I made up these little Santas yesterday morning. One Log Cabin cut in half makes two Santa faces. One equal sized square makes two hats. Add French Knots for eyes (or some little black beads), a layer of batting, a back a cord for hanging and you have a cute ornament. I started with a 2” square of flesh coloured cotton for the face and used 1” strips with 1/4” seams … if I did them again I’d either cut the strips a little narrower or take a larger seam to make them a little smaller. The cord is three lengths of Pearl Cotton twisted tightly and folded back on itself.
My stash of Hostess Gifts was diminishing so I went to my favourite source “Pinterest” and found the pattern for these Heart Shaped Pot Holders at :
Another stash buster that was quick and easy to whip up. I think I might just have to keep the yellow ones for myself!!!
Tonight we had a tearful evening at the condo. The time had come to help Tommy get ready for his journey to his new home. Little Hiddles was ill prepared for another friend’s departure. He had taken it badly when Caius moved on in February. He still asks about him frequently. Earlier last week when I had told him about Tommy’s trip to a warm and lovely place called Mexico he thought I had just been making up stories during the snow storm.
"Please don’t cry Little Hiddles. It’s not goodbye, it’s just so-long. His new family has promised to help him blog so that you can see what he’s been up to." I said.
"It’s not the same!" mumbled LH.
LH bit his lower lip to stiffle a sob, but he could not hide his sniffles and the tears that rolled down his cheeks. He then took a seat nearby as I helped fit Tommy for a box. Tommy was all smiles and giggles as I fitted each piece.
"That tickles!" said Tommy as each piece brushed his side and cradled his body.
"Are you comfortable, Tommy?" I asked.
"Yes, very comfortable. Thank you." replied Tommy.
Once the box was complete, I left the boys alone to say their so-longs and to share a big hug. Little Hiddles then helped Tommy into his box and wished him safe travels. It will take our newest Hiddles some time to make it to his new home, but eventually you will find him on tumblr with VanillaBuzz.
I’m making progress in finishing my UFOs. My problem seems to be in planning the free motion quilting. This is my Little Angels Quilt. I had just enough leftovers to make a carry bag for it. The top two pictures show the free motion detail and the pieced back. I have one more quilt top sandwiched and ready to quilt … just need to find the right designs!
It seems that Little Hiddles was a very good boy after all. We found him sitting in the middle of the exhibit hall grinning with excitement and as I had promised him, he won a red ribbon for posing well and smiling nicely.
The bottom photos shows the boys in the car on the way home. I told LH that he didn’t have to wear the shower cap since he wasn’t going in the bag, but he insisted that it is a lucky travel hat and that he should wear it always… we’ll have to see how long this phase lasts. Little Hiddles had many stories to share about all of the people who came to see him at the Fair.
Some of the trees are starting to turn the magnificent colours of Fall. With that in mind it was time to create a Fall Runner for the front hall and Maple Leafs seemed appropriate. All fabrics came from my stash … I love it when I can use what I have on hand! I`ve tried to show some detail of the free motion quilting … I`m getting better at it but there is still room for improvement. I stitched in the ditch around the Maple Leafs.
Here was the scene at my house earlier this week…
"KiiimMmmm… what’s this thing on my head? and what is it that you’ve pinned to my cardigan???"
"That’s a shower cap and a claim ticket."
"Why am I wearing these things? I feel silly."
"You’re going to the Chestermere Fair for a couple of days. The ticket tells the Judges at the fair what you are, why you’re there and who you belong to, and the shower cap will keep your hair from getting messed up when you go in the bag."
"Why am I going in a bag? When we go places I go in your purse!"
"Well LH, I’m not going with you… you’ll be sleeping away for a few nights and going to the fair with Rosemary. I will pick you up on Saturday night."
… and this is where things started to go badly…
"What to you mean you’re not comming with me???" said a distressed LH, "I don’t know Rosemary… I… I… I’ve never slept away before… what if I get scared?"
