I am always super excited at least a month before the holidays, but once they are over..I AM DONE! I seriously need to tear down this Christmas House & put back up Regular Old House…
But first a few secret things I had been working on as Christmas presents…
A petite shawl for my petite Grandma, just a little hug when ever she needs it. It’s a Japanese pattern from this lovely book & can be found on Ravelry too (click the photo & it will take you to my ravelry project page :)
And for my Sister I stitched up a jewelry frame, she is a collector of vintage jewelry and I thought what a lovely way for her to display her favorite pieces. I loosely based it off this Lion Brand frame. I went with a different stitch & their assembly was a bit bulky for my frame, I didn’t use batting, cardstock or double-sided tape, I just stretched and stapled the crocheted lace over the back & using spray adhesive attached a piece of fabric to the wood backboard. Then pressed it into the frame (it was a really old wood frame covered with a plaster resin so it didn’t have any sort of sensible way to attach the backing board so I just nailed it on! (again click the photos to go to my ravelry project page :) do I need to keep saying that?!?
I also made her a creepy sweet cicada brooch.
EDIT: I would put up a tutorial on how I did these, but there are plenty of great ones already online…like here and here! I used this cheap set of metal punches that I found on amazon, I was already ordering things from them so it came to me with free shipping! YIPPY!
May the new year kiss you softly & bring peace everywhere in 2012
P.S. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD!