Thursday, August 11, 2022

All Through The House: detailed Benzie color guides, kits available!

All Through The House is the fourth pattern in my 'Twas the Night Ornament Series. Here are the detailed felt/floss/sequin/bead color guides for you below, so that you can easily make houses that look like my Benzie felt samples seen in the photo above, including the gingerbread samples. 

Benzie Design has long been one of my favorite places to purchase wool-blend felts (and they also have 100% wools). They have stellar customer service, quick shipping, and their felt, floss, sequins and beads are an absolute joy to work with! They will be very happy to help you with what you need, including a good many of the tools and other notions you'll need for this series.

First, some handy links to get you started:
To buy the All Through The House pattern: mmmcrafts.etsy.com

To buy the Classic or Retro felt palettes featured below:
Benzie 'Twas the Night felt palettes

To buy the helpful notions kit:
Benzie 'Twas the Night notions kit

To shop their beautiful sequins & beads:
Benzie Sparkle & Shine page

They are looking into providing a kit for the gingerbread samples also, so check with them about that. You can also purchase what you need a la carte from my guides below.

Looking to shop some of the notions locally? Check out this post.


OK! Here are the Benzie color guides:



Classic Palette Blue/Red Original House

BENZIE FELT COLORS:

Swan: House wrap 
White: A shingles, chimney rim
Ecru: B shingles
Chartreuse: Christmas tree (I cheated and used a color here which is not in the Classic palette. If you don't have the Retro palette, just use white for your tree, like the yellow house below. If you have the Retro palette, you could also use Moss, if you prefer.) 
Coral: Interior rug

STIFFENED CRAFT FELT COLORS:

White: Foundation, roof base, interior walls, interior window covers 
Black: Windows, welcome mat
Red: Door

CARD STOCK COLORS:

White iridescent glittered: Window frames, door frame, icicles 
Shimmer red: Chimney
White: Roof braces
Red: Door backing

FLOSS/SEQUIN/BEAD COLORS:*

House wrap: DMC 3845 clapboard, DMC 892 running stitch, DMC 666 year
Door: DMC 892 panels, teal 5 mm cupped sequins, Benzie Red seed beads, Benzie 4 mm Gold Metallic sequin doorknob w Benzie Gold Metallic seed bead
Windows: DMC B5200, medium grind iridescent glitter
Welcome Mat: DMC 666, DMC 3845, DMC 892
Christmas Tree, String Lights: DMC Diamant D3852, Benzie Teal and Red seed beads, 6 mm gold tinsel chenille stem
Interior Rug: DMC 666, DMC 3845
Hanging loop: DMC 5283
*All sequins/beads sewn with gold sewing thread




Classic Palette Yellow/Blue Original House:

BENZIE FELT COLORS:

Mustard: House wrap 
White: A shingles, chimney rim, Christmas tree
Ecru: B shingles
Peacock: Door (stiffened with Aleene's Stiffen Quik)
Swan: Interior rug

STIFFENED CRAFT FELT COLORS:

White: Foundation, roof base
Black: Windows, welcome mat
Red: Interior walls and window covers

CARD STOCK COLORS:

White iridescent glittered: Window frames, door frame, icicles 
Blue to match door: Chimney
White: Roof braces

FLOSS/SEQUIN/BEAD COLORS:*

House wrap: DMC 831 clapboard, DMC 3844 running stitch, DMC 3844 year
Door: DMC 831 panels, red 5 mm cupped sequins, Benzie White seed beads, silver 5 mm sequin doorknob w Benzie Silver Metallic seed bead
Windows: DMC Diamant D168, medium grind iridescent glitter
Welcome Mat: DMC 666, DMC 3845, DMC 831
Christmas Tree: DMC Diamant D3852, Benzie Teal and Red seed beads, 6 mm gold tinsel chenille stem
String Lights: DMC Diamant D168, Benzie Teal and Moonstone seed beads
Interior Rug: DMC 3844, DMC 831
Hanging loop: DMC 5283
*All sequins/beads sewn with silver sewing thread




