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The New Standards Holiday Show is on stage for its 10th incredible year, and there are stockings to commemorate the occasion!

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This holiday show is a tradition in and around the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul, and I was thrilled to contribute to the merriment by designing and producing these special stockings. There are two styles available: Blue plaid with felt Yetis that pay homage to the Holiday Show posters by Lucy Michelle; or a red plaid with felt Chan, Steve, and John.

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So many Chans, Steves, and Johns! The heads are hand-cut from felt, assembled, then hand-painted.

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Yay for yetis! The heads are hand-cut from cotton batting and felt, assembled, then hand-painted.

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Cotton plaid trimmed with coordinating faux fur, a healthy dose of glitter, and a dash of beading, these heirloom-quality decorations are made in Minneapolis by me.

Stockings are available at the show, and from my online shop.

November and December was the busiest Christmastime ever for Heather Donohue Crafts. First I made an elfload of ornaments  and fleece creatures for the inspired {verdigreen} home shop here in Montclair, NJ; next, the custom Christmas stocking orders started.

One commission was stockings for everyone in the immediate family who didn’t already have a vintage Christmas stocking. Each one was customized  with great attention to detail, from wool and wool-blend felt, and included plenty of beadwork and sequins, when called for.

(Note that stockings face either right or left as ordered–here it looks like the off-white stocking is doing its own thing, but once in the context of the other family stockings that also point left, it fits right in.)

Vintage-style custom stockings

For her son Andrew, the classic train:

Vintage-style custom train stocking

For her husband Patrick, a U.S. Marine, his likeness in felt, surrounded by his hobbies. There’s a snowboard, bike, golf club, tee, and ball; football, and because he hunts, a gun. Bonus: It makes the other stockings feel safe.

Vintage-style custom stocking

For her sister Amy, who loves flowers:

Vintage-style custom flowers stocking

For her son David, an assortment of vehicles, including a likeness to the vintage red tractor from the family farm, driven by Santa.

Her mom, a book-lover and grandma,  is pictured reading to one of her grandkids, snuggled under a blanket, near the tree and bookshelf.

Vintage-style custom stockings

Another stocking was for a little boy and included his favorite toys (spaceship and robot) as well as many classic Christmas themes, including a heavily-decorated tree, snowy scene outside, and a train.

Vintage-style custom stocking detail

Vintage-style custom stocking, train detail

Stocking detail. I use a mix of vintage and new sequins and beads.

I also rocked out on the stockings’ personalization–here are two examples of the child’s name in the mother’s handwriting.

Christmas stocking lettering in Cameron's mom's writing.

Vintage-style custom stocking, train and name detail

Happy 2014 to you!

I’ve been crafting more Christmas ornaments than ever this season, with most of them going to {verdigreen} home.
Here they go now:

Vintage Matchbox ornament convoy

Above is a convoy of vintage Matchbox vehicles bringing home a tree or two.

Vintage Matchbox car with tree ornament

Sportscar detail

Vintage Matchbox trailer with reindeer and tree ornament

Camper with reindeer sporting tinsel-y scarves, wee wreathes, and a big Christmas tree. (Don’t think about this arrangement too hard–it doesn’t really make sense, but it looks fun.)

Vintage Matchbox car with trees ornament

Oh, you fancy. This Silver Shadow has two trees–one for the living room and one for the balcony.

Velvet acorn ornaments with vintage glitter and ribbons

Velvet acorn ornaments with vintage multicolored glitter and ribbons. The glitter is a mix of different shapes, sizes, and colors–so special!

Snowy Mushroom Ornaments

And mushroom ornaments with some snowy “glitter” on the caps and bases.

Other styles of ornaments are in the works. I’m feeling the Christmas Crush already (but I wouldn’t have it any other way.)

vintage ornaments

 

My godmother gave me these five ornaments last year, and they were her mother’s mother’s. My calculations put them at…quite old.

Before I tucked them away in my stash, I wanted to make a log so I could keep track of them. I was going to take a photo, but instead I did this little sketch on the back of the card that came with them, explaining their provenance. I tucked it in with the ornaments for their long winter’s nap.

Not a lot of crafting proper went on at out house this Christmas, but I can’t complain because my four-year-old kids are in their Prime Christmas Magic years, so we let them inspire our activities.

This year I found some white LED lights with a decent glow, so decided it was time to replace the old lot. An added bonus, besides all that energy-savin’, is that I can slather my tree in lights and not worry about blowing a fuse nor circuit in my olde-tyme homestead.

Lighting the tree

We got around to making TWO types of cookies this year.
Here’s one tray of the Gingerbread cookies, decorated in mini M&Ms and red hots.

Gingerbread cookies

I made our traditional family spritz wreath cookies for a party at school. When asked to bring two dozen cookies to a function, I like to play it safe and make five times as many.

Spritz wreath cookies

Spritz wreath cookies detail

The holiday windows at Macy’s were good this year. Here’s one of my faves.
Macy's holiday window 2012

And another. Hey, people…you’re in my shot!

Macy's holiday window 2012

(Thank you.)
Macy's holiday window 2012

The windows at ABC Home included this:
ABC Home holiday window

And this:
ABC Home holiday window

In the store, they seemed to not care if you took pictures. This is a sharp departure from the attitude on the matter in previous years. (I hate getting disciplined while Christmas shopping.) Anyway, here are some sweet vintage ornaments. The pricetags made me throw up in my mouth a little.

ABC Home vintage ornaments

Back at home, I had a little mother-daughter outing to buy Christmas lights. I chose those LED lights for the tree, and daughter chose some lighted candy canes and colored lights for the back yard.

Snowy Christmas lights

Playing in the new snow

The front yard still has the tasteful clear lights, so it’s “business in front, party in the back.”

 

Happy 2013!

I just completed a new Christmas stocking for a newborn named Lucas.

After a brief discussion with his mom about a train design, I came up with this rough sketch:

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Next I cut out the felt, sewed on the front half of the cuff, and the heel/toe triangles. Then I added the train track with glitter glue, and cut out most of the train cars and the engine.

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The mom sent photos of her son and two of his favorite toys (“dragon” and “puppy”), who are now on the train, as well as some pine trees.

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Next I added the name and embellished it with an assortment of sequins and beads.
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The reveal!

Lucas train stocking

Detail of the finished stocking includes snowy pine trees with beads and star-shaped sequins, and train cars and caboose details including embroidery, sequins, beads, and glitter.

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Here is Lucas the Elf driving the train with his friends. His hat is trimmed with a wee jingle bell, and the train wheels are vintage work clothes buttons.

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I love to make stockings!

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