"Rosemary is a very nice lady who makes excellent cookies, pecan squares and superb pickles… you’ll like her a lot. I’ve also packed my quilt for you to take with you… that way you won’t get scared."
"*I don’t like this idea…*" mumbled and pouted Little Hiddles, "… and this tag is wrong… it says I’m a Toy… I’m not a TOY, I’m a BOY!"
"Bud, this kind of tantrum simply won’t do. I know you’re a boy, but that wasn’t the category… the category said Toy, Stuffed Animal, Doll, etcetera. You know that I would never call you a toy, but the fair folks don’t know you like I do. If you play along and smile and pose nicely, you might win a prize. Would you like a nice red ribbon for being the best boy at the fair?"
"*Yeah,*" whispered LH.
"I promise that you will have a good time and meet loads of lovely people. Will you be a good boy for Rosemary? and play nicely with the other competitors in your category?"
"Good Boy! Now find a comfy spot in the bag because it’s time to go to work."
In the end, I think things have worked out and my precious little guy will have a good time.
If anyone is in the Calgary area and would like to visit Little Hiddles at the Chestermere Fair visit the fair’s Facebook page for further details and directions to the Chestermere Regional Recreation Centre
So it’s been a little bit cold here in Alberta over the last 3 days. Its been hard to believe the amount of snow that has accumulated & today we had a snow day because they were without power at work from early this morning until around 2 pm.
In fact it was so cold that a little someone had to give me a hint that perhaps he was a little more sensitive to cold than the rest of the denizens of the condo…
"Hey Tommy, what have you got on your head?"
"*baby hat*" mumbled the newest Hiddles.
"I haven’t even finished knitting that one yet."
"I know, but my noggin’ is soooOOOO cold!"
"Well let’s see what we can do about that… your hair should be dry by now. Perhaps we can get your head covered tonight."
"P..pp..please!," shivered Hiddles, "that would be very nice."
Within the next hour or so our newest Hiddles had his hair and he obligingly posed for the last photo.
"Hey, Little Hiddles… who’s your new friend?"
"Uh,… his name is Tom."
"He’s really cute… & kinda looks like you."
"He does, doesn’t he?… ~*but he’s not wearing any clothes,*~" whispered Little Hiddles.
"Someone should tell him that it is customary to wear trousers around the condo. Perhaps you can help him find something to wear… can you bring me the blue fleece… maybe a little white and brown too while your at it."
After finishing the newest LH’s face it didn’t take long to start building up his outfit. I must say that I’m very pleased with how his jeans turned out. I tried to make the front of the thighs and the seat of the trousers look a little bit faded by felting a really thin layer of a lighter fleece over top of the dark blue base colour. At this point I had my doubts about the cowboy boots, but I’ve since had a change of heart… once I had a chance to embellish them they quickly became my favourite part of the doll.
I’m finding finding it really hard to put this project down. The two Tom’s have spent every night since the start of the project on my nightstand and with each new day I have been greeted by two tiny smiling faces.
"KiiiiimMmmm… Where do Dolls come from?" asked Little Hiddles.
"They start as snips of wire and bits of fluff, but with a bit of patience, some hard work and a lot of love they become dolls… here… let me show you," I said.
Over the last few days I have been working on a third Little Hiddles. This little fellow will be moving on shortly to a new home in Mexico. Before he moves on to his new home I will post a couple more photos here.
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On another note, my LH is going to be having a very exciting week… unbeknownst to him, he’s going on a week long sleepover all by himself. Next weekend he’ll be showing in the Chestermere Fair and one of the volunteers from my work has been kind enough to offer to deliver him to the fair… so he’ll be going home with Rosemary tomorrow. I’ve also packed up my first quilt to go to the fair… perhaps if he has my quilt with him he won’t feel so alone. We’ll have to see how he’s made out when I go to pick him up next Saturday. Fingers crossed that he had a good time and makes many new friends.