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Crafts in the House of Sylvestermouse

Updated on May 23, 2016
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I have been sewing and crafting all of my life. I enjoy a variety of crafts, making gifts, holiday & home decor and costumes for my family

Let's Play, Create and Make A Lifetime of Treasures

I love handmade gifts and crafts! I guess I have been crafting all of my life. I honestly cannot remember a time that I did not have a hook or needle of some kind in my hand or a project in some phase of construction.

One of the most frustrating problems a crafter or needlework enthusiasts faces, is getting patterns, ideas, or instructions without spending a lot of money. The supplies alone will often deplete any crafting budget.

Because I understand the real desire to make original treasures, I am sharing some of my own personal ideas and instructions for making unique heirlooms. I have also written several articles that teach basic skills for beginners.

Have fun and craft on!

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Cross Stitch Memories

My favorite needlework is cross stitch. It is certainly one of the easiest forms of needlework and there are tons of patterns and kits readily available.

I started cross stitching when I was in jr. high school (I believe it is called middle school today). One of my earliest projects is still one of my favorites. I cross stitched the flowers in the photo for my grandmother. I made one for my mother as well. My mom helped me make them into pillows.

After my grandmother died, my step grandfather put a lot of her personal treasures in boxes. He later gave some of them to my mother. She discovered the pillow among those items and brought it back to me. The pillow was stained and the cross stitch cloth was "aged." I cut the cross stitch design off of the pillow and carefully cleaned it with Woolite in my kitchen sink. This cross stitch heirloom now resides in my bible.

A world of memories right there in that one little square.

Tutorial: How to Cross Stitch

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Beaded Ornaments ~ A Gift to Cherish from Year to Year

Another one of my favorite craft projects is beaded ornaments. They are fairly easy and require very little talent. They do, however, demand patience since they entail working with small beads and pins.

Not only do I enjoy making these ornaments for our family tree, I like making them to give a gifts. The ornament in the photo was a gift I made for my son. I bet you can guess his favorite color :)

In just a few hours, I made a lovely treasure, a precious gift and a lasting tradition.

Tutorial: How to Make Beaded Ornaments

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Crochet With Love

When it comes to home décor, there is nothing prettier than the lacy effect of a crocheted doily or tablecloth.

I enjoy browsing in antique stores and it never fails to bring tears to my eyes when I see a beautiful crocheted afghan or tablecloth in one of the display cabinets. I know from experience how many hours are lovingly stitched in these beautiful heirlooms. I simply can not imagine selling one of these family treasures. I am always tempted to buy them, take them home and give back the love they deserve.

Tutorial: Learn How to Crochet

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Beaded Easter Eggs

If you are really looking for something original, this craft project is for you!

Out of sheer determination to find a new, unique gift for my children one Easter, I dreamed up these eggs. They are really very easy and require a minimal investment for the supplies. I actually made the first few with beads and glue I already had in my craft supplies.

They make a great surprise or grand prize in the traditional Easter egg hunt.

Tutorial: How to Make Beaded Easter Eggs

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Let's Party ~ Mad Hatter Style

Inspired by another writers idea, I made this Mad Hatter's Hat for my son right before the debut of the new Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland movie.

Yes, he actually wore it to the movie on opening day!

Can you imagine how much fun he had with his group of college friends when they donned their "Alice" attire and stormed the theater doors? I wish I could have been there. I would have at least like to have had a picture, but you know kids, they don't worry about such things.

Tutorial: How to Make a Mad Hatter's Hat like Johnny Depp's in Tim Burtons Alice in Wonderland Movie.

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My Decoupaged Purse

One of my most treasured gifts is the decoupaged wooden purse that my grandmother decoupaged for me when I was a young girl.

I loved it when she originally gave it to me back in the 70's. I carried it everywhere I went and actually used it as my everyday purse. My grandmother died several years ago and I treasure the gifts she so lovingly and painstakingly made for me. I can't touch this purse without thinking of how her hands touched it so many times as she turned a wooded box into a beautiful work of art just for me.

Tutorial: How to Make a Decoupaged Wooded Purse

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A Very Special Valentine

I love the stories behind the original sailor's valentines!

I can assure you, the sailor's valentines that I have made reflect a greater depth of love than those 19th century sailors felt for their valentines.

