Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Pine Cone Pin Keeps

I just love making these Pine Cone Pin Keeps,
and I really enjoy having these functional decorations in my work area.

These are really wonderful for that hard-to-buy-for person in your life . . .
Anyone who sews, quilts, appliques or embroiders would love one of these as a gift!

 Please visit us at our ETSY Store!
Look for them in the Pin Keeps and Pin Cushions Section.

Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Newly listed!

I've just listed our newest creations . . .
Pin Keeps, sometimes known as pin cushions and make-dos.

Not only are these Pin Keeps beautiful, they are functional too!

Perfect to give as gifts, especially for that special someone
who sews, quilts, appliques, embroiders . . .

Please find them on our ETSY Store in our Pin Keep & Pin Cushion Section.

Thank you for looking!!!!
Have a wonderful day!!!

Wire Pumpkins . . . how to make tutorial

I was searching and searching for some fun ways to make pumpkins using various materials,
when I happened on one tutorial for making twine pumpkins. While I liked the outcome, I wasn't crazy about the process! Seemed to take too much time for me.

Then I got the, OMG! ~ hit-my-hand-to-my-forehead kind of idea.
I had just recently purchased a wrapped wire for another project of mine and
I KNEW it would be perfect for what I was looking for.

So here goes . . OH and anyone who knows me, I kind of go crazy in the detail department!
This is a LONG tutorial and really quite simple!

Have fun!

I am not endorsing anyone's product ~ I just had these on hand and used them.

* 2 fl.oz bottle of paint
* Straw (hard plastic) ~ you could use a pencil, pen, dowel
* Piece of cinnamon stick
* Glue ~ I used Elmer's glue
* Needle nose pliers
* Wire cutting tool
* Wrapped Wire ~ I used Michael's Ashland Brand
NOTE:: When choosing the wire make sure that the thickness of the wire is fairly thin and consistent throughout the coil.

 Before you begin, pull out a length of wire about 8 inches long and then cut it with the wire cutters. Set that aside for now.

It is a good idea to pull a good length of the wire out from the coil and kind of straighten it.
Every pumpkin is different, but you do use approximately 4 feet of wire.

Start wrapping the wire around the bottle (I started at the paint bottle cap) and continue wrapping about 22 - 24 times. Keep the wire wrapped closely but do not overlap the wire.
Cut the wire.

(Sorry for the bright picture here!)
I placed the bottle on the table here and then pull it out of the coils.
Don't let go of the wire ~ it will spring open on you!

I hold the wire with my fingers on the inside and my thumb holding the other end.
This way it won't spring open on you. Then with the piece of wire that you cut before,
insert it through the middle. You are going to make a little hook
so when you start wrapping the piece around the coils it will help keep it in place.
Use the needle nose pliers to help pull the wire tight.

 There is a very good possibility that you will have one or two of the wrapping ends
that did not get caught in the above process ~ you know, the beginning and end wraps
when you were using the bottle.You can either leave them be or wrap them
around the center too. I wrap them.

Place the "half" pumpkin on the table and then start to fan the coils out, forming the pumpkin
into a circle. It won't come undone during this process; however, you should still be
careful so you don't bend the coils out of shape.

Making the stem.
Cut another length, maybe 5 or so inches, and wrap this around your straw, pen, or dowel. 
Slide it off and adjust the coils to your satisfaction. 

Bend the end of the stem just slightly ~ and insert it into the middle of the pumpkin.
Squeeze a little glue into the center of the pumpkin and then place the piece of cinnamon
into the middle next to the stem.

Now you are done!

Make different size pumpkins just by using different size bottles.
For larger pumpkins wrap more coils around bottle.

Here is what I do with my pumpkins!
Look for these on our ETSY store!

Thanks for being here ~ have a GREAT day!!!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Two GREAT Wool Felt Ornaments . . .

I love these two ornaments!

I always give a new ornament to my children each year which
helps them build on their own collections!

These guys are going to be fun to add!

Take a look at my ETSY Store

Enjoy your day and thanks for looking!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

New Companion Kit . . .

I am offering a new Companion Kit for my Winter Trees Penny Rug!

Four beautiful National Nonwovens WoolFelt colors!
White, Royal Blue, Evergreen and Light Brown

Both the Companion Kit and the E-pattern are available 
at our ETSY Store ~ please take a look!

Monday, August 17, 2015


I love fall and this 4 Corner Pumpkin Penny Rug can be used to decorate your table top
in so many ways. I use it as a tree skirt for my Halloween Feather Tree, but it
can also be used as a candle mat, or placed under a dish of candy. What would you use it for?

I really like the organic flow of the pumpkins, leaves and vines set against the geometric black woolfelt background. A unique and beautiful penny rug. One of my favorites.

It measures approximately 14" x 14" from pumpkin point to pumpkin point,
and 11.5" x 11.5" from blank point to blank point.

This is a new e-pattern . . . so visit our ETSY Store!

Pinetree Studios/Mary Elizabeth Martin
 Fabrics used
Weeks Dye Works Wool ~ Solid and Houndstooth and Herring Bone
National Nonwovens Woolfelt

E-pattern and "Companion Kit" are available in our ETSY Store.

Thanks for looking!!!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Another woven fabric . . .

I am really enjoying weaving my own wool fabric, then "felting" it,
and using it in my penny rug designs.

I love the one-of-a-kind feel of this piece.

Jeweled Penny Rug
Beautiful woven wool fabric, backed with National Nonwovens WoolFelt
Measures approximately 10.5" x 17"

I am making more in different colors and will be posting them soon . . .
See you then!