Sunday, December 4, 2011

Inspired by Nancy Maxwell James

Hi dear friends, well the continuing saga of my car and it died while I was in town shopping late this week. Thank goodness for cell phones, I had to call hubby who came to boost me then we went directly to the garage. I have even the mechanic stumped and he has been in business for over 30 years. Just when you think they have seen it all and nope, my car has to be the one that is the odd one.

Anyways I can't keep harping about it, it doesn't help the matter nor does it help my state of that shows are over I can get back to doing a few things I love to do. Play with paper and make some small ornaments for gift giving. If you get a chance check out Paper Whimsey's blog, they are having the 12 days of Whimsy and you can click on the button on my side bar to take you directly to the site. Right now Nancy Maxwell James( I visit her blog SugarLump Studios) has inspired me. This ornament I made is not part of the 12 days but was posted over a week or so now and I just had to make some. I did a few things differently, I printed my images on T shirt transfer paper and ironed the images on. The fabric I used my dear MIL found at Walmart, it is flour sack rags, 3 or 4 to a pack and the material is lint free and so soft. I just loved how these turned out and although the images look a bit grainy here they are really quite nice. Some are heading out in the mail this week I sure hope the recipients like them. Mum gave me a load of lace last year and I have been putting it to good use. I even cut some of the patterns of lace out from the main part of the fabric to embellish these. I made the coat hangers and I had these cute mini clothespins in my stash.dabbed a bit of white paint and they are ready to be hung on a tree or even a drawer pull. I never knew what to do with the clothespins til I saw Nancy's idea. Aren't they the cutest?

I made a couple special ones for gifts so I can;t show them because I know YOU will be peeking. tee hee
And the one show I did and made a new friend Sara (you saw her table in my last post) had these cute little TicTac holders. So I routed around the Internet and found a tutorial for them. There are several versions but this one is easy and I wanted a tutorial for the smaller container of TicTacs. You can find it here.

Well that is it for now. I have a few other things going on, I do need to get more motivated to get my painting orders complete. I did some painting today but it was a real struggle. I think I am burned out, I have been painting since the end of July so once I get these few things done I need to take a break from it.
Til next time, thanks for dropping by and always love your comments.


  1. Oh Les... they are gorgeous... so love the images you have used too... hope the car gets sorted out properly for you...

    take care
    Jenny x

  2. How awesome- I have never made a hanging like this- what a fun gift!

  3. oh oh what a pain your carhas been your little pockets and maybe its time to play with paper again :)

  4. Very pretty, love both varieties you have made! Valerie

  5. Lesley, thanks for stopping by the blog and leaving such a lovely comment enjoy your holiday. Your work is beautiful Lesley think how many people Nancy Maxwell James inspired myself for one. And you Lesley inspired me a few years back to continue in my work make something everyday and I do that every chance I can. Merry Christmas!

  6. Sorry to hear about your car Lesley what a bummer:(

    Your little hanging ornaments are lovely, so perfectly vintage, I bet the recipients will adore them.

  7. Hi Lesley,
    Thanks for stopping by my site, this is my first visit, and I had a lovely time. Keep on making your lovely creations....unless you are burnt out (I am a bit right now), and then perhaps it is time for a rest or some wonderful blog hopping (like I am doing)


  8. All adorable Les! Yes, please grab any images I put up. They're for all to use and enjoy.


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