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December 13, 2011

This IS Your Granny’s Crafting! Dreaming Big Edition

By Betty Crafter

I have a classic case of crafting “my eyes are bigger than my stomach.”  Or, too much to do, too little time.  What I’m trying to say is, I don’t have time for crafting!  Bad Betty.  But that doesn’t mean I’m not thinking about crafting and planning what to do next!  I have been pouring over my vintage craft patterns, picking out things I still want to make this holiday season, or if not, next year.  Wanna see?

How sweet is this felt tree on red burlap?  It’s the kind of thing I might be tempted to leave up all year.

This partridge in a pear tree wall hanging also falls into the category of “things visitors might still see up in July.”  I am a hopeless sucker for the turquoise/chartreuse color combo.

It is just a scientific fact that these elves decorating a tree is kitschtastic.  I heart it bigtime.

Mobile felt ornaments!!  Yes!  I might try to make a few of these still yet this year.

And these mice ornaments are precious, plain and simple.

I think I definitely need this felt gingerbread village, don’t you?

And these stockings are downright awesome.  Maybe next year…


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13 Responses to This IS Your Granny’s Crafting! Dreaming Big Edition

  1. Sara in AZ Reply

    December 13, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    I ask, what could be more perfect than a felt gingerbread village?!? You should definitely make that one next year!!!

  2. Lisa Reply

    December 13, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Elves in the tree and the mobile felt ornament (do you see the child at the bottom who looks like a baby Liza Minelli? It should have its own, completely awesome, starring role in an ornament) are a MUST. I gotta get my kitsch craft on!

  3. Betty Crafter Reply

    December 13, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    @Lisa – yes, baby Liza with visions of sugarplums is at the top of the list! If you want to make it, I can send you a copy of the pattern. Email me at betty@bettycrafter.com
    @Sara – I know! The gingerbread village is so “sweet” (pun intended! yuk yuk)

  4. Andrea Reply

    December 13, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    I totally think you could get away with the partridge in the pear tree being up in July!

    I am also glad to know I am not the only person with far more projects than time. I think I’ve just added that red tree to my never ending list …

  5. P.E. Coristine Reply

    December 13, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    No…can…do. Must…look…away. Too many ideas and not enough time…!

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  7. Jan Koprek Reply

    December 5, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    From your Dec 13, 2011 post (Last year)
    THOSE FELT MICE ORNAMENTS!!! Santa, Mrs. Santa, Elf, Jack-in-the-box, Hammock sleeping, Mouse in stocking!!!I have been searching for that EXACT pattern for the past YEAR online. What a thrill to have found it! Could you PLEASE PLEASE scan the patterns for me and email them to me??? Oh wow I sure do hope that you can!!! I made 3 sets of these when that magazine first came out. But I couldn’t remember what magazine or year. DUH. I only remembered it was in the 1970s. . . Please let me know either way if you can or can’t do this for me. If you can’t, can you tell me what magazine it was from? I want to make more to replace what has been lost over the years, which is all but 2 in my personal set. Thank you ever SO MUCH!

    • Betty Crafter Reply

      December 5, 2012 at 2:43 pm

      That’s so funny Jan – just a month or so ago we got a similar request and I sent my spare copy of the magazine to someone with the same story – dying to recreate the mice ornaments from her childhood! I’ll send you the patterns, no problem 🙂

      • Diane Reply

        October 11, 2014 at 9:26 am

        I, too, have been searching for the patterns for the mice ornaments. My mom made some for our tree when I was a kid. I am 56 years old now, and would like to make some for our grandchildren. The hammock, jack-in-the-box, etc are just so adorable! Any help in obtaining the patterns would be so juch appreciated!
        Thanks for posting your crafting projects and giving me hope!

  8. Jan Reply

    December 5, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    I wonder if it was the same girl, Julie, who has posted the little hammock guy’s pattern on Etsy… Hers was the only mouse that I could find. I think her name is Julie. In any case, I am OVER the MOON with giddiness to think that I can make them again! What magazine was it from? That is driving me nuts as well. LOL
    Thank you again!

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  10. Elecia Reply

    December 28, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    do you have the pattern for the picture with the ornaments of santa, mrs. claus, visions of sugar plums, 3 wise men, etc. I know it came from a magazine, but I don’t know which one or what year. My mother made this ornaments when the magazine first came out and she has had them on her tree ever since. They were my favorites as a child and I would like to make more for myself and my sisters. Is there anyway you can scan the pattern and email it to me or just let me know what magazine and what month and year it was?
    Thank you !

  11. Rena Reply

    January 6, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    I have admired the mobile ornaments on my in-laws tree for years. I would love a copy of the pattern. Thanks.

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