holiday · home decor

Snowballs!

Snowballs!Snowballs!I love Christmas – especially when it comes to crafting. My holiday board is bursting with projects I want to do. The inspiration for my Snowballs was one of the first projects I pinned when I joined Pinterest over a year ago. Sadly when I actually clicked on it, I discovered it was just an image so I had to do some improvising.

One thing I want to mention..er.. gloat about is that every single thing I used for this project I had in my craft room. It was the best feeling! A year ago I would have had to make fiftyeleven trips to Michaels. I feel like a pro!

Anyway, I bought the foam balls from the Dollar stores about a year ago…Snowballs!

I used a black sharpie to dot the eyes…DSC00732

Added a cheery smile…Snowballs!

Used a little dab of kids acryllic paint in orange for a carrot nose.Snowballs!

Added some red paint for frosty red cheeks. It took me a while to perfect this. I used my thumb and a wet paper towel and a dry paint brush. Dab your thumb in the paint, blot it a few times on the wet paper towel and then tap tap tap on your snow ball like so. I also used a dry paint brush to sort of smudge it around a bit.Snowballs!

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I used some old hemp yarn for the bows and attached with a glue gun. I glued the ribbon to the foam and then tied it in a bow. It was pretty annoying/tricky to do. Unfortunately, my Cali girl roots peeked out and I like totally forgot to take a picture of this step. oops 😦

Once the snowballs dried, I tossed them into a vase! and by “tossed” I  mean obsessively spent several minutes arranging them so they all faced the right way 🙂Snowballs!

 

home decor · knit/crochet

A Little Birdie Told Me

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This is a free pattern found here DSC00054-Edited

The pattern is pretty easy if you have intermediate knitting skills so this is going to be a relatively short blog. I followed the knitting pattern. However, I did alter the next few steps a bit.DSC00057-Edited

Sew your birdie’s head and back closed using the mattress stitch. DSC00063-EditedStuff it full of fluff and sew up it’s bum.DSC00066-Edited

Once you’ve finished stuffing and sewing your birdie closed, use the leftover yarn to make the hanging thread. Just thread the yarn through the bird and make a tiny knot – be sure to leave a big loop. Don’t worry about making them all the same length. The varying lengths give them character. little birdie told me

I did add eye’s.. but it looks a little creepy. However, If you like them…DSC00060-Edited

I loved making these and love how they look hanging in my bedroom window. I also stuffed a few with potpourri and hung them around the house.
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