Christmas Crafts 2

Oversized Coaster

Guess you never saw a star like this? Need somewhere to put those Santa cookies? This oversized coaster will accommodate a cup or saucer. It is worked on plastic canvas.

To start you will need five diamond plastic canvas pieces, a yarn needle and scissors.

This is what the canvas looks like.

Start at the top point with your needle threaded and push your needle up from the back and to the hole under it as shown above. Leaving about an inch or so of yarn at the end do not knot but pull it down in back of your work so that you are making your stitches over it. When you get to the end of the row drop down to the block on the next row and work up. Continue in pattern until diamond is covered. With last stitch completed on the back side stick your needle under the last two stitches worked and pull tight. Cut yarn.

To join: I actually joined these as I went so taking the next blank diamond line it up with the top points together. Working from the bottom up you are going to just make a whip stitch (going through stitch on one diamond and across to the same whole on the new diamond. When at the top you will be in position to begin as you did with the first diamond. Continue around completing and joining diamonds until yours looks like mine in the very first image above.

Edging: With white yarn begin by sticking your needle in the back of any block at the edge and whip stitch around. Tuck in your yarn in the back and cut.

This project is not real difficult but does require some time to do.

Happy stitching.

Christmas Crafting

Need a little something to add to your home made stockings or glue to your packages instead of bows. I have to admit though it is not one of my original ideas but it is so easy and cute I just had to share.

Mini Poinsettia

Take large rick rack (found in fabric stores and some craft stores) and measure 13 points and cut. With quilting or button thread start at the top of the first point and put your needle through that point and all 13 points. After going through the thirteenth point pull tight to gather, pull your thread to the back and knot but do not cut. Put your needle back through the center and string four white beads. Carry your needle back down through the center and tighten, knot and cut.

If you do not sew, you can make this using a glue gun. It just takes longer.

Happy Crafting

Things Of Christmas

Coca-Cola Vintage Music Box

This music box is not just any music box. It was made in China but sold by Coca-Cola. Note the Santa is drinking Coke. The train around the base actually runs and it plays I’D LIKE TO TEACH THE WORLD TO SING. Do you remember the next few words? They were IN PERFECT HARMONY! For a brief moment in time when the song was written, it seemed there was almost PERFECT HARMONY. Today we are far from that.

Our country today is in extreme turmoil. Morality in this country seems to be at the bottom of most people’s list. We need to work towards a more peaceful and loving society not just in our country but like the song says “the world”.

This is not Christmas but I purchased it because the colors reminded me of Christmas. It is also a vintage piece that was put out by Coca-Cola.

I recently purchased this at a Coca-Cola auction. This piece is stained glass and metal. There were multiple other houses of the same construction type produced in this series.

Hope you enjoyed part of my collection of oddities.

What Does Christmas Mean To You

This is the first thing that comes to mind.

This is just my first sketch.

Christmas is coming. As Christians we of course celebrate the birth of Christ and that should be our focus but right now I challenge all you artists, photographers and crafters to display what Christmas means to you.

I don’t want to leave anyone out. Whatever your religion or customs are show us how you celebrate. It can be events, decorations or other traditions.

As for me, I typically do not decorate very much and don’t do a tree. This year will be very different since my Mother passed. She died three days after Christmas and loved the holiday. When she was able I took her to a candle light service at church on Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day she and my sisters and I would get together with our families, have lunch and open gifts and just spend quality time together.

Although this year will be different, my sisters and I will still get together and celebrate and honor her memory of Christmas. We will not let Covid or the government dictate how we celebrate.

Regardless of your beliefs or traditions, take the time to love and just be kind to others. You don’t have to like everyone you meet but just be kind and treat people the way you want to be treated.

I look forward to your Christmas blogs.

Be safe and God bless you all.