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This is the Christmas month – wow! Can you believe that Christmas is already behind the corner and the next month is also next year?!
I had a ‘half idea’ in my mind for something and yesterday when knitting a sock I had some materials front of me to find a way to carry out the small Christmas tree.
Today we had a beautiful, sunny day and I was enjoying my tree-project outside! I like to share with you how I made this tree and what materials you can use.
My idea began from fleece stripes. They were left overs from my latest quilt and I almost throw them away! But at last minute I saw how cute they were and luckily kept them.
For the base of the tree I was thinking to use the conical base from yarn. But just when I was starting I saw the paper tree that I made last year from an old book and didn’t want to keep anymore. So that was the perfect base! Look HERE how to make a paper tree. You can make the base also very easily with paper board.
Here you see what you need – quite simple. I didn’t even use any clue. Fleece is an easy material because it stays well where you put it. But if you think you like to touch and move your tree often, it’s better you use clue to make it more strong and steady.
I catched the beginning like this with a paper clip and then started to roll the fleece stripe over the base. I hade two stripes (2 x 130 cm) and when I continued with the second stripe, I catched it again like this …
When I had covered all the base I closed the top with few stitches …
For the decoration I found felted balls I made last year. I sew them only with some simple stitches, because I may need them again for some other project.
For the decoration – use your imagination! What about pearls, special efect yarn, tiny tassels, tiny felted stars … I think I need to make more trees!
I want you to see also THESE TREES! This is my next tree-project! So adorable and easy to make! They are made with felt pieces but don’t worry you don’t need to felt. Just use that lovely – too small pullover you washed wrongly and felted – and you will have a beautiful and unique decoration!
I’m linking at ‘My Creative Space’, ‘Fiber Arts Friday’, ‘Creative Friday’, ‘Fibers on Friday’ , ‘Finished it Friday’ and ‘Link Your Stuff’!
Have fun and enjoy this creative season! Thank you for your visit and your always sweet, encouraging comments!
Vof – vof everybody!!! Jippiiiiii – it’s Nero here and we are celebrating the 1. of May!!! We need balloons … where are my balloons …. ooooh, could this do?!
Few days ago we got a beautiful packet! I need to read the card to see from where it came…
… it’s from Penny and Higgins! I love presents! Come to see Hanna, we got a present from our dear friends! Thank you so much Penny and Higgins!
We won this present from their giveaway and we will enjoy it everyday! There is this lovely cup, beautiful card and sweets! The cup has the whole Funky Farm!
Higgins is the best dog! He may look small but he is a big character and he loves the garden like me!
He has bunnies in his garden … I haven’t seen ever any bunny… hmmmm … if they are this sweet, I would love to have a bunny friend!
Penny makes adorable felted animals! Visit ‘Planet Penny’ and see all the amazing things she creates! Sheeps I know and I have some sheep friends. Like to see the cutest sheep – made by Penny! This bunny and sheep are made by Penny!
When Teje returns home, she takes often one small road and usually she doesn’t meet there anyone … but now and then someone else is also going home …
Sorry about the eyes, she was too busy to catch the sheeps and didn’t switch off the flash. Just next to the car window …
Today we are together at home and have some sewing to do. Nothing so interesting … sheets and pillow cases, just plain white … but still it’s sewing! Coffee brake we shall have outside and you can gues what coffee cup we take!
We wish you Happy 1. of May and also wonderful month May!!!
Thank you for being with us today and thank you for your lovely messages! We are always so happy to read your thoughts!
NERO & TEJE
Hello Sweet Friends!!!
With Nero we welcome you to read our woollen post! But the most important thing today is to thank you so much for thinking Nero! I’m so touched about all your sweet words about him and advices what could help him! He is happy and playful and I don’t think he has much pain because he don’t avoid any movements. In fact I feel that running is more comfortable than walking for the moment. He takes medicin in the morning and the evening and now he starts also the cod liver oil. He is very happy and that’s good!
Wool is so wonderful material! And beautiful! It gives so soft and facinating look for the colours! Now and then I have made some felting and some tiny things. These qute balls are still waiting the right moment to become ‘something’.
One of the qute woollen balls, in my favorite blue colour, found the perfect place here.
This is a band to keep the hairs away from the face. I found this lovely idea from Maya. She writes beautiful blog and I love her ideas and natural materials she is using. Sometimes the moment is just right – like when I saw this – I had all the materials ready and also needed this for my too long hair. So in no time I had made this great, practical band.
