Ornament #5 -Map Ornament {30 Days of Christmas Ornaments}

30 Days Christmas OrnamentsOrnament #5 -Map Ornament01e4906c71d13689ca12c56029dad7e4cd5de1fdbe

With this ornament I was inspired by a decorating project I saw on Pinterest.  Old maps were used to cover books and I wondered if I could use maps with my ornaments.  I knew I could sew on paper with my machine and gave that a whirl, but it really didn’t give me the effect I was looking for.  Then I remembered those old sewing cards I had as a kid and I knew what I wanted to do.

0119d23916a578d7e3701c5c4efe1929bcba507bd6I decided to use a heart shape again (one of my favorite shapes) and cut one large and one small out of my maps.  I made a template using an old cereal box and traced two of each size.  For each tracing I made sure there was a major city visible on the heart.  For the big heart, I chose two cities in 01fac3386b6adc1bf78b8c7141734adb07e05617c0England (where my family’s from) and for the little heart I chose Brussels and Paris.  I cut out the hearts and then used my paper piercer to make evenly spaced holes around the perimeter of each heart.

I used red embroidery floss (4 strands) and did a running stitch on the small heart and a backstitch on the large heart.  I stuffed both of them with polyester fiberfill to give the ornaments some dimension and then glued glittery hearts near each major city.  I’m really pleased with how they turned out.

0143f2efb1e407ca8e929a8c34415e41c532c8cd1901e4906c71d13689ca12c56029dad7e4cd5de1fdbe010dad4d5465f14204347bf2261c60ebd56ae45316This isn’t a traditional ornament, but it could make a really cute gift ornament for a newly married couple, someone new to the area or any occasion where you want to make note of a special location.


Quest46LogoItem #27 – Plant a cutting garden

I love fresh flowers and love the idea of being able to go into my backyard, snip a bouquet of colorful beauties, pop them in a mason jar and set them on our table or better yet give them to someone.  I figure while I’m in the yard tending to the vegetables and the fairies, I might as well grow flowers.

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Links to {30 Days of Christmas Ornaments}
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So you’re planting a vegetable garden, a cutting garden and making a garden for these fairy creatures.  Is there going to be any backyard left for us?  I need space to flex my ball-catching muscles.  Sorry for talking with my mouth full.


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16 Responses to Ornament #5 -Map Ornament {30 Days of Christmas Ornaments}

  1. Pam Robertson says:

    Poor Woody!

    One of my favorite traditions is the Thanksgiving day parade. I love to watch all the character balloons and wait for that one special one to come along!! Then I look through all the ads and plan my shopping the next day :o)

  2. Christmas Eve at church

  3. emilie c says:

    My family tradition is that we always open our stockings first then the presents.

  4. Alan says:

    Traveling to the foothills to cut down our xmas tree.

  5. Michelle says:

    Going to my grandmother’s house on Christmas Eve! We don’t really do much special there besides hang out with family but I always go with my mom and brother.

    And I made a sort of ornament like that last year! Only I made it big enough to hang on the wall for my friend who lives in another state; one side had a map of her town, the other side had a map of mine!

  6. edlawson99 says:

    Christmas Breakfast! We make the “kids” wait until we are done before opening any gifts, and then go around the room present by present. Drives them nuts!! What are parents for?

  7. Kathy Ryan says:

    Christmas Eve – reading the Bible story of Jesus’ birth and going to church. Christmas Day – stockings filled with all sorts of little presents from Santa. Our kids usually got up before us, would bring them into our bedroom, wake us up, and open all the stocking gifts while we watched. Loved their excitement and family closeness. Was always enough in the stockings to keep them content until we were up and able to fix breakfast. Now we have stockings for all the extended family who celebrate with us. It gives them small things to open as the more immediate family has larger gifts to open – we take turns, youngest to oldest.

  8. tammy rustmann says:

    I love this ornament, so many possibilities!

  9. Neil says:

    Hanging the stockings.

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