Wednesday, November 28, 2007

~My French carnival stockings~

The above stocking are my version of French carnival stockings. Check out artist Melissa Neufeld site, she sells them and other delightful items as well. I love making these stockings! Give them a try, they are easy and great fun to do.
To make the above stockings I used buckrem for the body then decorated them with fabric, antique tinsel ribbon, glass glitter and sequins. I personalised them by adding my Grandchildrens names and cloth photos I printed from my computer. Antique paper lables also work very well.
Last year I gave many stocking like these as gifts and also sold them on eBay. They were a big hit! Have fun :-}


I've received many questions asking about the white fence under my large white tree. Yes, the fence in the first photo and the fence under my tree are the same one. It was made by my Grandfather Louie back in the 1940s. As children my sister Angela, brother Louie, and I loved sitting under my Grandmother Lena's tree looking at her wonderful little village. The village was filled with skaters, sledders, carolers, trees, houses and churches. To us it was truly a wonderland! The only things left from under her tree are that fence and one male lead ice skater and I am now the happy owner of them.

23 comments:

carole said...

Mary Dear:
You never cease to amaze me with your creations. The French Carnival Stockings are too cool. Melissa Neufeld is hot too.
You are one very busy industrious/creative/talented woman!!!
Love
carole

CONNIE W said...

I love those stockings, and the fence! Lovely.

Lori said...

Mary, How those tree fences bring back the memories! I have one my Dad made for Mom years ago! Mom had a really neat old one that fell apart sadly. Yours is precious! I couldn't help but notice adorable Isabelle had a Vera in the sam e pattern as mine, hope she's doing well! Love the decorations! Lori

Flea Market Queen said...

Mary...
Thanks for the Bday wishes, you are too sweet!
Love the stockings, the fence is so special, you are so lucky to have it!
Have a wonderful day...
Priscilla

Mary said...

Morning Mary, Your stockings are Precious:) Sweet baby Isabella and Sam.
Love the fence... and the fact it was in the family and so special.
I have to say, I now own the sweet wicker chairs from under Mary's tree:) Aspen looks so cute in one...
Have a good day my Sweet Friend. Me:)

marylou said...

Dear Bella,
I think you and your sister look so sweet in that fab picture:) I think I am rather fond of past Christmas's when the gifts were sparse but the love & joy was HUGE!! Maybe someday we shall return to those glorious times ^-^
Hug Life, Marylou

Mary Isabella said...

Oh how wonderfulto have the little white fence. The stockings are beautiful. Mary

joan said...

Hi Mary,
Your stockings are beautiful and I love the white tree with the little fence.

She'sSewPretty said...

I love the village under the Christmas tree! I want to try that this year. I don't have small children around any more and that is so pretty!

The Urban Chic said...

Mary, every thing is beautiful and what a lovely pic of you and your sister.
As Marylou said, Christmas past was a wonderful time and we should all go back. Hugs, Pat

Mary said...

Mary dear - your cottage is looking just fabulous - I wish you were across from me in the cul-de-sac...........I'd be peeking out my window 24/7 at your lovely home - well no, actually I'd be over knocking on your door begging to come in!

Love the photo of you and Angela - those were the days when the holidays really were special and we were happy with just a few little presents and good homemade food to eat.

Hope all is well - thanks for your e-mail, so glad you are getting some banner work.

Shelley said...

What a great trip down memory lane !How blessed you are to own the little fence your grandfather made. And now it adornes your very own tree. Love those sweet stockings as well!

Blessings to you and yours,Shelley

Stephanie said...

Beautiful stockings, Mary. I've not heard of these before. Thanks for answering about the little fence. What a treasure it is to still have that!

Big Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

The Rose Room said...

Gorgeous stockings and lovely, special fence story:)

Alison Gibbs said...

Mary, thanks for sharing all of your wonderful Christmas decorations with us,
Alison

Connie said...

Beautiful stockings, beautiful tree. I love your home - its a magical place to be. Your creative talent is every where. Have a fence like yours too - although it is not old. DH made it for me back in the late 80's.

Beautiful job, Mary.
Hugs,
Connie

Mary said...

Mary,

I love your white Christmas tree and the white fence. How wonderful that it is a keepsake that was made by your grandfather. It's lovely.

You are a very talented lady. I enjoy visiting your blog and learning more about you and the things you can create. I'm still yearing for a lovely teacup wreath.

Blessings for sharing all of your lovely talents.
Mary

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

Both pictures are just gorgeou! My mother used to put tinsel on our tree, one piece at a time to get it to hang straight down like that, so beautiful!

bj said...

Beautiful stockings...
The fence is so precious and the memories even better!
bj

Tracy said...

Mary, I love your Christmas tree! It is one of the most beautiful I've ever seen!

Cathy said...

Mary, I love your Christmas tree; its so beautiful!

Joy said...

Mary, that fence is so lovely - what a treasure!

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