Handicrafts by Kate Perry and other ramblings

Friday, October 30, 2015

It's Christmas Market time again

Yes, I am having my usual panic crafting sessions to make items for a couple of charity stalls that are coming up in the next few weeks. We had the first one last Saturday but I only took jams and pickles to that one, as it was a joint effort from our church, and other folk did baking, knitting etc.
But now I have my own stall to get ready so here are a few of the things I have made. Starting off with a huddle of sock-snowmen.
They were relatively easy to make, and I love the way they turned out. In fact the hardest part was finding the coloured sock with long enough tops. There were plenty of stripey socks in the market but they were mostly very short, coming just above the ankle. Basically each one is made from the 'foot' of a plain white cotton sock - adult size - that is filled with round grain rice and tied at the top and around the neck. The hat is the top half of a coloured, preferable stripey, sock, and the scarf is cut from what is left over. I glued on a red pear-shaped pin for the nose, and punched black felt circles for the eyes. Then I glued on some matching buttons and used a promarker to add pink cheeks.  I also added a snowflake with a matching gem at the centre, to each hat. So these are very much for decoration only, and are not toys, but I still think they are fun.

Next I called my silhouette cameo into service and using a file bought from My SVG hut, I cut out a stable and assembled it. It was a little bit fiddly, but it all went together quite well. I would like to have stamped the roof with a wood-grain stamp but I haven't got one, and my embossing folder is too small, so I bought some craft, corrugated card, and used that instead. The stable is quite deep, with a vellum backdrop about half-way back.
This leaved enough room to put a battery tea-light behind it which gives the scene a really nice glow.

Again using my silhouette machine, and this time with a cutting file bought from Etcetera4U, I cut out a star.
I saw a photo of this star on Facebook and it looked as though it was white, with a golden light shining through cut out angels and stars. However, when I opened the file in my software, I found it was a solid star, with sequins glued randomly over it! Not deterred by this, I used some stars and angels from my file folder, making them much smaller, and added them over my star sections before I cut them out. The back is another star but without the cut-outs. I wasn't sure whether such small shapes would cut from card but they did. I was using a gold card bought from our 'todo' shop, at 75c for five sheets, so I didn't expect the quality to be as good as it is. Before I glued the last piece in place, I put a small string of 20 Led lights inside it, with the battery case and on/off switch left outside. They are almost too bright, but it does look rather nice lit up.
Each side of the star was cut from an 8inch square of card, and if I have time, I want to make a larger one, using two 12inch squares.

And finally here is a little amigurumi elephant that I crocheted using variegated Danish sock wool, bought from a shop below my son's flat in Aarhus when I visited him this summer.
I am not sure whether he was worth the effort, but he is rather cute.

So I have a few more items in the process of being made, so I am sure I will back in a day or two.


Maxine D said...

What wonderful crafty creations Kate - the snowmen are really cute, and the star a stunner with the lights inside it like that. The elephant is gorgeous!!

Veronica Pell said...

You have been busy Kate! Sock snowmen are cute, and I adore the elephant - think your stable is beautiful,obviously a lot of work involved, and the star is very attractive with the lights. Hope you do well

Jean said...

Your table at the sale is going to look great with all your lovely festive creations. I hope it goes well.
Jean x

Twiglet said...

We are elephant fans in our house so I think he is lovely! In fact all your makes are fab - those snowmen are so cheery - I like using socks for dolls etc - they give a well rounded result! x Jo

Jacee said...

Just found your blog, so enjoyed looking around, you make some really lovely cards and other goodies. I have become a follower so I shall be calling in to see your lovely creations regularly, I do hope you'll come and follow me too.
Hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

JoZart Quilts said...

You've made a really super range of quality craft items for your sales which I am sure will sell really well. It will, however, be a shame to part the snowman gang as they look so cute altogether!
Jo x