>Now you know why I didn’t show this sooner

>If you remember, I talked about how I wanted to take pictures of my tree all lit up but didn’t want to post them as they looked demonic.

Well, Christmas is over and now I will show you. The tree is lovely in real life but in photos it just looks too red. These are the good ones there are worse photos I still won’t show.

>Russian Needlepuch Nutcracker finished

>My daughter finished her Nutcracker. To bad she forgot to tell me it was due the day before vacation so now it is late even though it is done.

I think she did a great job on it. When she gets it back from school we will have it framed in a shadow box hard to tell in the photos but this has a lot of depth to it.

She has the second round of awards on Tuesday night. She doesn’t know yet, but she did win again. Not for her Russian Needle punch but for her chalk drawing. One of these days I am actually going to see that drawing because she completed it at school and entered it without me ever seeing it. Her Russian needle punch is in 3D art and there isn’t a division of that at the State level of the Reflections program, so it was stopped at this level, I think. She will have fun with the awards ceremony as the mayor of our little town will give her the award. Pretty cool for a 7 year old.

To see all the posts on my daughter’s Russian needle punch go here.

Update: Jan 2 2007 Well she turned it in today to find out it wasn’t late after all. It is due at the end of the semester in two and a half weeks. She thought Christmas break was the end of the semester. So all is good and it is early instead of late. Plus we may get the other one back from the art contest and she can still turn that one in too.

>we three trees

>About four or five years back, my MIL was making these trees as gifts for her kids for Christmas.

I was living with her at the time. No joke; she is a great lady and living with her proved it more to me.

Any way, these are made out of dowels to desired length, and torn home spun fabric in Christmas colors, a rusty tin star, raffia, and a piece of branch that has been cut on a band saw and drilled in the middle to accommodate dowel. I can’t find the original instructions or I would post them. The strips of fabric are just tied around the dowel and they get shorter and shorter as they approach the star. I think they came out real cute and would be cute in other colors and fabric too. The neat thing about homespun is that it has no right or wrong side to the fabric, so it does work a little better for this project.

It is trendy right now to have a stripey blanket. I know it is on about five other blogs, just can’t remember where. Well you can see ours on the sofa in the back by the big Christmas tree. I made that one about three years ago for my husband’s birthday present.

Hi! I saw that Sunshine needed this pattern, so here it is:

The Three Trees

Each tree requires 1/2 yard of fabric. For three trees, you should have three different plaids that go well together. The fabric should be printed on both sides; homespun works best. The trees look best if the fabric is torn, not cut, into strips.

Dowels are approximately 7/16 inches in diameter and measure approximately 19 1/2 inches, 16 1/2 inches, and 13 1/2 inches in length. All three should be able to be cut from a single 40-inch dowel.

  1. Tear the fabric into strips according to the directions below.
  2. Start with the longest strip for a tree and tie it to the bottom of the dowel with one single knot. Continue until all the strips have been tied to the the tree — the longest strips at the bottom, the medium strips in the middle, and the shortest strips at the top.
  3. Push all the knots on the tree closely together.
  4. Put a little wood glue into each tree base, and then insert the dowel.
  5. Tie a few strands of raffia at the top of the tree.
  6. Finish by gluing the metal star (available at craft stores or WalMart) in place.

Medium and Small Trees

Tear thirteen (13) strips, lengthwise, from your fabric. Each strip should be approximately 1 1/4 inches wide. Lay six (6) of the strips side-by-side and cut in three (3) 12-inch lengths. (Note that there is a short area of wastage with this set of strips. If you are doing multiple sets of trees, this wastage can be combined to form usable lengths of ties.) Lay five (5) strips side-by-side and cut in one (1) 12-inch length and three (3) 10-inch lengths. Lay the final two (2) strips side-by-side and cut in one (1) 10-inch length, and four (4) 8-inch lengths.

You should end up with

  • 23 12″ strips
  • 17 10″ strips
  • 8 8″ strips
  • 45 total strips

Note that the lengths do not have to be exact, but it helps to be relatively correct.

Large Tree

Tear thirteen (13) strips lengthwise from your fabric. Each strip should be approximately 1 1/4 inches wide. Lay seven (7) strips side-by-side and cut in three (3) 14-inch lengths. Lay six (6) strips side by side and cut in two (2) 12-inch lengths and two (2) 9-inch lengths.

You should end up with

  • 21 14″ strips
  • 12 12″ strips
  • 12 9″ strips
  • 45 total strips

Again, these lengths do not have to be exact, but it helps.

If you are doing multiple set of the trees, you may end up with more fabric, or extra strips; GREAT! (Or, you may want to use a bit more fabric and just cut some extra strips.) The more strips you can get from your fabric, the more full your trees will be. However, be aware that narrower strips than 1 1/4 inches are too small and don’t look very nice on the finished project.

I received this pattern from a leader when I made a set of three trees at a Church women’s homemaking activity. The set of the trees, accompanied by the book “The Legend of the Three Trees,” retold by Angela Elwell Hunt, were given as a gift to each of my children for the Christmas of 2002.

A wonderful Christmas and a joyous New Year to you and yours.

Pattern Posted by Myrna

( Up date: if you don’t know who Myrna is, it is my Mom-in-law aka MIL; but I just call her Mom. I am not a great speller or grammar-type person, but she is. So she was kind and agreed to check over my stuff from time to time and fix mistakes. Here, she was kind enough to give you the pattern I couldn’t find. Thanks MOM)

Please click on the first photo to see how cute these really are.

>Vavo’s soft angels

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Here are some other angels my grandmother made.

She made these when I was a little girl in the 70’s. For years and years they hung on doors or stair posts. She doesn’t have rails; just two big posts. A few years back she stopped hanging them. I asked what happened to them. She offered them to me since I missed them. I need to re-stuffed them as the stuffing is all gone from their necks, which is probably why she stopped using them. I still remember her sitting at a sewing machine making these. Very few times in my life do I remember my Vavo sewing. These 3 angels a doll and some soft ornaments my cousins and I stuffed are all I remember although I know she sewed a lot when she was younger. I also own some of this same type of ornament (stuffed ones) that my grandmother Campbell made. They are all very 60’s and 70’s in appearance, but I love them all and, wow, she used cotton not polyester; way cool. I hate polyester. I now own all of these items. In time I might make a wreath with the ornaments; have not decided what to do with them. So they sit in a bag in my sewing room.

>hard drive crashed

>If you noticed that my blog wasn’t published for a few days, it is because our hard drive crashed over Christmas.

>Gift from Candismom

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This gift is mostly for my oldest daughter to do when she gets better at cross stitch. But, there are a few patterns in it that I might want to do for Christmas (not this year, of course) and a few for the 4th of July that look neat to me, too.

There are a few Easter items that are simple enough that I think she can start with those real soon.

>Vavo’s Baby Jesus and Angels

>As promised, here are a mass (no pun intended) of angels that my grandmother made. We actually have more of these in the house; they are in the attic, still in three separate boxes with my kids’ names on them. They will stay there for many more years as they are not mine, but my children’s. She, my grandmother, gave me some for them so when they grow up they will have items their Biz Avo (great-grandmother) made for them when they where little.

It is unique for children these days to know their great grandparents. Ours are lucky and know three. None of them are married to each other; one is my grandmother, the other two come from two different sides of my husband’s family. All are well into their 90’s. They are such different people, it is fun knowing them all.

It is sad to say that I hope they, my children, will be old enough to have memories of such great, loving people when they grow up. I could not ask for my children to have better great-grandparents than those they have.

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