Sunday, January 01, 2012

More Needle Books and Another Advent Calendar

Okay so that was pretty fun making the little birdies hugging needle book and I decided I wanted to make a bunch more. I have no idea why I made so many. And I've sketched a few more ideas to make more. They are fun and fairly fast. It just feels good to finish something instead of it taking a month (or a few years... ahem... my cross-stitch). I really love working with felt. It's so fun and bright and easy. Anyway, here's a bunch more little needle books I made this last weekend.

And here's the side view. Look at all that fun color?!

Princess and the Pea Needle Book. I used some of my mom's old Victorian trim she gave me. :)

Closeup of the pea. :) So I may just keep this one and give the rest away. I have to keep this one because of a funny story between Seth and I. Here goes... a few years ago while living in LA Seth was teasing me about being such a princess about something. I decided to make a joke of it. Without him knowing just before bed I put a pea under our mattress on my side. When we got into bed I tossed and turned and pretended like I just couldn't get comfortable to the point of driving him crazy. Finally I stopped and said, "It feels like there's something jabbing into my back. I just can't fall asleep. Hold on... I'll check..." then I lifted up my mattress edge and pulled out the pea and said with relief, "OH! That's why! A princess can't sleep on a pea." He looked shocked and then laughed so hard at me. I felt very clever of course, well, because I was. :)

Cherry Blossoms Needle Book

Little Red Riding Hood Needle Book (This one is Seth's fav)

Froggy and Mushrooms Needle Book

Night Owl Needle Book

Leafy Branch Needle Book

... soooo which one is your favorite?
You never know- it may just end up in the mail on it's way to your house. :)

Now onto the not-so-quick project. I still can't figure out why I could make that other little advent calendar for the missionaries in our branch on a lazy Saturday and this calendar for Seth's sister and her family took me all month. It was slow and go for some reason. I think I must have put a lot more time and thought into each little pocket. I made it go to 31 instead of 25 because they have a daughter who's bday is on the 31st.
Close up of the top half.

Close up of the bottom half. It was fun to invent so many more little pockets since it went all the way to 31. I also decided not to make some of the pockets I had made for the missionaries.

This was the little bear on a stick that goes from pocket to pocket as the month wears on. I made a bear because I'm cheesy and their last name is Bair. Get it? I know, I'm a nerd. :)

The very good news is that my hubby bought me an embroidery machine for Christmas so I don't have to spend 4-6 hours hand embroidering all those numbers if I ever want to make another again! Now I could even start making my Halloween calendars again and selling them. At least that's the plan. Yipee!


Nelle said...

That's so exciting that Seth got you an embroidery machine. I can imagine what is in your head right now just itching to get out onto some fabric. As for favorite needle books, how could anyone just pick one. I think they're all adorable. But the owl one is the one that caught my attention on fb. I love the trunk of the tree and how the lines give it a dimensional feel. Good job. I don't think I could've done that at all. Have a great day. Love you.

Kristie said...

I didn't know you got an embroidery machine!!!!! Ok- what projects are we going to work on now????? I love the owly one too!! They are all so bright and fun, but I love me some owls, and now you've got me wanting to work with felt too.... Hmmm, what to do, what to do

Penelope Crackers said...

My friend Kristen has swiped the cherry blossom one, so that's out of the ones to nab. :)

That old lady with too many cats. . . said...

Dang. I love cherry blossoms. There is a painting I love of the Nauvoo temple framed by cherry blossoms.

Penelope Crackers said...

Heidi! That's my favorite painting of the Nauvoo temple too! :)

David and Melissa said...

I've been so very fond of Cherry blossoms since creating a wedding gown with Cherry blossoms designs and symbolism. Love the book. Congrats to Kristen :-). Second is surely Red Riding Hood. Maggie was Red Riding hood in her very first play this year. She was played her part well and we learned how well she sings on key there! She's great!
I love your princess story, too;-) -M

Larissa Holland said...

Hey, saw these on Pinterest! Some of those needle book designs look familiar! LOL :-)