Retro Palette Pink/Orange Original House

BENZIE FELT COLORS:

Flamingo: House wrap 
White: A shingles, chimney rim
Ecru: B shingles
Julep: Christmas tree
Chartreuse: Interior rug
Marigold: Welcome mat

STIFFENED CRAFT FELT COLORS:

White: Foundation, roof base, interior walls, interior window covers 
Black: Windows, door

CARD STOCK COLORS:

White iridescent glittered: Window frames, door frame, icicles 
Blue-green: Chimney
White: Roof braces
Black: Door backing

FLOSS/SEQUIN/BEAD COLORS:*

House wrap: DMC 608 clapboard, DMC 3850 running stitch, DMC 606 year
Door: DMC 603 panels, teal 6 mm cupped sequins, apple green 5 mm cupped sequins, kelly green 5 mm cupped sequins, Benzie Moonstone seed beads, silver 5 mm cupped sequin doorknob w Benzie Silver Metallic seed bead
Windows: DMC B5200, medium grind iridescent glitter
Welcome Mat: DMC 601, DMC B5200
Christmas Tree: DMC Diamant D316, Benzie White and Moonstone seed beads, 6 mm silver tinsel chenille stem. (If you can't source the pink Diamant you can sub in DMC 601 or D168)
String Lights: DMC Diamant D168, Benzie Foxglove, Teal, and Green seed beads
Interior Rug: DMC 3850, DMC 601
Hanging loop: DMC 5283
*All sequins/beads sewn with silver sewing thread




Retro Palette Olive/Mint Original House

BENZIE FELT COLORS:

Moss: House wrap 
White: A shingles, chimney rim
Ecru: B shingles
Julep: Door (which has been stiffened with Aleene's Stiffen Quick), interior rug
Chartreuse: Christmas tree
Flamingo: If you can't find bubblegum pink stiffened felt, sub Flamingo for the welcome mat

STIFFENED CRAFT FELT COLORS:

White: Foundation, roof base 
Black: Windows
Bubblegum pink: Welcome mat, interior walls and window covers (If you cannot find pink stiffened felt, sub white stiffened felt for the interior walls/covers and use Flamingo wool blend for the welcome mat.)

CARD STOCK COLORS:

White iridescent glittered: Window frames, door frame, icicles 
Mint linen texture: Chimney and door backing
White: Roof braces

FLOSS/SEQUIN/BEAD COLORS:*

House wrap: DMC 3851 clapboard, DMC 603 running stitch, DMC 603 year
Door: DMC 580 panels, iridescent pink 5 mm cupped sequins, Benzie Foxglove seed beads, Benzie 4 mm Gold Metallic sequin doorknob w Benzie Gold Metallic seed bead
Windows: DMC B5200, medium grind iridescent glitter
Welcome Mat: DMC 934, DMC 3851
Christmas Tree: DMC Diamant D3852, Benzie Foxglove and Red seed beads, 6 mm gold tinsel chenille stem
String Lights: DMC Diamant D3852, Benzie Red and Green seed beads
Interior Rug: DMC 580, DMC 603
Hanging loop: DMC 5283
*All sequins/beads sewn with gold sewing thread





Gingerbread Version, Pink/Red
 
BENZIE FELT COLORS:
Nutmeg: House wrap 
Flamingo: Interior rug
White: Chimney rim
Bellwether White Glitter: A Shingles (or sub White wool blend)
Bellwether Pink Glitter: B Shingles (or sub Pink or Flamingo wool blend)

STIFFENED CRAFT FELT COLORS:

White: Foundation, roof base 
Black: Windows
Red: Welcome mat
Brown: Door, interior walls and window covers (If you cannot find brown stiffened felt, sub white or red stiffened felt for the interior walls/covers, use red stiffened felt for the door, and sub Pink glitter wool or Pink/Flamingo wool blend felt for the welcome mat. You'll also need to change the doorknob color and welcome mat embroidery colors to contrast.)

