I finally made a tree skirt! I've been talking about making one for a couple years now. This one is easy, other than cutting out the 16 pieces. I like the sparkly white felt, it's as close to snow as we are going to get here in Austin. Find the pattern here.

I like building our ornament collection slowly, so I don't usually go out and buy ornaments en mass. Daniel and I have a tradition of picking up a cheesy Christmas ornament when we go on trips, so we have some from that, and then there are a few I've made the past few years. Our tree was still a little empty, though, so I decided to give these cinnamon dough ornaments a try. That way we don't have to feel obligated to pack them up every year and we can throw them away without feeling too guilty. Plus they smell good!

Directions


1 cup ground cinnamon
1/4 cup applesauce
1/2 cup craft glue plus more for decorating
glitter
In a medium bowl, mix together 1 cup ground cinnamon and 1/4 cup applesauce using a rubber spatula.

Stir in 1/2 cup craft glue. Stir the dough until consistency is smooth and dry. Let stand 1 hour.

Turn out one-quarter of dough onto a cool, flat surface; flatten with your hands.

Flatten with a rolling pin to 1/4 inch thick. If dough becomes too dry, spritz with water. If it sticks to rolling pin or work surface, sprinkle with additional cinnamon.

Cut out fun shapes with cookie cutters (we got a fun woodland set from Ikea) or a craft knife. Make sure to cut out holes for hanging string, or you can push paperclips into the dough for the small ornaments.

Air-dry ornaments on a wire rack lined with paper towels for 24 hours, turning them over every 6 hours or so to keep them flat. Alternatively, preheat oven to 200 degrees. Transfer ornaments to a baking sheet; bake, flipping once, until dry, about 2 hours.

Using a bottle with an applicator tip, spread craft glue over the area you wish to decorate.
While glue is still wet, sprinkle with glitter or beads, holding ornament over a bowl as you work; tap off excess.

Repeat with different colors until pretty!

From: Martha Stewart

I crocheted leaves in fall colors and made napkin rings out of them! Once I made the leaves, I just cut up a cardboard tube from a roll of paper towels into 1.5" sections, covered each piece in white felt, then wrapped a green ribbon once around. I tied the leaves on using twine (so I can use them again sometime), and Daniel made pretty fan napkin folds. See below for the leaf crochet pattern.

Abbreviations and Special Stitches
ch
chain
st stitch
sl st slip stitch
sc single crochet
hdc half double crochet
dc double crochet
tr treble crochet
picot chain 3, slip stitch in 3rd chain from hook

Leaf Pattern
Round 1:
Ch 4, 11 dc in 4th ch from hook, join with a sl st to top of beginning ch--12 dc.

Round 2: Ch 6, sl st in 3rd ch from hook (picot made), dc in first st, 2 dc in each of next 2 sts, (dc, ch 5, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 3 chs to form stem, dc) in next st, 2 dc in each of next 2 sts, (dc, picot, dc ) in next st; (sc, hdc) in next st, (dc, picot, sc) in next st, (hdc, dc, tr, picot, tr, dc, hdc) in next st, (sc, picot, dc) in next st, (hdc, sc) in last st, join with a sl st to 3rd ch of round.

Fasten off and weave in the ends.

From: Craftstylish

This felt clutch was my first project in Austin. I made up an improvised pattern based on a yellow purse I use all the time. For the flap, I appliqued the white felt cloud on top of gray felt using a zig-zag stitch on my machine, and reverse appliqued blue and green felt for the raindrops and grass. I outlined the raindrops, grass, and buttonhole by hand with embroidery thread.

Approximate project time: 2-3 hours for cutting and assembly,  2-3 hours for embellishment, 1 hour to finish. Total: ~2 half-days

Notes for next time:
I don't use clutches very much so I probably should have added a strap for practicality.
Stiffen the bottom of the bag with interface & more stitching before sewing the bag together.

My first quilt! Made for the adorable Denise Carolina Cordova, born September 10. 2010. This quilt is based on this tutorial from Moda Bake Shop, embellished with appliques from various sources (flowers and butterflies from here, birds traced from the picture shown above), and bound using Heather Bailey's tutorial.

Approximate project time: 1 day to buy fabric, cut, and piece. 1-2 days to cut the backing & quilt together. 1 day to embellish (less if you can make decisions quickly!). 2-3 sittings to hand sew the binding on. total time: ~ 1 week.

Notes for next time:
Cut backing larger than front piece, I had to trim quite a bit off of the edges to make things square.
Buy a walking foot! I love my machine, but it did not do very well quilting through many layers off fabric.