In the article below, I have told about the origin of the Sailor's Valentine and given instructions to make your own. There really isn't a prettier way to express your love.

Tutorial: How to Make a Sailor's Valentine

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Beaded Cross Stitch Pin

Beaded Cross Stitch is simply a joy! I love adding beads to my cross stitch. The beads add another dimension to cross stitch.

I use the beads to highlight and accentuate focus areas of my cross stitch work. I love the way the little beads will pick up and reflect light and color.

I made the beaded cross stitch pin for my son for Halloween. As I was making it, I took the time to take lots of pictures and to write the tutorial on How to Make a Beaded Cross Stitch Pin.

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Halloween Ghost

I made the original ghost over a decade ago for my son who just loves ghosts and anything Halloween.

This is my own pattern with step by step instructions and photos, which I have shared exclusively on Hubpages.

I hope you enjoy my friendly ghost! I am certain he will enjoy being with you :)

Tutorial: How to Make a Halloween Ghost with Fleece

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A Unique and Impressive Centerpiece

During the holidays, we decorate our homes with glitter and sparkle that reflects the beauty of the lights on our trees and in our hearts.

I originally made this centerpiece with beaded fruit for autumn and Thanksgiving, but when it was time to decorate for Christmas, I changed the floral picks to gold and red berries.

Since I was changing it out anyway, I photographed the process and wrote an article describing the steps to make a sleigh centerpiece.

Regardless of the holder or vase, the steps in the article below will show you exactly how to make you own original arrangement.

Tutorial: How to Make a Christmas Sleigh Centerpiece

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Some Things Really Are Just Too Easy

These ornaments are probably the easiest crafting project I have ever made.

You will be surprised and thrilled to find out just had simple these ornaments are to assemble.

We had a bit of an unplanned craft party one year when our family was gathered during the holidays. I had just purchased some glass ornaments and I had a wild idea for all of us to make something and exchange them with each other.

These ornaments are the results of our afternoon of antics and fun. A wonderful memory!

They smell good too!

Tutorial: How to Make Quick & Easy Glass Ornaments

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Just Playing Around

As a seamstress, I can really appreciate a large pincushion. If it is pretty, that makes it even better.

I was inspired by a pattern book that gave some basic instructions on how to construct a felt pincushion. Intrigued, I gathered my supplies, called my mother and we went to work creating our own pincushions.

I also created the article below. I have given step by step instructions with lots of photos so you, too, can create a felt pincushion.

This really is a very easy project. The hardest part is choosing the supplies.

I will never again look at my pincushion without thinking of the day my mother and I were just playing around!

Tutorial: How to Make Felt Cupcake Pincushions

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Mosaic Picture

Mosaic pictures are rather impressive when complete, but they don't have to be hard to make.

I recently made the raccoon mosaic picture for my father for his birthday and he loves it.

Making the mosaic was not hard since I used a kit, but I do have several tips and suggestions for making the craft easier.

This is a craft that does take a good bit of time, so organization and taking your time is key to successfully creating a beautiful mosaic picture.

Tutorial: How to Make a Mosaic Picture

Do come back and visit me again!

You never know what I will do next :)



Thank you for stopping by!

Do Come Back and See Me Again!

~ Sylvestermouse ~

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© 2010 Cynthia Sylvestermouse

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    • Heather426 profile image

      Heather Burns 

      5 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Wow you are so crafty!!! Love all these decorative crafts, hard to choose just one!

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      Lisa Auch 

      6 years ago from Scotland

      Oh Yes I love crafts! and I just love your Christmas Sleigh wreath! It is magical

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      7 years ago

      Yes I'm ready! I love to try new crafts and you have given me some great ideas, thanks!

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      Allison Whitehead 

      7 years ago

      Another great lens. I'm hooked!

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      7 years ago

      Yes and I would like to create that centerpiece. It's unique and impressive indeed!

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      Dianeyp LM 

      7 years ago

      Lots of inspiration here! I love crafting too. great lens

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      7 years ago

      A great lens and very inspiring. I can't wait to find another one.