CARD STOCK COLORS:

White iridescent glittered: Window frames, door frame, icicles 
Red shimmer: Chimney
White: Roof braces
Dark brown: Door backing (if you change the door to red, just match the door)

FLOSS/SEQUIN/BEAD COLORS:*

House wrap: DMC B5200 clapboard, DMC 666 running stitch, DMC B5200 year
Door: DMC B5200 panels, medium pink 5 mm cupped sequins, Benzie Red seed beads, Benzie 4 mm Red Metallic sequin doorknob w Benzie Red seed bead
Windows: DMC B5200, medium grind iridescent glitter
Welcome Mat: DMC 603, DMC B5200
Candy Canes: DMC 666
Gumdrop Shrubs: Tulip red permanent fabric marker, pink and white acrylic paint, medium grind iridescent glitter
Santa Claus: DMC 310 belt, 5 mm silver sequin, medium grind iridescent glitter
String Lights: DMC B5200, Benzie Red and Foxglove seed beads
Interior Rug: DMC 666, DMC B5200
Hanging loop: DMC 5283
*All sequins/beads sewn with silver sewing thread




Gingerbread Version, Green/Teal/Red

BENZIE FELT COLORS:
Nutmeg: House wrap 
Julep: Interior rug
White: Chimney rim
Chartreuse: Welcome mat
Bellwether White Glitter: A Shingles (or sub White wool blend)
Bellwether Clover Green Glitter: four B Shingles
Bellwether Julep Glitter: two B Shingles

STIFFENED CRAFT FELT COLORS:

White: Foundation, roof base 
Black: Windows
Brown: Door, interior walls and window covers (If you cannot find brown stiffened felt, sub white or red stiffened felt for the interior walls/covers, and use green or red stiffened felt for the door.)

CARD STOCK COLORS:

White iridescent glittered: Window frames, door frame, icicles 
Red: Chimney
White: Roof braces
Dark brown: Door backing (if you change the door color, just match the door)

FLOSS/SEQUIN/BEAD COLORS:*

House wrap: DMC B5200 clapboard, DMC 906 running stitch, DMC B5200 year
Door: DMC B5200 panels, teal 6 mm cupped sequins, Benzie Green seed beads (but I wish I had used Benzie Red), Benzie 4 mm Clover Metallic sequin doorknob w Benzie Green seed bead
Windows: DMC B5200, medium grind iridescent glitter
Welcome Mat: DMC 666, DMC 943
Candy Canes: DMC 666
Gumdrop Shrubs: Tulip red permanent fabric marker, apple green and white acrylic paint, medium grind iridescent glitter
Santa Claus: DMC 310 belt, 5 mm gold sequin, medium grind iridescent glitter
String Lights: DMC B5200, Benzie Red, Green, and Teal seed beads
Interior Rug: DMC 666, DMC 937
Hanging loop: DMC 5282
*All sequins/beads sewn with gold sewing thread


I hope these guides were helpful! (Looking for other color guides? Check here.) The way I've combined these Benzie Classic and Retro felt colors are just a few of the possibilities! Feel free to follow these guides exactly or come up with your own lovely color variations. I'd love to see what you make. :-) Here's the IG hashtag:
 

Sunday, July 31, 2022

All Through The House pattern is now available!


All Through The House
, the fourth pattern in my ongoing 'Twas the Night Ornament Series, is now available! These ornaments are inspired by Clement C. Moore's 1823 poem, A Visit from St. Nicholas, better known as The Night Before Christmas. The first three patterns were North Pole citizens and now we are finally into the actual text of the poem! Yay! 


