Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Special Delivery!


Do you know there is always a holiday party being planned in my craft room? The characters I create just can't seem to pass by any opportunity to celebrate the day that is special to them. A Valentine pom pom cute as can be delivers an invitation especially for you!


I know I love to create with felt because it is held in the hand and only floss is all you truly need to turn it into such cute things.


My oldest and dearest friend and I from the Halfway Woods made dozens and dozens of pom poms in grade school with little floral stamen antenna, googly eyes, and cardboard feet that looked like the logos on our brother's Hang Ten shirts.




My earliest memories of felt include making clothes for my troll dolls so they wouldn't always have to be naked. Bean shaped, two holes for the arms, a first pattern created. I have "prepared" all of my felt pieces for my pom pom. A little more attention to the hat is optional:


I have glued an inside hatband and slightly smaller circle to give the hat a crisper appearance. Tacky glue is used to adhere bill and hat trim.


Two pipe cleaners are twisted together(color does not matter)and bent at the ankles. Length of felt is distance between bends in pipe stems.


Three strands of floss, a few tacking stitches at the ankle, fold over felt and wrap with thread as you go down length of pipe stem. Secure with several more tacking stitches.


A "U" shape is created for the pom pom to rest.


A separation is made in the yarn for the bird to "sit" on legs. (I have the funniest story to share about my brother and his "sitting" area) Carefully apply a bead of hot glue in the center of yarn separation, set legs.


My mother's friend Miss Bernice who owned her own Beauty Salon was so charmed by our pom pom Martians she sold them in her shop to her patrons for a dime apiece. Our mother's couldn't buy enough yarn to keep up with our production.


I usually hand stitch my pom pom birds from start to finish, but hot glue is a fast alternative. Arms are ready to be glued in place.


Miss Bernice's was not unlike the beauty shop in Steel Magnolias. Lovelorn advice, beauty remedies, and to-die-for dessert recipes lovingly shared among women who became life long friends.


Oh My Gosh! Did you ever see such a cute mailman?



The snow is falling, falling outside my craft room window. A Special Delivery day, a smile in the heart.


Pattern same for Special Delivery Stork
Please do not Pin pattern to Pinterest

20 comments:

sassypackrat said...

This is really so adorable! I must find time to make at least one!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Isn't he wonderful? I can't help but think "special delivery" when I see him in his cap {which is just adorable, Elizabeth}. Love the glimpse I caught of that little girl figure holding an "L"; how great that would look on a shelf, windowsill or mantel with her friends to spell out "LOVE".

Stevie said...

eeek! E! I got a pompom maker today and I LOVE it!!! I've made two and the first was a bit tricky. SO excited to make some birdies. I love the peeks into your world! xo

LindaSonia said...

I love the little mailman!!! You are so clever and creative!! Have you thought of selling your little creations on etsy??

Mommarock said...

Oh my goodness.. this is just the cutest! I love, love, LOVE it!! I wanna make one.. :) I hope I can find time to fit him (her) in.. it is just simply adorable!

Sewn With Grace said...

You make the most adorable things, Elizabeth! Love that my envelope is on your wall. It looks so pretty with all of your other colors. Love it all!

My Crafty Little Page said...

Oh I love these little guys you make. I just have to try it someday. I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed the youtube - it's actually easier than you think to make one. I've been visiting everyones tag page for January - it's just so much fun and what creativity. Thank you again for thinking of this - it's like a little gift every month! xoxo Nancy

Sunny simple life said...

How cute is he. I love to see what you make.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

OH MY! You're having SO much fun! Thanks for the pattern! Enjoy your afternoon! ♥

Pieceful Bits said...

E! A special delivery indeed! He is cute. You are the best pattern-maker and sharer ever!
(~~)
Julie

Mary said...

He is just as cute as can be! I just want to touch those little feet. I just may have to pick up some pom-poms the next time I am in Micheal's. You make the most adorable crafts. Thank you for sharing the pattern.

Debby said...

So cute. You make it looks easy but I know it wouldn't look like that if I did it.
I will definetly take you up on your offer. Sounds like fun.
Lots of pretty fluffy snow today.

vivian said...

so precious! I love how you attach your legs. great idea! One day soon, I am going to make one!
sweet dreams my oh sooo creative friend!
xo
viv

Patty@sewingseeds said...

What a sweet little mailman and the little pink peeps are too cute! I definitely want to give this a try.

BucksCountyFolkArt said...

I'm going nuts over here! Red! How I love RED! Against white, it's so crisp and just grabs you. Maybe that's why I love Coke so much. Hmmmmm......

Sooooo cute E!!! Just so cute.

Jill

Charli and me said...

Hello, I found your lovely blog this morning and fell in love with all of the adorable things you make. I don't know if I could make something like this but I down loaded your pattern and I am going to try. I also added you to my favorite blogs. Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent with all of us.

Beedeebabee said...

He's sooo adorable, with so many cute details! You are so clever, Elizabeth...you should sell your things in Etsy. You'd make a bundle! I love him and can't wait to see more of his party going friends! xo Paulette

Bettsi said...

Oh my goodness! What more can I say? The cute-ness of this little guy is too much. Thank you, E, I think this one I will have to try!

kim c said...

you are a rock star. love your style. and thanks so much for the tutorials. i saw you mentioned at yapping cat studio and i'm so glad to be a follower now. have a great weekend.

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