Wednesday, December 30, 2009

WIP Wednesday: Christmas Past

A photographic journey of some of the things I finished for my family's handmade Christmas.


Last minute angel tree ornament


Catnip and wool mice for the kitties


K's doll bed pillow and mattress (Oh, how I love this little red riding hood fabric!)


C baby's gnomey, gnomey, gnome hat (to match C's gnomey, gnomey, gnome hat)


K baby's gnomey, gnomey, gnome hat (to match K's)

Lastly, C's doll bed quilt. It has it's imperfections... oh yes, quite a few, but overall I am happy with how it came out, and most important C loves it! Thank you to my dear friend Marina for her inspiration and reminding me that you can never have to much pink!








C inspecting and pointing out everything she sees

Finally taking on this mini-quilting project has given me enough confidence now that I look forward to doing more, and I am kind of left wondering, What was I so afraid of ? I actually just ordered some beautiful fabric from Anna Maria Horner to make a simple patchwork quilt throw for our couch. Let's hope this confidence sticks with me for that...

I plan on sharing more of our handmade Christmas in posts to come!
Happy Creating!
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I almost forgot to mention, a new online magazine about Waldorf at home called rhythm of the home, I have it listed under the websites we love section, but you can also see it here.

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36 comments:

Kimberley Lynch said...

So great! I love the quilt...you can never have too much pink! I really want to make the gnome hat for my kids...but the link on ravelry isn't working! Sad me!!! In the mean time I have some beautiful malabrigo twist in the "parisian night" colorway to make a little pilot cap for my Benj. I also have a quilt project underway...started last summer....but I want to finish it for Mia's 5th (jan 22!) yikes...it is for her bed! Happy Creating!!!
Kimberley

momma rae said...

oh nicole, such lovely treasures! i adore the quilt...a collection of amazing fabrics all together! love. the gnomey hats are a fave, if i haven't mentioned that yet. ;) i forget, did you make the dolls? they are so sweet decked out in the knitted goodness. what a wonderful mama you are.

My Child's Diary said...

What a beautiful presents! Thank you so much for sharing!
Would you mind sharing the patterns for the mouses and dolls hats? Thank you and Happy Holidays!

Grace said...

Lovely! Can you tell us where you got the little red riding hood fabric? It is wonderful.

cat said...

it all came out great! as soon as i can get pics off my camera, i'll post our handmade holiday as well..;) your's looks magical!! love it..:)

Lise said...

Beautiful, beautiful, all of it!

Linda said...

Hi Nicole,
Your handmade Christmas treasures are wonderful... Your last minute angel is perfect and that little doll pillow made out of red riding hood fabric is precious... Thanks for sharing:)
Warmly
Linda

boatbaby said...

Gnomey dolls, gnomey quilt -- i LOVE gnomes! Thanks for sharing!

Katie said...

Looks like a wonderful handmade holiday! Thanks for the inspiration. I just found your blog and I am getting so many great ideas. Thanks and Happy New Year!

Kelly and Kelly said...

gorgeous work on the quilt and everything - loving it!

Jen said...

You did a great job! I started a quilt yesterday that I posted on Flickr WIP. Keep sewing!

Meryl said...

Again, the little doll beds--so cute! And the wee quilt on top is just perfect! I think maybe I should make a few of those for practice quilting on my machine.

Ivy said...

Oh my gosh. That doll quilt and the pillows are the prettiest things I have ever seen. The fabric is adorable and you did a lovely job. My meager sewing skills feel quite unprepared for such a task. Well done.

Nancy said...

so sweet! everything is beautiful.

I'm also 'starting small' in the quilt department--best wishes to you as you try your hand at it!

jumbleberryjam said...

I think I've gone mad over this gnome/hedgehog fabric before. oooooh! It's tooo cute. I had a dream a few nights ago that I was trying to sew something. Hmmmm...maybe I should go ahead and get this fabric for when the sewing day actually comes :-). What a special christmas! Looking forward to seeing more.

Marina said...

I love how the quilt turned out! That gnome border is awesome (where did you find that!?) and the hedgehog print on back is adorable! You can do anything you set your mind to!

You inspire me daily in all sorts of ways, my fun friend, glad I could return the favor :)

Less than 3..xoxo
Marina

Cristina said...

Nicole, you are creating such beautiful heirlooms :) I love the gnome fabric and also the hedgehogs.
Thanks for sharing your handmade Christmas!

Rachel said...

