Friday, February 2, 2018

in which I take a moment to reflect and also tell you the Twelve Days 1-12, 7-12 and 10-12 bundles are now available


Wow. There they all are. All twelve patterns photographed in one shot. Big feels came over me as I was bending over this in my well-lit bathroom and taking the shot (keepin' it real, y'all, my bathroom has a skylight and doubles as a photo studio). It feels a little weird to be finished with this series I've loved so much. Weird but good. I released the first pattern back in June 2014. That's like a million blog years ago. Three and a half Real Time years of thinking through each ornament and endlessly brainstorming how best to represent each day and how best to translate that into an accessible pattern that everyone can enjoy making. 

I've always liked a good puzzle and that's exactly what this series was -- a challenging 3D felt design puzzle and each time I completed a day I got to level up. I've learned a lot! And I hope you will learn some new techniques for your crafting as you make the series! If you've mastered French knots alone you deserve a large bar of chocolate wrapped in gold paper.

Thanks so much for your constant encouragement and kindness and support through this series! Your faithful, thoughtful comments and messages and photos really kept me motivated. Special notes from grandmothers making multiple sets for grandchildren, long distance sisters making the sets together, a lovely lady getting ready to have a hip replacement who is planning to take these projects to the hospital with her, and one especially memorable letter from a sweet Texan who used the hand stitching as a mental refuge and calming exercise during the terrible flooding in Houston. And I can't not mention the pointed messages I received from two completely different octogenarians (true story) hinting that since they were in their 80s they would appreciate my hurrying it up already with the rest of the ornaments. Oh my word, y'all. 

PS I forgot to include the brave (possibly crazy) crafter who tells me she is working with her daughter to make as many as the song says...Great Scott! That's...78 ornaments, right? Or you could technically say that's just the total for day 12 and then you have 11 other days to total up...Math is not my strong suit. Anyone else doing this??

I do adore seeing your finished ornaments! Check out what others have been posting on Instagram with the #twelvedaysornaments hashtag. So much inspiration there. Keep them coming! I hope you continue to love making these special heirloom ornaments as much as I do! Yes, I still do! I plan to concentrate now on finishing the sets I'm making for my own two girls. And I'm going to take my sweet time doing it. 

So here are the new discounted pattern bundles, including the 1-12 complete bundle. Yaaassssss. They are now available in my Etsy shop or my Craftsy store:




Many have asked me, 'what's next?'. I have no idea.
Isn't that awesome? :-) 

10 comments:

  1. I am so excited. This last Christmas I started on the first one and I am making 24 each (2 sulkey packages :). So I started working on 2 and just might get to 3 by the end of the year. So maybe 2 ornaments this year for gifts. They are so beautiful!! Thank you for all your hard work!

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    1. Wow, Shannon! You are going to be able to make these ornaments in your sleep! Love to see them! Happy sewing!

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  2. My sister and i have loved making these, some are left to the last minute before Christmas to complete, which causes a mild panic, your people looking challenging. Looking forward to seeing what you think of next.

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    1. hey, Julie, you are right, I'd say the people figures are a bit more challenging because the overall scale is smaller and there are more parts. But if you progress in order down the line I think each one will build your skills and by the time you get to the Maid you will rock it! And I'm all about having mild panic. I'm a terrible time manager but I think the pressure produces some of my best work! haha!

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  3. Wow. Wow! What an accomplishment, Larry. So proud of you and blessed by your work. I can't wait to see what's next!

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    1. Looooove youuuu, dearest friend. It's going to be a little sad to send you the last new ones this Christmas...but then I get to remake your Partridge, Pear, and French Hen... :-)

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  4. You do not HAVE to remake them but, if you consider it a "get to", then I'll always enjoy more Larissa ornaments on my tree. :) <3

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  5. Thank you for your hard work. I have loved these since the first moment I saw the Partridge. I've made three of those (along with the Pear). I have been dreaming of making the entire set once my teaching certification program is finished (soon, soon) and I'm so excited to have them all designed and ready!! Can't wait! Can't wait! (have to wait - boo!) I love all the people patterns you have made - they are a delight! Again, thank you - what your brain thinks up - amazing!

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    1. Mary, thanks for making my day with this comment! :-) I'm so happy you like the patterns and I wish you great success in your teaching certification! God bless all teachers!

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