December 11, 2010

on a handmade holiday...

this is my favorite.

I've been happily crafting this holiday season and thought I'd share some of the projects I've completed! In looking at these items, it's wildly apparent that I have a serious obsession with felt. I am aware of this. I have embraced it. Honestly, there are so many ridiculously simple projects that can be completed with felt! (If you're looking for a website that has basically every color of felt you could dream of, try this one. It's where I get nearly all of mine. But don't blame me when you spend $52 on felt and your husband gives you the stink-eye.)

Moving along...

a handmade wreath - in my most favorite colors.

I've wanted to make a yarn-wrapped wreath for the past couple years, but it always seemed so intimidating to me! I'm happy to report that the above wreath is the third one I've created in the past month, it's something you can complete in the span of one evening, and (depending on how large you want it to be) it can cost less than $10 to make. Excited? I am. So excited that I may or may not put together some sort of tutorial within the next couple weeks. (Or if you don't want to wait, I know there are other tutorials out there already!)

lovely wreath.
lovely wreath.

The above wreath was the first one I made. I'm seriously giddy about making wreaths that can fit with both my holiday decor and my rest-of-the-year decor. Who says wreaths are just for November through December, anyway? I do not approve of that.

Below are some photos I took over Thanksgiving weekend, when I was having my own little crafting extravaganza. It was just me, felt, a glue gun, and Kevin McCallister (I do love me some Home Alone).

crafty projects.
felt garland.

The above bits of felt were magically (or tediously) transformed into some leafy garland for our tree...

leafy garland

...and stockings (or just one, because it took freaking forever to complete all that stitching) hung (or pinned) on the chimney (or next to the heater) with care (or extreme force because our walls seem to be made of equal parts stone and ridiculousness).

a felt stocking!

I also added these ornaments to our tree, which I made last year. Oh, nostalgia!

felt ornaments.
felt ornaments.

I'm hoping I have time to complete a few more projects before Christmas arrives. We shall see. There are so many tutorials out there I've just been dying to try! In any case, it has been nice to add my own decorations this season. Makes me feel like I've really accomplished something.

54 comments :

  1. Mmm I love me some felt!

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  2. Super cute! Good work fitting in your own craftiness. :) I want to re-do our tree, but I'm way too cheap and lazy right now.

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  3. Omg, BEAUTIFUL!!! I admire you crafty people! I'm an artist with a pen and digital drawing tablet. I can't be crafty at ALL. My mother-in-law is crafty with crocheting and she's made us beautiful home-made decorations every year. My wife and I put them up in our new apartment!

    They look great, they're unique and it made her so proud to see them!

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  4. LOVE the wreaths!! I would definitely be in favor of you doing a tutorial.

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  5. Those ornaments are seriously adorable. I'm sort of wondering if I'm crafty enough to recreate it. So sweet!

    I can't wait for the wreath tutorial!

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  6. you have such amazing style. amazing.

    gimme that wreath tutorial. i wanna try.

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  7. I love these little handmade touches. I would love to make those ornaments. So sweet :)

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  8. So cute! I love everything you made!!!

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  9. I love all of these. I sent a picture of your wreath to my boyfriend & he responded, "Babe, can you be this crafty???" So... perhaps I shall try. :)

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  10. such festive elegance! i would love to make the wreath! Is there an easy way to explain how to make the flowers? or maybe a site you found useful?
    So glad you found the time to be crafty and christmasy!

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  11. those wreaths are adorable. great job!!

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  12. I will buy you a big delicious dinner if you come over and help me make one of these wreaths! They are so beautiful!!

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  13. I love those wreaths! Love, love, love!

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  14. ahhhh!! every single one of these are just so adorable! i love love the wreaths! and that garland adds just the right dose of color and whimsy to your tree :) hope you're having a lovely weekend doll!

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  15. I absolutely love everything in this post! Your craftiness always inspires me - I'm definitely going to have to find tutorials for those wreaths because they are so, so pretty and I want to make some ASAP.

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  16. Love the wreath. Great choice of colors, you could keep it up all year! Your craftiness always makes me smile.

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  17. Love the wreaths you made! They look great!! And I love the felt garland for your tree! I wish I knew how to be crafty!

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  18. Kerri! What fantastic fun these Christmas projects are! Each idea is wonderful and your creations are lovely... way to bring on the Christmas cheer. Thanks for sharing :)

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  19. Buzz, your girlfriend, WOOF!

    On the other hand, VERY cute, adorable, love it all. You put Martha Stewart to shame.

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  20. You are just so lovely. But you knew this already, right? You better know this.

    I LOVE those yarn wreaths! They do look intimidating as far as making them goes, but that's good to know that they're not! Haha, I heart you Kerri. Can we see each other soon? I meess you.

