Thursday, December 22, 2011

Happy Happy…Joy…Joy…Joy!

Yes…I know

it’s three days…actually ONLY TWO days

until Christmas (it’s after midnight here).

But..I actually had some last minute

project(s) that I had been working on

AND…(thought I’d probably finish AFTER Christmas)


I finished them!!! 

All of them.  I’m pretty sure this is a first folks!     

The Christmas Photo album (kit by Heidi Swapp)

It’s for my Mom.


I officially put the finishing touches on today.    


DSC_0041The circle cut outs compliment the opposite page circle pop up.

{I did mention that my brother is OLDER…much older than me? didn’t I?}  {ahh…I luv ya Bro!}

DSC_0040I love how easy it was to just down load this whole kit; print it out and she gives a step by step directions to put it all together!  The cover to the book was made with an (empty) Ritz cracker box!! Plus the kit itself was like, 60% off! (another reason I’m a bit late with this project.)


The very back cover.   Cute huh?


My little “Christmas Elf”


Silly kitten, you know you need your glasses to see!

Otherwise you wouldn’t have to get so close to read. (ha) DSC_0065

About a week ago, I  finished another of the Pink Paislee, Heidi Swapp album.

It comes with 2 plain wooden covers that I used glimmer mist over a screen, stamped with ink (using the fabulous stamps that come with the “Nantucket” kit) 

I just sent this up to my cousin on Cape Cod.  I had so much fun putting this one together.


This album is all about our visit this past summer.  I even glimmer mist the ribbon I found  in my Mother’s old sewing chest.  I think it was one that was used for my ponytail when I was little.  The glimmer mist made it look almost brand new!


I did make a few Christmas cards.  My inspiration was from

Keisha at “A Bit East- Coast”

and I used the paper from the Jenni Bolin Christmas line.



A pillow that I LOVED

and PINNED on

Pinterest got me inspired to make one of my own!

(and…for a lot less $)

Today…I was able to put together my pillow.  (with a little help from my personal Santa Elf!)

After I found some light weight blanket material (mostly b/c it was the right color (light linen).  I had picked up some felt at JoAnne’s in a darker wheat color. ( I think they were 4/$1.00) I needed just two.  Next was the metallic thread.  This was the “bulk” of the cost for this project.  $2.49 for each spool.  Everything else I had.  So the total cost for me was about $3.00!

Next, I needed to have a circle to place all of the leaves.  I used a pie plate.  Perfect size!

DSC_0031DSC_0033DSC_0026I used the photo from “pinterest” to guide me for the leaf template, the colors and general size.

I traced the leaf shape…after getting the right size (note the cut outs I made on my pinterest photo.  You’ll need about 90 leaves.  Not too bad cutting them all out.  Just make sure you scissors are sharp!


Next, glue the leaves down to the light color fabric. (I used “Aleene’s original Tacky Glue”)   I measured the pillow size (after) I glued down all of the leaves.  I know…I know it’s a bit backwards but I wasn’t sure how the leaves would make the wreath…look. (does that make sense?)  I did kind of rough it in before I cut the 18” (sort of ) square.  DSC_0080

Next…stitching the leaves down with the pretty metallic thread!


(Silly Elf!) 


Now…it was time to sew the plain material to the front. 


Stuff the pillow! DSC_0090

DSC_0091I sewed the last seam by hand using the blind stitch.

Glued on the cute little pom-poms and…




I think “somebody” is getting a little sleepy!


It’s hard work for all the little elves this time of year!


Merry Christmas.   I think I’ll take my “new” pillow and my sleepy Elf to bed now!


  1. Oh my goodness! You've been busy, my friend!

    Love the albums, love the pillow--doesn't it feel great when you actually DO the things you see on Pinterest?!

    I love the great family photos you have, as nice to have another bloggy friend that appreciates them as I do!

    Wishing you and yours a most wonderfully Merry Christmas, dear friend!


  2. Such lovely projects and how sweet of your kitty to be checking them out !