Sunday, December 17, 2017

3-D Printed Mailbox

It's the 10th anniversary of the ornament exchange so I 3-D printed a mailbox! I used a design I found on Thingiverse. It's not my first mailbox ornament, though it's a definite improvement, even though it's not technically an ornament since it doesn't hang. It was designed to be used as a bank, so it has a working flap so you can actually put things inside, which is awesome.

Door open

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Mini Fireplace Christmas Decoration

Since the book cart and then the bus, I have been determined to make Amanda an ornament that lights up. This is not technically an ornament since it doesn't hang, but I think this is as close as I am going to get. Unfortunately, you can't really tell the difference between the photos with the lights on and off.

Lights off
This ornament/decoration required more assembly than actual creation. I made the tiny stockings and the felt fire, but everything else is store-bought. The fireplace is from the doll house section of Hobby Lobby. I bought the string of lights first, determined to figure out something to do with them, but it's hard to create an ornament around a 9' string of lights and a battery pack that requires 3 AA batteries.

Lights on

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Pink and Purple Ornament

This ornament was made to match the triangle baby quilt. It's not quite an exact match to Claire's ornament, since my sister chose an L name for this baby and I had already used the rest of the L brads on previous ornaments. I bought these larger, flat, gold brads because that's all I could find. I don't love gold, but I think it looks fine with these fabrics. I was afraid the brads would be too large, but I think the bigger brads actually work better. I do miss the look of the embossed letters though.

Try making one yourself with this tutorial.

Saturday, December 9, 2017


I made this for Amanda for with the hexagon blocks her grandma gave me a couple years ago. Since the blocks were all hand-stitched, I hand-stitched most of it as well. (It looks fine on the front, but not so much on the back.) I attached the binding to the front by machine, and attached it to the back by hand. It's too big to be an ornament, but I'm sending it to her along with my submissions for our Christmas ornament exchange.

Finished size: 11.75 x 11.75"
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