Tree Applique Block

 

As I said in my last blog, my mind and body have gone outside!  As the leaves on the trees begin to unfurl, I'm looking forward to the shade they provide. The Dragonfly Garden on the south side of our house is in the sun all day long. But right on the edge of the garden, there is our Fairy Forest. Often, after toiling in the garden, I wander off to sit in the shade of the Fairies' trees. This little applique reminds me of the trees and shade that soon awaits me! This applique was designed for a 6" x 6" block but can be enlarged or reduced to meet your needs. The pattern for the Tree Block Applique is available in here and our FREE Applique Pattern section. Enjoy!  Read more

Moving Outside

Being an obsessive person, I have a tendency to have a one track mind. And at this time of year, it is near impossible to keep me indoors. My gardens call to me, and it would be down right rude, not to answer. So, this means I tend not to craft as much during the nice weather months, and when I do, my crafts are usually used out-of-doors. Take this weekend for example. Tim and I have been knee deep in our gardens. Last week I saw some perfectly sweet plant markers at Purple Lemon Design and I knew I had to make some. (Thanks, Rachel, at One Pretty Thing for pointing me in that direction!) She has a great tutorial on how to make them, so I bow to her, and send you off to her website if you're interested! Below are a few of the markers I've made so far.

I'm big on naming things. (Check out What's in a Name and Annual Pumpkin Carving Party at my blog One Generation to Another.) We've been calling our veggie garden The Dragonfly Garden, in honor...Read more

Changes in Crafting Club

When Michelle and I first started Wee Folk Art, we planned to offer a monthly pattern that would only be available for registered users. At he time the benefits of being a registered user were access to patterns that the casual reader did not get, the ability to post comments, and the ability to include a link to your blog in your signature. Over the last few months, our direction has changed. We are allowing everyone to comment, and we aren't featuring special monthly patterns!

So... there will no longer be separate Crafting Club Patterns. All patterns will be available to everyone, and you will not need to register. We will continue to allow registration. If you'd like to include your blog in your signature or just stay logged in making commenting easier, please do. We are also hoping you will continue to share our website with your readers through a text link or include our "oh so cute" buttons on your site.

If you discover a snafu while we are making this transition, please let us know. Otherwise, everything else is the same.Read more

Watermelon Tea Cozy

Okay... I have the pattern complete for the Watermelon Tea Cozy. It can be made in two sizes, small 11" x 9" and large 12 1/2" x 10". Hopeful this should accommodate most teapots! Later in the week, or the beginning of next week, I will share a design for a flowered tea cozy. Watch for it. In the meantime, the pattern for the Watermelon Tea Cozy can be found in our FREE Open Patterns. Enjoy! BTW... I was delighted to find out that it does fit my pewter tea pot. All is not lost!Read more

Watermelon Tea Cozy Opps!

So, I have a few Mother's Day gifts I've been thinking about. The first being a tea cozy. I decided I wanted to make something "fruity" and a watermelon slice was the first thing that came to mind. I have an old cozy that was given to me by a dear friend many years ago, and I took the measurements off that, then headed to the store to get the materials. I made some calculations, got the pattern drawn, and a pdf made. I made the cozy in a couple of hours. I loved it. All I needed to do was write up directions and it would be ready to share! I then took pictures of it next to my teapot. I wanted to take one last picture of it on my teapot... opps! How in the world did I do that? Unless my teapot goes on a diet... which is about as likely as me going on a diet... then this isn't going to work! I'm not sure where I went wrong... but it happens. This cozy will not fit on my teapot or anyone elses with a 7-8 cup teapot BUT it...Read more

Making "Gum Wrapper Chains" with Recycled Gift Wrap

For a Christmas stocking stuffer I had bought Tim and the kids an old fashioned Wrigley's Gum tin stuffed with Juicy Fruit, Double Mint, and Spearmint gum. We finally opened a pack yesterday (okay, we don't chew a lot of gum around here!) and I was disappointed when I noticed there was no outer wrapper around the gum, just the foil inner wrapper. When I was a little girl I use to make gum wrapper chains all the time. Not only did I save wrappers, but had everyone else I knew save their wrappers for me. I can remember how excited I was when my chain was finally as tall as I was. Then, I can remember working on it and getting it so long it crossed a wall in my room. My plan was to circle my room. Never made it that far, but long before computers and dvds could distract us during inside play time, gum wrapper chains were a fun way to pass some time. We also fashioned necklaces, bracelets and rings out of the wrappers.

I have been told that you can still buy some gum that has...Read more

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