Sunday, November 29, 2015

Christmas Mouse Ornament Free Pattern From Lisa Bunting Thoms of Q.D. Patooties

If you love adorable mice then you'll be happy to know that Lisa Bunting Thoms of  Q.D. Patooties has an adorable mouse pattern to share. I hope you enjoy Lisa's mouse pattern.

Christmas Mouse Ornament Pattern

Copyright © 2007-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Lisa Bunting Thoms of Q.D. Patooties

Click on picture above to enlarge.

Here's the instructions and what Lisa said about her Christmas Mouse:  Remember that Mouse Ornament I showed you a couple of weeks ago that I made when I was a kid? It was my mom's design originally so I didn't think she would mind (yes, I talk to mom everyday and got the okay) if I updated it and made a new pattern (shown above) to share with you guys. 

All you need to do is to click on the pattern above and save it to your computer. After you click, the pattern will enlarge. Then, just right click and "Save Image As" to save it to your computer. 

When we made them about thirty years ago (yikes!), we used felt, some craft fur, a large pom pom, some glue-on googly eyes, a little ribbon and some pipe cleaners to make the candy cane. To make mine, I made a little pattern so you can make an actual body to fill the stocking instead of just stuffing it with Polyfil to make it look "occupied." I also added some arms so the mouse could hold on to the little candy cane. I also didn't have any "googly" eyes so I just backed a pair of black glass eyes with felt but you probably wouldn't need to do that if you used a lighter fabric. It's just that the fabric that I used was so dark, the eyes basically got lost in it.

Skinny Snowman Free Project by Lisa Bunting Thoms of Q.D. Patooties

If you like working with wool felt and roving  and like creating snowmen you'll be happy to know that Lisa Bunting Thoms of  Q.D. Patooties  has a wonderful wool felt and roving holiday project to share.  I hope you enjoy making her "Skinny Snowman."

Skinny Snowman Tutorial
Copyright © 2007 - All Rights Reserved - Lisa Bunting Thoms of Q.D. Patooties

Here's the instructions and what Lisa had to say about her Skinny Snowman Tutorial: 

  • Some Felting Wool in Cream, Black and Orange (you can buy this from Marr Haven Wool Farm, or
  • 36T Felting Needle (again Marr Haven Wool Farm, or
  • A Knee High Panty Hose or One Leg of a Pair of Panty Hose
  • A Foam Ball (like the ones you use in the swimming pool)
  • A Discarded Paper Towel Roll
  • Some Cotton Batting or Off White Felt (a fat quarter should do - 18"x22")
  • 18 Gauge Cloth Covered Floral Wire (really even a Pipe Cleaner would do for this project)
  • A Snowman Hat (Knitted or Felt)
  • Extras to Decorate Your Snowman (vintage buttons, pom poms, fancy yarn, wreath to hold, etc.)
  • A Small Amount of Polyfil Stuffing
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Beacon Craft Glue or Glue Gun
  • Needle and Thread
  • Clear Glitter

The Head. Start by wrapping a foam ball like the one you see in Figure 1with wool roving. After you cover the ball with the first layer, use your felting needle to felt the wool into the foam ball. Continue this process until the ball is almost completely covered like the one you see in Figure 2. Then, take your ball and put it in a nylon knee high. Tie a knot in the knee high as close to the ball as you possibly can. Run your ball under some water in your sink making sure to wet all sides. Squeeze as much water as you can out of the ball. Do this several times and then put your ball in the dryer. I usually put mine in with some jeans so it gets "roughed up" a little more and plus I usually have it on the highest heat when I'm drying jeans. Next, take your ball out of the dryer and it will be felted even more and almost have a smooth appearance. If you wish to add more cream to your head, you can do that now but you will also be adding your face which may cover up those bare spots anyway. Felt on a happy snowman eyes and smile with your black roving as show in Figure 3. Make a carrot nose using your orange roving. You may need to pull out your foam block to do this part of the project. Add some rosy color to your snowman's cheeks if you wish with some Prismacolor Markers or your favorite shading medium.

Gingerbread Coolies Vintage Light by Denise Bailey

This is an electric light I made using a vintage flour sifter as the base. The gingerbread cookies are so easy to make, you don't even need a pattern. I folded two separate squares of homespun to form triangles and placed them inside the inner edge of the sifter and then glued in place. I inserted pip berries for extra eye appeal. There are a total of 7 gingerbread cookies, the top layer of 3 are a little smaller than the first layer of 4. Once everything was in place and adjusted the way I wanted it, I hot glued them so they would stay in place. With a brush, I added some mod podge to the rim of the sifter and sprinkled German glass glitter to that, and also to the handle ( not seen in the photo).

Directions for making Gingerbread Cookies:

round lid, the size of the cookie you'd like ( cookie will be slightly smaller once sewed)


Trace lid on your muslin with a Mark-B-Gone marking pen, found in craft stores and notions department of WalMart. Draw a straight line about 1 1/2 inches down the center.

Use tracing line as your sewing guide sew the entire circle. Trim seams to about 1/4 inch.

On ONE side of the circle, make a slit where your straight line is, this will be for turning your circle right side out.

Dip your circles in a mixture of instant coffee/vanilla (3T. coffee, 2 T. vanilla) until you get the shade you desire. Squeeze out excess mixture and open circle, do not smooth it out. Place on baking sheet in warm oven ( 180 degrees) and leave door slightly ajar. After a few minutes turn circles over to dry the other side. Watch carefully so they don't burn. This does not take long to dry at all.

Stuff the circles with polyester fiberfill, but not too firm. Slip stitch the opening closed.