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  21. so lovely! I really love those wreaths a ton. I had hoped to do more holiday-ish crafts but so far it hasn't happened. Perhaps this week though!

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  22. I am 120% in love with that garland... you make such adorable stuff!

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  23. I LOVE these wreaths!! What a great homemade craft/gift/thing to make for your own home! Thank you for sharing.

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  24. These are utterly amazing! I swear your photos are getting better and your creativity is so fabulous!

    The wreath is gorgeous (and I adore that pretty little print on the side!!) Ahh your pretties make me want to be creative.

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  25. Seriously. If you don't sell those wreaths in your Etsy shop I just might cry.

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  26. oh, now i want to have a craft night with my friends. please do a wreathe tutorial... yours are just lovely!

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  27. Those wreaths are GORGEOUS! You are so talented! I'd love to know how you did that!

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  28. Holy cannoli!
    I love the wreaths! Can you decorate MY house?

    Also, I COMPLETELY support the posting of a tutorial. I would love to learn your secrets.

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  29. I would love a little tutorial on how you made the rosettes for your wreath. I've seen instructions on the internet before but they never make sense to me!

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  30. Oh wow! Ahhh there is so much inspiration going around that I can't stand it! These are such lovely ideas, and you are making want to go out and buy a boat load of felt right this second! <3

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  31. Ahh I love all of these projects!

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  32. I've been wanting to try and make a yarn wreath this year as well and yours look so lovely! Wonder how bad my husband's stink eye will be when I sneak off to the craft store...

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  33. love love the garland and ornaments! wish i had that much patience. i am new to your blog- now following! xoxo jcd
    http://cornflakedreams.blogspot.com/

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  34. seriously kerri you are so talented! your crafting never ceases to amaze me. also, those wreaths are freaking fabulous! i adore the red and white one so much.

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  35. i LOVE those wreaths. making wreaths is one of my fav crafts and yours are amazing!! i would love to learn to make those cloth flowers. teach me!!

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  36. Seriously how is it that you get more and more awesome everday?!? You need to quit that job of yours and get your wonderful self out there for people to see because you should totally be a much better and more lovable version of martha stewart. you need to be writing, creating, crafting,inspiring and whatever else it is you want to be because honestly you a very talented gem. I can only imagine what life has in store for you!!! Always remember how amazing you are:))) xoxo

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  37. oh i LOVE the stocking. and the wreaths. so you're saying you have lots of great tutorials you want to try out? i hope you're gonna share! any favorite sites for tutorials? xoxo

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  38. You make the most adorable things! I love these - especially those cute ornaments and those wreaths!

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  39. they look great! i'm making a few wreaths now... but im not sure how you make your flowers to look like that! how do you get the "wrapped" effect of the petals? does that makes sense?

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  40. I think your wreaths are super cute! I especially like how they look classy, but still homey and welcoming. Great idea! I also look forward to seeing how you did the roses. :)

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  41. Loving those wreaths. Do you sell any of them?:)

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  42. eeeek! new to your blog through vanny. LOVE that garland!

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  43. those wreaths are fabulous! I would totally keep them up year round... they are too beautiful not to. and I love the stocking you made, too. it is super adorable. wish I was as crafty as you :)

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  44. I too have been wanting to make yarn wreaths. I had intentions of doing it this fall/winter but have not. I'd love a tutorial and any tips/suggestions you may have!

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  45. Oh how lovely! Your garland around your tree is wonderful! Have a Merry Christmas!

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  46. I absolutely love those wreaths. I would post the bird one year round.

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  47. Oh my gosh, look at you being crafty! That is so cool! I loveee that garland you made, it is super pretty. i haven't done anything but crochet it so long, your post is really making me want to work with a different medium for awhile.
    Hope you had a great Christmas! XOXO.

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  48. I love the wreaths! They're on my to do list of craftiness!

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  49. Love love love these wreaths. I've had all the supplies for MONTHS but have been so intimidated to make one. Mostly because I couldn't find a rose that I really liked (so weird... I know...) but yours are darling!! Did you just twist the felt as you wound in around? Inquiring minds want to know! :)

    P.S. After looking at that felt site, the felt selection at JoAnne's just made me want to cry. But I'm pretty sure I'd be sleeping on the couch if I ordered what was actually in my virtual cart. So I went with the mediocre JoAnne's selection instead. Blergh.

    Tutorial! Tutorial! :)

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  50. LOVE your wreath! I would love to see a tutorial. I have been feeling super crafty lately!

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  51. omg, this stuff is darling! I wish I had crafty talent. *envious sigh*

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  52. How did you make the roses? LOVE them!

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