'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse... Wrapped in a blanket of new fallen snow, this hand embroidered wool felt house is quiet and still on Christmas Eve, awaiting the arrival of St Nicholas. Open the little paneled door and you'll see the tiny Christmas tree inside has been carefully decorated and all is ready for the joy of Christmas morning. There are even Christmas lights decking the hall!


While this pattern is not meant for beginners, it does include two difficulty options for intermediate crafters. The harder version has a round window and curvy shingles and the easier option has a rectangle window and angled shingles. Easiest of all, save time and omit the interior and functional door altogether to make a still very charming house ornament!

(If you are a confident beginner, my Twelve Days ornament series makes a great primer, and once completed you will be ready to jump into the 'Twas the Night series.)


And because I could not resist, I included a gingerbread style option which features candy canes, gumdrops, and a round little Santa inside. Because CUTE


The gingerbread version is included in the pattern as a standalone option and is not intended as part of the ongoing 'Twas the Night theme, however, I will be posting color guides for the two gingerbread samples you see above, just like I do for the TTN palette samples from each pattern. Also for you gingerbread enthusiasts, I'm working with Benzie to possibly provide a standalone kit which will include the gingerbread colors/notions you will need. They are working on that option and I will update as it's available.


Mix and match styles and colors to create a whole tiny neighborhood for your Christmas tree! It takes me about three crafternoons to make an All Through The House ornament, and if you have the materials for previous 'Twas the Night ornaments already in your arsenal, you have a lot of what you need to make one. Here's a helpful post detailing some of the supplies needed. (And of course Benzie Design will be providing lovely wool felt, floss, and notions kits which coordinate with my Classic and Retro color guides.)


The 25 page detailed PDF pattern comes with an extra pattern sheet containing 15 years worth of dates to customize the back, if you are like me and appreciate the years noted on the backs of special ornaments. Just like my Twelve Days Ornament Series, these ornaments also utilize Sulky Stick 'n Stitch to make the embroidery, cutting, and pattern assembly a snap. 

More ornament designs are to follow in this series, so stay tuned. With the way the last two years have gone, I do not dare to mention specifics. I will leave it at 'as soon as I can'. For now, I will be back to working on the Ebenezer series to get the Ghost of Christmas Present underway. You can be sure you will see any updates about that right here and on my other channels.

To purchase the All Through The House pattern and any of my other heirloom Christmas ornament patterns, hop over to my Etsy shop.

Thursday, July 21, 2022

All Through the House – some items you'll need


Here are some handy crafting supplies you'll need for All Through the House besides the usual wool felts, floss, and Sulky Stick n' Stitch, etc... which are used in most of my patterns. The craft stores near me are Michael's, Jo-Ann, and Hobby Lobby, and I found most of the list below at all three stores. Benzie Design also carries many of these items if you are already shopping your felt there. 

1) STIFFENED CRAFT FELTS (not to be confused with Korean hard felt - not the same)

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For either version you'll need black and white, plus:
Original: Some in your door, interior wall, and welcome mat colors (colors needed to match my original samples are bubblegum pink and red)
Gingerbread: Red and brown. If you have trouble finding brown, you can sub in more red. 

Stiffened felt is typically found in the same section of the craft store as the regular synthetic craft felt sheets. The colors are usually limited to basics. Benzie Design stocks white and black, and check with them about other colors which may come soon. The label on some of my local stash says "Kunin Felt/Friendly 9x12". It's made from recycled plastic bottles but not all stiffened felts are. Don't buy the kind with adhesive backing!

NOTE: on two of my samples I subbed in wool felt for the door, but if you do that you'll also need some stiffening spray, like Aleene's Stiffen Quik.


2) HEAVY-ISH GLITTERED CARD STOCK


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Glitter card stock is usually found in the scrapbooking section at your craft store. Avoid thin, floppy sheets. You want it to be substantial, 80-110 lb. I like the glitter to have an iridescent effect with multiple colored reflections, but crystal (no colors) also looks great.

