The Life of Jennifer Dawn: December 2011

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Top 11 of 2011

Here's a countdown of your top 6 favorite posts from 2011...







& 5 of my personal favorites...

*Proudest Mommy Moments of 2011:
(Sorry, I couldn't choose just one.)



*Yummiest Post of 2011:

*Most Emotional Post of 2011:
A post entitled, "I'm reading to talk about it now...", about our past miscarriages and the high-risk pregnancy with Eli

*Favorite Crafty Project of 2011:

*Most Magical Post of 2011:

Wow!  2011 was an amazing year!
I'm looking forward to all that 2012 has in store.
Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Christmas Through the Eyes of a Two-Year-Old

Lydia Grace received a camera for Christmas.  It is one of those Crayola Digital Cameras that are supposed to be virtually indestructible.  When we were scrolling through the pictures she had taken on Christmas Day, my sister suggested doing a post entitled, "Christmas through Lydia Grace's eyes".  That sounded like a great idea, so here it is...

Christmas through the eyes of a toddler who was on the loose with her very own camera.

*Disclaimer:  These pictures were taken by an energetic toddler who couldn't quite stop long enough to take the picture, so some are a little blurry.  Maybe that is how her world is though--one big wonderful blur!

I think someone turned the camera around on her.
Yeah, about this picture...
She thinks Rosie the Roomba is our pet.
Daddy, Pappaw Jeff, and Uncle Carl who L.G. calls "Car-der".

Monday, December 26, 2011

December Crafts--A Recap

It's the Recap for...

I had to surrender...
You may have noticed that ten crafts were as much as I could find the time to whip up for the countdown this year.  The days leading up to Christmas Eve were packed with last minute shopping, wrapping, baking...
Christmas Eve and Christmas were busy, wonderful days spent with family.  (I'll post some Christmas pictures in the upcoming days.)
For now...
Here's a recap of the crafts I did manage to complete and share during this year's crafty Christmas countdown including one from a very lovely guest...

For the 1st craft of Christmas,
I crafted and created

For the 2nd craft of Christmas,
I crafted and created
 
For the 3rd craft of Christmas,
I crafted and created
A Felt Paper Doll  named Noel.

For the 4th craft of Christmas,
I crafted and created
A Gift Card Pocket for dressing up gift cards.

For the 5th craft of Christmas,
Jenni from The Roseland Family crafted and created
Felt Hair Bows for a little girl's hair.

For the 6th craft of Christmas,
I crafted and created
A necktie onesie for my little boy.

For the 7th craft of Christmas,
I crafted and created
A ruffle scarf complete with ribbon trim.

For the 8tht craft of Christmas,
I crafted and created

For the 9th craft of Christmas,
I crafted and created
A red felt hat with a tassel on top.

For the 10th craft of Christmas,
I crafted and created
A felt bowl for holding holiday goodies.
(Tutorial)

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas From Our Family to Yours

Sending out prayers that you have a blessed Christmas!

Friday, December 23, 2011

No Sew Felt Bowl Tutorial

It's...

Sorry this is coming a little late.  The holidays, sickness, and life just hit me all at once.
And...
of course, the kids come before crafting or the blog--no apologies there.
I've finally got this tutorial ready for you though.  So if you are up for it, and the holiday madness isn't closing in on you...here's a neat little craft you can try.


Supplies:
*felt
*hot glue gun and glue sticks
*ribbon
*paper plate
*pencil or pen
*straight edge scissors and pinking shears
*pins

Directions:
1. Draw a grid that looks like this on a paper plate.

2. Pin the paper plate onto a piece of felt.

3. Cut around the paper plate to make a felt circle.

3. Unpin the felt from the plate and use your pinking shears to cut around it.  This gives it a more decorative edge.

4. Pin the felt circle back onto the paper plate and make cuts going through both the plate and the felt along the line segments labeled "Cut" in the first picture.

5. Unpin the felt circle again and fold in a piece at one of the cuts.  Apply a little glue with the hot glue gun and...

6. fold up the other section at that cut.

7.  Continue doing these same two steps at each cut to make the corners of your bowl.

8. Adhere a ribbon onto the bowl by using dabs of glue.  Be sure to fold the end of the ribbon over to give it a nice finished edge.

9. Now you can fill your bowl with anything you would like.  It would be great to fill with holiday goodies and give as a gift or to fill with things that you are serving at your holiday party.  It would even be cute to hold holiday items (jingle bells) and placed out for decor'.

I will try to be on later with another craft and tutorial, so we can get caught up on this Crafty Christmas Countdown.

Monday, December 19, 2011

No Sew Felt Bowl

It's Day 19 of...

On the 1st day of December, 
I crafted and created

On the 3rd day of December,
I crafted and created
 
On the 5th day of December,
I crafted and created
A Felt Paper Doll  named Noel.

On the 7th day of December,
I crafted and created
A Gift Card Pocket for dressing up gift cards.

On the 9th day of December,
Jenni from The Roseland Family crafted and created
Felt Hair Bows for a little girl's hair.

On the 11th day of December,
I crafted and created
A necktie onesie for my little boy.

On the 13th day of December,
I crafted and created
A ruffle scarf complete with ribbon trim.

On the 15 the day of December,
I crafted and created

On the 17th day of December,
I crafted and created
A red felt hat with a tassel on top.

On the 19th day of December
I crafted and created
A felt bowl for holding holiday goodies.
Check back tomorrow for the tutorial!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Happy Sunday

Felt Hat Tutorial

It's Day 18 of...

Today I'll be sharing with you the tutorial for the felt hat I posted yesterday.  But first...
I just have to show you these...
 Yep, that's my little guy wearing his new felt hat.
Sorry!  I just had to do the mommy thing and show him off.

Now for the tutorial!

Supplies:
*paper/pencil
*felt
*basic sewing supplies
*sewing machine

Directions:
1.  The first step is to make your pattern.  You can do this one of two ways:

*Pattern Option 1: Trace around a cap that you already have adding 1/2 inch border to the entire perimeter.

*Pattern Option 2: Measure around your child's head where the bottom of the hat will fit.  Take that measurement and divide the number by 2 and add 1/2 inch.  This is how long the bottom of your pattern should be.  Draw a line with that length on paper.  Then draw an arch to connect the two ends of the line.  (Example:  Eli's head was 16 inches around where I wanted the bottom of the hat to sit.  16/2=8, 8+1/2 in.=8 1/2 in.  I drew an 8 1/2 in. line on the paper and then drew an arch connecting the two ends of that line.)

*Note:  Since this hat is made from felt, it is important to get the size correct in order to ensure a proper fit.

2.  Pin the pattern onto two layers of felt.  Cut around the pattern to make two separate pieces for the hat.

3.  Sew the two pieces together by stitching along the arched side of the hat using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  Remember to back stitch at the start and finish.

4.  Use pinking shears to cut around the entire perimeter of the hat--even the bottom edge.  Be careful not to cut through any of your stitches.

5.  Turn the hat right side out and fold the bottom edge up about 1 1/4 in.  This creates a band along the bottom.  Sew along both the bottom and the top of the band to secure it.

6.  Cut out another pieces of felt that measures 11 in. by 1 3/4 in.  This piece will be used to make the tassel.

7.  Fringe one side of the felt and leave a 1/4 in. margin along the other side.

8.  Apply a string of glue along the uncut side and tightly roll it up.  Let it dry completely.

9.  Once the tassel has dried, hand stitch it onto the top of the hat.  I sewed it behind the seam on the side I wanted to be the back.  Doing this allows it to stick up it the perfect position on the hat.

10.  The last step is to place it on a cute little head.

Happy Crafting!
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