Christmas Sheep

I found this cute little guy on a torn out page of “Country Woman” magazine–from 10 years back.  He’s basically made from scraps of yarn, felt, cardboard and a couple of clothespins. Pretty darn easy too.

Materials Needed:

Heavy cardboard

Ball of white, tan, or black yarn

2 Wooden, spring type clothespins

Scrap of black felt

Scrap of batting

Small bow, or strip of ribbon

1/4 inch bell

Tacky glue


Click here or on the pattern itself to print out pattern pieces.

Trace the sheep’s body pattern onto heavy cardboard and cut out. As you can see, I used cardboard from an empty legal pad. It made enough for six sheep…a nice little flock.

Use a permanent marker to color both sides of the cardboard head black–like the pattern shows. Also color the straight ends of the clothespins black up to the hinges. At first, I worried because the marker didn’t color into the lines on the bottom of the clothespins. But every time I saw them, they looked like little stripey socks and it made me smile…so I just left them.

Clip the clothespins onto body where the pattern shows. Push them all the way up until they are securely in place.  I put a dab of glue between the cardboard and the clothespins to keep them stable…for eternity.

Next, wind a small amount of batting around your little sheepy. It will help your yarn go much further.

Start wrapping yarn around the body–starting at the middle. Continue wrapping down the neck until about 1/4 inch of the tip of the nose sticks out.

Wrap figure-eight style around the clothespin legs so the hinges on each is covered. Continue wrapping until your sheep looks nice and fat or your yarn is all gone–whichever. Tuck in end of yarn.

Cut one tail and two ears from black felt. Tacky glue wasn’t doing it for me, so I used my evil glue gun to the stick ears to each side of the sheep’s face and to put the tail where it belongs. String a bell onto same colored yarn and tie around sheepy’s neck and tuck the knot into “fleece” at the top of the head. Glue a bow on–wherever you’d like. There you have it–incredibly low maintenance sheep. Unheard of.

Gracious Giveaway…

This weeks giveaway is…

…a bus load of Christmas paper goods–just right for perking up all your Holiday communications.

The gift bag includes:

Christmas Stationery and Envelopes

Christmas Ribbon

Christmas Notecards

Magnetic Photo Frames

Gel Pens

Christmas Stickers

Christmas Note Book

Pocket Day Planner

To be entered in the drawing–just leave a comment on this post. We’ll announce the winner on Saturday December 13, 2008.

Good Luck!

{ The Gift of Christmas }

“Kissing the Face of God” by Morgan Weistling

“Part of the purpose for telling the story of Christmas is to remind us that Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Indeed, however delightful we feel about it, even as children, each year it ‘means a little bit more.’ And no matter how many times we read the biblical account of that evening in Bethlehem, we always come away with a thought—or two—we haven’t had before….

“I, like you, need to remember the very plain scene, even the poverty, of a night devoid of tinsel or wrapping or goods of this world. Only when we see that sacred, unadorned child of our devotion—the Babe of Bethlehem—will we know why… the giving of gifts is so appropriate”

Jeffrey R. Holland


Congratulations to our Gracious Giveaway winner:

Sue Sheets

of Nampa, Idaho!

Sue is the winner of the Ornament Collection from Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. Wahoo SUE!

Christmas “Lists”

Searching around online at all the “stuff” there is to do, to see, to make, to buy, to have at Christmas time–can be a bit overwhelming. In fact, sometimes it feels like my brain’s going in 17 directions at once. A person can blow up that way.

There’s just so much. But sift through it–I did–and bookmarked everything that made me sigh or smile or slow down for a minute and think happy thoughts. The rest can just blow away.

Now, understand–all I can really show you are things that work for me–but that’s ok. People have been scooting closer to whisper good ideas in each others’ ears since before the flood.

I think it’s how we keep each other warm.


Gifts in a Bottle About a hundred ways to pack joy in a jar.

Recycled Paper Ornaments This should keep little hands pretty busy.

Salt Dough Ornaments Other food-ish ornaments as well.

Simple Christmas Simple, low cost Christmas Projects–just click past the ads.

Felt Cookies I know, I know…again with the felt!

So much fun stuff.

If you get a good idea from any of this–I hope you’ll share it with us.