I am fickle when it comes to some things. And, stockings are one of them. We made some the 1st Christmas that we were together. They were cute and had all kinds of felt appliques on them. But, they were small... hard to fit anything inside. Then, last year, on a whim, I bought some 99 cent red felt ones with ricrac from Target. Baby Hughes needed a stocking and I was having a hard time not putting up the matching one for our beloved doggie that passed away before Christmas last year. So, this year, I wanted something cuter and more personal than the ones from last year. So, I made these vintage inspired stockings. Mr. Hughes made a pattern and cut them out while I was keeping the monster busy. Then I glued (yes, glue, I did not lug out the sewing machine) the front and back sides together. Then I embellished them with little trinkets.
Mr. Hughes' stocking has a vintage handkerchief for a cuff...
and some pocket watch faces sewn on. I used some vintage bias tape and a big button to make the loop.
Baby Hughes' stocking has a cuff out of ticking that I had left over from reupholstering a chair.
His charms include a little vintage cowboy figure and a rodeo charm and small round button (it may be a bell, let's call it a bell.) Then, I made his loop out of fat ricrac and a big button. His button reminds me of the ones on snowmen.
My stocking's cuff is made out of a doily.
I added some rhinestone broaches. The loop on this one is made out of some silky grey bias tape and sewn on with a grey button. I was going for feminine and may have ended up with old lady....
I added our initial by using silver Rub and Buff over a set of tiny vintage stencils. The paint we had was too transparent, but I like the look of the Rub and Buff on the linen like fabric.
I may continue to use these and just add on each year as I find different small treasures
I also made a little banner after Mr. Hughes ordered these really cool grey toe tags.
Right now, it is hanging on the mirror wall in our entry... not entirely sure I love it there, so it may move.
I used some old unmatched printer's blocks to stamp "Joyeux Noel" on the paper and metal round tag. Then, I cut out some tiny, tiny snowflakes. I traced the edge in glue and added some Martha Stewart glitter. Then I put it all together with the same silvery, silky bias tape. I then tied them all on a big fat grey grosgrain ribbon and hung it up.
And, even though this was entirely Mr. Hughes project (I just okayed the idea and chose grey as one of the colors) I thought I would show you what our Christmas cards look like this year.
When he puts up a tutorial on The Upcycler, I will link to it. These are one sided cards that he made by making block cuts and stamping them on the paper. It was a process and I am making it sound much easier than it was. But, I think they are cute... don't know if they win Coco's Cutest Christmas Card Contest or not, but we like them.
Well, I am off to wrap some more presents! Can you believe Christmas is next week?