Tag Archives: christmas

Hello!

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Just thought I’d pop by to say a quick hello and see how you all are. I’m sure this is a busy time of year for most of you too, so I’m sure you’ll excuse my absence recently.

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I’m afraid I don’t even have much to show you today – most of the things I’m working on at the moment are for Christmas presents. However, I can tell you that I’m in the middle of making a couple of minion hats, a star garland and several warm and cosy things. The doily in the photo above was made on the spur of the moment just because I loved the pattern. I now have no idea what to do with it! Any suggestions? (This feels like deja vu…)

Anyway, I’m just off to town to see if I can find some essential supplies for more Christmassy crafting. Have a lovely day 🙂

Edit to add: the doily pattern can be found here. There is also a link to it from this page, along with lots of others that I want to try!

Christmas gifts #2 – Fab Tags

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The wrapping on my presents was not particularly special. I quite liked the paper (from good old M&S) but it wasn’t exactly unique. So I thought I’d add a little personal touch with the tags.

I was browsing through facebook about a month before Christmas when I noticed a post from Jenny Arnott Textiles. It doesn’t take much for me to get distracted and I soon ended up looking at her Not On The High Street shop, where I came across some really lovely badges. And even better, she was offering a discount! I already had in my mind how they would work perfectly on Christmassy gift tags, so I snapped them up.

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I’ve had these brown tags for a while and use them for so many things. And they went so well with the colour scheme of the paper and ribbon. I just added a couple of small stitches at the bottom of each tag to pin the badge on to and Ta-Da – a fab tag!

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Christmas gifts #1 – The Jars of Happiness

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Over the next couple of days I’ll be posting about some of the gifts I made this Christmas. There weren’t loads (I just didn’t have time!) but there will be a couple of posts coming up.

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This year I decided to make up lots of jars of sweets (and a few other goodies) to go along with each main present.

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They were lined up along the top of the piano for people to help themselves. They went down very well with the children!

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The jars were from Ikea and the sweets were from the supermarket. An inexpensive gift idea, but they looked great all lined up together. The jars would be good filled with all sorts of other goodies too – dried lavender, buttons, ribbons, pretty pins – the list goes on and on!

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Small gifts

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A little while ago I found a stack of calico squares with different Christmassy words stitched onto them. I think I made them a couple of years ago and obviously got distracted before I finished making whatever it was I was planning at the time!

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So I found some Christmassy looking fabric and stitched them together.

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They are stuffed with lavender – not particularly Christmassy, but they smell lovely!

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They are now ready to be wrapped up as gifts for a couple of people at school (I don’t think they read my blog, so I don’t think I’m giving the secret away!)

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Busy making

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Once again it’s been a while since I was here. But this time I actually have a good reason – I’ve been busy making things! It’s taken me so long to get a good balance between school time and me time, and I think I’ve finally managed it.

Of course, it’s now nearly the holidays and there is a lot less planning to do at the moment (our Nativity has taken up a lot of time along with all sorts of other lovely Christmassy things) but I’ve actually had time to be crafty again. And it’s wonderful! I don’t think I’d even realised how much I’d missed it.

However, nearly all the things I’ve been making are presents, so I can’t show you much at all! But I’m taking pictures as I go along, so hopefully will have a lot to show you in the New Year.

Just today I finished making, wrapping and packing gifts for the Christmas Swap.

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I’ve really enjoyed finding and making gifts for someone I don’t know – in some respects it’s been a lot easier than finding gifts for family members. I think there isn’t the same pressure of finding something they’ll like – I have no idea what Julie will like or hate so it’s a complete gamble! I’ve been looking at her blog and it seems that she loves Christmas, as there are all sorts of lovely Christmassy pictures there.

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I really like all the things I made/found, so I hope Julie does too!

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Apologies for the picture quality – I guess a lot of you are finding winter light levels a little tricky to work with too, but it’s still a bit frustrating at times!

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So those are the gifts that will be making their way to Julie next week. How are your Christmas preparations going?