December 2, 2015

Day 2 - Christmas Blog Hop!

Welcome to my Blog and Wendy @ Ravenwood Whimzies Annual 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop!
I'm honored to be a part of her Christmas Tradition and share a few things with you.
Just in case you missed the 1st Day, you'll want to go to Lecia's Blog HERE. Of course, the best place to start is always at the beginning so make sure you follow along with Wendy HERE.
I've been busy 'crafting' for some time now and am ready to put it all away until next year but first, I'd like to share a NEW Elf with you! I made this one just for the Blog Hop!
Ernie the Elfin Make-Do
Supplies needed:
acrylic paints
large wooden plug
seasonal cotton fabrics
Christmas sock
2x4 block and piece of dowel
The scan to my computer no longer works so you have to make your own pattern. Look at the photo. Make sure the curve of his cheek is coming out diagonal from the point of his hat. (This is a sheet of cardstock folded in half).
Draw the pattern onto muslin or your choice of fabric.
Sew along the pencil lines leaving the bottom open. 
Stuff the ears first and then go and stitch them up on the machine or by hand. Finish stuffing.
Paint him with a fleshtone acrylic paint. Center the nose with a pencil mark, a little lower than I'm showing here. Brush on some cheeks. Don't be stingy as I love me some cheeks!
Paint your wooden plug the same color flesh and glue to the center place you marked for the nose. Now mark the eyes and mouth. Follow along on the next few posts.


Isn't he adorable?!
Now we need to assemble him!
I used a 2x4 block of wood. I painted it with black and then red over that. (Forgot to sand it but I'll get to it.)
I like to take the skinny spools and set them with a small piece of dowel into the block. Otherwise, they don't stand very well by themselves.
Slip the little guy over the spool and sew up the hole underneath.
Take a Christmas sock and cut it in half. Tie up the end with some twine.
Place it over his cone-shaped head.
Trim him up with a collar around his neck (about 18" x 4", gathered).
Glue it to the bottom of his face where you sewed the hole. Gather around his neck. Add some faux fur to his hat and a little embellishment to the top.
I also added a grosgrain bow at his neck. In all different designs, of course! That's what makes him so whimsical and charming! Add a tag....I haven't done that yet either! If you'd like to have a paper pattern of Ernie, just email me at and I'll send it to you. You can follow along here on this tutorial for instructions.
Here's my recipe for my famous "Date Nut Balls'! Mama used to make these for us sometimes but I make them every year. Our oldest daughter makes them now, too! They are soooooo good!
They don't turn out yellow. Just bad lighting!
Yield 50-60 small balls
Recipe can be doubled easily!
       1 egg, well-beaten
        12 cup butter
       1 cup sugar
      8 ounces pitted dates, chopped
     1 cup pecans, finely chopped
       2 12 cups Rice Krispies
    1 teaspoon vanilla
     In a heavy sauce pan over low heat cook butter, sugar, dates and egg until gooey and thickened. Take off the heat. Add pecans and vanilla. Now add Rice Krispies and mix well. Cool until slightly warm. Form into small balls and roll into powdered sugar. Now, STEP AWAY from the treats, if you can!!!
We love Christmas! My husband has to be the 'original' Santa Claus! We don't put any gifts under the tree, except the ones from siblings, until Christmas Eve night when all are sleeping! Yes, it's more work for us but SO much fun for the family! And I NEVER know what I'm getting for Christmas......NEVER!!
Thank you Wendy for letting me be a part of your Annual Christmas Blog Hop! I hope you all have enjoyed what I've shared!
Blessings to you and yours this Holiday Season!


Joyce Mayer said...

Hi Vicky,

Elfie is adorable and I can't wait to make him. Now that cookie recipe looks dangerously good - like you can't just eat one!

Thank you for your wonderful post.


Farmhouse prims said...

Hi Vicky, I love your blog hop post!!! Thank you for sharing such a wonderful tutorial, I want to make him. And what awesome cookies, I want to make them for sure. I enjoyed your post so much. And you tell Mr. Santa that he better be good to you this year. Hugs, Lecia

Danice said...

Darling elf tutorial, so cute. And, the Date Nut Balls do look yummy. Thank you for sharing all of this with us :)

L J Dogsmom said...

Who would believe that something that starts out looking like a stuffed turkey (or maybe chicken?) could end up so darn CUTE!
Thanks for giving em a smile today along with good memories and a great tutorial.

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Denise * KKL Primitives said...

LOVE Ernie, Vicky! He's adorable and I KNOW my gd's Ayden & Bella are going to want me to make each of them an Ernie of their own. :D

Would your date nut balls taste just as good without the nuts? 2 of my grandchildren are allergic to nuts :(
Thanks so much for sharing your tutorial and cookie recipe :)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'm blog hopping tonight and it's always fun to visit you. I love this cute project and I know you'll say I can paint if I try....but you've never seen me paint! hahaha! Happy holidays sweet friend. Hugs, Diane

Lois--Huckleberry Lady said...

Love your new elf!!! I used to make those cookies all the time. But I too, can't leave them alone cause you can't eat just one!!!!! hahahaha You got me hungry for those, maybe I should dig out that recipe and make some this year!!
Merry Christmas, my friend,

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Very cute elf!! Thanks for the cookie recipe's beginning to feel like baking time!!

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Thanks so much for the great tutorial and the delicious looking recipe Vicky, so glad I hopped on over from Wendy's blog to visit! Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas! Deb xo

BumbleBeeLane said...

Growing up we always got our new pj on christmas eve. Great tutorial. He is a cutie. Warm Blessings!~♥Amy

Theresa said...

Hi Vicky...your Ernie the elf is sweetie. The Date Nut Balls look addictive...I have cookie issues I admit. Never met a cookie I didn't like LOL!!! :0)

Jackie said...

Love Ernie! Thank you....

Terra said...

I am happy to meet you here in blog land and I see you are following my blog, and now I am following you. Christmas is on its way, and your elf is very cute.