Saturday, November 20, 2010

Creating Tomtes with crafty friends

On Friday night, my crafty friends and I got together to have a nice dinner and make Tomtes. These little elves are Swedish and they help Santa check up on little boys and girls in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Mind you, the girls gathered around my kitchen table are in some serious trouble with Santa. We had a lot of laughs at some very naughty jokes!
These Tomte are featured in Scandinavian Stitches by Kajsa Wikman. They are deceptively easy. The pattern isn't difficult, but one has to be aware of the difficulty in working in tight spaces. At one point, legs and arms are tucked into the body cavity AND you have to figure out how to sew it all together.
The stuffing process is also critical to the success of the Tomte. If they don't have enough stuffing, they simply can't sit up and take notice for Santa.
I am a slow and steady kind of Tomte maker. I was last to the finish line.

It was all a lot of pre-Christmas fun!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


Here are a couple of things I've done recently to celebrate some milestones. The pink bag was for my friend Amanda's birthday. The little sack is a commissioned piece for a friend who wanted a fabric bag for her grandson's baptism present.
I love making things to help people celebrate!
I hope everyone is having a wonderful day -- and celebrating everything for no particular reason...

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Found a new setting on my camera!

You know how you almost never take the time to read the manuals that come with things like computers and cameras? Okay, maybe that's me.
Anyhoo, I was noodling around trying to send a photo of a sewing machine foot to Sandra Sews and I found MACRO focus on my camera. Suddenly, I can take way better close ups for this blog!
Cool huh?
More photos tomorrow -- now that I know how amazing my camera can be.
In the meantime, I will be pouring over Kajsa Wikman's new book Scandinavian Stitches. I love the way the book is laid out, and the projects are simple and fun.
Have a wonderful day!

Monday, November 8, 2010 are a couple of things on offer

Here are some lavender sachets. Filled with lavender grown in my garden.
Also, some snow angels made from silk noile with looks a lot like snow.

Hand crafted from the heart...

On the weekend, some of my friends and I did a Christmas Craft sale featuring beaded creations and some hand sewn creations.
Sales were not impressive.
We had a few customers that appreciated and bought our work. Several passersby remarked about the quality of our work, and yet thought it was expensive. A number of booths at the sale featured resellers of commercial products, and so it was impossible to comparison shop.
I sometimes wonder if people really appreciate handmade things. Then, there is the problem of working out what to charge for the things we make.
Having said that, our work ranged in price from $30 for a very complicated bead design, to $5 for a beaded bookmark.
I'm not whining here, I am just saying that working from the heart, with one's hands, is highly personal. It's hard not to take it personally when people say, "Thanks, but no thanks."
However, onwards and upwards. We are doing another sale on November 28. Hopefully, with a better reception.