Santa's Workshop

July 29, 2013

Santa's workshop has opened early this year.  I found these jolly vintage painted wooden bead clown heads at a church rummage sale, complete with little prototype for $1.25!  They look like they are from the 60s maybe?  Has anyone ever seen these before?  Too cute and silly for me to pass up.  I have a bag of yoyos left over from my girlhood when I once had the ambition to make a yoyo quilt.   The whole project consisted of gluing and adorning with tiny accessories that I've been collecting over the years, I have to say it was fun!

These yoyos were made from scraps of material used for clothing when I first learned how to sew.  
The yellow houndstooth check was from a 2 piece suit I make in the 9th grade. 
The purple rosebuds were shorts with eyelet lace ruffled trim.  
Gotta love those 60s!

Next, to keep you in the holiday mood for a bit more, I'll take you for a quick peek into Solvang's famous year round Christmas shop, Jule Hus.  Whenever we drive through Solvang, I have to stop in this Christmas shop if only for a few minutes.  It's conveniently located right next to the needlework store.  My husband will put up with this pilgrimage if I am very fast. 


What is a yoyo quilt?
Loads of pictures here and how to make one here.

There are THREE needlework shops in tiny Solvang.
Rasmussen's is awesome, needlework upstairs and specialty Scandinavian cookware downstairs.

There is also a yarn shop, The Village Spinning and Weaving Store (meh)
and a fun craft/knit store, KnitFit.

I've been visiting the Danish town of Solvang, CA, USA since I was a girl and it still charms me.

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  1. Oh, are those cute!! They do have a look of the '60s to them!

    I giggled at your assessment of The Village Spinning and Weaving Store - I felt the same way when I visited it about 10 years ago!

  2. Kristen the little clowns are adorable! What a great way to use up the yo-yo's. I bet you had fun embellishing each one!
    I haven't been to Solvang in years, but I remember it well. Such a fun place to visit. I bought a stitchery kit there (tea towel embroidery I think). Thanks for the pictures!

  3. Very cute little guys!

  4. What a cute idea....I have passed this on to my friend in England.

  5. I haven't been to Solvang in years, thanks for the reminder! Helen


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