November 16, 2013

Trim Your Tree......

Go HERE to sign up for an incredible Giveaway! "Trim Your Tree with The OFG" Team is generously giving this entire Treasury to one lucky winner! Don't miss out!!!
While you're at it, stop by my FB page (badge on my right side bar) and sign up for my Mystery Giveaway.
Look for this picture and sign up on that post only for a chance to win. Ends Nov. 30!

Stay Tuned!

November 13, 2013

Tutorial--Snow Folk

This is a Tutorial for my Snow Folk. I'm sure you've seen similar patterns around. I've drawn these up myself to share with you. Feel free to use them as you wish. The patterns are available for download at the bottom of this page.

YOU WILL NEED: Fleece material, Warm and Natural Batting, etc. (I used a mattress cover for my snowmen. I buy one of the cheap pads from Walmart instead of the material from the fabric store as it's less expensive).
Beads for eyes
Jingle Bells
old Socks
homespun and/or seasonal fabric
red and black felt
black and ecru crochet thread
cinnamon sticks
My patterns include seam allowance. Cut 2 pieces for each pattern from your material.
Sew up the sides all the way around 1/4" from the edge.
Slit the back at the neck line for stuffing and turn them right side out.
Pour 2 cups of rice for the larger pieces, 1 cup for mid size, and 1/2-3/4 cup for small snow folk.
Finish stuffing with fiber fill and stitch the opening closed.
Now comes the fun part! I didn't Prim these but if you want to go that route then NOW would be the time to spray them down. Let them bake in the sun or put in a warm oven until dry.
Let's make the faces! I brushed on some blush from my make up stash and then got to work on the sewing! I used black crochet thread and some black beads (small for the little ones and large for the larger dolls....sorry, can't remember the sizes).
I went though the neck and/or the heads depending on who was getting a hat.
I stitched on eyebrows and the mouths then glued on the cinnamon sticks for their noses.
Next comes the neck scarf and buttons.
The hats are made from felt, old socks, knit material. I've included the pattern below for both the triangle 'Santa' hat and the Stove hat. Socks are super easy as all you do is cut the sock before the heel and tie it in a knot.
 Stove Hat. Cut out the brim (1 piece) and the hat part (2 pieces).
Sew it up, turn it and stuff. 
Apply a little hot glue to the inside edge of hat and place down on the brim piece. Add a bit of homespun for a hat band and a sprig of artificial holly leaves for added embellishment.
The triangle hat is super simple. Cut the one piece from knit or felt. 
Sew up the sides and turn. Add a little fur if you want! The striped piece was a sock!
 No need to stuff it. Glue to the heads of your Snow Folk.
These guys, my Half Snow Folk, don't have a mouth but they are made the same way as the other Snow Folk.
 Pattern is also at the bottom of page for these guys.
My Snow Buds have a small wooden plug instead of a cinnamon stick for their noses. They are SNOW Cute! 
Jingle bells are added with a rusted safety pin! LOVE IT!!
(You'll need Adobe to read the patterns)

If you have any questions, just message me. 

November 8, 2013

Time Flies!

Time does fly as you get older.....Mama was right. Then again, most of the time she was!
I promised you a Giveaway and I've been dragging my feet. We're still running the A/C here but I've been creating a SNOW STORM! Just taking my time with it!
Here are a few of my 'works in progress'!

Snowman Ornies! Our OFG Team is putting together a special Christmas Ornie Giveaway. I'll tell you more about it as the time gets closer at hand.
Christmas Trees that need to be primmed and have their bases added. Maybe some Jingle bells or a Star Garland??
Woodland critters that need ears, tales, legs, and other such necessities!
Candy canes awaiting their Meeces and Christmas greenery!
I just finished these guys a few minutes ago. I need to Prim them. Or do I? 
I like the 'white' but also love the smell of my Prim mix. What do you think?
I'm working on the Tutorial for this Snow family. I drew them up along with another guy and I want to share it with you, 
Stay tuned!
My Giveaway is coming soon!