Today marks the last day of January. I realized I did not stop by and show you what I was up to in the sewing room over the holidays because some of my gifts were not given until just several weeks ago. I didn’t want to spoil anybody’s surprise by seeing it here first.
I made two gnomes this year. These gnomes are felt creatures that I embellished with beads, sequins and embroidery.
Here he is before the embellishing and stuffing.
Here he is beside a Christmas plate so you can see how big he is. He stands 7 1/2 inches tall.
And nestled in the Christmas tree. I got the pattern from Aimee Ray at her Little Dear shop on etsy.com.
She has lots of cute patterns that you simply download and print off. Instant pattern gratification!
My second project was for one of my embellished Christmas Stockings. I do not have a pattern that you can order for this one as I made it up myself as I went. It was for my daughter-in-law. The rest of the families will hopefully be completed before next Christmas.
I decided on an angel theme. It is made of wool felt. When I am looking for applique images and I do not have a pattern for already, I look up children’s coloring pages on-line. These angels are a combination of two different ones that I put together. At the point that I took this picture I had added a few beads and sequins at the top around the cuff where the name goes.
Here is the finished stocking. It is somewhat hard to see all the detail as I did this one in clear sequins layered in stacks of 3 graduated sizes. I was very pleased with the way it turned out. It is also lined so there is no chance of gifts snagging on all of the threads on the back and tearing out my time-consuming bedazzling!
Now I am in the process of finally biting the bullet and getting to the kitchen cabinet re-finishing that I have been yapping about since last year at this time. I have repainted all the ceilings in the great room and kitchen area and the walls. I will save all the pics for the big reveal but the walls in both rooms use to be a Cottage Yellow. It had been that way for 11 years and we really liked it. No matter if it was gloomy outside, it was always sunny inside ☺. The walls in the great room area are now a grayish green called “Moonshine”. The walls in the kitchen are now a light putty color that goes by the name of Bohemian White.
This is the endcap of the bottom cupboards. I decided to start here with the first coat for a look-see as far as what we thought about the color and the change. We have more of this bead-board so I could easily cut a new piece if it was a “fail”.
This is coat #1. It is Annie Sloan Chalk Paint color Chateau Gray. The upper cabinets will be an off-white. I am very happy with the look of coat #1 so it is full-steam-ahead on the painting. After I am over the sickness. I am on week #2 of whatever this virus is that is going around. Last week I had the constant nose dripping, hoarse voice thing but felt absolutely fine so thought I had a slight head cold. On Saturday, I felt it change and start moving into my chest and this week, although I don’t sound like I have a cold in my head anymore, I can hardly move and am coughing, coughing, coughing. This week is terrible. I am like a rag.
Ah well, tis the season for hibernating. And these two are keeping my company. That giant stuffed dog in the picture that is bigger than both of them together is Vanessa’s dog bed. It is kind of like her security blanket. ☺