Monday, December 2, 2013

Day Two - Homemade Ornament

 More often than not I buy a book based on it's cover which is exactly how I came to add Joelle Hoverson's delightful book Last-Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts. Although filled with oodles of inspiration in the homemade department it was the two patchy birds on the cover that sold me. For years now I've intended to make up a flock of them but somehow time just flew away from me. Not this year however! A new cut of red fabric and a package of sweet lavender from one of my favorite places inspired me to give it a go.
 Being that it only required four cut pieces and an estimated completion time of 45 minutes I figured I could sneak one in between morning errands and afternoon pick ups.
And guess what?
I did!
 A few quick seams, a bit of pokey work turning it right side out, and before you know it, it was time to stuff the bird!
To be honest I wasn't totally happy until I added the ribbon around the neck...ribbons just make everything so much more gifty don't you think?


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    1. Thank you Ann! It was fun to make and will be fun to give as well. Thinking perhaps I'll gift one to myself as well!

  2. A lovely little bird and I perfect extra touch is the ribbon.

  3. Hi there Natalie! I just discovered your lovely blog and I love it! I've always dreamed of making an English garden too! I'm not there yet, though... Your bird your made is adorable, loved the fabric you used. I'll be stopping back by to visit again,
    Have a great week,
    Dorothy and Ms.Wilma

    1. Delighted to have you visit Dorothy! Good thing it's winter now and the gardens under wraps for the years as I'm not there yet either and I'd hate to have to show it in photos as it stands. Each year it gets better, fuller and more fragrant in some spots even! Thank you taking the time to leave such kind words...they are greatly appreciated. Happy Wishes, natalie jo

  4. Now I know exactly what I shall do with all the leftover lavender buds from my son's wedding:) I LOVE this little bird! Thank you for sharing!
    And thank you for coming for a "visit" ...I have missed chatting, but you saw how very very busy we are these days of frantic preparations! Aren't we all:))
    Much love and blessings,

    1. You should make a pair of "love" birds to fill with such special lavender!!!

  5. ...and yes, a sweet little bow makes everything better...instant preciousness:)