Sunday, November 13, 2011

Flickr Faves: Christmas wreaths

It's been a while since I've done a flickr faves post!  I've been thinking about making a different wreath this year for Christmas so I thought I'd turn to flickr for some inspiration.  Here's a few of my faves!

I thought this one was quite lovely.  You could display this one way past Christmas--I guess it's more of a winter wreath in that respect.  I love the colors and the little bottle brush trees made by Danielle F.

This one by marmaladeandcream is so over the top--I love it!
Yo-Yo wreath!  Yes Please!  I love this wreath by kmel.  The red yo-yo's look like mint candies!
I adore this scrappy fabric wreath by Flying Blind On A Rocket Cycle.  You could take this in so many directions, for many different holidays and seasons just by the fabric you choose.  The fabrics used here remind me of candy!  Just lovely.  There's another one here, here here and here!  Really fun.
I love this one made with vintage ornaments by georgiapeachez.  Again, kinda over the top but full of kitsch and I love it!  It reminds me of the ones I've been drooling over on Betty Crafter's blog!  She even has a great tutorial for how to make your own!
This one by Mrs. B  is super cute and again could go in so many directions depending on the colors you choose.  I really like the addition of the buttons and bells. 
The simplicity of this one by Kristie at OCD makes this wreath beautiful.  I like the thick, chubby, green yarn contrasting with the more delicate felt flowers.  Really pretty.
This lovely paper wreath by Marie the Bee is so pretty.  The use of decorative holiday papers with pages from a book is wonderful.  You could use pages from Christmas books like A Christmas Carol.  That would be a nice touch!
Linky Links--check out some others!  This super bright one!  This one made out of crayons! A gorgeous button wreath! This one is edible!  A little stitchy pattern!  If you've got a bunch of vintage Christmas light bulbs, you could make thisThis pup is super adorable.

 I'm still not quite sure what I'm going to do but I have found some great inspiration.  All of these wreaths are so beautiful, enough to get my brain churning with ideas! 

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Progress...Three Santa's

I've been stitching away on this cross stitch for a couple weeks now.  I had wanted to stitch this last year but just couldn't find the time, so I'm starting early this year!  So far, here's what I've got.  These Santa's are just too adorable.  The pattern is from the November 2010 Cross-Stitch and Needlework magazine.  Are you already making things for Christmas?

Friday, November 11, 2011

Thrifty bits and birthday gifts

My birthday was over a month ago and I'm finally getting around to sharing a few gifts I received!  So here goes along with some of my latest thrifty finds.

My mom gave me this lovely blanket.  It has wool fabric squares that are crocheted together.  It's huge and I love it!
 So does Maggie.

 Mom also got me this vintage sewing basket.  It's super cute and will be great for traveling with embroidery projects.

 I've added to my milk glass collection.  I bought a couple of these and my mom gave me one.  My mom-in-law gave me the little shoe for my birthday!  How adorable!

I got Maggie another blanket.  She seems to like crocheted blankets as much as I do!

 This beautiful embroidered piece with a sweet senorita being serenaded.  

 This is stitched so well.

Have you scored some thrifty goodies lately?

Side note: As I was bringing in some of my plants, I found this little guy living under one of my pots.  Tiny and cute!