Stuffed Christmas Village

ChristmasVillage_0005If you have been following me on Instagram, you may have already seen the beginnings of what I am calling a “child-friendly Christmas Village”. As a little girl, I loved Christmas villages. They are so quaint and cute, and I use to wish I could just shrink down and live in their world. I thought it would be fun to make a Christmas village that the children could play and imagine with, made just for little hands.
Of course, there is no better place to start (…at least in my mind) than the Christmas Village Bakery. Especially if it offers coffee, cakes and pies. Mmmm….ChristmasVillage_0007BakeryChristmasVillage_0001The next addition was the Village Toy Shoppe, complete with big windows for little window shoppers. Adding all the little details was definitely the most fun part of each building. Imagine all the different details you could do! Ahhh…
I used lots of starch and fusible Wonder Under to attach each piece of fabric before sewing them into place and then drew on and hand-stitched the details.ChristmasVillage_0006ChristmasVillage_0003ChristmasVillage_0004ChristmasVillage_0008.jpgThe little village has already started gathering occupants. These little Christmas mice were a gift from my mom when I was about 10. I have always loved them and now Madeleine loves them just as much. Aren’t they the cutest?ChristmasVillage_0002

xoxo, Bridgette

St. Nick’s Baking Day

BakingDay_0016Happy St. Nick’s day!
St. Nick visited us last night, and left goodies in the children’s stockings, including some fun baking supplies… so we decided to turn the day into a cookie baking day.  Daddy helped with most of the stirring and measuring, so I was able to grab my camera and get some good pictures. BakingDay_001BakingDay_0013BakingDay_009
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It was a fun day filled with mouthfuls of cookie dough (…snuck when I wasn’t looking), big floury messes and egg nog and cookies at the end.
Hope you had a wonderful weekend!
xoxo, Bridgette

Santa Mail Pillow

SantaLettersIt’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas here!  Which is a good thing since it doesn’t exactly feel like Christmas. It was 85F here yesterday, and I am finding myself longing for snow. Last Sunday, we decided to cozy up with the kiddies and watch the Polar Express (for the first time of many this season I am sure.) It was midday but we were all snuggly in our pajamas and covers and if you closed your eyes you could almost pretend is was cold and snowy outside. It was pretty much perfect… until the ice-cream man came rolling down our street playing his summery tunes and melted the fake snow in my head. Aahh well. We will be traveling home for a week right after Christmas, so I am sure I will get my cold, snowy fix then.
In the meantime, the inside of our house is still humming with Christmas excitement and anticipation and I am having more fun than ever getting things ready. We pulled out the Santa Mailbox I made last year, and I am pretty sure it has already seen more letters in the past couple of days than it did all of last Christmas. There is a lot of cutting, taping, gluing and stickering going on here.
This year I thought I would add another fun way for them to send off their letters to Santa with a Santa Mail pillow. Letterstosanta_pillow006I had way too much fun making the little envelopes for each child and they double up as pockets for storing their letters. This is also a fun way for me to be able to sneak letters from Santa or other goodies back to them.
For Liam’s envelope I traced his own handwriting of “Love, Liam” before I stitched it, to help personalize it a little. Letterstosanta_pillow005Letterstosanta_pillow001Letterstosanta_pillow002SantaLetters_Pillow001SantaLetters_PillowTomorrow is Friday fun night / Christmas movie night, so I am off to make movie tickets and a popcorn and hot chocolate voucher. (To make it more official, of course.) I think I will just leave them in their pillow envelopes and address them from Santa. 🙂

xoxo, Bridgette

Acorn Patchwork and Pattern

AcornPatch5October is here which marks the start of my favorite months of the year! That time of the year when you can add cinnamon and pumpkin to everything and it just makes it better. Mmmm….
I am still not sure what to expect as far as seasons go in Florida, but I know not to expect any of the wonderful fall weather that I am used to in Kentucky. I love Florida, but I sure am missing the trees changing colors, the leaves falling, the chilly breeze and that smell… that glorious smell of autumn. AcornPatch6Thankfully, as I mentioned on Instagram, there are still Pumpkin Spice Lattes to be had, chai tea with lots of cinnamon, and caramel apples at our bakery. To top it all off, I was able to pull together a nice stack of fun fall fabrics… for something… for something fall”y”… something patchwork”y”…. but exactly what, I wasn’t sure.
Then one day this past week,  I was outside playing with the kids and it suddenly dawned on me, I hadn’t seen a single acorn recently. Another one of those signature fall things I guess I had to say goodbye to. So, I decided if I wasn’t going to see real acorns, I could at least make one out of patchwork.AcornPatch1Acornpatch2 AcornPatch3I plan on turning my acorn patchwork into a pillow, and will share it as soon as I am finished with it. I think this block would also make a cute mini quilt or center table mat, etc. so I wrote up a quick pattern for anyone who may be interested in it.

