Handmade Ornaments Stuffed With Love

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It’s looking a lot like Christmas in our house now. I love it when this time of year comes. The reds, greens, gold, the lights. They fall right into place like no other time. It instantly makes me think of the people we love and how we can remind them that they are special to us. The downside is, I cannot deny the pressure of thinking of what to give, scrambling for gifts, shopping, baking, wrapping, and the inevitable… an empty wallet. Alas! It’s enough to give one a nervous breakdown! But not me. Not this time. We’re going handmade, friends!

I found this lovely, lovely handmade monogrammed ornament tutorial by Dana of MADE. It’s just made of some felt, fluff and thread. So simple, so classic, so easy to make, and the colors are adorable! And who can resist the monogram?

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Then I decided to make some for my siblings and their family. I would sew before sleeping at night, at my son’s soccer practice, while watching TV, while my son finishes his food at the table, in between school pick-ups, everywhere.

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I found myself thinking of the person for whom I was sewing the ornament. Would she like blue? I think his favorite color is yellow. No orange. But she always wears blue. He will want a star. A red star. But his wife will want the star…. etc, etc. Wait a minute. This is not funny. We have so many friends and family!

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Before I knew it, BOOM! I filled up a basket full of these. Hey! Doesn’t this remind you of something  yummy?

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I can’t believe I made so many, but I loved every moment of it. It felt (no pun intended) good to spend some time thinking of each person as I stitched their initial.ORN3

Now that I have completed this project, my family will gather together to pray for each one before we give them out. So this ornament is not only stuffed with fluff, but also stuffed with a lot of thought, love, and prayer. If you receive this from our family this Christmas, you will know your blessing. : )

Thanks for stopping by today. Enjoy!

A

P.S. Thank you Dana for such a wonderful gift idea and super easy tutorial!

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Chinese Jackstone Revisited

CJ Title picI just realized I have amassed quite a basket full of fabric scraps after so many dresses and other stuff I’ve been sewing. The garbage dumper and the hoarder in me were battling over them. Good thing the make-something-out-of-it-ter in me acted fast. I gathered up the cute ones and decided to make… Chinese Jackstones!

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I got some scraps from my Pinafore Denim Dress and left overs from an old curtain turned pillow case. I also got some scraps from my Charlie Bag.

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But wait. How do you play that again?

I think the last time I played this game was when I was only 9 or 10. I searched online for some tutorials. I didn’t know it was a popular game around the world in the 70s and 80s, and there are so many versions. However, I couldn’t find one that showed how we used to play it. We played it so differently and with so much more flair in Bacolod City where I grew up.

Chinese Jackstones are not the same as the more common Jackstones (bouncy ball with 10 jacks). This version is made of 5 pillows filled with mung beans (or rice or sand). One of them serves as the BALL and it usually comes in a different color. There are several levels, each one increasing in difficulty. To win, you will need to work yourself up to the final level without making any mistake. If you touch the other jackstones, or if one slips off your hand, you lose your turn. When it’s your turn again, you have to start over. So it can be very tricky. I remember we used to spend many hours on the school corridors playing this game during recess.

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I went around asking some of my high school classmates and asked what they can remember of it. Some have a vague memory of some levels, but none can remember the whole thing. After all, it’s been 30 years! I decided to tap my muscle memory, so I just played and played until it all came back to me. Anyway, if it’s wrong, then it’s my own new version! : )

I want to share it with you and your daughter (my boys said it’s too hard). It would be impossible to describe every step, so for the first time in my blogging history, I will be sharing with you a video tutorial. YAY!

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Click on the pic above and it will take you to my YouTube video. Or you can click here.

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If you have any question about the game, leave me a note and I’d be glad to help you out. It’s a great game to play with your 10-year old daughter. Guaranteed no connections or WiFi required. Go sew up some little pillows and start playing!

Thanks for stopping by today. Enjoy!

A

The Boy In The Hoodie

For the longest time, my 14 year-old son had been bugging me to get him a plain white hoodie so he could print his own design on it. It took me almost a year to finally get one because no one sold any plain white hoodie anywhere in this side of the globe. At least, not the kind that would fall in under his requirements, which are PLAIN and WHITE.

Here’s his self-inspired self-portrait wearing his self-designed signature hoodie:Yeah. He said it used to be him, but not anymore (whew). I think it’s cool. Let’s just try not to over-analyze it and focus on this project, okay? : )  Continue reading

My Fabric Labels!

My labels are finally here! A few weeks back, I was looking over at my good neighbor Little Kids Grow, and I stumbled upon Shannon’s Clothing Labels post. It was just what I was looking for and needed (Thanks Shannon!). Since I started sewing my own dresses, I thought it would really be great to finish my pieces with my own label to make it look professional (we like to pretend, don’t we?). When I found out that it was actually possible without paying an arm and a leg, and it was so easy… I got super excited!

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Free Online Sewing Class… Anyone?

Guess what I found!!! I signed up in the Sewing Machine 911 (because I’m new to sewing and I have yet to get to know this thingamagig). Check out their free online classes HERE and see what might fancy you. Hurry! Sale expires tonight… or if you’re across the globe to me, tomorrow night (August 13, midnight)! Hope you get to catch it. Let me know what you signed up for, okay? Enjoy!