Friday, November 20, 2009

Crafty goodness

Today is about Christmas crafting. .. its been a while since Frankie and I did some crafts, I think this is the last one we did together.. that I can remember anyway. Inspired by Alicia's pompoms and some Japanese craft books. Its a fun project, very happy and colorful. Alicia references this tutorial, over at Kiddley. Perfect for young and old. And even grinches.
I wonder where my mom got all her great craft ideas when we were growing up, you know, without the internet! Was there some secret mom underground where the instructions for soap fish were passed around? You know, those oval shaped bars with matching tulle over them to make a big fishy tail, sequins glued on. The little pearl headed pins we used for them to stand on? Any one? sound familiar? I know other people made the mosaic ashtrays, I've seen those in antique stores. I think those were kits. Leather laced wallets? Embossed Copper? WOODBURNING????

Ok, well that's enough of that. I guess we'll end this holiday blog hop on that slightly scary note!!

Today is Linda's day!! I know she' s cooking up something good for us. Check it out.
So hoppers, thanks for coming by and listening to my crazy Christmas stories. I hadn't thought of so many of them in ages. Gudrun will be tallying up the comments and announcing the winner in a couple of days, so stay tuned.
And starting Monday, back to our regularly scheduled program. Yikes, it's almost Thanksgiving! Thanks again everyone. You guys are the greatest. xo


Blogger lisa said...

so sad this isover!! I have a few cafts to make and a few new blogs to "follow" so it was good.

2:52 AM  
Anonymous Nancyz said...

These blogs were great fun. Thanks to all.

4:37 AM  
Blogger chq said...

When you said soap fish I had no clue what you were talking about, then came the description of the tulle, sequins, and pearl headed pins...I thought 'oh my gosh' I remember those!!! My mom didn't make them, but I was so jealous of my friends that had them! Remember the toilet paper crochet covers with a rosette on top?

4:37 AM  
Blogger alobsiger said...

How 'bout some magazine photos decoupaged to plaster of paris shapes and crackle painted? The best one ever was turning the TV Guide into a Christmas tree -- the closest thing to origami. Of course, I couldn't get the full effect because no one would buy me or allow me to use spray paint. And that is what is wrong with my life.

4:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks so much to you and I will drop by again. Linda H

5:32 AM  
Blogger Jewel said...

Thanks so much for the hop. I will miss you all tomorrow!

5:38 AM  
Blogger Pat / Silver Thimble Quilt Co. said...

Great Hop...thanks so much.

6:02 AM  
Blogger Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Pam this has been so much fun. I've enjoyed reading everyone's blog every morning. It's like getting to know a new friend. But you, I know ;-) Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

6:08 AM  
Blogger madrekarin said...

Oh, my gosh! I had forgotten all about those fish! My grandmother had them in her bathroom. She also kept a large supply of a bear-shaped soap called Fuzzy Wuzzy that, when you washed your hands and wore the bear away, had a little toy inside. The worst part about that soap was that Fuzzy Wuzzy was fuzzy and you had to get that part off quickly because it felt horrible on your hands.
This has been such fun! Thanks to all of you for making it absolutely impossible to get anything else done for the past two weeks. ;)

6:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This has been a great blog hop and getting to know more about you designers. You are all so talented. Will be checking back regularly. Thank you.


6:45 AM  
Blogger TheaM said...

OMG - I just remembered that half painted pressed cardboard napkin holder on my grandma's kitchen table - I was so embarrassed when I spotted that still on her table as I entered my teens! mortifying workmanship - but she wouldn't part with it.
It's just as well that this is the last day - it means I can get something else done next week!

6:49 AM  
Blogger Robyn *Ü* said...

This has been a lot of fun. I appreciate you ladies doing this and the thought and time that went into it. It's wonderful for those of us that can't do a driving shop hop because of time or just whatever reason. Thank you.

6:51 AM  
Blogger Jerry said...

Thanks for being part of our wonderful blog hop. I love your project. Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas.

7:05 AM  
Blogger Ruby said...

Oh my goodness, I remember the fish!!! Thank you so much for all the entertainment on the Blog Hop!

7:21 AM  
Blogger Cindy said...

This has been fun - and to think that the Christmas season is just starting!!!

My mom never did crafts, never sewed, never did much "with" the kids but always did "for" the kids. I have no memories of spending time "with" Mom but have memories of "what" Mom did - always presents under the tree, a beautiful Christmas tree and ALWAYS the best homemade cookies in the neighborhood.

I love you, Mom.

7:45 AM  
Blogger Jenny said...

Thanks for all the inspiration and ideas and "deep thoughts" It's been fun!

8:03 AM  
Blogger Agnes said...

Thanks so much for the "Blog Hop". It was wonderful getting know a little about each of you and what you all do in the design world. I haven't actually made anything yet but do have several favorites that I will be sure to make .....probably not before Christmas though..LOL


8:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember those soap fish. I gave one to my 2nd grade teacher as a Christmas present. Thanks for the memory!

8:08 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Thank you for being a great hostess. I enjoyed every minute of the blog hop!!!

8:10 AM  
Blogger Carrie ~ Cricketwood Prims said...

Thanks for sharing your Christmas memories and stories. The hop has been fun and the sharing of all your creativity is the best.