With Barn Red acrylic paint and a nice stiff brush, dry brush cheeks on. I like to use foil as my palette. To dry brush, dip brush tip into paint and dab several times on the palette and then in a circular motion apply 'cheeks'. Repeat until you get desired color ( light/darker).

To decorate with 'icing' I tried using the white fabric glue sticks, but I didn't have 'control' of where the icing went so instead I opted to make my own with white acrylic paint and elmers glue. I mixed equal amounts. You can use a thin paint brush to paint the icing on or the tip of a pencil. I have a stylus tool (see photo) and I like to use that as it has two different sized tips.

Let icing dry. Using the tip of a stylus, or pencil add two black dots using black acrylic paint for the eyes. Let dry.

Brush on a thin layer of mod podge ( other glue that dries clear will work too) on top of cookie as shown in photo. Let this dry and you've got yourself a cute little gingerbread cookie.

I purchased a bottle of Gingerbread linen spray and spray my cookies with this. If you are going to use these cookies at a craft show, spray well right before the show starts so your cookie scent will be stronger. Chances are your customers will ask where to get the spray so they can purchase some to restore the scent once it's dissipated.

Copyright © 2006 - All Rights Reserved — Written By Denise Bailey (aka NeeNee) who is a 54 year old mom & grandma who has been crafting for over 34 years for myself and family but only in the last 2 years have been actively crafting for profit via craft shows, eBay and an EZshoppe. My 'specialties' are primitives, country and folkart creations.I also love to create graphics. I was interested in drawing since I was very young, taking art classes all through high school. I always thought I'd go to an art school after graduation, but instead I got married and started a family. Six years ago, I purchased my first computer, and found PSP. I've been hooked since and have taught myself to make my own graphics using PSP's vector & nodes tool. My website is: KKL Primitives -  My Blogs are: The Krazy Kraft Lady - and Menopausal Monster -

Monday, November 23, 2015

Angel Doll & Craft Tutorials, Video's, Patterns and How-To's Pinterest Board

I just love angels and angel creations. If you do, too, I hope these tutorials, video's, patterns, and how-to's are helpful.

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Gingerbread Houses Tutorials, Video's, Patterns and How-To's Pinterest Board

I have always loved making gingerbread houses. The more elaborate the better. I hope you find the pictures, tutorials, video's and how-to's helpful in your gingerbread house creating.

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Free Printable Thanksgiving Food Stickers From Dana Harris of

I love e-printables - especially e-printables that can help with keeping you organized or can be used for family fun.  So, of course, I was intriqued with an email from Dana Harris of offering to share some fun food packaging labels for Thanksgiving.

If you would like to download the free Thanksgiving Food Stickers please CLICK HERE.

Here's what Dana said about using her Thanksgiving Food Stickers:

Hope you’re doing great and preparing for Thanksgiving! I noticed you often share fun craft ideas on your blog. That is why I thought you might want to learn about a new set of totally free and colorful 
Thanksgiving printables.

They can come in handy when decorating the Thanksgiving dining table, organizing fun games for the guests and spending quality time  with an with family. 

The website also offers free lunchbox sticker printables here, as well as free printables for weekly meal planners, pantry labels, pet food labels, special event stickers and healthy food tags here.

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Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Thanksgiving Holiday Cross-Stitch Patterns By Betty Dekat of primitivebettys

I am a lover of punch needle, wool felt penny rugs, stitcheries, cross-stitch, and felted ornaments and/or pictures, and rug hooking. As a result I love to find wonderful cross-stitch designs, stitcheries, and doodles.

Well, Betty Dekat of primitivebettys blog and primitivebettys Etsy Shoppe has some wonderful free stitcheries, doodles, and cross-stitch designs on her Picturetrail account that I think you will absolutely love. I already have my eye on many, many of her designs for some punchneedle, wool felt, and cross-stitch gifts I'd like to make. I hope you enjoy Betty's designs.

Shown below are some of her Thanksgiving holiday cross-stitch designs:

~*Thankful*~ Freebie
77 by 60 stitches -  © primitivebettys 2009

~*Blessings*~ Cross Stitch Chart - © primitivebettys
68 by 47 stitches

Please Respect Betty's TERMS OF USE: In this album you will find free patterns to use with your favorite medium..... rug hooking, needle punch, etc. Please use them as you wish. Enlarge them to the size you wish. ~*~*~*~*~*~ The freebie patterns are FREE. You do not need to have a picture trail account to get them. What you do... right click on the image you are wanting on the left side of the freebie album. This will bring the image up larger on the screen. Left click on the image and choose ~ View Image. This will bring the image up alone on the screen. Then choose right click on File and choose Print. Then just use your Back arrow to go back to the album.~*~*~*~*~*~

You are welcome to sell things made from these patterns on Ebay or small craft shows - no mass production. Do not sell the patterns. Please be kind and give credit to me, Betty Dekat aka primitivebettys for the design. *~*~* I would LOVE to see photos of the works you create using my patterns. If you would be so kind to share them with me, I would then share them with all ~ here on my picture trail.

Betty's Bio: My name is Betty... owner/designer of ~*primitivebettys*~. I am a creator of primitive, reproduction cross stitch originals & patterns, hooked rugs, and needle punch.  I love to share my joy of primitive folk art ~ cross stitch, needle punch, rug hooking, or just whatever tickles my fancy.

Copyright © 2008-2010 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Betty Dekat of primitivebettys blog. Please visit Betty's primitivebettys blog at  and her primitivebettys Etsy Shoppe at

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Thanksgiving Craft Tutorials, Video's, Patterns and How-To's Pinterest Board

I just love Thanksgiving as there are so many different crafts you can make to decorate your house. I hope you enjoy some of the Thanksgiving crafts tutorials, video's and how-to's I have found.

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