Froggy Umbrella Applique Block

When Bug was just a wee lad, he was in love with his frog umbrella. You'd never hear him complain on a rainy day because out came "Froggy" and together the 2 would brave the elements. Bug was also known to tote Froggy on sunny days, too. You just can't spend enough time with a good friend, can you?

Bug still has Froggy, but he's gotten to the age when he's more apt to make a mad dash to his destination in the rain rather than take the time for a leisurely walk with his frog. So, let's call this my ode to Froggy Umbrella. He served Bug well!

As with all blocks, our Froggy Umbrella Applique was designed for a 6" x 6" block, but can be reduced or enlarged to meet your needs. Enjoy!

The pattern for the FREE Froggy Umbrella Applique Block can be found HERE.

The tutorial on How to Enlarge and Reduce can be found HERE.

The tutorial on How to Cut Out Felt can be found HERE.

The Stitching Glossary can be found ...Read more

Wooden Flower Stacker

Several weeks ago we shared a tutorial for a SQUARE WOODEN STACKER. If you have never worked with wood before, the Square Wooden Stacker was a great project to cut your teeth on. I have to be honest, this Wooden Flower Stacker is a bit more challenging. There are lots of curves... LOTS... but if you take your time, and tackle one flower at a time, you'll make your way through. And... guess what... ours did not turn out perfect. When turned certain ways it can look quite lopsided, but it is still beautiful and wee ones still love playing with it. So, even if you're not a master woodworker, give it a go. I guarantee you that you'll learn a thing or two before you are done :)

Now, a word about Stackers... Stackers have become an iconic symbol of babyhood, and with good reason; almost every baby owns one. The appeal of a stacker is twofold: they are fun to play with and they are educational. Through exploration of a stacker babies develop dexterity, agility and hand-eye coordination. Through experimentation they can advance any number of skills...Read more

Please With A Cherry On Top Applique Block

As a child, if we wanted something really bad, we'd say, "Please with a cherry on top?" because who can resist a cherry on top? I know I can't. I could eat an entire jar of maraschino cherries, but, oh, having just one on top makes just about any sweet treat all the more special! Today we are sharing our Please With A Cherry On Top Applique Block. Here is a totally yummy cupcake, oozing with frosting, and the pièce de résistance... a cherry on top, of course! Like all our appliques, this one was designed to fit on a 6" x 6" block but it can be reduced or enlarged to meet your needs.

Yum... right?
 

The pattern for the Please With A Cherry On Top FREE Applique Block can be found HERE.

The tutorial on How to Enlarge and Reduce can be found HERE.

The tutorial on How to Cut Out Felt can be found HERE.

The Stitching Glossary can be found HERE.

DIRECTIONS - Refer to pattern and photo for applique placements and cutting instructions.

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Button Bracelets

Recently, I've been thinking about button bracelets. My Grandma Pearl use to make them back when I was a child. They were these big, bulky things, crocheted with gold buttons. Although I learned much of my crafting from Grandma Pearl, I did not share her enthusiasm for button bracelets. Jump forward a number of years, uhm, make that a really, really BIG jump, and now I find myself fascinated and in-love with button bracelets. Granted, these are not my grandma's bracelets, but I was delighted to find out that my grandbabies also thought they were awesome. So, this Sunday, after our Sunday Dinner, we pulled out ONE of my boxes of buttons, made some selections, and within an hours time, everyone had made their own bracelet. Pixie, age 7, had a bit of trouble keeping everything straight, so we worked on one together, with Pixie in charge of the design. I think they turned out lovely. And, if you're watching Grandma Pearl, I finally made a button bracelet!!!

Materials:
Recycled buttons
.7mm stretchy bead and jewlery cord

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Cheaters Guide to Dying Wool Felt

I have a confession to make... I cheat. There, I said it. Oh, not in anything important like a game of Candyland with the wee ones or on my taxes, BUT, I'm always on the lookout for shortcuts. Sometimes, I've made some awesome discoveries that I use over and over again, other times I've experienced some scathingly brilliant disasters! (There is a ponytail incident that comes to mind, but that truly is a blog in and of itself!)
 
Anyway, one of my many cheats... or let's just call them time savers... is when I dye felt. There are MANY sites out there that give great tutorials on how to dye wool that include heat and a setting agent. You should probably go read some of them... seriously : ) Today, I'm going to share how I dye wool felt to get the soft, subtle color variations that I love using a non-traditional, cheaters-shortcut.

A couple of things to know... these are not considered "colorfast". I do not do anything to "set" the color in, because I am using the felt for items that do not get wet, and I've yet to have any problems with the...Read more

New Gnomes in the Thicket

Although your average woodland gnome has a life expectancy of hundreds of years, that's not always the case for friends that dwell in our gnome house. Although many of them live to a ripe old age, sadly, some have been carried off by beasties, sometimes known as puppies, others have mysteriously disappeared, only to be found later by mommies when going through the pockets of wee ones that have come to visit, and, occasionally, they go off on their own journeys, perhaps to other rooms in the house, and sometimes they are even discovered in the mailbox in our fairy forest! When these wandering gnomes do return, they are always ready to share tales of their adventures! But the sad truth is... occasionally we do lose a gnome of two or three. ((heavy sign))

From time to time we invite more gnomes to join us in The Thicket. Here are a couple of new gnome friends that now reside with us. It looks like they are dressed in their finest... perhaps for a spring wedding!

To make your own Wedding Guest Gnomes, follow the general directions for making gnomes which can be found HERE.

Gather...Read more

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