If you make felted ‘ribbons’, you can create many lovely items with them. The spiral on my hair-band is a ‘ribbon’ like this. Also even you like to use the ‘ribbon’ later for something else, it’s possible because you don’t need to cut it.
This is an other simple way to make a necklace. I like jewelleries – who doesn’t – but also I like simple things with natural materials. Those keramic ‘beads’ I have found from Athens quite many years ago. There was a great shop, big shop, full of things to make jewelleries!
This turqoise is of couse my favorite! It has a special metal item from Finnish ‘Kalevalakoru’.
I have this metallic ‘item’ really long time. Then it was the time we were shirts buttoned up and a ribbon or even a tie. This was for a ‘cowboy style’!
First it had this black ribbon….ooooh how stylish it must have been!?
Now with this felted turqoise ribbon it looks totally different and I like it! I was thinking my dear blog friend Jane…she makes jewelleries for example with silver. She could make something like this! It’s exiting to see how it happens – to make a ring or something else – visit her and you’ll see!
Simple, warm ring for your wrist! Take three ribbons and make them a plait!
Enjoy the wonderful wool – it’s amazing material and you can make so many totally different kind of crafts with this amazing fiber! It’s even beautiful just for a decoration!
I should have shown to you this shawlet for a loooong time ago…but there is always so many things to show…
It’s like when I meet my Finnish friends…we have always so much to say that there is just not enough time…and if we don’t say immediately what we are thinking we forget it and we laugh that we should write down all the time our thoughts and then ask turn to speak.
I have made this shawlet last winter. It’s again with those thin yarns I had for the knitting machine. I have used two yarns together. The main piece is really big and just straigh and I made the crochet part separate.
I found this this crochet pattern from some old Finnish magazine. It was really long way to crochet!
That was all about wool…today. Shall I tell you still about the lemon pie?
Now is time for lemons and oranges and we have made several times really tasty lemonpie. But…the last time something strange happened … and we just couldn’t take the pie out of the baking tin! We ate as much as possible but then I had to ask our friends to help…
It was really hard work for them but they cleaned it well! Next time I shall find a new recipe!!!
Thank you for spending time with us today and hope to see you soon again!!! Have a lovely, sunny time!!!
TEJE & NERO
Hello!!! This is a little bit strange day – on the other hand festive days have passed but still today here all the shops are today closed and it’s very quiet around.
My nose is running so I have good reason to spend my day with knitting and perhaps composing some blocks for the next quilt…last summer I started to make joyful pinwheeles and now I found what to do with them…but more about them some other time…
In the morning we had wonderful and warm sunshine!!! I was out brushing the dogs and took photos to show you my new cushion! I’m really happy how it looks. I named this cushion “Finn Forest”. I don’t make very often cushions and usually I make them simple and easy to wash because I let my furry friends to sleep on the sofa.
As you know I’m making ‘The Finnish Forest’ quilt just for myself (no dogs allowed to use it) and while stitching that I was thinking how nice it would be with a similar cushion. I thought that it’s time to make something different and perhaps even learn something…
…I was lucky to have a suitable zipper and I put it behind. Also I made ‘a frame’ to go around and give some form to the cushion.
Those qute clouds and bushes were new experiment…I like them a lot…they are quite nice and funny!
Would you like to see how big this pelargonia is? Last summer one pelargonia was growing up with the olive tree and it was about 2,5 meter high! Not very strong of course and the olive tree was holding it up…but still…I didn’t know they can clime so up!
Now this pelargonia doesn’t have many flowers like in spring when it’s full of them!
I would like to tell you about two lovely blogs…perhaps you know Leona and Fiona, but if not, you should visit them!
Fiona has wonderful blog Hand made by Fiona with so lovely crafts! From Fiona I learnt about the www.bighugelabs.com which is a place to make great things with your photos! For example those photo-mosaics you have seen in some blogs, your own calender and many other things!
Leona’s Quilting Adventure was new for me…full of beautiful patchworks, quilts and lovely fabrics! And if you would like to have some….there is a great GIVEAWAY! It’s till 7.1.2011!
This year we didn’t change many gifts. Nero has a new girlfriend in Finland and he wanted to send her something. So we thought we could make something together…
Nero was helping with the materials and I did the felting, some stitching, frame…
And this is how it became…we heard that ”Ronja’ was smelling so much the packet!
Nero: “You know what…Ronja (she is a beautigul Leonberg) sent also to me a Christmas present!!!…but the stupid postman has lost it…I’m so sad!!!….what can I do…I go to sleep with my dear ball and dream about Ronja!!!”
This was ’Nero’s post’ for today…now we shall come to visit you!
