Friday, December 4, 2015

Twelve Days of Christmas: My Day!

I hope you have been following the Twelve Days of Christmas, each day there is a new tutorial or free pattern that you can make, just in time for Christmas. Thank you to Wendy for hosting the hop and all of the ladies who are participating. You can follow along each day by clicking on the banner.


I love to work with wool and I know most of you, love wool as well. I also love doing pieces with inspirational words and I think Joy is one of my favorites. I hope you enjoy my project and make one for yourselves to remember to keep Joy in your hearts, each and every day, this season.

I have given instructions, if anything seems confusing or you have a question, you can email me, anytime. The bells are about 5" long, but you can make them any size by enlarging or reducing the design.

This is  closer photo of the bells, the garland goes across my windows, with more bells and ties.



Have fun with the pattern, instructions are a guideline of how I made mine, but you can change it to suit your likes.

Instructions:

Materials:
Wool
floss
red berries (Beads, buttons or french knot.)
Rusty bell
2” styrofoam ball.
Red and green homespun 1/4” strips
Jute
Clothespins

Bells:
Cut out 3 bells, 3 bell backs, letters, candle, 2 leaves. Sew on the appliques with a blanket stitch.
Attach berries
Sew back and front with a blanket stitch, starting at the bottom and when you come around to the end, attach the bell with the same thread.

Balls:
Cut strips from the green homespun and wrap them around the styrofoam ball, until it is covered. Take a red piece and wrap it around the ball, twist around at the bottom and come around the opposite side, tie into a tight bow, leaving a few inches of the tail, to hang from the clothespin. 

You can buy pre-stained clothespins or soak them in walnut ink to age them. You can also have fun and paint them in christmas colors.

To make the garland, take a piece of homespun and a piece of jute and twist them together. Add  red ties if you like to fill in the spaces, and you can add larger rusty bells, as well. The length depends on how much you add to your garland and the size of your window, or area that you hang from.

Pattern Pieces:



Another fun thing to do for Christmas is baking treats that everyone will love. I have made these for years, they are great for parties and your guests who come to visit. They melt in your mouth and I haven't met anyone who didn't love them.

I hope you enjoyed visiting today and don't forget to follow along each day.


20 comments:

Farmhouse prims said...

I am enjoying the blog hop so much. I love your bell garland, I have to make this, it is lovely. Your brownies sound mouth watering, want to try them too. Thanks for sharing. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas season. Hugs, Lecia

Kate said...

Love your Joy Bell garland, Debbie. Your butterscotch brownies sound divine - I have a weakness for brownies. Thanks for sharing both. Enjoy the Christmas season as much as you can - it should be lots of fun with Nicholas.

Joyce Mayer said...

Hi Debbie,

It's a pleasure to meet you, what a charming Blog, a lovely place to visit and I am now a follower.

The Joy Bell Garland is beautiful and I can't wait to get started on that project, the recipe sounds wonderful, thank you so much for sharing.

Hugs
Joyce and Prudence

Vicky Weaver said...

The Garland is adorable! Will have to try the brownies as they sound delish! Thanks for sharing!

moosecraft said...

Your Joy Garland is beautiful! The candle in the "O" is the perfect touch! :-)

paulette said...

You Joy Garland is fantastic...LOVE it! Thank you so much, Debbie! How thoughtful of you! Your recipe sounds yummy too!

Jackie said...

Love the banner! Thank you....

Wendy @ Ravenwood Whimzies said...

Good morning Debbie! Great post! I love your JOY garland and hope to be able to find time to make it before the holidays! I have a new picture window it would look nice on. The brownies sound delicious - I can't resist making them. Thank you so much for joining in the blog hop!

Carol said...

What a beautiful garland and so festive! Those brownies sound yummy, too!

Sandi said...

Debbie, what a lovely design! But I think you mean five inches not five feet for the length of the bells! Although they would be very grand hanging in a shopping mall or ballroom at that size.

You are such a lovely creative person. Thanks very much!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a fun project and yummy recipe. Thanks for sharing! Holiday hugs, Diane

Saundra said...

Your applique joy bell is quite nice and the recipe sounds delicious. I'm having a heck of a time trying to finish hooking my rug so for sure no other projects will be ready until the one rug is bound and the other two UFOs are hooked and bound. I'm sure that will be after Christmas.

kelley said...

thanks Debbie this is so cute...have been thinking of trying punch needle again and Joy will be a good place to start...keep forgetting to tell you how much I love the pic of Nick in the bamboo...hugs

Karen said...

Thank you, Debbie.

Julie Fukuda said...

Really neat. I especially like the lettering on the bells. I will have t try that recipe too ... for once it uses something that I have on hand. So often those from the states call for things our local stores do not carry.

Rugs and Pugs said...

What a fun project. Thanks, Debbie.
Your recipe sound wonderful. I bought the dark brown sugar but forgot to buy the baking powder. I'll need to take it to work so I don't eat the whole darn thing!
Hugs :)
Lauren

Cindi said...

THanks for sharing your talent! I really love your joy banner! I don't know if I have time to make all these fun things this year but it will be good to have a place to start for next year!
Be blessed,
Cindi

usagypsy said...

I love this garland! I had nearly forgotten about this hop and I had been looking forward to it! So many awesome projects! I adopted a young dog a couple of months ago and it's been so long since I've had a puppy I didn't remember how much time they took :) So I'm not crafting as much, but I am more active ha!

acorn hollow said...

I love this! Oh how I wish I could settle in and create all the Christmas season. I have been sick and then away and I am finishing up my challenge rug.
Cathy

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

What a beautiful garland Debbie, thank you so much for your tutorial! And those brownies sound delicious, I love butterscotch. Thanks so much for sharing and wishing you and yours a joyous holiday season, Deb xo