Winter's Day in St. James Park
By John Ritchie, Scotland, 1869-1963
Cut four skates from the pattern using glittered white or black felt. I could not find glittered white felt so I painted the skates with glitter glue after they were stuffed with fiber-fil.
Above, some of the materials: glitter glue in clear, black polymer paint, silver string, dollar store door hanger with bells, felt fabric.
Add your furry trim after the skate has been sewn, with large whip stitches by hand, hot glue, or large zig-zag stitch on the machine. It takes half a yard of trim for a set of these skates, and you can use any kind of trim, from ruffled eyelet to fringe. I added the plaid sock edge and ball fringe to these pair below and have tied them onto a jingle bell doorknob ornament from Dollar Tree.
When you do not have fabric for these small projects, buy a scarf at the dollar store.
You might try using silver sparkly chenille wire for the skate runner, fashioning it into the right shape. Attatch the runners with hot glue, staples or stitches or whatever works.
Make it easy on yourself by using the pattern to make cardboard skates. It works much faster.
Go here for paper ornament patterns, including skates for package tags or ornaments
Here is another quick project from Dollar Tree. This wire basket has been turned into a cover for a cake stand, just by prying the handle off and screwing on an inexpensive knob on the top.
I have worn out most of my tea copies and kept saying I needed to make another one but just did not seem to get around to doing it. While at Dollar Tree I saw a collection of knit hats, many of them with warm linings, so I brought home a stretchy one to put on the teapot. It fit just fine and works well. I need to cut out a space for the handle and spout and it will look like a stylish tea cozy.
Besides essential house keeping, there always seems to be an extraordinary amount of other things to do. I hope everyone is taking time from their busy life at home, to take tea.
How do you like the look of these treats? Well you wont have to worry about sugar or weight gain because they are plastic ornaments. Fun to look at and they make a bright spot.