8:32 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Soap fish? SOAP FISH?? How did I miss such an opportunity? I would have LOVED THAT--especially if it was colored, scented soap since all we used was blocks of Ivory.
Obviously I was NOT introduced to such an amazing concept.
And I feel really sad about that right now.

8:46 AM  
Blogger suz said...

Those soap fish - oh goodness! Pam, I don't know where you find the time - you get so much done! I was lucky enough to win the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks from Lynette Anderson, so I now have that to add to the "next project" pile! Congrats on being part of that great project as well.
BTW - I think our moms depended on Women's Day and Good Housekeeping magazines for all their ideas. I know that's where most of my crafts came from many moons ago!

8:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've enjoyed your blog! You are now on my Google Reader list, so even tho this fun blog hop is finished, I'll still be keeping up with you! Great fun, great people, great projects! THANKS

Jane @

8:59 AM  
Blogger Apple Avenue Quilts said...

Thank you so much for the blog hop! It has been wonderful! I have so enjoyed the memories and the patterns. You ladies are great!!!

9:04 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Thanks for sharing all of these was a hoot reading everything!

9:19 AM  
Anonymous carolyn said...

Thanks for the blog hop fun!

9:33 AM  
Blogger Margi said...

it has been an awesome hop, thanks for all the fun

9:43 AM  
Blogger isa & marta said...

Gracias por cada uno de estos doce dias, buenos proyectos, lindas historias, excelentes diseñadoras.

9:58 AM  
Blogger Kathi D said...

I am spending every moment from now until Christmas crocheting princesses with big skirts, who -- wait for it -- actually secretly cover up a roll of toilet paper!

I invented this idea myself. Don't be a copycat.

11:30 AM  
Blogger Wendy said...

How did you ever remember the soap fish?!! What a riot! You guys have give me so many laughs this week and I'm in awe of your memory. It's been so much fun. Thank you so much for all your stories, projects and wonderful pics to look at.

12:57 PM  
Blogger lovetostitch said...

Thanks, Pam, for the many chuckles this week!! I never did the fish, but have seen then, from my cousins - missed out on that one - haha!! I'm going to miss the blog hop, but will hop in again from time to time, now that I'm hooked. Thanks so much for sharing your stories!!

3:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for all of the patterns and fun !!

4:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing memories and ideas with us. This has been so much fun.

6:45 PM  
Blogger arlette said...

I have had a lot of fun in your blog hop, so sad it's almost over, but I'll come to check you!, thank you for everything :)

7:03 PM  
Blogger Julie in WA said...

Well now, I'd forgotten all about those soap bars! They smelled so good. (We only had ivory in our house, no fancy pink or green soaps.)

7:20 PM  
Blogger thepuddles2 said...

Thank you for all sharing can't believe 12 days have passed. Blessings for the Holidays

7:33 PM  
Blogger Sandi said...

I know where my mom got lots of her ideas.....from Workbasket magazine and another one called Popular Handcrafts. A couple of years ago a friend passed along about two years worth of issues of that magazine from the 1950's. And yes, there is enameling, woodburning, all sorts of stuff in those issues. I remember Pack-of-fun for my kids in the 70's and there were always great ideas in Woman's Day and Family Circle. Every craft comes around again so look for woodburning to make a comeback in a few years. Not sure about the laced leather wallets. :-)

8:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know I'm older than you, so I definitely remember all those crafts. My dad died 2 months ago and going through his house I ran across a laced leather comb case I had made for him. Thanks for the great memories.
Leslie S. in MN

9:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sure, I remember leather stamping, copper enameling, what about bondoogle lanyards...I thinkthe first craft I remember is my Mom and Aunt making snow scenes under overturned wine glasses. Always had to go to the hospital bazaar to find out what is new...AND I'm going today...not going to tell you how many yrs it's been, LOL
Thanks for being part of the hop and sharing all your memories and inspirations!
It was fun.
Linda P in IL

4:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This has been so much fun. I really enjoyed the blog hop.

5:24 AM  
Blogger mascanlon said...

Its been such fun and I loved all the memories everyone evoked. And a pile of new projects to think about...for next year! Thanks Pam and friends.

5:55 AM  
Blogger Sharrieboberry said...

We used bead and sequins to decorate the silky covered styrofoam oranments. I still have a few from the mid-70's though the silky thread is a bit fly-away. Where did mom and Grandma come up with those ideas?

My mom made a lovely winking snowman toilet seat cover out of felt. She still uses it and it cracks me up!

5:56 AM  
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6:10 AM  
Blogger alobsiger said...

What's this? No Saturday post? I miss you already.

6:14 AM  
Blogger Suebee said...

I found some great ideas. I don't know how they did it before the internet. Maybe talked to each other in person? lol

8:09 AM  
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2:16 PM  
Blogger kittylet said...

This is my first blog hop - hope there will be more!

2:24 PM  
Anonymous Vicki said...

Hi Pam, Have you recently blogged about how PKM got its name or did I dream it? I have been sick this weekend so sleeping more and dreaming more. If you DIDN'T name it after looking at the Japanese fabric website Kitty-craft one morning, then I did dream it. I also may be losing my mind. Dreaming about blog names..

6:04 PM  
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