Archives for posts with tag: Handcrafted

Here we are in the second week of the 2012 Olympics and my favorite part of the Summer games begin tomorrow. Yes, Team Jamaica will be taking to the track tomorrow. With what looks like a strong team, the London Olympics are looking to be exciting.  So here’s to Team Jamaica taking home a big pile of medals to celebrate 50 years of independence – how fitting would that be!

To knit your own Usain Bolt doll, click the image of visit RadioTimes. Felling more adventurous? Knit the entire team! Yohan Blake, Asafa Powell, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and the rest of the team deserve dolls as well. See the list of the full team here.

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Well, it is the week before Christmas and all through my house not a decoration is showing not even a tree.  But not to worry, I’ll get to it. I’m not goring to miss our on the Christmas cheer, the soft smell of slowly dying pine trees. The way the needles scatter across my carpet. The cat trying to eat the Christmas light cords. Presents wrapped in colour scheme appropriate paper. The kitchen a mess of flour and confectioners sugar from the umpteenth batch of last-minute cookies. I love all that. I also love leaving things to the last possible minute. It makes life more exciting.

With all that in mind, here is a lovely assortment of decorations I wish I had made a head of time. Maybe I’ll get started now for next year.

Once again, when possible I have linked the images to where I found them online, and most of them come with instructions. Happy tree decorating!

The second instalment of holiday decoration ideas – wreaths! I haven’t had a wreath since …oh, I don’t think I ever have had one. Hopefully one of these will inspire me to adorn my door this year.




doily christmas wreath
(view instructions for the above wreath here on Design Evolution)


Crowninglory, 2003, hand embroidery on cotton panel, 17 x 18 inches

DollyParton, 2003, hand embroidery on cotton panel, 15 x 17 inches

La Chingona 2003, 10 x 12 inches, hand embroidery on cotton panel

I was so happy when I was introduced to Jenny Hart‘s stitches. Embroidery takes much more patience that I currently posses, so thank you, Jenny for creating works I wish I’d done. Hart has another great series on her Flickr stream & a fascinating blog, Embroidery As Art, for anyone with an interest in contemporary embroidery. If you find yourself in Paris this September, check out her solo show at Gallerie LJ.

I came across these little beauties on Dutch jewelry designer Marion Pannekoek‘s blog, the pieces, however, are by Susanna Bauer. Her work is beautiful, minimal, elegant … I could go on but will let these two images speak for themselves.

For more information about Bauer and her work visit her website.

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