The brand I ended up using was "Doodlebug Design Inc. 1539 Cupcake, sugar coated card stock." It is a crisp white, a nice substantial weight, and has a lovely fine ground iridescence. The other brands in the photo were lovely papers too, I just couldn't find white in those brands when I looked.

IN A PINCH: If you can't find a nice glittered card stock, choose a heavy matte white and then add fine glitter on those parts after your ornament is completed. 


3) IRIDESCENT GLITTER, MEDIUM GRIND

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Speaking of sprarkle, you'll need white iridescent glitter. A nice, medium grind is my preference because there's bigger sparkle, but some folks like finely ground. Either works. Glitter is always available at your local craft store, Wal-Mart, any store with a craft aisle, kid's crafts, etc... but you can also order it online.


4) TACKY GLUE AND FABRI-TAC

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You probably already have Tacky Glue, but you'll also need Fabri-Tac glue for this project. I can find both of these at Wal-Mart, Target, local craft/fabric stores, Benzie Design, and other online vendors. (Aleene's Quick Dry Fabric Fusion is a good substitute if you can't get Fabri-Tac, but be sure to get the QUICK DRY, not the regular. Regular won't work!)


5) A FEW SEQUINS AND GLASS BEADS

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You may already have some of these on hand from my other patterns. You'll need a few for the wreath, door knob, interior Christmas tree and light strings, and Santa's belt buckle. Either 5 mm cupped or 4 mm flat sequins work well. Size 11/0 for the beads is good. I used Benzie's glass seed beads on my samples. They come in such fabulous colors and are a joy to work with, but seed beads and 5 mm sequins are easy to find at your local craft store also.

If you are looking for 4 or 5 mm cupped sequins online in a wide variety of colors, I've ordered from this shop before and was pleased.


6) SCRAPBOOKING WEIGHT CARD STOCKS

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You'll need small scraps of various scrapbooking weight (around 80-100 lb) card stocks for the chimney, inside door cover, and hidden roof braces. I used the shimmery red stock shown above for a few of my chimneys and enjoyed that effect. Flat works great too. Look for a wide variety of these card stocks at your local craft store in the scrapbooking section.

NOTE: If the card stock you choose for the chimney is uncoated or a little flimsy feeling, consider buying a small bottle of matte Mod Podge to strengthen it with after the chimney is complete. I recently grabbed a tiny bottle of it at The Dollar Tree! Score.


7) IRIDESCENT WHITE CHENILLE STEMS

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You'll need two 12 inch iridescent white chenille stems for the exterior trees on the original version only (they are not needed for the gingerbread). Benzie carries a variety of chenille stems, including iridescent. As you can see from the above photo of my local craft store sources, these babies vary wildly. Some have white fibers included, some only have iridescent filaments. Some have a lot of white fuzz and not much sparkle. Some are thin and wispy, some are heavy and substantial. I go for the most sparkle and sturdiness if given the choice.

NOTE: If yours are kind of thin/wispy/flimsy you can opt to fill the inside of the trees with regular white chenille stem pieces instead of iridescent so the trees are not so see-through and to add more fluff. 


8) OTHER CHENILLE STEMS/PIPE CLEANERS

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If you are making the original version, you'll need a metallic tinsel stem for the Christmas tree. For the gingerbread version you'll need two cotton pipe cleaners for the candy canes/icing and a white chenille stem for Santa's beard/hair/bones and also stems for the gumdrops.

Benzie carries all of these types. I usually get my cotton pipe cleaners off Amazon because I buy lots, but you can check with your local vape/pipe store to see if they stock them also. The metallic tinsel and white chenille stems are readily available at any craft store in abundance, usually in the kid crafts section.