Oh, you'll find yourself in love with quilting soon enough! My favorite project so far was with Anna Maria Horner's "Good Folks" fabric. Want to see what I made: http://www.euphoriababy.com/blog/fashion-fun/patchwork-style-in-my-home/

Chelsea said...

I love the light green wool for the angel rather than the traditional (and expected) white! +Chelsea

Melody said...

I love that hedgehog fabric! Everything looks great and so, so sweet. Your girls and their dollies are such little darlings.

I'm working up the courage to go back to work on my first full sized quilt myself.

mika said...

I've been following your blog for awhile, but am just now finally leaving a comment! I've been loving all your inspiring crafts. I love the red riding hood fabric -where did you get it (and most of the fabrics for that matter)? happy holidays!

Jennifer said...

What a beautiful dollbaby quilt and pillow. That's how I first started out too. I made a baby doll quilt out of some of my daughter's baby clothes and I loved it so much I started making bigger quilts for us to use. Great job, it's gorgeous.

Heather said...

Oh my, this is a ton of beauty in one place. You achieved such incredible gifts for your family. Just lovely

nicola@which name? said...

maybe you will motivate me to try quilting!
your creations are beautiful, nicole!
i love the pic of your little one in her hat!
nicola
http://whichname.blogspot.com

Joy said...

The gnomey hats are SO adorable, on the dolls and on C. :) The doll bed/quilt is just beautiful! The quilt looks absolutely perfect to me. My mom's staying with me this week, and she even commented to me on how beautiful it is. BTW, I did not make Elizabeth's quilt. I've done little to no quilting since a brief churn-out-3-quilts-in-6-months phase in high school. :)

sabjimata said...

oh nicole your christmas looks just fabulous. your girls are so blessed to be growing up with a beautiful creative fun smart sweetie mama! what lovely memories for them to treasure.

Lisa @ Life with 4! said...

The gnome hats are absolutely adorable! And the little doll bed looks like fun. Nice job!!

mamauk said...

oh, that quilt is delightful!

Caroline said...

I just stumbled upon your blog amidst relaxing on my couch for hours at a time knitting and browsing on the computer for the last too weeks of vacation. I love it. You have so many beautiful creations. I may have to take another week off of work, so that I can probably explore your past posts:)

Hip Mountain Mama said...

I love all of this!! My grandmother made my sister and I each a doll pillow and quilt for our doll cradles. My kids now play with these items and they are so treasured. May yours be past down through generations also!

Naturalearthfarm said...

So absolutely beautiful! I like to do the small quilting by hand.
What blessed children you have to enjoy such wonderful handmade goodness.
Wishing your family a peaceful new year.
Tonya

Nicole Spring said...

Oh my goodness, thank you everyone!! Words can't describe the giddiness I am feeling knowing that you all approve of my first quilt. Your opinons truly do mean so much to me. Thank you, thank you!!

Kimberley - try this link: http://www.etsy.com/shop/lyalya

Momma rae - My wonderful friend from PA made C's baby (she's Gopita's Dolls on ETSY) and K's baby was made by Joy at Joy's Waldorf Dolls. I have only made smaller waldorf dolls so far.... :)

My Child's Diary - The doll hats are from the Lyala hoodie pattern http://www.etsy.com/shop/lyalya just made in the smallest size with smaller needles. The mice are something I just based off of a pattern in one of my knitted animal books but altered. The book is listed in the notes on the ravelry page. My name on there is farmerGOPI. HTH!

Grace - I got all the fabric off etsy. I just did a search for little red riding hood.

Marina - I found that gnome fabric on Etsy but it is really hard to find so I had to buy half of a pant leg!! It was just enough to make the quilt and pillow, phew!

Mika - I got it on Etsy :)


Thank you again everyone!!! Much love to you all!!

5orangepotatoes said...

Wonderful and so beautiful! Love little K pointing to the things on her new quilt.

It's funny, I just bought a book on crazy quilts and patchwork at the used bookstore. I have very little experience on a sewing machine; but I'm hoping to learn this year.

Happy New Year Nicole to you and your family! BTW, congratulations on the magazine publish!

lisa

Tan Family said...

So creative! The gnomey hats are too cute. I'm going to look up the pattern that you mentioned. :)

Beth said...

So much sweetness! You have inspired me to make a gnomeish dolly quilt and finish the little wooden doll bed kit I got 10 years ago...It's too late for my big girls, thank goodness I still have a little one!

My Journey to Hope said...

I love the little red riding hood doll blanket & pillow, and the gnome hat is awesome! I just wish my little girl was still little so I could make her one!

:) Michelle

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