Online Finds: Recent Favorite Christmas Crafts

Arts & Crafts, DIY

For me, the holiday season officially started at the end of October this year when I played through my Christmas playlists for the first time. I’ve had Christmas on the brain since then, especially crafts, even if I haven’t exactly had ample crafting time.

That hasn’t stopped me from stealing a few minutes here and there to browse for inspiration. I meant to pick one favorite. But. You know what? I can’t pick one, so I’ll just share a bunch of my recent favorite Christmas crafts.

Hope you enjoy as much as I did!

Amber Kemp-Gerstel at Damask Love made holly berry twist ties:

Damask Love Amber Kemp-Gerstel Holly Berry Twist Ties

The twist ties take just floral wire, green felt, red felt balls, glue and wire cutters. The perfect topper for a handmade gift and very, very pretty.

Dot Hutchison shared her SIL’s crafting success on Twitter:

Twitter Dot Hutchison Sesame St Martian Xmas Stockings

The adorable Sesame Street Martian stockings were apparently crocheted, with a pattern found on Pinterest.

Menucha at Moms and Crafters crafted with felt as well, but she glued shapes on the outside of tea light holders for a mosaic look:

Moms and Crafters Menucha Felt Mosaic Tea Light Holders

Here is an absolutely GORGEOUS arrangement of cascading bauble ornaments by Tanya at Dans le Lakehouse! And hanging sounds easy, too: tension rod and thread.

Dans Le Lakehouse Tanya Cascading Baubles

Claire Armstrong at Pillar Box Blue made mini wreaths made from acorn caps and felt balls.

Pillar Box Blue Claire Armstrong Mini Wreaths

So cute!

Here are colorful, cute, small felt tree ornaments:

Say Yes Felt Tree Ornaments

The tutorial is by Liz Stanley assisted by Stephanie Gardner; crafting and sewing is by Gaby Viglas.

Last but definitely not the least, Kara Whitten at Kailo Chic used paper mache cones to make ombre tiered trees with a gold accent:

Kailo Chic Kara Whitten Ombre Xmas Table Trees

Acrylic crafts paints in different colors and a gold pen are all you need. So, so beautiful!

Do you have a favorite holiday project, new or old? Do share!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Modern, Colorful Updates for Matryoshka Dolls

Colors, Design & Designers

Traditional designs get updated from time to time – for a good reason: they’ve already stood the test of time. Here’s a new version of matryoshka dolls (also known as Russian dolls or stacking dolls) I found while browsing an old magazine:

Budget Decorating Feb 2008 p20
Budget Decorating magazine, February 2008, p. 20

I was looking for something else, but these dessert plates were so delightful I had to stop and browse Etsy a bit. Below are a few of my favorite matryoshkas.

Tanya Fortmoon’s abstract matryoshkas – I’m not a great fan of the specific abstract decorations themselves, but the faces of the dolls are priceless.

Etsy Tanya Fortmoon Abstract Matryoshka
Tanya Fortmoon on Etsy

So happy and expressive!

Oksana at VseruKami made these cute Eva robot dolls from Wall-E:

Etsy VseruKami Oksana Wall-E Eva Robot
Oksana at VseruKami on Etsy

Yulia at FirebirdWorkshop painted super cute, ADORABLE sloths!

Etsy FirebirdWorkshop Yulia Sloth Matryoshka
Yulia at FirebirdWorkshop on Etsy

Although, as sloths go, these by Tanya Fortmoon are even cuter!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Online Finds: Free Printable Floral Calendar for 2021

Arts & Crafts, Bits in Spaaace!, Colors

Brittany De Leon shared her adorable, colorful floral calendar for 2021:

Printable Calendar for 2021

(Free for personal use.)

After the 2020 we had, I’m all for something pretty to look at every month. Thank you for sharing, Brittany!

Visit Paper Trail Design for more.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Native American Cosplay of Captain America

Arts & Crafts, Geek out!, Stunt Double

Casey (otherwise known as hot.glue.burns on Instagram) made a Native American variant of Captain America’s costume for the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con. And the cosplay is both inventive and gorgeous!

Poster Cosplay in America has copied & pasted some of Casey’s thoughts:

“I originally brainstormed this costume in late 2015, but I really started rolling on production this last year, once I committed to this years SDCC… My main goal was to make a Native American variant of a fan-favorite character. I was immediately drawn to Captain America because of everything he symbolizes as basically the poster boy of a nation. To me it was the perfect parallel. And once I visualized the red and white bone breastplate on my abdomen, I knew this was something I had to see through.

“A lot of old school leather work with the awl! The majority of the armor was made from a base of 6mm EVA foam with 3 oz deer hide glued over it. The pieces were then stitched together with sinew or leather lace. Using this technique allowed me to form curves and build the necessary bulk of the armor pieces while also getting the suede textures I was looking for. And a whole lot of beading!”

Found via Good Stuff Happened Today on Tumblr.

