snowman and santa claus….

tomorrow is thanksgiving day, but my mind is on christmas…

santa drawing

i like to draw my patterns directly onto weavers cloth rather than creating a paper pattern.  it’s less work and it ensures that almost every piece i make from my own designs is one-of-a-kind.  ellis likes to help me with this process….

“i’m a tremendous assistant” ~ellis

i kept santa claus simple, using mostly red and white valdani floss.

santa claus

lilly is awaiting santa’s advent….

“santa? i’m watching the birds!” ~lilly

i like adding tags to my pieces, for some reasons.  maybe because they’re fun to make?

christmas greetings

the other piece i’ve been working on is a snowman.  snowmen are so cheerful!

snow!

of course, with snowmen comes cold weather, but otis knows how to stay toasty…

“purrrr…” ~the oatsy

and, lilly has a few how-to-stay-warm-on-a-cold-day pointers…

“first, find a comfy cushion, add a kitty heating pad, top with a blanket and crawl under.” ~lilly-kins

sounds good to me!

brrr!

the santa claus has sold but you can visit snowman on my etsy shop by clicking here.

wishing you warmth and happiness!

 

~rebecca

santas, santas….

here comes santa claus!

“where?” ~lilly
“where?” ~ellis

well, actually, you have to look indoors…

“where?” ~lilly
“where?” ~ellis
“where?” ~otis

i’ve been working on two santas this fall.  the first one is a traditional red and white…

st. nick

the tiny stocking he carries is fully lined and functional and was a total pain to make. 

what do you think ellis?

“zzzzzzz…..” ~ellis

apparently, ellis isn’t thrilled.  maybe the next santa will be met with more enthusiasm….

santa

personally, i love the muted colors of this santa.  and, again, the stocking he carries is fully lined and functional, and was a total pain to make.

santa doesn’t have to carry his stocking everywhere.

what do you think, lilly?

“i think i’d rather play with a tiny roll of wool than put together a tiny stocking.” ~lilly

i must say, i agree with lilly.

you can see the red st. nick on my etsy shop by clicking here.  the other santa has sold.

now, we just need some snow!

be well, friends!

 

~rebecca

christmas memories and give thanks….

I got a little ahead of myself…. I skipped Thanksgiving for a moment and moved right onto Christmas….

christmas memories stocking

christmas memories stocking

I love this design from Robin of Bird in the Hand Primitives ~ click here for links to her patterns.

back view

back view

I love ticking, can you tell?, and antique bone buttons, and little pockets and stocking stuffers, and Christmas.

I also love Thanksgiving!

give thanks

give thanks

I’m nearly done with Cathy Sowers fabulous Thanksgiving design.  Did you miss the pattern she shared with us?  Click here for the post.

I’m planning to list these two stockings on etsy eventually.

What have you been up to?

 

cheers!

 

rebecca

a santa for all seasons….

I finished punching this santa quite some time ago, but couldn’t decide exactly how I wanted to complete it.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I finally decided to make it into a pull toy instead of a rocker.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I found these fabulous vintage wheels and thought they’d be perfect for Santa.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

A little sheep replaces my traditional reindeer.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

An American flag joins my usual Christmas tree.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Ticking acts as backing.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

A tiny gingham check covers the base.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The tree and the flag can be removed or they can change positions.
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So, this Santa can be displayed throughout the year!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

You can visit A Santa For All Seasons at my etsy shop by clicking here.

Let it snow!

 

rebecca

etsy update….

In addition to the phm update tonight a 9, I’ve finally updated my Etsy shop, a bit.  Here’s what you’ll find if you decide to visit….

santa and cat

santa and cat

summer swimmer 1

summer swimmer 1

summer swimmer 2

summer swimmer 2

three chickens ~ polly minick design

three chickens ~ polly minick design

2 chickens ~ antique inspired

2 chickens ~ antique inspired

1887 kitties ~ antique inspired

1887 kitties ~ antique inspired

cat sampler ~ antique inspired

cat sampler ~ antique inspired

angel and birds ~ relisted at a new price

angel and birds ~ re-listed at a new price

polka dot horse pull toy ~  relisted at a new price

polka dot horse pull toy ~ re-listed at a new price

giraffes pull toy ~  relisted at a new price

giraffes pull toy ~ re-listed at a new price

If you’d like to visit my shop you can click here.

 

enjoy the sunshine in your heart!

 

rebecca

phm update….

