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Twenty Twelve

It is so hard to believe that 2011 has bid us farewell and we have welcomed in the new year. Kelly and I rarely get too personal on this blog but I thought I would take this week to reflect a little and share a bit more of my life with all of you. 2011 seemed like it was a tough year and unfortunately I feel as though I’ve heard that from quite a few people. As I look back on the last year it seems impossible to look past the hard times, nor should we, but what I should be focusing on are the blessings 2011 brought with it. I made some wonderful new friends, I spent time with my family, my own little family grew with the addition of a new kitty and I purchased my first home(!). All wonderful things, not to mention, I am employed which is something to be oh so grateful for these days.

I had a long conversation with my mom yesterday and as we wished each other that this year would be better than the last, she asked me if I had any resolutions for 2012. I spouted off the usual: be healthier, more organized, etc. and then after I hung up I thought about it. What is really going to make me happy this year? Once I actually took a minute to really give it some thought the answer was immediate and so obvious – quality time with family and friends and taking more time out of my schedule to remember and appreciate others. With the hustle and bustle of daily life and the piling up of jobs and projects I find myself often feeling selfish and so exhausted at the end of the day to even pick up the phone or write a note.

This week, as Kelly returns home from Texas and life settles back into the post-holiday groove, Anna Lee Co. is taking a little break from our normal blog content. Each day I will be focusing on a real, heartfelt resolution and either crafting or showing you how I intend to make my resolution a reality. Maybe this act in itself is a bit selfish as I am in a way, forcing all of you to hold me accountable for what I would like to achieve in the upcoming year but what I hope this week’s projects do is help everyone take a few minutes alone with their thoughts and find what is going to make 2012 a happy and sincere year for you.

All of our best and very warmest of wishes for a happy, happy new year.

Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.  ~Abraham Lincoln

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Web Round-up: Vintage Handkerchiefs

I hope y’all are having a good week between all the celebrations. I’m having a great time in Texas with my family! (Sorry for the delay in my posting today, mom’s internet is touch and go out here in the sticks!) It’s been fun crafting with vintage handkerchiefs this week, my grandma has told me some great stories about the good ole’ days when she always carried them around with her.

Here are some more handkerchief ideas from around the web:

Check out miss Martha’s adorable ring pillow tutorial here:

A tutorial on these sweet charms from Dandelion Wishes:

Love this idea for your wedding guests from Style Me Pretty:

Maybe the coolest idea ever, a screen-printed program on the handkerchief, shown on The Wedding Chicks blog:

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#3: Handkerchief Wrapping

The holidays and gift wrapping are behind us, but I LOVE this idea to give a small gift wrapped in a handkerchief. It’s like a gift wrapped in a gift! I think it would be such a sweet way to wrap your bridesmaids & wedding parties thank you gifts.

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#2: Handkerchief Placemats

What an easy way to dress up a luncheon or shower, use mismatched vintage handkerchiefs as placemats!



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#1: Handkerchief envelope

This little fabric envelope is a cute way to repurpose a vintage handkerchief, and quite simple to make. Fold the hanky in half, starch and iron flat, then stitch around the edges. Next, fold the bottom two-thirds up and the top one-third down. For an added embellishment you can add a button and/or the recipient’s initial with embroidery thread.

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This Week’s Project:

Well Christmas is over, it’s hard to believe. I hope y’all had a wonderful day celebrating with family. I’m in Texas at my mothers house surrounded by lots of family heirlooms and thought it’d be fun to do some projects this week with her vintage handkerchiefs.

BACKGROUND:

A  handkerchief, handkercher, or hanky, is a form of a kerchief, typically a hemmed square of thin fabric that is carried in the pocket for personal hygiene purposes such as wiping one’s hands or face, or blowing one’s nose.

Handkerchiefs have historically been used as:

  • A decorative accessory
  • By children as way to carry around small items when a bag or basket was unavailable
  • A substitute for a bandage over a small injury
  • A head-covering at the beach

King Richard II of England, who reigned from 1377 to 1399, is widely believed to have invented the cloth handkerchief, as surviving documents written by his courtiers describe his use of square pieces of cloth to wipe his nose.

adapted from this Wikipedia article

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Seeing is Hearing

Wow, it’s almost Christmas a.k.a. “the most wonderful time of the year.” We wish you all a Wonderful holiday!

love, Jodi & Kelly

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Web Round-up: Felt

Kelly and I have been wanting to showcase felt for a while now and with Christmas this weekend (still not ready) it seemed like three ways to wrap gifts with felt was in order. There are still so many great felt ideas out there though so don’t be surprised if you see felt return for an encore presentation. Here are just a few of our favorites from around the web:

Loving these felt pinecones. They would make great name cards for each place setting at your next Thanksgiving feast.

These would be great for package ties any time of year. Or how great would a big one look on top of a simple white cake?!

Heart Handmade UK features some amazing felt crafts. These pillows would make fabulous gifts or would really dress up a lounge area at your next event!

And you will definitely see me making these from Martha Stewart. I want to have a party just so I can pass these out at favors with witty little sayings in them. So fun!

Hope you enjoyed felt this week. I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas. XOXO

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Felt Wrap + Envelopes

Wrapping gifts in felt is not only super cute but eco-friendly as well. And what a special touch for the recipient – handmade wrapping that they can use over and over again. As long as you have a sewing machine these are about as simple as it gets. Cut a rectangle of felt with your pinking shears (to give it that zig-zag edge) and fold so that the end of your fabric goes about 3/4 up the length of your rectangle. Stitch the fabric together and you’re done.

I found these vintage green belt buckles last week at the flea market and thought they would be cute for wrapping.

This deer was left over from this project so I glued him on a clothespin. I thought this was such a fun way to finish a package. I stamped the names of friends and family so I know which gift goes where!

You can make smaller ones like this green one above for an event. They would be so cute in different colors as thank you gifts for guests. I can see little felt envelopes at each place setting. Is everyone all ready for Christmas?? I wish I was!

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Felt Holly

These felt holly leaves are so simple to make and really dress up a package. The best part is, you can make a bunch of these from leftover felt scraps. Fold your piece of felt in half and cut in the shape of a holly leaf. When your done, you should have 2 leaves. Fold each leaf in half lengthwise and put a dab of hot glue at the base then glue one leaf on top of the other. I had these mini ornaments around the house so I used those as berries and glued them on top. Just use the hoop on the ornament to tie your ribbon through and there you have it – felt holly package ties. So festive.

Now if only there were gifts in these…4 more days…

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