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Christmas Stockings January 5, 2010

Filed under: 3D projects,Gift Ideas,Sewing — aliessa @ 3:32 am

When my husband & I had only 2 children I decided to make us all matching Christmas stockings – appliqued & quilted. When our third child came along I added another, and then this year for our fourth child I was able to add one more.


Unfortunately I am not a wonderful photographer, these photos don’t show all the detail.

I used a friend’s pattern to make them. Each has a line from “The Night before Christmas”  embroided on it, and a matching picture appliqued.

When I made the first ones I also made another 5 for my husband’s brother’s family. And each year since I have made a set for another family. It helps to start early as quite a bit of time is required with all the hand sewing involved. This year just gone (2009) I made 3 more in addition to my son’s for 2 nieces and a nephew who have joined their families since the originals were made – but I forgot to take photos!


Kids Holiday Craft

Filed under: 3D projects,Kids activities — aliessa @ 3:08 am

Kids get bored. I should know this, but every time the school holdiays come around, I am in need of a reminder and my poor kids suffer for the first little bit until I get my act together and give them something to do!

Today was that day. Once again I have used an idea from Nichole Heady. My oldest son loves jokes. He will read me jokes from his joke book for hours if I let him. So this cute little knock-knock book was an ideal activity.

Now, these are not the most polished, but I thought the kids did a great job…


And look at the concentration on their faces, they enjoyed making them!

Nichole has provided instructions and a ready-made template for the knock-knock jokes, click here to view them.

We used plain printer paper for the jokes (Nichole’s template is excellent, but needs a little trimming for Australian paper); some cardstock I had from previous projects for the cover; a number of SU! stamp sets; and a couple of punches for the embellishments. We joined it all together with a hinged ring (from office works). Super easy, my 3 year old even had a go, although he ditched us for his toy tools pretty quickly!

We also made some very simple book marks.

Now I just have to think of something to do each day for the next 3 weeks! Any ideas?


Ribbon Stand January 4, 2010

Filed under: 3D projects,Gift Ideas — aliessa @ 3:52 am


I don’t know if I can really take much credit for this project. As my sister is also into card making I thought a stand for all her ribbons would be a great gift for Christmas. I designed what I thought was functional and then turned to my younger brother and husband to make it. I really wanted to do this myself, but I don’t own a router, and I was somewhat time starved this Christmas – I’ve learnt a big lesson for next year (I’m starting now!).

 It’s made from 3 pieces of pine and 2 pieces of dowel. My brother did all the cutting (with a little help from me) and routing. The dowel slides in from the front or back and sits snuggly in a groove in the middle.

My husband had the task of gluing and nailing it together, and he even took the time to stain it for me!

The few rolls of SU! ribbon I own fit the dowel perfectly. I think it turned out quite nice. I even managed to get them to make a second one for a friend. Now I just need one of my own – maybe this will be my opportunity to give it a go all by myself!


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