It’s time for November’s Primitive Handmades Mercantile update!  Here’s what I have to offer:

merry christmas!

merry christmas!

This is a two-sided Santa Claus wand.  The first side, above, says, “Merry Christmas”, the second side, below, says, “ho ho ho!”

ho ho ho!

ho ho ho!

I also listed the snowman I showed you the other day.

jingle bell snowman

jingle bell snowman

If you’d like to take a look at either of these pieces you can visit my shop at PHM by clicking here.

In the meantime, in our neck of the woods it is utterly Freezing… 0 degree wind chills… brrrrrr!  Snow, snow, snow, blow, blow, blow.  Some of us know how to stay warm….

the oatbran

the oatbran

There’s nothing quite like a lap and a fuzzy blanket!

 

happy weekend to you!

 

rebecca

it’s beginning to look….

a LOT like Christmas!

ohhhhh nooooo, snoooooow!

ohhhhh nooooo, snoooooow!

Of course, this dusting won’t last, but, if we’re going to have snow we might as well have Santa, too!

"ho, ho, ho!"

“ho, ho, ho!”

I started this particular Claus in June…. yes, June.  I meant to have him completed for Christmas in July, but, well, we didn’t have any snow in July, in fact the weather was so fabulous this summer that I hardly ever came indoors.

ticking stripe stocking

ticking stripe stocking

I punched Santa in a sort of brownish~pinkish color ~ Valdani JP6, Muddy Pots, and gave him a functional stocking and some rusty bells.   He measures about 13″ high x about 16″ long including the rocker.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The stocking can be removed.

another little pocket!

another little pocket!

I backed him with the same ticking I used to cover the rocker which is a slice of antique wood bowl I salvaged.  The decorative ends are vintage clock feet.

"giddy up!"

“giddy up!”

Santa loves to rock~n~…..OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

…roll!  He’s pretty excited about the snow.

How about you guys, Ellis and Otis?  Are you ready for winter?

"yep" ~ellis "Yep" ~the oatbran

“yep, ready” ~ellis
“Yep, all snug here” ~the oatbran

How about you Lilly?

"what? did you say winter???" ~lilly-kins

“what? did you say winter???” ~lilly-kins

Any thoughts you’d like to share about winter or snow, Lilly?

"wake me when it's spring" ~lilly

“you bet i have some thoughts, but this blog is rated g.  wake me when it’s spring” ~lilly

Maybe you’d like to make your own Santa?  Here’s a sketch….

Please, feel free to share this pattern with others, but please do not copy the pattern for mass production, nor make more than 10 finishes from this pattern ~ thanks!  I like to change the shape of the hat and the length of Santa's coat for each piece I make, you're welcome to make additions or deletions as you'd like, too.

santa pattern

Please excuse the scribbles, as I said this is just a sketch.  You should be able to drag the drawing to your desktop and print from there.  Please, feel free to share this pattern with others, but please do not copy the pattern for mass production, nor make more than 10 finishes from this pattern ~ thanks!  I like to change the shape of the hat and the length of Santa’s coat for each piece I make, you’re welcome to make additions or deletions as you’d like, too.

 

I’ll let you know when I list this Claus on etsy, if you’re interested.

 

Stay warm and ho, ho, ho!

 

rebecca

santa’s colors…

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hello!

i received a couple of questions regarding which Valdani colors i used for Santa.  here they are:OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

and here’s what i used each for:

4 ~ beard, hat, boot and cuff trim

5 ~ santa’s face, rudolf’s eye, and saddle blanket

H205 ~ rudolf’s body

O154 ~ santa’s mitten, rudolf’s antlers, star on tree, and trim on saddle blanket

PT2 ~ tree and holly on saddle blanket

O510 ~ santa’s costume, rudolf’s nose, holly berries

H212 ~ santa’s eye, rudolf’s eye, boot

i hope this helps!

 

it’s snowing like the dickens, here.  we’re looking forward to a white christmas!

 

stay warm….

 

rebecca

 

 

phm update, november….

merry christmas in november!

merry christmas in november!

If you’d care to scoot on over to my Primitive Handmades Mercantile shop you can see the ornaments I’ve been working on this month ~ I’ve had so much fun!  Click here to visit.  But, if you’d prefer to spend your time napping…..

go ahead and snooze....

go ahead and snooze….

…Oatbran will sure to join you.

Happy November!

 

rebecca