November 22, 2009

Let It Snow…Man!!!

It has been several years since I have taken the time to make hand made Christmas ornaments.  A group of my buddies back in Mississippi held an annual Christmas ornament exchange party.  There were usually about ten of us participating in this fun event.  The only rule was that the ornaments had to be handmade by you and everyone got one.  So, we each  took home ten handmade ornaments, which also meant that we each made ten ornaments!  (I think that most of us were up until the wee hours of the morning the night before!)  A yummy brunch and mimosas were also a part of the festivities!  I miss it!

I always made angels for the exchange.  Let’s see…there was a seashell angel, a fabric angel, a paper mache angel, an embossed angel, ---okay, you get it!  I am starting to sound like Bubba and his shrimp story on Forrest Gump!

I think I am going back for the Christmas brunch this year, but we no longer make ornaments.  Everyone just got too busy, and several of us moved away.  I look forward to seeing all of my MS friends.

Okay, back to the post!  I really was in the mood to make ornaments this year.  I decided to make primitive snowmen.  I got the idea from a vendor at Angel’s  Antique & Flea Mall, in Opelika, AL.   They were made from worn quilt scraps. They were adorable!

I wanted to use materials that I already had on hand. I cut my pattern using three different sized circles. Canvas was used for their bodies and  I hand stitched them on the outside with embroidery thread.  They are wearing either felt or linen scarves and felt caps.  I made the hangers from jute twine and the buttons are twine knots.  I decided not to make faces or arms.

Caroline liked them so much that she asked me to show her how to make them!!!  What fun we had crafting at the kitchen table and listening to Christmas music.  She did a great job!




Isn’t he just the cutest thing?




Here is where it started.




We are making a snow family!!! 




Simple but charming, and very inexpensive to make.  No sewing machine needed!





I sewed this one on the sewing machine using  flannel.   His scarf is a piece of ruffled trim.  He seems a bit plain so I may add little black beads for his eyes, or maybe a black felt top hat.



Look at these lovelies that I bought at Angels.

I love vintage fabrics and lace.  These all came from the same vendor who had a 40% off sale.  I got all three for $5.00!!!  They will dress up a shabby pillow beautifully.




I also got this sweet plate for $1.00!!!   It is Rose Point by Pope-Gosser U.S.A.   It has raised roses around the rim.  So Sweet.




The crazing is just wonderful!!!!


I am linking to the following parties:

Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps On The Porch

Junking Monday  at Nice and Easy Antiques

It’s So Very Creative  at  It’s So Very Cheri

Make It For Monday at Cottage Instincts

Three Or More Tuesday at The Gypsy’s Corner

DIY Day at A Soft Place To Land



Just a reminder of my give-away - You still have a few more days to enter here.

A snowman, cranberry candle, plus this hand painted pillow could be yours!



  1. Thanks fo posting to the party--they are darling.


  2. Love your snowmen! It has been so long since I've been to Angel's - I've got to make time soon. I'm all up in the Victorian Porch Tour now! Have you ever been? Come by to visit me if you drive through or walk on the Saturday night!

  3. Darling snowmen...I lovr the little guy with the red and white ribbon!!! Is there anything you CAN"T do?

    As always...I am impressed:)!!!

    Happy Sunday!!!

  4. Ornament swaps are such a great idea, and even better when you can have a party to exchange! Your little snow men are darling, love the scarves,and your vintage lace and plate are just beautiful. Love that old crazing. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  5. Rhonda,
    Thank you so much for adding my blog button to your amazing blog. I'm sending you a big hug! I am happy to have your button on my blog. It will give my blog a little class!

    Your snowmen ornaments are great. My favorite type of Christmas ornaments are rustic, homemade, country ornaments. Makes me think about sitting by a stone fireplace in a log cabin and that just says "Christmas" to me. I don't know if any of that made any sense! Hopefully you understand what I mean.

    BTW, I love that you now have your photo next to your comments. You have great hair!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. Love your snowmen!! So very cute. And your pretty plate you got for $1.00. I'm a sucker for crazing too...if I see it on an old peice, I must have it :-)

  7. Oh, I forgot to tell you in my last long, rambling comment that is having a linky party for homemade ornaments on 12/8.

  8. super cute! I had one season of making ornaments but then stopped... seems something that I should pick up again!

    Thank you for stopping by!

  9. How cute, Rhonda! I have a lot of snowmen in my Christmas decorations. I'm looking forward to getting them all out and set up together this year.

  10. Love them!! Snow cute! LOL

  11. Your little snowmen are just too precious! Thanks for the tutorial!
    PS I know what you mean about gettin' a hankerin' to make some ornaments. But I took a couple of Motrins and it went away. :)

  12. Too cute! Thanks for the tutorial too. They seem to go together pretty easily.

    Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  13. Love the idea of the ornament swap ... the brunch w/ mimosas sounds like the best part!! :) Your snowmen are adorable. I love the rustic look to them. Also, that plate's crazing is amazing - I am becoming such a fan of crazed pieces!

  14. Sweet little snow men! Thanks for sharing! suzie. xxx

  15. So very sweet. Such a cute idea, I'm saving it.

  16. Just found you tonight and love what I have seen so far. So I have to follow you.
    Your ornaments are really cute.
    Thanks for sharing them

  17. Since I'm working on making most of our ornaments this year, I'll definitely be bookmarking this post :o)
    Thanks for linking up!

  18. Fun project. Thanks for sharing.

  19. This is a great idea and your pictures are very helpful. Thank you!
    I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving on Thursday.
    Best wishes, Natasha.

  20. I love the tray on your table in the last pic. Is that a mirror? It's gorgeous!! I'm a new follower to your wonderful blog!

  21. Poppin in to wish you and your family a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving!
    Have a beautiful day, Rhonda

  22. Hi Miss Rhonda-
    What wonderful things you have created.
    I too love Christmas get-togethers with friends, especially at my house. It motivates me!

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving,


  23. I am loving your style, so pretty. Thanks for visiting and if I can get my man's attention tom. I will be done with the guest room!

  24. Rhonda,
    I love the snowmen, and if a plate doesn't have crazing, I don't buy it..(that is, if it's an antique).
    I also love the ornament party idea, and when I get to know ten people, I am going to do it!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog...I did find some wonderful things.
    Have a blessed, wonderful Thanksgiving.

  25. Oh, I adore your little snowmen! So cute.
    Thank you so much for your recent visit to my blog and for sharing all about your life!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  26. Your snowman ornaments are so adorable! Great idea...
    Have a happy Thanksgiving,

  27. These are sooo cute! I think I am going to make up some this weekend! Thank you for sharing your ideas with us. Happy Thanksgiving,


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