9) WOOD BEADS

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You may have some wood beads already from previous patterns. If you are making the gingerbread version of the house, you'll need two 8 mm wood beads, three 12 mm wood beads, and one 20 mm wood bead. I have used 8 mm and 20 mm on my people ornaments, but 12 mm is a new size. Awesome Benzie carries all three of these sizes, as it happens. You may luck out and find the correct sizes in your local craft store too. There are various online sources also, especially on Etsy.

NOTE: You will also need the paint/permanent fabric markers to color the beads for the gumdrops and Santa's body, and black, pink, and red colored pencils for his little face.


10) X-ACTO KNIFE AND RULER 

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X-Acto or similar type of craft knife with sharp blades, and a ruler to cut along. A cutting mat is great too, but you can also use a handy piece of chipboard or cardboard to protect your surface, no problem. Just don't cut right on your work surface. Ask me how I know. 
Find X-Acto knives, refill blades, rulers, and cutting mats at your local craft store, art supply store, or office supply store. Also readily available online at your major retailers and Amazon.


11) OPTIONAL:  METALLIC DMC DIAMANT 

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DMC Diamant is just lovely for metallic embroidery. If you want a little glinty glint on your Christmas tree garland or the strings of lights on the original version, I recommend this embroidery thread. Way easier to use than DMC Light Effects, IMO. It's a bit different than the cotton floss because it's one twisted thread instead of 6 strands, so sub in a doubled strand on the garland and lights. It is not needed on the gingerbread one.

I have found Diamant at my local fabric store, but not always. Benzie carries some, and of course you can find it online at DMC and other vendors. 
NOTE: Don't get the Diamant Grande. It's too thick for this.
 

I think that covers most of the unusual stuff you may not have already from working with previous patterns. Contact me at mmmcrafts.etsy.com if you have questions! Happy making, mmmakers!


*Of course, of course, wonderful Benzie Design is currently working on possible notion kits for you in addition to their 'Twas the Night Classic and Retro felt palettes, so you may be able to just add some of these as options to your wool felt order. And remember they already stock many of the needed items a la carte! I'll keep you updated re: kits.

Friday, July 15, 2022

shop news: small price increase Aug 1st


Hey wonderful Mmmakers, heads up! I'm letting you know ahead of time that starting August 1st I will be increasing the prices on my patterns for the first time since opening my shop back in 2008.

Etsy has increased their fees multiple times during the years, including just recently, and inflation is certainly not helping my costs. This last rate increase has made it impractical to keep my prices the same.

I will be posting the small increase in prices shopwide on August 1st. For instance, the cost of a single Twelve Days pattern will be $8.75 US.

I will still have my 20% off yearly sale coming in November at Thanksgiving, so no worries there. Thanks so much for your understanding and support!

Photo: a shot of some delicious Benzie felt haphazardly piled on my worktable in my usual orderly and neat-as-a-pin fashion during a pattern design. ;-)



Wednesday, July 6, 2022

All Through the House – new surprise inside

 
Original and Gingerbread versions are included. 
Here's a peek at the new Santa surprise inside the gingerbread house.

Three difficulty levels are included:
Harder (curvy shingles/round gable window), Easier (angled shingles, rectangle gable window) and easiest option of all – omit the interior altogether for a faster and still adorable result! Combine the style/difficulty options in any combination.

Hey guys! You might have been wondering why I've dropped off the SM planet. It's been a tough time healthwise for me and my family (several issues, won't bore you) and also with some good but time-consuming life events thrown in. I'm still working when I can. 

I've revised the pattern a number of times because I'm a crazy person and cannot help myself. After a frankly ridiculous number of hours and many reject samples, I'm now in the final stages/samples of the All Through the House pattern (number 4 in my 'Twas the Night series), which includes three difficulty levels for you (harder, easier, and easiest) and also two styles: Original and Gingerbread, which you see in the photos above.
 
NEW REVEAL shown: There's now a tiny Santa option inside the gingerbread house. I was really wrestling with that for a while trying to make it charming and still doable, and am so happy with result. Eeeeee! Cute meter pegged. My inner 8 year old Larissa is so delighted with him. I'll update you guys when the pattern is ready for release. I hope you are all doing well!

