Monday, September 1, 2014

Jacquie's Up-Cycle Nation: Pumpkin Make-Do

Sharing an oldie but seasonal goody this week.  I am out traveling the Wild West this week but will back in the home saddle for fresh up-cycles next week!  In the meantime, stitch up some fall pumpkin make-dos!
Up-cycling and primitive crafts go hand in hand as early folk artists created from what was available. Waste was not an option.  Pioneering women "made do" with what they had. Up-cycling employs the same "waste not, want not" principles.
 Today, thrift stores are loaded with cast offs in luxurious fabrics just begging for an up-cycle.  100% wool jackets are often the unintentional victims of laundry mishaps and can be scooped up for pennies at second hand shops!  This Talbots wool jacket set me back 50 cents.
Rewash and dry the fabric to be sure it's clean before starting.  Double the fabric and then fold in half.  Using the fold as the pumpkin center, cut out a circle or oval shape.  Use a template or go freehand for whimsical shape.

Perfection is not the goal here.  After all, pumpkins are imperfect shapes in nature.

Pin, right sides together and stitch 3/8 inch around.  Leave 2 inches open for turning.  This will be the pumpkin top.

Clip curves and turn right side out.  Firmly stuff the bottom of the pumpkin but leave the top 1/4 inch loose.
Now have fun with the face! 
To stay in the primitive tradition use found items, vintage buttons, and old trims.
Secure the facial features with slip stitching.  Let the thread show in random, uneven stitches for a whimsical look.
Run a gathering stitch through the opening and pull tight around the wooden stem.  To avoid glue, I drilled a hole through the driftwood to allow my needle to secure the stem directly to the fabric. 
Top with scrap fabric torn from an old shirt or use an eye-catching remnant.  Tie a bow around the stem.

These faces and shapes are so easy and fun, I found myself diving into my fabric stash for more orange wool!
It doesn't take long to create your own patch of "locally grown" pumpkins!

Jacquie Wheeler
Hand of Bela Peck

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sunday Blog Party - Show Us Your Handmade Items

Welcome to our Sunday Blog Party. We would love to have you show us what you are crafting.

You are allowed to add 3 links to your shops or your blog.

The rules are simple:
1. Follow our blog
2. Handmade items only.
3. You may list up to 3 items each week.
4. Family friendly items only.

The success of this link party depends on the participants so spread the word to your friends, visit the shops,  post about it on your  blog, in a forum or on your favorite social networking site, grab the button and put it on your blog or website.
Just click on the Add Your Link button below and add your items.
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Friday, August 29, 2014

Today's Featured Shop - The Vintage Hare

Looking for lovely homemade vintage inspired home decor such as Folk Art Bunnies and Rabbits, Whimsical storybook critters and other animals, along with OOAK Raggedy Ann Dolls and other vintage inspired and primitive inspired home decoration items? The Vintage Hare offers custom handmade home and nursery decor that are sure to gather lots of OOOO's and AHHHH's!

Below, you'll find a few featured items, but be sure to visit The Vintage Hare to see everything.

Set of 3 Primitive Halloween Wood Blocks

Quilted Harvest Print Tote Bag or Purse

Primitive Pear Bowl Ornies

Canadian Goose Shelf Sitter 

Thank you for joining us today!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Handmade Spotlight - Green the Color for Wednesday

Check our this lovely collection of handmade items with a "green" theme. To see these items up close and personal, CLICK HERE.