Sunday, October 5, 2014

My Little Christmas Elf has it's hands sewn together - Snip the thread or not?

Little Christmas traditional Elf fans are afraid to clip the thread that hold the hands together.  How could you hold the knee's together inside the arms for the sit down position without the thread attached to the hands??

Elastic bands and bread ties are the quickest and fastest.


Here's the bread tie, if it's white it hides nicely and bends the way you want it to.

Then there's the rubber band hold, very quick and simple.  Hides very nicely in a long sleeved costume but shows against the white gloves.

I definitely think you can do more with this cute little elf by separating the hands.  As I have done in this picture, you can pin their arms and legs in a climbing effect and dress them in any costume.

This is way to much fun!  I'd love to hear some other idea's out there.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Christmas Elf Costumes help make the popular tradition more FUN!

When I was on vacation in Wisconsin, my very good friend Mary asked me to make a couple of little skirts and collars for the "Elf on the Shelf" doll.  I had no idea what the "Elf on the Shelf" was, but soon learned that it is a very popular and important Elf that appears every morning during the Christmas season, and spy's on all of the little children through out the day, then magically returns to Santa in the evening to report of the naughty or nice deeds.  

My friend had a boy doll, and wanted to make it a girl doll, so this is what I came up with for 2 separate costumes:

Mary printed out a blog post from a cute Mommy who had cut out a  5-1/2" round skirt of felt and decorated it.  Unfortunately, I don't remember the blog name, but I followed her directions and came up with my own collars.  It was so much fun, that I came home and decided to create my own little costumes.

I began with a dark haired wig.  Glued the doll hair onto some fabric and fit it onto the hat as a cuff.

Then I could only see a hand warmer and a skirt to make this costume complete.  So I lined the hand warmer with red Christmas fabric, and the fluffy white fur for the outside of the hand warmer.

Now for the skirt, I had to use this red and white snowflake fabric to go with the chill in the air for the holiday season, then lined it with fur.

This is the finished product, but what makes this so fun is that the doll's arms and legs bend, so that you can put them in different places and positions.

I am putting this costume for sale in my shop on Etsy at

Now, I had to create a costume for a boy doll.  Mary has a little grandson who is crazy about Ninja's, so I decided to make a full body suit with hands and feet, and a mask as part of the elf hat.

This was the first one I made, I felt a little gilty making a Ninja with a knife for one of Santa's Elf's, so I am sending this one to Carrie.

 This is the one I am selling on Etsy.  It works out perfectly because all you have to do is bend the arms or legs and pin them in the back for the perfect "Hi Yah" position.

I am making several more costumes for both boy and girl Elf dolls, so if you are into the Christmas Elf tradition, check for more costumes on

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Marching Band Student Raising Money For The Rose Bowl

I am doing a guest post on my daughter's blog this morning, she is the most artistic and creative busy Mama I know. I am trying to help raise money for my 3rd grandchild ( 2nd one to be playing in a marching band that is going or has been to the Rose Bowl).  She also had the opportunity to go with her High School last year from Sioux Falls, but Dads job moved them to Minnesota.  Now she is playing with the marching band that was her RIVAL last year.  Whew, the expense of doing this for the 2nd year is quite atrocious, so I am bringing this to the attention of family and friends for extra help with either purchasing of these gorgeous ornaments, or giving a small donation.  Her shop

New!!! 1" Mini Nativity Ornaments

Everything is cuter in miniature!!!  That includes my nativity silhouette ornaments :0} 
I have requests all the time for ornaments that can be handed out as gifts to kids in Sunday School classes or as friend gifts.  Now I have these little darlings to offer and at a totally affordable rate.  

I have these for sale on my Etsy site also.  You can purchase each piece separately, or mostly assembled, or totally finished, decorated with greenery and berries.  These ornaments consist of all the same supplies as the bigger counterparts, vinyl nativity cutout, clear ornament insert, and the clear bulb.  However, these ornaments are only 1 1/4" wide!!!  They are adorable!

I had my little Emmalee, age 5, hold one in her hand so that you could see just how small they are.

The bulbs I used were purchased at Hobby Lobby, 24 for $6.  Hobby Lobby also has just a slightly bigger ornament, about 1 1/2" made not out of glass, but shatterproof plastic.  They are just a little more, 12 for $5, but again...shatterproof! I was hoping these bulbs would be a great choice for my project, but it turns out they DON'T WORK for this particular style.  The holes are too small to get the acetate circles into, plus they are rather jagged.  You can, however, put the nativity on the outside of the ornament if you are determined to use shatterproof.  