Linking in ‘silverpebble’ !
Have a lovely week and see you soon!!!
TEJE and NERO
Hello!!! Finally we have reach the end of this year and it’s so exiting to begin the new one!!! I hope it brings your wishes, healthy and happyness!!! How fantastic to have again the hole year front of us to create new crafts and learn new things from each others!!!
I had in my mind sewing and knitting things for this post but then I found the inspiration for the special post which has been waiting for a while…
Just before The Christmas my dear blog friend Carol dominated me for a Stylish Blogger Award!!!
Thank you so much Carol! Carol is so sweet person with lots of talent and creativity! From our first contact I felt like she had been my friend long time! Carol writes wonderful blog with beautiful photos and I love the crafts she makes with lovely and sometimes funny fabrics! I’m so happy to have you my friend, Carol!
My first dog was this beautiful, stylish and most lovable Afghan! She was adorable and we shared very important time of my life. I shall always miss her…
I may wake up at night and make plans for my crafts…I think you do the same…
I like to write and type and I had office work for several years….
My favorite Christmas taste is Rice Pudding with Blueberry soup!
I love stitches – in bags, shoes, quilts – where ever!
I don’t like cold and snow…but I miss Finland…
I don’t like mathematic…I do know to count till 15…I just couldn’t leave any of them…
I want to give The Stylish Blogger Award to these lovely 15…16 bloggers (they are not in any particular order):
Visit these wonderful blogs and find lovely things, great ideas and lots of inspiration!!!
There are 4 duties to perform to accept the award:
1. thank and link back to person who awarded you
2. share 7 things about yourself
3. pay it forward to 15 recently discovered bloggers
4. contact these bloggers and tell them about the award
Thank you Carol and all my friends and readers for visiting, writing commenst and encouraging me!
I know you love colours! So, for some colour to this Stylish post I’ll show you my ‘Ocean’ bag!
I love bags…and I love to make bags…and believe me I have made quite many in my life! Now I’m so happy because I can make them as many as I like and share them in my Shop!
I wish you The best ever New Year!!!
“It was a gloomy and stormy night…”
Hello! I hope you have lovely Saturday – what ever weather it is! Finally we have winter and I understad better what you have been through these last days. When it’s months and months summer, you just forget how the cold weather feels – and you miss cool and cold winter with rain…
Yesterday we really had rain…it was raining ice cubes!!! It was so loud that we couldn’t hear other’s voice! The wind has been very strong and the ships stay in the ports. In Athens it is snowing. In Chania we have + 6 degrees.
Don’t worry, I know you have often enough rain…no need for me to show it…so here is the sun coming out from the clouds…
I can’t send you sun today…but I made one especially for you!
When I made this felting some days ago, I wasn’t sure how I like to continue it…in the sun the colours look so beautiful!
I wanted to do something over it, but also I liked it very much just like that! …I decided to make this an experiment and make another one if needed…
So…now there is some shine in the sun…
…waves on the sea…
…birds on the sky…
…SUNSET… one day I shall give you better photo with the real SUN!
When it’s rainy and cold, it’s better spend your time at home with your friends…
…with your Christmas things…
…to make some more Christmas decorations… Helen has made beautiful things for her tree!
Do you remember the small trees I had made from old books? I happend to see them also here with photos how to make them!
Thank you all so so so much for visiting and leaving wonderful comments!!! I enjoy reading them and hearing your news!!! I wish you lovely time and I hope this SUN gives you happy light for your winter days!!!
Posted in Christmas, Decoration, Dogs, Felting, Just delightful, Knitting, Scarf, Sewing, tagged Christmas, Christmas tree, creative, decoration, Dogs, felting, just delightful, knitting, pouches, Scarf, sewing on December 7, 2010 | 15 Comments »
Hello my Dear Friends and Welcome to see what there is going on at my home…today I have trees in my post!!!
First I like you to see my Christmas tree. The tree is the same now many years but the decorations chance every year a little bit.
In Finland every one has a real tree…but there is so many trees…all the country is one forest! Here is less trees and the warm weather doesn’t help them to stay nice at home. From early in November Christmas trees are waiting outside in the sunshine to go to some ones home – it needs good luck to look well even few days! So at least I prefer to have my tree weeks at home so let it be a ‘fake’. I love those small lights – that’s why I make my tree very early to find the Christmas atmosphere! Especially in my first years in Greece, it wasn’t easy to feel Christmas with so much sun and hot weather!
This year like last one, I prefer to have less colours in the Christmas tree. Now the decorations are mainly with wool, cotton, paper and doghairs!
