Friday, December 2, 2011

Holiday Handcraft Fair 2011

The Handcraft Fair we had earlier this year in the Spring worked out so well, we decided to have another one for the Holidays. It turned out to be another great event with so many different creative handcrafts.

My son made homemade artisan bread - crispy crunchy crust, and oh, so soft inside. You must try the recipe yourself - it's so easy to make and wonderfully satisfying.

Homemade applesauce

My daughter embroidered felt ornaments

My son made sculpey necklace ornaments with imprints of leaves, shells, and berries

And he tried his hand at a bit of sculpting

Look at what a four year old can do. I drew this pattern from Doodlestitching onto the fabric, put it in an embroidery hoop, threaded a dull darning needle, spent some time showing her how to stitch in one side and out the other, and she was able to stitch the pattern really well. I will say here that her personality is one of order and perfectionism. She likes to organize everything and is very meticulous about lining things up and things of that sort, so her personality probably lended to the embroidery. She made two - one for her grandma and the other for her friend.

Here are some of the other things we saw today

And last but not least, a little violinist played for us.

We'll be having our next Handcraft Fair in the Spring, hope you'll join us!


  1. What an incredibly talented bunch you are. You have me quite inspired with the doodle stitching. I'll let you know what we make.

  2. Jeanne, the book is great. I had some experience with stitches before so I'm not sure if the descriptions in the book would be simple and clear to a beginner. If not, I'm certain you could find plenty of videos on YouTube showing how to do each kind of stitch. After copying a couple of the patterns from the book for the ornaments pictured here, she decided to just draw and embroider her own ideas, which I loved. You can also Google embroidery images for a million more ideas, or try searching the same on etsy.com. So fun!

  3. I love the idea of a handcraft fair for kids. All the crafts look so nice too.

  4. i have and love doodlestitching too!! now i'm inspired...

    gotta go make something ;)