You can download the pattern and instructions here: Acorn Block Pattern and Instructions

If you have any questions about the pattern, feel free to let me know! If you are on Instagram, share your picture with the hashtag #fhacornblock and/or tag me @bellbridgette. I would love to see what you make!

xoxo, Bridgette

DIY Accessories Dish

DIY ClayLately, I have been seeing so many neat clay projects popping up on my Pinterest page. It was too much for me not to at least try my hand at something with clay.
These little dishes are perfect for keeping my pins, buttons or other little items at bay while I’m working on a project. (My loose items have a mind of their own and like to scatter themselves all around my sewing room while I work.)0004000100060003

What you will need:

What to do:

  1. Lay your parchment paper on top of your cutting mat and flatten the clay into a circle on top of the parchment paper. Roll your clay out until it is 1/4″ thick and at least larger than 4″ on each side.
  2. Lay your template carefully on top of your clay and cut around the edges with your X-ACTO knife, making sure to press hard enough to cut through parchment paper as well. Instruction
  3. Pull your template and the parchment paper off of the clay. It should come right off. Lay the clay inside of the glass bowl and carefully press it down evenly to lay flat inside the bowl.Instructions1Optional: You can dip your finger in water and gently smooth out any rough areas or fingerprints, etc.
  4. Put the glass bowl on a cookie sheet and bake according to the directions on the clay box. I baked mine at 275F for 15 minutes.
  5. After your clay dish cools, you can sandpaper any rough areas out. This is optional, but some of the edges may need a little smoothing.
  6. Spray paint white and then after it has dried, paint or decorate however you would like!

Optional: After you have decorated, you can spray a few light coats of acrylic spray for protection and help against scratches.0005A

Enjoy!

xoxo, Bridgette

A Peek into my Sewing Studio

SewingStudioSewing StudioWhen my husband and I first got married, I started a sewing school and gave lessons to children out of my home. I turned one of our rooms into a cute little space and I enjoyed having an area away from everything else to work in. As our own children came along I decided to stop giving lessons and eventually turned my sewing room into a toy room. This meant that all of my sewing stuff was then moved to the basement where I had it until we moved. I didn’t mind working in the basement, but I missed having a cheery place to organize and sew in.
One of the most exciting things about our new house is that it has a bright office with a large window. We decided this would be my sewing studio and I once again have a cheery area to sew in. I’ve shared a few pictures of my room on Instagram already, but I thought today I would share a more in-depth look at it,  now that it is all complete!Sewing Studio WallFabricFabric BoltsSewing Studio BooksThe cabinets are from Ikea and are the perfect storage units for just about everything. The glass doors keep dust (and children!) off of my fabrics and supplies, and there are plenty of shelving and drawers which makes it so easy to keep everything organized and tidy.
Of course, I added a few hanging spool softies to add some color and fun. You can find the tutorial for them here.SpoolsThe wall below is the sad beginning of my mini quilt wall. I am hoping to add to it and fill it up in the near future.ExcellenceMini Quilt WallThe sewing cart and table may be the handiest of all. It opens up to allow me to sew and cut at it and easily moves when I need it to. I was a little hesitant to buy it at first because of the quality of the brand, but I have to say I am absolutely in love with it. It is much sturdier than I expected and adds even more storage. You can buy it here.SewingStudioOn the wall opposite, I have the children’s desks and pre-schooling set up. That allows me to keep them busy and do a little sewing at the same time,  which is a win-win for all of us!
Have a wonderful weekend, my friends!

