2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

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A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,100 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 35 trips to carry that many people.

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Holly Garlands

In looking though the Pinterest posts, I was taken by a January 2014 post from a blog called, The House that Lars Built.  It focused over-sized holly and berry paper garland.  Here is the picture from that post.

Paper Holly Garland 3 I was really captivated by this idea.  So, I put my sewing skills to work.

I found a holly leaf pattern and cut out holly leaves in three different green fabric. Using an assembly line process, all leaves were cut out (using two leaves to make a single holly leaf.  I wanted each leaf to have body so I added a batting piece.  In sewing the leaves together, I left a 2 inch opening and stitched a 1/4 seam.  I clipped the edges and trimmed the corner peaks to make crisp points after turning them. I topped stitches each leaf and made a center vein line as well.

When assembling, all leaves were hand stitched onto a fabric band the length of the banister plus 12 inches.  The band was made using extra wide bias tape.  I cut out two lengths and ironed them out and sewed them together like you would for a sash.  The raw edges were tucked in and stitched closed.  Additional ties were cut out from the same bias tape trim about a foot long.  In total I used four of these ties and stitched them to the band evenly.  This helped in keeping the finished garland taunt. The holly berries were made from red felt and tacked onto the garland.

Here’s what my finished holly and berry garland looked like.

Fabric Holly Garland with Felt Berries

Fabric Holly Garland with Felt Berries

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I had fun making this garland and have plans on making additional ones for next year.

Hop Scotch Mat

Got the idea of the Hop Scotch Mat from a pin. The original pin was hot glued to a piece of canvas. I made the mat using muslin. The mat is 90 inches long. The mat was sewed in a pillowcase fashion. A pocket-type bag was added to one end to hold the bean bags.

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To keep the mat from slipping I added squares of sleeper gripers to the underside of the mat. The numbers were cut from felt and sewed onto 10 inch squares and were evenly spaced and sewed onto the top side of the mat.

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The mat is made portable by rolling it up and putting on the handle. The handle resembles the handles used with yoga mats.
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Christmas Touches to the Powder Room

Used a rectangular baskets with a slip cover insert to hold guest towels for our visitors' use.

Used a rectangular baskets with a slip cover insert to hold guest towels for our visitors’ use.

Wanted to dress up the guest powder room with Christmas Cheer.  So, I placed a stool in the corner and made a table skirt for it with this plaid fabric purchased from Hancock Fabric. I cut the table skirt to the desired length and then sewed a simple rolled hem.  Then topped it with this bushel basket and that will be receptacle for the used guest towels. Guest Powder Room    I want to thank my girlfriend, Elaine Christian, for this idea.