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      7 years ago

      my gran used to all this when I was a kid, god bless her. I enjoyed the lens.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 

      7 years ago from Topeka, KS

      I'm ALWAYS ready to do some crafting! :)

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      7 years ago

      I love crafting. I am not very artistic, but I do enjoy creating ! I do have two of those wooden decoupaged purses that I made in the early 1970s. I love them more every year. I use them now for storing small items. Such fun to see yours!

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      Elyn MacInnis 

      7 years ago from Shanghai, China

      Love crafting. Always up to something! Thanks for your encouragement and inspiration.

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      7 years ago

      Always ready to start a new craft!!! Blessed!

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      7 years ago

      Its been such awhile since I stopped by here. I can't tell if you added something new or not...could be a senior

      This is really is a unique lens, and I'd just like to bless it again. :)

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      Pam Irie 

      8 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Crafting is my passion too. You are very talented; thanks for sharing your projects and patterns! :)

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      Ann Hinds 

      8 years ago from So Cal

      This is full of great ideas!!

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      8 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Mouse - you are the most creative crafter I've ever met. While most crafters concentrate on just one or two areas (mine is crochet and plastic canvas), you 'dabble' in every area. I enjoyed my tour of your craft examples and glad to see you wrote stories about each one for the enjoyment of us crafters everywhere. Perhaps I'll have to pick one 'new' craft to try with the encouragement of this page!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Oh wow, you are sooooo clever! Thank you very much for blessing my Cookie Press lens.

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      8 years ago

      Halloween Ghost is such a cutie!

    • ElizabethJeanAl profile image


      8 years ago

      I love to craft. I just wish I had more time.

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      9 years ago

      I have never been very good at crafting. My Mother was so disappointed that I did not follow her love and skill of crocheting and/or knitting. I got caught up with the craze of crafting during the 60's and hoped that it would catch on. But alas it did not. that is what makes your lens so impressive to me. I am going to lensroll to my Crafts of the 60's lens.

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      9 years ago

      Love your work! I have so enjoyed seeing all of your craft projects! Thank you so much for sharing!

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      9 years ago

      You're Very Talented! I love looking through craft images, and these are gorgeous! (specially like that easter egg!

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      Seeking Pearls 

      9 years ago from Pueblo West

      Love the beaded easter egg and all of your craft projects. I love cratfting too and enjoy making things with the kids.

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      Kathy McGraw 

      9 years ago from California

      I was sitting here reading and thinking yep..remember that and smiling. Crafts are not only fun but it's a great way to make memories with our kids. I would have loved to see your son in that mad hatter hat.

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      9 years ago from Western Mass

      quite a collection of quality crafts. :)

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      9 years ago

      OMG....we *have* to be twins separated at birth. HA! Hopefully when I can unpack my treasures, I'll take pictures too. Lensrolled to my Throw A Craft Party lens and My Craft Obsession lens. :) *muah*

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      9 years ago

      You are so talented! Wonderful collection of craft lenses.

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      9 years ago

      Very nice collection of craft lenses and the personal stories of what they mean to you or how they came about are really nice. :)

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      9 years ago

      Lovely lensography with lots of marvelous pics of your artworks!


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      9 years ago

      You are such an inspiration for crafters everywhere. Beautiful crafts and a craft-fully written lensography! Blessed by this SquidAngel and the newest feature on How Do I Bless Thee? Let Me Count The Ways!

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      9 years ago

      I am not a crafty person myself, but I enjoyed looking at your products in this lens!

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      lakern26 lm 

      9 years ago

      What beautiful crafts! You really are very creative ... and talented! I enjoy crafting myself and I really wish I had more time to devote to it (and space to display the finished products :-) Beautiful collection and an awesome lensography!

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      Heather Burns 

      9 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      I love the beaded ornaments and used to make them too! Our whole family does crafts and sewing. Lovely lensography!

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      9 years ago

      My mind is still on those beaded eggs. I told my dd about them and I'm sure we will give them a go sometime before Easter. Love all of your crafts, but you already knew that :-).

      - puzzlemaker

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      9 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Oh these are just so beautiful! But I think I'll have to leave the crafting to you, and just enjoy all the wonderful lenses you make about your crafts.

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      9 years ago

      I like handy people. I can usually do what I put my hand to, but I just don't seem to have the inclination. People who can plan, start and carry a out a project to it's conclusion have my admiration.


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