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Fairy In the Tree


We've gotten a few inquiries about the little Fairy sitting in a tree in the Felt Forest. In answer to every one's questions, no, we do not have a pattern for the fairy. He was made using the directions for pipe cleaner fairies in Salley Mavor's incredible book, Felt Wee Folk: Enchanting Projects. Making the fairies is not hard but there are many steps. She has detailed directions on how to make them, in various sizes, and with many different outfits. Plus, she has lots of other goodies to share. I highly recommend her book. I could not do a better job than her... so I won't try :)

(Update by Michelle) BTW: If you are looking for a kit... I have seen that the Klutz Series has one out... Fairies: Petal People You Make Yourself. Might be a good gift idea for crafty little girls... or the slightly older gals too ;).

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I'm Just Sayin'...


Trailing Vine Star Ornament

Just a couple three things I wanted to mention this morning before I got sucked into the weekend! First, even if you're making most of your own gifts this holiday season... kudos to you BTW... if you're in need of a few purchased items, visit the shops in our Support Homemade Holidays. These are Wee Folk Art readers, just like yourself, that are running small, home-based shops. Yay for home-based businesses! We want to support their efforts. And, there is still plenty of time to get your shop listed. The more the merrier!

Next, there is a FAQ/contact update. I finally got out and got our PO Box. If there is a need to get in touch with us through snail mail, our address is:

PO Box 5033    Brighton, MI   48116

I've never had a PO Box before. Makes Wee Folk Art seem so official and grown-up :)

Finally, Michelle and I were having this conversation about post holiday come downs... more about that later... and we had this scathingly brilliant idea, which includes another Holiday Giveaway... a super fun and easy Gift Box you can make for gift giving AND an opportunity to be Queen for the Day on Wee Folk Art. Intrigued? We hope so. We'll talk more about it later in the week.

Okay... think I covered everything I wanted to mention. Have a lovely weekend!

 

Gathering Materials for the Felt Forest

Long, long ago... in an enchanted forest far, far away...

Last year I posted directions for making the wooden peg gnomes. They were standing in front of some felt evergreens I had just thrown together. I didn't bother writing up the directions at the time... I wasn't featuring the trees... they were just a backdrop for the gnomes. Welllll.....as it turns out, those felt evergreens have been requested time and time again since that time. I PROMISED readers that I would write up directions before this holiday season. Well, here we are, and I still haven't written up instructions. After a rather heartfelt request yesterday, the felt forest has moved up to the top of my To-Do list. So, some time over the weekend, I'll get instructions together for making your own felt evergreens. But for those of you that are just waiting for the directions, I thought I could at least give you a materials list so you can get things together for the project.

I made 3 different sizes: tall, medium and a bush.

1/4" dowel rod: (6" tall, 4 1/2" medium, and 2 1/2" bush.)
base: approximately 1 1/2" sliced branch, 3/4" tall NOTE: If you do not have branches available, you can cut bases out of wood. You could also make them out of clay OR I was even thinking you could use Tinker Toys. They have different sized sticks and the round wooden connectors could work as a base.
wool felt - I used 3 different colors of green for each tree
floss - white (snow) cranberry (berries)
brown yarn - for wrapping trunk
crafting glue
tools for cutting branches and dowel rods. Drill for drilling a hole in the base.
optional - fusible web - I cut my boughs out of 1 piece of felt. If you would like the boughs to stick out farther, plan on cutting 2 pieces of felt. You might want to iron them together with a layer of fusible web between them to make them a little stiffer.

Okay... there's the supply list... and a promise... barring some unplanned event... I'll have directions up for the Felt Forest by Monday. And for those of you the NEED to get them done FAST... collect your materials now and you'll be good to go :)

Thanksgiving Turkey Applique Block

HELLO MR. TURKEY - (Sung to "If You're Happy and You Know It)
Hello Mr. Turkey how are you? - (wave)
Hello Mr. Turkey how are you? - (wave)
With a gobble, gobble, gobble, - (make hand a gobbling beak)
And a waddle, waddle, waddle, - (squat down and shake your bum - kids LOVE this part)
Hello, Mr. Turkey how are you? - wave

Need I say more?

Introducing our Thanksgiving Turkey Applique Block. This applique was made to fit a 6" x 6" block but it can be enlarged or reduced to meet your needs. The pattern for our Thanksgiving Turkey can be found HERE or with our FREE appliques. Enjoy! Or "Gobble!" in turkey.

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Christmas Corner - Advent Tree

After a week of talking about it, via the Advent Tree Kit Giveaway, we are now sharing the directions and patterns so you can make your own. The Advent Tree is yet another variation of the Christmas Tree Applique Block. Oh so long ago, we talked about all the various ways the basic applique blocks could be used. So far we've used the Christmas Tree Applique Block to make the applique, a Christmas card, our Wooden Pine Forest and now, enlarged 325%, our Advent Tree. We do have a couple of other projects we will be doing over the next couple of weeks using the Christmas Tree Applique Block.

But for now, you can make this heirloom Advent Calendar, which literally, could be in your family for generations. The directions list the felt and floss I used. Julie, at Prairie Point Junction, has put together a kit with the exact amount of felt, floss and wooden buttons you will need. She also has some of the other items you will need for making your Advent Tree. Although the project itself isn't a "massive" project, like a quilt, if you are new to crafting or pressed for time, you'll want to start right away to have it done in time for Christmas.

So, without further ado... the pattern and directions for the Advent Tree can be found HERE or with our FREE patterns. Enjoy!

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