
You can put glitter or confetti into a greeting card before sealing it in an envelope (place it with the card’s spine facing down). The recipient will get an unexpected glitter shower when they open it.
I filled the bottom of the box with tissue paper and flowers I cut out of felt.
For a heartfelt gift of a wish – wrap a birthday candle in a small box (I decorated this one with origami paper).
Some other fun items you can include: stickers, costume jewelry, balloons, key chains, notebooks, and candy. If you make sure that the items weigh under 13 0z, you can just drop the package into a mail box instead of going to the post office.
Most importantly – have fun with it. Happy Mail Day.
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I’m sure Santa Came to my house last night; he ate some cookies and drank all the milk. I know most people would say that I’m way too old for this, but my cookie plate is getting more sophisticated as I get older – Santa got Godiva cookies this year.
My stocking is always filled with fruit.
I love making ornaments for my Christmas tree. You can see a tutorial for this Finnish Star at Craft Ideas.
Is anyone else making shoes in their bathroom or is it just me?
This is just a mockup, but I have made fully functional shoes with close to zero equipment before. Sorry that the image quality isn’t ideal, I just thought this was funny and had to share. Treating myself to a new camera for Christmas, really excited.
Felt is a fun and forgiving material to work with. This is Dino, a felt toy with rotating arms and legs that I designed and made.
Now you can make one too! The patterns below are my original design and are for personal use only. Click on the image to get full size and print on a half sheet of 8.5 x 11″ paper.
Felt (two contrasting colors)
Matching thread (embroidery floss recommended, use one strand for sewing)
Two black seed beads (optional)
Polyester or cotton stuffing
Print patterns and cut all fabric
Embroider eyebrows on Body as marked
Sew seed beads on Body, as marked (or embroider eyes with a french knot, especially if making toy for small children)
Blanket stitch the center of Belly together on reverse side
Blanket stitch Spikes to Body on dash-line matching tail ends
Blanket stitch Tail to the bottom of Body matching tail ends
Blanket stitch Belly to Body and Tail
Stuff toy and blanket stitch face of Body closed
Blanket stitch and stuff Arms and Legs
Pin both arms to toy where desired and secure them by making a small stitch all the way through the body several times in the same place
Repeat with legs
I began working on this a while ago, but had to stop because I couldn’t find the right kind of boning for it. I recently was able to order some from my millinery supplier, so I am looking forward to resuming the work on this during the holidays. This is one of the two dresses I shared the design for in a previous post during the summer. I purchased a pattern that I felt was most similar to my design, but had to alter the bodice for a proper fit and am using the skirt from another pattern I already had (I will give credit to these with my finished dress later). Below are the bodice mockup, altered patterns for it and the semi-finished dress.
Some work in progress sneak peaks of the fold-over tote and millinery, which will be complete in two weeks. The juxtaposition of the handbag and millinery photographs really look like a collection because of my color choices. I’ve been using a lot of green and black lately, trying to stay away from the extremely bright colors I usually go for to mix things up a bit and challenge myself.
I’ve been working on a lot of things at the same time. This means that there are a lot of exciting things to look forward to in upcoming posts, such as my hat collection and the new handbags I made.
This is a bracelet I weaved with seed beads on a loom from my design. It’s inspired by a dirty oil paint palette.
Making your own rosettes is easy and they look very impressive. You can use one as a brooch or use a bunch to decorate a gown.
In order to make this you will need several strips of fabric cut on a bias (45 degree angle). The length and width of the strips will determine the size of your rosette (I am using a 3 x 18″ strip for my first layer). Fold the strip in half and overcast stitch around all cut edges. This stitch is good for gathering and will keep your rosette from fraying. I recommend millinery Hy-Mark #24 thread for this (it’s waxed and very strong). Make sure to use thread long enough for the job.
Tightly gather the strip, overlap the edges and stitch them in place. You have finished your first petal layer.
Take your second strip of fabric. It should be shorter and less wide than the first one (mine is 2 x 13″). Repeat all the steps you did to make the first layer. Place the second petal layer on top of the first one and overcast stitch them together. Continue making smaller layers using the same technique until your rosette is full.
I decorated my rosette with seed beads. I will make it into a brooch for a beret that is a part of my 1940-50′s inspired millinery collection.
Vintage patterns are a fun (and potentially inexpensive) way to get brand new vintage clothing. You can make sure that the garment fits you, select fabrics you prefer and change the design to update it or add personal flare. I found some amazing designs in my recent search and would like to share them with you.
Simplicity #2396, 1950's
Simplicity #2219, 1950's
Givenchy for Vogue #2208, 1960's
Fabiani for Vogue #2065, 1960's
Oscar de la Renta for Vogue #1645, 1985
Givenchy for Vogue 2047, 1980's