xoxo, Bridgette

Patchwork Pencil Case

PencilCase1Earlier this week the children and I were sorting through all of their little school supplies and getting them ready to start a few pre-school classes at home. We had everything we needed minus a pencil case for Madeleine. Of course no little girl should have to have her supplies in disarray, so this was immediately put at the top of my to-do list. (Quick little projects like this are my favorite kind!)
A little patchwork…
A small leather tag…
A few hand- stitches…
PencilCase2PencilCase5PencilCase3PencilCase4 …and some really cute fabric makes the perfect combination for a little patchwork pencil case.
I originally had a few scraps picked out for the project, and then my awesome mail lady, with perfect timing, dropped off my bundle of Bloom and Bliss by Nadra Ridgeway. Nadra blogs over at Ellis and Higgs and her entire blog is bright, cheerful and full of so many fun projects and ideas. Her new fabric collection is nothing less!
This ended up being a really fun little project, and I just love how it turned out. I am planning on writing up a quick tutorial in the next week or two for anyone who may like to make their own.
Until then…

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xoxo,

Bridgette

“Little Joys” Christmas in July

 stocking9I have had my eye on this “Little Joys’ bundle by Penny Rose Fabrics since I first caught a glimpse of it a few months back. The designer, Elea Lutz (also designer of “milk, sugar and flower”),  has once again designed an amazingly cute and very playful collection full of vintage inspired characters and Christmas goodies dancing merrily about.stocking8Growing up, my siblings and I all had homemade stockings made lovingly by my mom. Matter of fact, I don’t even recall a single store-bought stocking at any point of my childhood. Each stocking was different and seemed to match each one of us perfectly. I loved this and always figured I would do the same for my family. Unfortunately, five years of marriage and three children later, I still had not (until now) made a single one of our stockings. Last Christmas I promised myself I would at least begin to start switching out our stockings with homemade ones, and I’m proud to say “Little Joys” came out just in time to keep my promise.Stocking6I used a free stocking pattern you can find here. The tree is a little different than I had originally planned. (Sometimes certain things do not come out the way they look in your head!) Luckily, tree number 2 was much more pleasing to the eyes. I added a toe and heel patch and a few hand stitches  (because everything looks better with a little hand-stitching).  DSC_3495Stocking4Stockings stocking5I really am excited to have started a homemade stocking collection of our own. One stocking down, four more to go! I think I’ll do my hubby’s next. He has the saddest of all of our stockings. Stocking

xoxo, Bridgette

Winner of “Vintage Market” FQ Bundle

WinnerI hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend! I really, really enjoyed reading all of the comments on here as well as on Instagram. Thank to all who shared the giveaway and joined in! We have a lucky winner:
Squeeze Cuddles who wrote: “Beautiful giveaway! I love Tasha Noel’s fabric collections. They are so sweet! I would make a patchwork tote bag if I was lucky enough to win.”
I have more fun bundle giveaways planned in the near future. (I’m thinking a “Hello Darling” bundle giveaway as soon as that line is released. Yay!)

xoxo, Bridgette

“Vintage Market” FQ Bundle Giveaway

FabricBundleThings have been very quiet on the blog and my Instagram lately, but I promise you they have not been so quiet around the house. We moved into the new house a couple of weeks ago and are officially Floridians now. We are loving our new surroundings, and it’s starting to feel more like home everyday.
I promised myself I wouldn’t touch a single box in my sewing room until every other box in the house was unpacked and (somewhat) organized. Things got unpacked pretty quickly. I was missing my sewing machine and dying to set up my new sewing room. As soon as I am completely finished with my new sewing space I will share photos, but for now I am glad to be organized enough to at least be able to sew again!Block There seems to be so many amazing new lines of fabric out right now, but I have to say Tasha Noel’s new line “Vintage Market” is sitting at the top of my favorites. There isn’t a print in the collection that isn’t simply adorable, and her little characters are so endearing. Fabric On LineFabric On Line1 Favs1 Favs
Now for the fun part. It’s such a cute line, I simply have to share the goodness. So, I have a second bundle to give away to one of you! Yay!!WinThisBundle There are two ways to enter… (and if you do both you will be entered twice!)
1. Comment here and let me know what you would do with your bundle if you won it…
2. Follow me on Instagram @bellbridgette and repost my picture of this fabric bundle with the hashtag #thefamilyhearthgiveaway. You can find my picture of this bundle on my Instagram wall.
This giveaway is open to all! (Yes, even internationally!) I will randomly pick the winner this Sunday, July 12th, at 12 noon EST.

xoxo, Bridgette