 If you decide to order ingredients from me, do tell me if you buy the plastic ornaments so I can give you nativities that are just a little bigger.  Btw, the plastic ornaments are found back in the general craft section, not necessarily in the holiday section.

I had one customer buy a bunch of these small ornaments to use on their Christmas gifts as part of the wrapping.  How cute would that be to have an ornament tied onto a gift by the bow.  LOVE IT!

Anyway, I am so excited about this ornament set.  I have them for sale at the following prices:

$ 4.00 Mini Nativity Silhouettes, 24
$ 4.00 Acetate ornament inserts, 24
$ 6 box of glass bulbs, 24 bulbs
$10.00 Fully assembled and decorated ornaments, 1 dozen 

You can check out the listing HERE.  Want half that many???  Just let me know.  No problem.  Need lots???  Contact me and we will see if we can work out some kind of discount.
Feel free to drop by my Etsy and see what else I have for sale :0}

NEW!!! Set Of Three

This is my new smaller set.  Smaller because there are only three ornaments in the set...

They are certainly not smaller in size.  You could make these to fit the 2 5/8" ornaments, but they are just so fun in the 4" bulbs!  Here, I will give you a closer look.  Again, it is hard to photograph both layers at once, so I have two pictures of each ornament.

Peace On Earth

The shepherds, with their flocks, peering into the manger.

Joy to the World

And inside are the precious members of our Savior's humble family.

Goodwill Towards Men

With the Wise Men inside, bearing their gifts for the little Lord.

This set is available on my Etsy site as well.  You can purchase the pieces individually, or buy the ornaments as a completed set.  Like I said, I am able to make them in smaller sizes, just push the custom order button on my Etsy page.

Friday, October 11, 2013

My Nativity Work of Heart

It makes me almost teary eyed to present my new Nativity Ornament Set to you tonight.  I have worked so very hard for MONTHs now to get it together enough to put it up for sale.  Working and reworking the design was totally worth it though.  As I carefully strung each ornament on the line, I knew this set would become one of my most beloved Christmas decorations.  I look forward to talking with my kids, and eventually my grandkids about the story symbolized in the bulbs. 
I don't need to look into the future, though, to experience heart felt gratitude for the small and humble beginning of the most beloved family of all time.  Christmas is such a wonderful time of year, and yet, it seems to begetting further and further away from the holiday's true purpose.  I am so excited to have not Santa's and candy to hang on our tree, but ornaments that symbolize the very Reason For The Season, our dear Savior's birth.

Each of the 12 ornaments has a silhouette inside, then a short, simple phrase describing some part of the character or seen shown within.  It is a little tricky to photograph the double layer though.  Here is the outside saying...

And here is the silhouette within.  I made the letters on the outside out of black vinyl, and the inside silhouette out of silver vinyl.  I still plan to try it one more time with black inside and black outside to see if I like that better.  I like to get my ornaments from Hobby Lobby.  I prefer their Christmas ornaments over their standard glass ornaments due the the iridescent shine the Christmas version has.  It is just a lovely touch to the set.

So here are the ornaments in no particular order...
Again, remember that I chose to only focus on one layer of the ornament at a time, both layers are very clearly cut.  



Baby Jesus


Angel.  I had to think for a long time over this one.  I have another version that is actually three angels.  I could not decide on one or three...but finally went with one.  Any ideas about which you would have chosen???

The City of Bethlehem

The Star in the Sky

Wise Men

The Savior of Men,the man that little baby became.

That horrible donkey ride to Bethlehem.  I still feel sad for the both of them having to make that trip.  Can you even imagine riding a donkey on even ground 9 months pregnant!?!

The small little Stable

You can't forget the Animals that greeted the dear Savior at His birth.

I am so excited.  Now I just need to get a tree :0}  I know we are a ways from Christmas, but it never hurts to plan.  We got rid of all of our alpine trees this last move and now we have nowhere to hang out precious ornaments.  Maybe we will have to get a real tree this year!  These ornaments would look GREAT in a fresh, real live Christmas tree.  Once again I am so excited for real snow and real winter to accompany our Christmas season.  It was so hard to really feel like it was Christmas back in Arizona, but it had it's up-side too :0}

I have finally listed this ornament set on Etsy.  It is available as a completed set, or as a vinyl and ornament insert set like the firstNativity Ornament was.  You can check out the listing on Etsy or comment here with any questions you have.  I will be sure to get back to you as quickly as I can.

I've never seen anything more beautiful than the workmanship by Vanessa.