Fa La La La Contributor (& Editor!) Interview ~ Amanda

on July 29 | in Products | by | with 31 Comments

Our Christmas in July celebration and the Fa la la la Felt: 45 Handmade Holiday Decorations giveaways are due in no small part to Amanda Carestio, the book’s author and editor. Amanda works at Lark Crafts, blogs at digs & bean and has several fun projects in the book. Enjoy her interview below, then look for another exclusive PDF project from the book coming up next…

Sew,Mama,Sew!: What project(s) do you have in the book?
Amanda: I have a few in there: Silver Bells, Retro Strip Ornaments, Perching Doves, Boughs and Berries Wreath, Leaf and Vine Stocking, Oopsy Daisies Stocking. Meeting the deadlines for this book meant I was making projects in the summer, which was utterly confusing. It was Memorial Day and I was humming jingle bell rock!

SMS: What do you like about working with felt? Do you work with felt a lot?
Amanda: Before this book, I didn’t work with felt much at all, but I really don’t know why. It has such a wonderful texture to it, you don’t have to worry about raveling edges, and, as a sewist, I’m drawn to the simple solid colors. And I absolutely fell in love with the idea of pairing it with patterned cotton fabric… So fun!

SMS: Do you have a favorite, go-to holiday decoration?
Amanda: Instead of a Christmas tree, my husband and I decorate our ficus tree every year. Our one favorite decoration is a glass pickle ornament.

SMS: Do you have a favorite family holiday tradition?
Amanda: Yes, indeed. My whole family goes out for Chinese food every year for Christmas eve dinner.

Comment on any Christmas in July post this week for your chance to win a copy of Fa la la la Felt: 45 Handmade Holiday Decorations or a great big bundle of beautiful felt!

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31 Responses to Fa La La La Contributor (& Editor!) Interview ~ Amanda

  1. Tiffany says:

    fu fu fu fu fun! Love the colors!

  2. Annette W says:

    Felt is fun…and so are pickles!

  3. Joy Mosley says:

    Wow…how fun this book would be to win. My little boy and I would have so much fun!!

  4. Maureen says:

    I like the trees on the cover of the book.

  5. Fran says:

    Have not done a lot of craft work with felt.
    Your book & ideas will spur me on…..

  6. Jess says:

    I have never tried working with felt (I know!), but this book looks like a really fun way to get started!

  7. Kim says:

    So cute! I love holiday decor. This book is sure to be a hit.

  8. Alyssa says:

    I love those pickle ornaments – I need to get one for my kids!!!

  9. Amanda says:

    I’m glad you discovered felt/ thanks for your ideas.

  10. I like the idea of combining felt with cottons. I want to make some felt cuff bracelets; maybe I could combine them with unexpected light cottons.

  11. Ramona says:

    We used to have a large cactus and we decorated that with all the paper ornaments the kids made over the years as well as decorating our Christmas decoration.

  12. Kajsa says:

    The cover of the book looks very tempting!

  13. alisha says:

    I love your tradition and decorations! For a couple of years my husband and I didn’t have a tree, so we decorated a funky floor lamp instead.

  14. More people should decorate their ficus tree rather than buy a Christmas tree.

  15. Jenny says:

    “humming jingle bell rock.” Ha ha! I love it. :)

  16. Molly says:

    Looks like so much fun! Small projects to start working on now before the holidays :)

  17. Louise says:

    This book looks really good, thanks for the interview!

  18. Karen says:

    What a beautiful book and such lovely decorating ideas! Love the stories about your Christmas traditions.

  19. Joanna says:

    Felt ornaments are great. They look cute on gifts as well as the tree. I’d love to win this book.

  20. sy says:

    thanks for the interview. glass pickle ornament sounds cute :D

  21. Sara says:

    Would like to see the wreath she talks about.

  22. SewLindaAnn says:

    I’ve never really worked with felt except for logical things like under lamps and stuff. I’m looking forward to trying some ideas.

  23. Brenda says:

    fun little birds.I agree that felt is fun to play with.

  24. Michele J. says:

    I’ve already added this book to my wishlist!

  25. a glass pickle!!!

  26. Katie says:

    humming jingle bell rock on Memorial Day? Heehee.

    I have a deadly craving for chinese food right now.

  27. Ellen S. says:

    Looks like a great book…what fun.

  28. jessieaucoin says:

    the first ornament i bought for my husband and i was a glass pickle. even though the original tradition is for kids to have a race to see who finds it first (and the winner gets to open the first present), we still love hiding it form each other throughout the season.

  29. QSOgirl says:

    we used to go out for Chinese food in Chinatown on Christmas Eve, too!

  30. Corky says:

    i have just discovered felt and I love it. I really enjoy hand sewing, the buttonhole stitch and embroidery, so felt and wools are my favs now!!

  31. Penny Garrison says:

    Looks like a really fun book to have.

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