Boy oh boy have I been scarce around here lately. The holidays seem to have sent me into temporary hermit mode at least as far as this blog goes but I did want to share some projects and highlights from the holidays with you. We made a lot of our presents again this year. My husband's homemade bitters totally stole the show but these worked out pretty well too:
This year I wanted to find something new and fun and having nothing to do with sewing. I tried my hand at spun cotton ornaments using two video tutorials I found on Martha Stewart This one for spun cotton Easter bunny decorations and this one for spun cotton mushroom clip ornaments. I found both the tutorials to be easy to follow and I had a lot of fun trying a new medium. I found the animals to be a little trickier than the mushrooms which were relatively simple. I can tell spun cotton is something that definitely takes some time and practice to get good at but even though mine were kind of wonky, I liked how they turned out. I usually tend to gravitate towards work that is really detail oriented so these were refreshing in that I was forced to embrace a looser less "perfect" result.
I did a few things differently than the way they were done in the tutorials. For the mushrooms I opted for hanging them instead of using clips as I'm not a big fan of clip ornaments (they always seem to flop over if they have any weight or bulk at all) and instead of using glitter I used some beautiful vintage mica flakes found here for a slightly more subtle sparkly effect. I also added little vintage glass beads and paper flags.