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

All Through the House *Easier Version*


Happy belated Easter! I was enjoying the beautiful day so much on Sunday I never posted my wishes to you. I hope your day was filled with joy and peace and chocolate bunnies. Our Easter gathering was combined with two family birthdays, so it was extra nice! Yes, I'm still here plugging away at this pattern whenever I can! It has been really challenging to find the time. What you see here is the *easier version* of the All Through the House ornament, which is the upcoming pattern in my 'Twas the Night ornament series. 

What makes it easier, you say? The 1) rectangle gable window as opposed to round and 2) the straight cut shingles as opposed to scalloped. When in doubt, try this easier version first, then try the harder one next. Of course, you can also opt to make this even easier by forgoing the inside altogether and keeping the door ornamental instead of functional. That's totally allowed and cuts out a good many steps!


A peek inside the door, featuring the *new and improved* felt Christmas tree as the surprise inside. And if you look closely, you'll see a string of Christmas lights decking the halls behind it.


This version is made using the Benzie Design Retro palette for my 'Twas the Night series. If you already have that felt palette, you can make this green/mint/pink house by purchasing some pink stiffened felt and mint colored card stock (along with the other non-felt materials needed).


These two photos are for size reference. I sized the All Through the House ornaments to fit in nicely with the rest of the series, and as you can see, they are a just a bit shorter than the Mrs Claus ornament.

Back to work for me. <3

Sunday, March 13, 2022

eureka! tiny Christmas tree


Finally! Loving this 1.5 inch felt tree waaay better for inside the house than the twisted pipe cleaner version from my earlier prototype. Easy to construct as well, and has a lot better visual payoff when you open the little tiny door. *sigh of relief as another detail locks into place in brain*

I'm banging away at this All Through The House pattern y'all, but between 1) the easier version 2) the harder version and the 3) gingerbread version there are one gagillion details to streamline for your crafting pleasure. It's only taking forever, but will be worth it. (hopefully LOL) 

Also thrown in the mix are all the deadlines and special things you do with a graduating senior as events ramp up. Yes. My last baby, Thing 2, graduates in May. Wasn't this just yesterday though?

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Another All Through the House preview


Hey Mmmakers! Another quick All Through The House pattern preview for you. It's the upcoming new pattern in my 'Twas the Night ornaments. (You can also see a short 20 sec video on my Facebook or IG feeds). See this post for the link to an earlier preview video which shows the surprise inside the blue house.
 
I just have no choice but to include a gingerbread variation in this upcoming pattern. No choice NOT to make tiny glitter bedecked pink shingles, gumdrops, candy canes and a little surprise inside (still working on that part, not happy with the latest). I love sparkle-ing ALL the tiny things with glitter! But y'all. Glitter gets everywhere. When I'm 1000 showers past my final house sample someone will say to me "Hey, do you know you have some glitter in your ear?"

If you plan on making this one, be sure to have Fabri-Tac glue on hand as well as the trusty ol' Aleene's Tacky Glue. The gingerbread variation shown here includes the Benzie Design Bellwether glitter felts in white and pink. Also the actual gingerbready color is their Nutmeg wool-blend, which is not included in the usual 'Twas the Night color palettes, so you will have to buy that separately if you'd like an authentic cookie color. I was also eyeing their Cinnamon pretty hard for that, and I think it would also work really well if it's already in your stash.

If the tiny detail on this ornament is making you a bit nervous, I can assure you this intermediate level pattern will be similar in difficulty to my other intermediate level ornaments ('Twas the Night and Ebenezer). I will include some harder/easier options for a few of the details, and also of course the usual VERY detailed step by step instructions. :-)

This pattern is still in development, but other patterns in this series (and lots more) are available in my Etsy shop: mmmcrafts.etsy.com