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An Epiphany Project

It is a new tradition in our house to celebrate Epiphany. And because I am who I am 😉I had to create a little project to decorate for the big day. This is a simple little hand sewing decoration that I cooked up to highlight the star that led the three wise men to Jesus.

You simply blanket stitch wool felt stars together and stuff them! (Okay, there are few more steps than that but not many.)

I sewed the main star (with the tail) together with silver embroidery thread but thread choice is totally up to you. Gold would be pretty too.

The next step is stitching on some lovely ribbon and adding a button to the front. So easy!! Here’s the pattern that I created for you to use.

You can hang them on a stick you found outside (like I did) or a dowel rod or all separately on hooks on the wall. Once they are hung you can read the story of the wise men, or three kings, or however you refer to the travelers from the east that came so far to pay tribute and worship at the feet of a baby king. Some possibilities for reading are, of course, Matthew 2:1-12, The Three Wise Men: A Christmas Story by Loek Koopmans, or The Story of the Three Wise Kings by Tomie DePaola (found in lots of libraries). Happy King‘s Day to you!!

Make Your Own – Fabric Coasters

Also known as “mug rugs”, these simple little fabric coasters are a great project. They can be done quickly, with little sewing experience, and are so easy to match your personality or that of your gift recipient. This is a wonderful time to enjoy the mindfulness of each stitch and each choice that you make. I will be making many more for friends and family this year!

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Make the Most of the End of Summer

In some parts of the country you creative types are already looking at worsted weight projects and toasty slippers. But down here in far South Texas, we are still in the thick of summer. Wherever you happen to live, there is still time for a few last weeks of tank wearing weather.

To help you (and me) out, I did a little research to seek out my last summer pattern. Whether you choose to sew or knit, here are a few simple patterns that are ready to go.

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Make Your Own – Hot/Cold Rice Bags

We have an issue in our house with nosebleeds. I know, kinda gross, but Malcolm gets them every time it gets really dry. As soon as it happens we try to dry it up and then put a little bag of ice on the bridge of his nose to try to keep it from continuing. It is wet and messy and uncomfortable for him to try to go back to bed with that on his face (yes, it almost always happens in the middle of the night) but we do it because it helps.

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Mother’s Day DIY

What’s better for a little heart-felt (pun intended :-)) gift than something you made yourself. And this sweet little flower brooch is an easy way to do that. Plus you can personalize the colors that your mom, or other special chick in your life, like best. I used 3 different rough circles (making them a bit uneven adds to the quirkiness of the flower), a leaf shaped piece in the back, a cute button, and a pin back from a craft store. That’s it! I layered them together and stitched through all layers with embroidery thread to add even a bit more color. With the same thread, I stitched on the pin back. Viola! A sweet little gift that’s really good for anytime of the year.

My preference for materials is always natural or recycled so for this I used wool felt (poly felt will work too but wool is softer and doesn’t have that machined look) and a button that I’ve had in my stash – I probably picked up at a garage sale.

The other great thing about this simple little brooch is that it has a dual purpose. It is great to just pep up an outfit but, because it’s wool, it can double as a diffuser. Drip a drop or two of Stress Away or Lavender on this little pin for a relaxing scent all day! I love it when things I make are functional too.

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