Christmas 2014 brought some cute hand-made surprises.
|My sideboard had a red, white and black theme in 2014.|
A bit fuzzy? Stay calm, it's not your eyes!
My phone took these photos and they are not as crisp as usual; a lesson learned.
My sideboard had a red, white and black theme in 2014.
At the front of the display are three hand-made gifts.
|(From left): Simple decoupage card, 3-part paper tole card, knitted mug warmer.|
Simple Decoupage Card
This card was made by a teenager (Miss HS). The central figures are duplicated, cut out and applied to the card as an extra layer, giving the card an extra dimension.
This technique is a form of decoupage: the art or process of decorating something with an arrangement of cut-out paper, cardboard, linoleum etc., especially the creation of three-dimensional scenes with such cut-outs. It is also known as paper tole or 3D decoupage.
3-Part Paper Tole Card
This beautifully detailed card has very intricate cut-outs and a three-dimensional construction method to create extra depth to each part (front, middle and rear).
The middle and rear are decorated on both front and back with a mixture of single- and double-layered cut-outs.
Extra sparkles from the poinsettias' glittered centres are pretty and festive.
|3-Part Paper Tole Card|
The side view shows the three parts and a frame around the bottom to help it stand up and add visual depth between the layers.
The rear view shows the double-sided decoration with a panel on the back on which to write the Christmas greetings.
This awesome card was carefully and painstakingly made by Ms CB.
Knitted Mug Warmer
|Knitted Mug Warmer, knitted by Cheryl W of MummyCook|
Pattern: Santa's Mug Cozy by Bernat Design Studio
This is just too cute; made by my friend Cheryl who loves to knit.
She can crochet but prefers to knit.
I can knit but prefer to crochet.
We are a complementary pair. I will give Cheryl my compliments this Christmas season for her tie-on mug warmer (together with a generously sized mug).
[Thank you, Cheryl! <big smiley thanks>]
She knows I love a cuppa and she also knows that I am frequently interrupted by family demands. Invariably I get distracted and my tea goes cold. Not any more!
Cheryl found the free pattern on Ravelry: "Santa's Mug Cozy" by Bernat Design Studio but her version is slightly different.
Why make work for yourself when there is an easier way?
The original pattern was in two sections–'Left Front and Back' and 'Right Front'. Each section had a tie on one side for securing the cover to the cup and then the other sides were to be fastened with buttons and a buttonhole band.
Cheryl examined the utility of this piece and decided that buttons and buttonholes were quite unnecessary because the cozy had ties to attach it to the mug. There would be no reason to fasten and undo buttons.
I wonder whether it is wise to be fiddling around with fastening buttons right next to a steaming hot cup of liquid. With my clumsiness, I am likely to burn myself.
Cheryl modified the pattern to knit the cozy in one piece instead of separate sections and picked up stitches to make a faux button band. The buttons were stitched on for decoration. Same effect: simpler method. Great work, Cheryl!
I am tempted to add an amigurumi head to this charming project. Maybe it can be a lid to keep my cuppa hot.
What is the cutest hand-made item you have seen this Christmas?
Links (in subject order)
"What is Paper Tole?" online article by Kevin Menzies, http://www.papertoleteacher.com.au/, 2013: http://www.papertoleteacher.com.au/what_is_papertole_.html
"How to Make a Decoupage Greeting Card" online article by Jeanette (Gonnafly), HubPages website, 21 February 2013: http://gonnafly.hubpages.com/hub/how-to-make-a-decoupage-greeting-card
"Santa's Mug Cozy" free knitting pattern, Bernat Design Studio:
- Yarnspirations, free pattern (PDF): https://web.archive.org/web/20131228010417/http://www.yarnspirations.com/assets/files/pattern-files/%5Bnode:id%5D/pdf/en/WEB-B-SV-Santa%27sMugCozy-eng.pdf
- Ravelry pattern page: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/santas-mug-cozy
MummyCook blog by Cheryl: http://fructoseintolerantrecipes.blogspot.com.au/
Related Lupey Loops Posts
"Not So Secret Baby Items", 24 December 2014: http://lupeyloops.blogspot.com.au/2014/12/not-so-secret-baby-items.html
"Secret Baby Items (of bibs and blankies), 4 September 2014: http://lupeyloops.blogspot.com.au/2014/09/secret-baby-items-of-bibs-blankies.html