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Nooks and Crannies ~ The Murphy Bed

"Nooks and Crannies" are special places in our homes and gardens that deserve mention. It is not a whole room, but rather a single element that adds to the overall charm or functionality of the space. Words may accompany photos or photos can speak for themselves.

If you would like to share one of your "Nooks and Crannies", just link to it in the comments and others will be able to stop by and take a peek!

Although we are empty nesters, we still need to share our space with visiting children and grandchildren. My craft room needs to double as a guest room when the need arises. My totally brilliant and accommodating Timothy introduced me to the wonders of a Murphy Bed, then built one in my craft room. When guests are visiting, we pull the bed down. When they leave, we fold up the bed, return my table, and wah-lah, I have my craft room back. BTW... I am aware that I have not finished painting the door panels of the Murphy Bed... I've been aware of that for 6 years :) AND, before anyone asks... No, we did not trap little George in the bed! 


For more information about Murphy Beds check out these two sites.

http://www.Wallbed.Com
http://plansnow.com/dn1117.html

Mushroom Business Card Holder


Well, I got my pattern fixed for the Mushroom Business Card Holder. So, if you'd like to make your very own, TOTALLY cool, business card holder, the directions are good to go. Unfortunately, I spent the afternoon fixing the pattern and didn't get a chance to remake mine. But as soon as I finish this blog, I'm off to work on mine. Actually, Michelle put in a request for a red and white mushroom one, so I'll probably do that one first! The pattern for the Mushroom Business Card Holder can be found HERE or with the FREE Patterns. Enjoy! 

Mushroom Business Card Holder


For a totally unique and fun business card holder, make our Mushroom! The mushroom cap is on the top flap and the stem remains on the lower portion. The finished size is approximately 2 3/4" x 3 3/4" and will hold standard sized business cards. Make one for yourself and several for gift giving.

Materials:
wool felt
embroidery floss
small piece of sew on Velcro
pattern

IMPORTANT: Refer to the pattern throughout. Specifics, including the number of floss threads to be used, stitches and order of applying appliques can be found on the pattern. Read it carefully before beginning.

1] Make copy of pattern.

2] Cut out pieces of felt as indicated on pattern.

3] Following the pattern, applique and embroider the front piece of the card holder.

4] Cut Velcro using pattern piece. Sew one piece of Velcro to the outside piece (on the stem) of the card holder as indicated on the pattern. Sew the corresponding piece of Velcro to the inside piece of the card holder as indicated on the pattern.

5] Pin the wrong sides of the 2 card holder pieces together. Begin by blanket stitching along the short, straight side. Tie off to secure but do not cut the thread.

6] Fold the card holder along the fold line that is near the stem. Fold so the stem is showing. Pin in place. Blanket stitch down the side where the thread is attached. Tie off, hide the thread in a seam and cut the thread. Blanket stitch around the remain outside edge of the card holder. Tie off, hide the thread in a seam and cut the thread.

7] Hiding your ends, sew a blanket stitch along the upper fold line. 

You are now ready to stuff your Mushroom Business Card Holder with, well, business cards!

Note about patterns: We are sharing patterns we have designed and made for our own children, families and friends. Every effort is made to share information in a clear and accurate manner. We offer preemptive apologies for any mistakes that may be made. Please let us know via comments or emails if you stumble upon a mistake or if you encounter directions that leave you scratching your head! We will rectify the situation as soon as humanly possible!

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Three Birdies Glass Case


When you're creative, nothing in your life needs to be boring. Here is a totally fun glass case that would be equally comfortable hanging out with an adult or child. Crafted from soft felt and flannel, adorable through and through, if you don't wear glasses, you're going to wish you did!

Materials:
1 piece felt and 1 piece flannel 7" x 8"
felt scraps
embroidery thread
small flower buttons
pattern

1] Make copy of pattern.

2] Cut out the inside and outside of the glass case. Decide on the colors for your birds and cut out all pieces and leaves.

3] Using the pattern as a guide, mark the vine on the felt, and following the directions on the pattern, embroider the vine, Add the leaves. (There will be places where part of the birds will cover part of the leaves. This will give the piece a dimensional look.)

4] Following the pattern, applique on the birds, building the bird as you go along. (i.e. First applique on large body piece, then on 2 birds, the head piece. Next, add the wings, beak, then eyes.) Although not on the pattern, I embellished the birds using 6 strands of embroidery. I used french knots, cross stitches, and straight stitches. You can leave them plain, following my suggestions, or come up with any embellishment you'd like. Perhaps you'd like to add beads. Go crazy!

5] Finish the embroidery by adding the various flowers and buttons. If you don't have flower buttons, cut out felt ones or use another decorative embroidery stitch. NOTE: I did not sew on the top flower button until after I sewed the outside to the inside. It is so close to the edge it could have interfered with sewing the pieces together.

6] Pin the inside to the outside with right sides together. 

7] Sew them together leaving a 2" opening on the bottom back side. 

8] Trim the corners to reduce some of bulk, turn, and lightly press. Slip stitch the opening closed. Add your last button.

9] Fold the glass case lengthwise, matching bottom and sides. The embroidery side should be on the outside. Starting on the front at the top opening, blanket stitch down the side and bottom. Make sure your stitches are tight, but not so tight that the sides are puckering. Your work should lay flat.

Tah Dah! You're done. Slip your glasses inside and they'll rest comfortably until you are ready to wear them again!

Note about patterns: We are sharing patterns we have designed and made for our own children, families and friends. Every effort is made to share information in a clear and accurate manner. We offer preemptive apologies for any mistakes that may be made. Please let us know via comments or emails if you stumble upon a mistake or if you encounter directions that leave your scratching your head! We will rectify the situation as soon as humanly possible!

Copyright © Wee Folk Art 2008 - 2009. All rights reserved. All photos, text and patterns are copyright protected. You may not copy, reproduce or redistribute any material found on WeeFolkArt.com without written permission. Wee Folk Art retains all rights. All projects, patterns and directions are meant for your personal use and neither the patterns nor completed projects may be used for personal gain.

 

Twine Pencil Holders

Supplies:

Toilet paper rolls
Crafting glue
Twine
Clips
Yarn needle
Basket

1] Cover the outside of the toilet paper roll with glue.

2] Beginning at one end, begin wrapping the twine around the roll. I do not try to measure how much twine I'll need, instead I simply take it directly from the ball. If the twine will not stay in place, after the tube 3-5 times, use a clip to hold the end in place. I found that if I used enough glue, the end stayed put without the clips, but if you need them, use them.

3] Continue tightly wrapping the tube, keeping the twine close together. Add more glue is necessary. When you get to the end, simply cut off the twine. Again, if the twine does not lay flat, you can clip it in place, but if you use enough glue, chances are you won't need them.

4] When the tubes are completely dried, position them in the basket. Thread the twine in a yarn needle, and going through the basket, tie the tubes to the side of the basket near the top of the tube and near the bottom of the tube.

5] Load the twine pencil holders up with your pencils and pens and you are good to go!

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