Christmas in October

Well, not really!  I’m just getting some ornaments ready for our Cookie Swap the first of December. I usually try to make some kind of little ornament for those sweet girls who give up their Saturday morning to start celebrating Christmas – and sharing delicious cookies – with my girls and me.  This is #22 or #23 for this annual tradition but I start early getting the ornaments ready.

I went to my favorite resource, Pinterest, and found these ornaments that are easy but also use my favorite craft – embroidery.


Resource: Flamingo Toes and Isa Sin appelido 

I thought these looked easy enough, so I ordered two sets of 3” wooden hoops from Amazon (Art Cove, 12 pieces for $14.77), pom poms (Blulu Pompoms, 500 pieces for $6.99),  and bought some black cotton fabric (1 yard was plenty for this project) from Hobby Lobby and off I went!

First, I free-handed the words onto the black fabric with a white colored pencil (if I was using a lighter fabric I could have put the pattern underneath it and traced, but the black was too dark).  I used the patterns provided by Flamingo Toes below:




I traced around the 3” hoop and added enough to actually stay in the hoop and traced a second piece for the backing.  It doesn’t look black here, but trust me it is!


Then I started stitching with embroidery thread divided into 3 threads.


Once they were all finished, I hot-glued on the backing above, glued on the pom poms and looped the ribbon through.   This shows the backing via Flamingo Toes:



Flamingo Toes used braid with pom poms attached,  but I went the cheaper route and used individual ones.   Here they are drying in my office –  24 all finished!

Hope you’re enjoying the end of October and getting some great ideas and inspiration for December!


Fall Wreath Ideas from Home….

I was looking for some new ideas for making a new fall wreath and thought I’d share some ideas I’ve run across.   I don’t just use wreaths on outside doors, but use them inside on mirrors, windows, and on old shutters to bring a softer fall to the house. These wreaths are all a little more fragile and they’d be perfect inside. They all look pretty easy to make and as usual for me, won’t cost a fortune!

This is such a cute idea that I saw on Better Homes and Garden’s website.  It would be easy to make and you might already have a framed chalkboard sitting around the house you could use.  It would also be cute with just an empty frame with some fall flowers around it.


Better Homes and Gardens

This one is also from BHG and is made from Pistachio shells of all things!  I love the natural look of this, but can’t imagine gluing all those little shells onto a form.  I assume this would be a straw wreath underneath and would require lots of patience  –  but how pretty when finished!


Better Homes and Gardens

I’m sure you’ve seen these gorgeous wreaths that are made from dried hydrangeas on Pinterest lately. The first one is from BHG and the second is from Pinterest. If you’re lucky enough to have a hydrangea bush, you could pick those that are drying right now and hot glue the blossoms onto a grapevine wreath and voila- a beautiful fall wreath!

Better Homes and Garden                          Pinterest

The next one is from Pinterest and uses a 5-6” wooden embroidery hoop. I’ve seen a lot of these recently and think you could put anything on there and it would be so easy.  This is just a few eucalyptus branches and a few little faux or real pumpkins. I also like the little Hello Fall frame they attached!




The last two wreaths can can be found on my blog, a burlap wreath and one made with a drop cloth. Both of these are simple to make and the directions are right here!


I hope these examples give you some inspiration to bring fall inside. The leaves aren’t changing much in my neck of the woods,  and the temp is still hovering around 90 degrees, so we get autumn around here wherever we can!