* Xmas wrapup

Posted on January 13th, 2008 by maitreya. Filed under Holiday, Sewing/Fabric Crafts, Toys (cat and kid).


When I was putting away all the Xmas decorations today, I realized that I never posted a few crafts from when my family visited.

First one, I made everybody a tiny stocking with their name on it. I found a stocking template on the Martha Stewart website somewhere, added the name with a graphics program, and printed it out directly onto some slubby cotton ironed to freezer paper. I didn’t bother with the bubble jet set stuff since these (presumably) won’t get wet. Zigzagged the tops to catch the hanger, then zigzagged around the edge, following the printed-on outline. Cut it out, repeat 7 more times. They turned out a little more country-cute than I’d envisioned, but I still like them ok.

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Radha and I just had to get this set of iron-together-plastic-beads-thing when we were out shopping one day. This is one of those kids crafts we somehow avoided up to now. Ariel made a pretty good portrait of my cat.

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By the way, my new year’s resolution is to be more productive, one prong of which is to stop wasting so much time on the internet. I just cut my blog reads list by about half, so we’ll see if that lasts and/or makes any difference. For anybody curious, I’m using Getting Things Done because 1. it turns out that I already do some of their tricks, and 2. GTD has a huge online following. I think if I turn fangirl, that might help me adopt it and maintain it. Anyway, we’ll see. Hey, maybe I’ll even get more crafting done. :)



7 Responses to “Xmas wrapup”

  1. Julie K in Taiwan Says:

    Thanks for sharing! We just got those fuse beads too. Any tips on the ironing part? I either didn’t heat enough, or heated too much or threw the pegboard right out the window ;) I posted our attempts on my blog.

  2. futuregirl Says:

    I know what you mean about bloglines. I cut my down recently, too. I have the goal of getting it to near 50, but I don’t know if that will ever happen.

    GTD seems great. Let us know how it works for you. :)

  3. lucinda Says:

    freezer paper? i have been buying expensive sheets of paper backed fabric from joann’s. you mean i can iron freezer paper to fabric and run it thru the printer? what wonderful news! i have all these ideas for things other than the blackmail photograph potholders i have been making with the stuff… it would be so cool to print on top of patterned fabric… thankyou!

    love the stocking.

  4. Suzan Says:

    I need to check out this “getting things done” thing. I tend to blame my lack of doing so on working 40+ hours a week outside the home. But, I think it really may lie in lack of focus. Nice blog.

  5. CarrieJ Says:

    my daughter zeroed in on the fuse beads, too. It was the least I could do after we had to throw out the AquaDots/date-rape drug things. Gotta love those recalls!

  6. Druk Says:

    Supposedly these are called “Perler fuse beads”? (for those of you wondering) Might be a brand name, though.

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