These lovely and funny hair balls I have made with Nero – and they are my favorite decorations in the tree!
And this is an other favorite – I just love this happy snowman! It’s from my sister and always first one to give joy for the Christmas tree! So…I have made my tree really early (28.11) when I thought it was too early to show it. Perhaps it stays like this…or perhaps it gets some more decorations… often I add them slowly slowly!
Yesterday Finland was celebrating ‘Independence Day’! First time in all my years in Greece I was watching from the internet the celebration the President has in The Castle of the President! All the ladys in they evening dresses, lovely creations!
Still I had time for some sewing and made a purse which I had in my mind for a while…
Sometimes I have a fabric that I can’t decide how to use it…and sometimes like this delicious white/red strong cotton fabric…it was screaming ‘I want to be a purse and a bag’! I really enjoyed making this and I like the result very much! Some parts I have been sewing by hand and also some decorative stitches! The lining inside is from white cotton. I like to use light colour inside, because then it’s much easier to find your small things.
The best thing to put in this bright colour purse, would be White/Red Sweets…I’m missing Finnish ‘Marianne’ caramels! I am making some other items also with this same, beautiful fabric!
I find always so much inspiration and really good ideas from Terri! One visit gave me the best idea for a new quilt: ‘Finnish Forest’! I’m waiting to start with that after all the Christmas things! I don’t know yet how it’s going to be but I’m quite sure something interesting…
After seeing Terri’s lovely trees I found this tree from my post box!
Thank you Ulla! You have always so wonderful ideas! Usually the simple things are the most beautiful!
Yesterday Santa Claus passed from our house and took all the cards and gifts to carry them with the Rudolf !
I have our Christmas bag with bullfinch and rowan-berries, waiting under the tree…
Every day I visit so many friends and they wonderful blogs… one of them is Mia from ‘Mia’s handmade’! She has every day something nice to show and lovely ideas what we can make for the Christmas time!
Last winter our dear friend came to visit us and brought me the best present from Ikea ( in Athens) FABRICS! This is one of them and I like it very much…perhaps because it reminds me a little bit ‘Marimekko’. I have made from this very thick cotton some bags and other things. Now it was time for a pouch.
I have started to knit a new warm shawl! I desided to make it simple so at the same time I can think and plan my other crafts and works! I have used once before this square-pattern and I think it’s a nice way to make a triangle!
You can find so lovely and sweet knittings from my new friend Julie! Visit her Knitting and Sewing Corner!
I don’t know if I should believe this or not…but..yesterday we heard that it’s expected to have snow here! Yesterday the wind turned to north. It’s still warm but not so sunny and there is in the air something cool… anyway defenetely we need rain…other wise we don’t have enough water for the next summer. Normally we don’t have any problem with the water because we have very high ‘White Mountains’. Usually they have snow till June! We shall see if we have white Christmas!!!
Perhaps I need soon my warm scarfs – I have many of them – but can’t use them much…
I don’t know how I could show my knittings without my beautiful and always helpful models…
For this scarf I have knitted seperate loop to tight it.
I think Nero is already quite professional! This time Hanna wanted to join us, so here is her amateur style…
I think Hanna would be good as a sock model…she has lovely legs and then we couldn’t see her worried face!
This I have for you today…anyway so I had thought …but always in this point I feel, couldn’t I write some more…it’s difficult to leave your lovely company! Ok – I tell you still one nice place to visit. From Bella’s Country you find many kind of lovely things and photos! Bella is our dog friend and lives her happy life in countryside!
Now I go to continue my sewing – bright and fresh White-Red fabric is waiting to become a bag!
I might have something exiting and sweet in my next post…who knows…Christmas time is full of secrets! Thank you so much for your unique visits and lovely comments – you make me always so happy!!!
Have a wonderful and creative time and see you soon!!!
Ps. This time I decided to use all the time bigger letters. I would be very happy to hear your opinion!
Hello my Friends!!!!!!!
It’s an evening and usually I write a little bit earlier – but now I want to show you what I made this evening especially for You!!! A Christmas Challenge with Angels!
Sorry if it looks a little bit strange…this is my Christmas Challenge (with many others) and when trying to take these photos I felt that photografing was the biggest challenge in this project…
In the afternoon I was looking my Christmas notebook and found an old piece of newspaper… I think sent by my sister… and there was the ‘forgotten angel’. I never made the angel even I liked it very much! Now I wanted to make it so that I can show you this lovely decoration!
