Little Felt Ornaments
Alice has lost her Japanese Kokeshi Doll hair slide. I originally made a set of three of these as Mr. Larkin's beautiful god-children are Japanese on their mother's side and celebrate Hinamatsuri, 'Doll's Festival' or 'Girl's Day', on 3 March each year. We have searched and searched and Alice's has still not turned up, so I guess I will have to make a replacement. In one last ditch hope, before I get started, I pulled out our box of felt cake toppers in case it had been inadvertently been tidied away there. Alas, no luck, but as they were out I thought I would take a few photos of some of them to share with you.
The shapes were either cut by hand or with my Sizzix machine and then hand stitched and embellished. I wanted to have a 'staged' photo shoot with real cupcakes but they would never last long enough in this household! So instead I used some vintage wooden cotton reels, they are definitely much nicer than the modern ones.
I cut the little birdies using a Quickutz die, but if you don't have a die-cutting machine simply cut a basic bird shape by hand. The eyes are french knots, the wings are stab stitched and the edges have been blanket stitched. I glued a little bead under each topper for a touch of bling, they really catch the light. We use them at Easter, but they would also be super for a baby shower.
The mini Easter egg ones are pretty cute too and with a pin on the back would be perfect as a little brooch or hair clip.
Everyone loves cup-cakes and this yummy example was also cut using a Sizzix die. The sprinkles are tiny glass beads.
I made loads of these owls for a Halloween party, but this lonely lad is the only one left!
This bird is a little big to be a cake topper and would probably have suited being a brooch or hair barrette better!
Russian 'Matryoshka' Dolls