Joe's at a holiday party right now, and I'm supposed to be packing for Mexico, but here I am procrastinating. Story of my life. I couldn't help but think about the fact that I promised to post photos and instructions for making some holiday ornaments. I wanted to do a tutorial, but instead I'll have to share some of my resources.
I bought all the fabric and embroidery thread for my ornaments at Purl Patchwork. I found the cross-stitch motifs in this book, which I also bought at Purl. You could just as easily search your local library for vintage cross-stitch/embroidery books for ideas.
I never got around to making any felt ball ornaments, but if you have time I really recommend this video tutorial. Amazing. Makes perfectly shaped round balls every time. I bought a lot of my wool roving at Purl (if you must know I'm kind of obsessed with that store), and it's such great stuff. If you want to try a bigger project (like this incredible wreath Karen e-mailed me a link to), you can buy felt balls here.
Okay, now go get to work! I want to see some handmade ornaments. If I wasn't going to Mexico, I would spend my entire next week doing nothing but making Christmas ornaments. It's almost my favorite thing in the world. That's pretty much the only reason I ever went to Sunday School, so that I could make angels out of macaroni and paint them silver. : )