The idea is to use treasures like these…I didn’t count on my talent so I usead for this first angel some ‘fake’ lace I had.
For the head you can use those white balls which are suitable for needle felting. Put the ball in the middle of the lace and tight it with thread ‘in the neck’. I didn’t have those ‘white balls’ so I made the head from cotton. That’s not so good because you can’t pass even the wire. If you use the ‘white ball’ you can needle felt the face and to fix the hair.
Make with thicker wire a circle and around that with thin wire you can put pearls.
Then add 4 ribbons (each about 30 cm) to the circle (you can use 2 ribbons each 60 cm – then you don’t need a knot at the up end but you just catch them with wire, which is going to be also a small circle for hanging.
I think this idea is lovely… so I shall make an other one… better one…or perhaps many angels, with some different material.
Please don’t mind about these bad photos – I just couldn’t wait till tomorrow to show you this Angel and I hope you liked it enough to make yours! If you would like more photos about the details to see how it’s easy to make, please tell me!
I read from your blogs and hear from the news, how cold it is and so much snow every where in Europe – and it’s just the beginning of the December! I really hope you don’t have too much difficulties because of the weather!
Surely you have heard also that here we have the other extreme… too hot…in some parts of Greece it’s +30 and people are still on the beaches like in summer time! There is flowers growing like in the spring!
Sounds amazing and wonderful – and it is (also economical not to need heating) but I’m affraid this can’t be very good for the nature. This November was the warmest in 80 years! I hope we all could have again normal weather for every season!
Now I leave you with your Angels and go to see what you have been up today! Sleep well, if you have evening, or have a lovely day, if you are starting a new creative day!!!
Hello my Lovely Friends!!! Good Month!!! “Kalo Mina”!!!
Every first day of month, Greeks wish Good Month to each others! And now we have December – the magic month with Christmas – so there is even more wishings around!!! Finally it’s the 1st of December or do you feel ‘already’…I hope you have enough time for all the creations you have in your mind!
I have seen so many wonderful crafts and decorations when ‘travelling in The Blogworld’ these last days. I like to show you some of my Christmas things and also give many links to see lovely ideas!
This table cloth I have made for my sister (last Christmas, so I can show it). It was somehow the beginning for my patchworks.
That ‘Heart purse’ is to keep for example napkins or any other small things.
“Knicky Knacks’ has lots of Christmas creations! There is also ‘Handmade Christmas Challenge’, where you can join and add your link with your Christmas Challenge! Visit to see how you can join and also to find many lovely blogs! I have add also button on my sidelist if you like to find it later.
My old, rusty frying pan has now the Snowstar garland! Perhaps it’s not exactly what I had in my mind…but quite close. For the moment there is only small stones and one big white candle…but one day I shall ’find’ what other decorations there will be!
Most of us loves to crochet and it’s so good way to make decorations! Lucy from ‘attic24′ has started new crochet things…marvellous and of course colourful - Christmas stars etc…. I’m waiting to go to visit her again because I opened her blog just when it was lunch time…and then I went for a walk with Hanna…
What it is that makes ric-rac so lovable?! I was so happy last week when I found ric-rac in few colours from my yarnshop! It’s a little bit desperate situation here to find any materials…. but now I know what to do if I don’t find ric-rac! We can crochet it by our selves!!! – I had never thought that! You can find easy tutorial from Foxs La ! I was visiting Jenni from Baa-me Kniits and saw again so much really wonderful crafts – she has always so beautiful fabrics! Jenni has made lovely dress with crochet ric-rac and also she has joined that ‘Handmade Christmas Challenge’.
So many fantastic Christmas socks every where…I feel mine is so simple…it’s from the last Christmas so perhaps it’s time to create a new one …
These last days I have been busy with olives and some other small works at home where I was needed as a ‘handyman’. Before olives, I was working with wool and felting and I’m still going to do some more felting. Here is one finnished felt-picture.
Do You know Mia from minspiration ? She makes so beautiful yarns, also she is knitting, crocheting and felting. Now she has collected some beautiful items for Christmas inspirations! Go to see!
Here it is still sunny and really warm weather – but of course this time of the year it can change any time! In many other countries I can hear that winter has came very early this year and it is already really Christmas weather! It is so beautiful but on the other hand so cold and sometimes difficult with lots of snow and very low temperatures.
My Finnish friend Katja, who is writing with Ronja, has took amazing photos about fantastic art that nature has created with snow and ice! It’s really worth of visiting – and meet also the most beautiful Leonberg ‘Ronja’!
An other patchwork table cloth with Christmas atmosphere!