Craft-Mania and Best Wishes for the New Year!!

My last post of 2011! I can’t believe a whole year has passed, but I have to admit I’m not terribly sad to see it go. It did end on a good note, though, and I hope that my current productivity level proves indicative of what’s to come next year. During the month of December, I was a crafting MACHINE! I finally had the time to finish up some projects that were started in September and October, as well as make a host of home-made Christmas gifts. I started by finishing little W’s intended Halloween costume…a little late, but I say every day is a good day to dress like a gnome!

This is so cute I can hardly stand it!!

I think he likes it :)

I finished baby Mallory’s quilt. It was my first time using a rotary cutter and I rather enjoyed the whole experience. Perhaps I’ll become a quilter and continue the family tradition.

The finished product in it's new home!

Next came the Christmas gifts, and I started by making a throw pillow out of a discarded curtain panel. Richie and I liked it so much, I decided to make one for our house, too ;)

I used some vintage 1970’s trim that I had been toting around for, literally, 10 years. I think it fits perfectly with the fabric! One of my new year’s resolutions is to actually use up all the fabric and trim that has filled our entire guest bedroom closet.

I also decided to try my hand at making infinity scarves (9 total), and I’m very happy with the result. I liked them so much that I made a few for myself as well.

(How did I manage to not get any pics of the scarves I gave away??)

And then I made some craft brooches for the crafty ladies in my family. (And, of course, I made an extra one for me, too!)

Finally, I wanted to make some foodie gifts and I decided on Outlander Kitchen (via her Island Vittles blog)’s infused Pear Brandy (go check it out!).  It was fun to make and a huge hit with my friends. I can’t wait to try her Rhubarb Gin when the weather warms up! We also experimented with some blueberry and blackberry infused Jack Daniel’s.

I forgot to take pics of the finished product, but they looked beautiful in the simple jars with a little raffia bow.

The Jack-soaked berries were way too strong for our tastes, so we gave them all to Rachel. Come to think of it, I haven’t heard from her since! I’ll drop her a line later to check in ;)

Here’s wishing you all a very safe and Happy New Year!! Best wishes for 2012!! See ya next year ;)

15 comments on “Craft-Mania and Best Wishes for the New Year!!

  1. Paige Turner says:

    Happy New Year: Your posts always make me happy

  2. Angela says:

    Are the trimmings on the pillows the same as you had/have on a lampshade? Just wondering. Winston for sure loves his gnome costume, but he hasn’t gotten around yet to getting any better pictures in it. Happy New Year!

    • I don’t think I ever put them on any of my lampshades (I used similar on some curtains and a footstool), but Carla and I decorated one of hers, so perhaps that’s what you’re thinking of. (At least 10 years ago, I happened upon an ancient fabric shop in Elizabethton that was getting rid of old fabric from the 70’s – I literally bought it all! It was like 10 cents a yard and I was GIDDY! The sad thing is that I still have most of it.)

  3. Carla says:

    How could you turn that darling baby into a GNOME! ;^] LOVE the pillow casements! Yes, you must quilt more……and work abstractions in LUSH fabrics! Adore the name framed in hearted chocolate velveteen! Have you tried quilting a coat or a skirt or drapes?

    Outlander Kitchen is a lovely read, isn’t it! Are you celebrating Hogmanay with some of that whiskey? “Slàinte, sonas agus beartas!”

    ¡Prospero año nuevo! from Texas!

    • I’ve not tried quilted clothing yet, but want to make some new drapes (inspired by a color combination that I recently saw on “Downton Abbey”).
      I LOVE Outlander Kitchen!! No scotch in the house at the moment so I had to settle for a wee brewski ;)

      • Carla says:

        Speaking of “Downton Abbey,” I watched all of season 2 and the Christmas Special as well on Fast Pass TV for FREE…..I just could NOT wait until this year’s USA release.

        Sooooo……you can catch all released episodes at
        There are many portal options for viewing when each episode is clicked. Each episode was made available after each television release…..same evening… I watched after each showing out of the USA. Try it!

        I have found the sets and the clothing very stimulating/inspiring, but the table settings have been rather pedestrian for the level of the house.

      • Thanks for the link! I think season 2 starts this weekend and if it’s as good as the first, we may break down and watch them online (although I’m forever spoiled by our big screen TV- which I will be happy to see when we move back home!).

  4. Happy New Year – Godt nyttår :-)

  5. I am in awe of ALL of your crafts! Oh, and is the gnome available for loan? He’d look great in our front yard…;) Happy New Year! Theresa

  6. Lori Riedel says:

    So glad to see you back! Happy New Year! I absolutely love those pillow!! Slainte’!

  7. Bridget says:

    Thanks again for the beautiful hanging for mallory! It really does tie the room together beautifully :). Happy new year!

  8. Diane says:

    First time responding to your blog. I realy like you site. How can anything be better than Outlander Christmas food? I love the little tape masure pins. Could you give us directions? You must have been crazy busy before Christmas. I just finished a pair of wool/bamboo socks for a Christmas gift. Thank God I won’t see the receipant until next week.

    • Hi Diane! I will try to write up some directions for the pin, but I sort of made it up as I went ;) I made 3 and they were all a bit different as I was trying things out.
      Wool and bamboo socks sound very interesting, are you knitting them? Knitting is something I’ve wanted to learn for a long time, hopefully 2012 will be the year it happens.
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting :)

  9. Beautiful! What a lot of fun projects!

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