Happy Indigenous Peoples’ Day!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

A DIY Wreath from Paper Bags and Faux Flowers

Arts & Crafts, DIY

Who knew brown paper bags and faux flowers would make such a handsome wreath?

Crafty Little Gnome Adrienne Paper Bag Wreath

Adrienne at Crafty Little Gnome

This wreath is by Adrienne at Crafty Little Gnome. Very nice indeed! She used a commercial straw wreath base, but I bet you could replace that with a homemade base of some kind. And depending on the color of the flowers, the wreath can be as versatile as you want.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

New-to-Me Music Style: Bardcore

Bits in Spaaace!, Geek out!, Stunt Double

I recently learned of a new-to-me music style: bardcore.

It means making versions of modern pop / rock songs in the style of medieval ballads. And, oh boy, is there a rabbit hole to fall into!

Verily, behold “Sandstorm” by my fellow countryman Darude:

Darude – Sandstorm (Medieval version) by Marcus Aurelius on YouTube

Another neat bardcore version of a song from Finland, this one a trad: “Ievan polkka”.

Ievan Polkka (Medieval Cover) by Middle Ages on YouTube

Sadly, some are merely badly rendered synthesizer versions. When you do hit gold, though, it’s really good!

Below are other bardcore versions that tickled my fancy. (I saved the best for last, so keep scrolling!)

Gangnam Style (Medieval Style) [Bardcore] by Muckwick on YouTube

Macarena (Medieval Cover) by Middle Ages on YouTube

Nothig Else Matters [sic] – Medieval Style – Bardcore by Early Style on YouTube

Walk Like An Egyptian (Medieval Style) (Vocals!) by Mystic Zaru on YouTube

We Will Rock You [Bardcore] by Graywyck on YouTube

Surprisingly, also the theme for X-Files works quite well:

The X-Files (Medieval Cover) by Middle Ages on YouTube

Hildegard von Blingin’ is by far the best, most dedicated bardcorer (if that’s what they’re called) I’ve found so far.

Somebody That I Used To Know (Bardcore/Medieval Style Cover with Vocals) by Hildegard von Blingin’ on YouTube

What is Love (Medieval Style with Vocals – Original by Cornelius Link) by Hildegard von Blingin’ on YouTube

LOL! Love ’em; don’t you? 😀

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Wardrobe Hack: Pants into Crop Wrap Top

Before & After, DIY, Fabrics & Materials, Inspiration

LOVE this idea by Tiffany Michey – turn a pair of pants into a short wrap top!

Tiffany Michey Pants into Crop Wrap Top Screencap

Tiffany Michey

Tiffany has the tutorial in a video (my image above is just a screencap, don’t try to play it). She also gives you a rough pattern:

Tiffany Michey Pants into Crop Wrap Top Schematic

Tiffany Michey

Reusing at its best, isn’t it? I really wish I had a pair of pants to try this with. Ohwell; the next time I visit a thrift store I’ll keep my eyes peeled. 🙂

Visit Paper Michey or YouTube for the how-to video.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

New to Me: The Love Cats in Ukulele

Random Beauty, Stunt Double

During the covid-19 pandemic, many people in my social bubble and beyond have turned not just to handcrafts but to video projects as a way to pass the time and provide comfort. I’ve seen a wide spread of projects and inspiration as a consequence, and enjoyed every one. Here’s an example.

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain recorded a cover of “The Love Cats” by The Cure.

The Lovecats – Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain on YouTube

Isn’t it wonderful? I laughed out loud, it was such a fun take. 🙂

Found via Whatever.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

World Map Wall Art in Rainbow Ombre

Colors, DIY

Eileen and her husband Ash, who blog at Just Measuring Up, did a fantastic rainbow ombre wall art project with craft paints and a stencil of the world map:

Just Measuring Up Ash Eileen Rainbow Ombre World Wall Art

Ash and Eileen at Just Measuring Up

Doesn’t it look fabulous?

And here is their project hung up:

Just Measuring Up Ash Eileen Rainbow Ombre World Wall Art2

Ash and Eileen at Just Measuring Up

In addition to giving you the how-to, Eileen also lists 6 other ideas for filling up a blank wall. Visit their site for a look!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Online Finds: Abstract Art with Cooking Oil and Food Coloring

Arts & Crafts, Colors, DIY

Allison at Dream a Little Bigger came up with an ingenious way to make abstract art – with cooking oil and gel food colors:

Dream a Little Bigger Allison Food Color Art WiP

Allison at Dream a Little Bigger

Her point was to use something she already had. Can you believe the resist patterns were done with canola oil?

Dream a Little Bigger Allison Food Color Art

Allison at Dream a Little Bigger

Very nice! Apparently the colors change a little as the paper dries, but it looks so vibrant either way. I wonder whether you might be able to do wrapping paper with this technique?

Visit Allison’s tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger for more photos and a how-to.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.