Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas

It's almost Christmas time - this little guy came by to brighten my home this week - he'll hang out there for a bit and share some cheer. Remember to enjoy this time with family and friends.

Happy Christmas to all may yours be a safe one.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Christmas Swap Delivered...

Last week I showed what I recieved in my package and now that it has been delivered I can show what I sent to Nicola in the Handmade Christmas swap hosted by Heart in the Country - A Christmas bucket - entirely constructed from recycled or gifted materials - oh yeah, I filled it with some little gifts too... A crocheted snowflake decoration to hang on the tree,
Some sewing essentials - the pouch had the chocolates inside (they are sewing essentials) although Nicola tells me they didn't last that long.
Because it is winter there, they even have snow, I made this knitted scarf/collar out of a super soft mohair mix with just a little sparkle - it was hard to part with this, lucky I have enough yarn to make something similar for myself!
There was also a treat each for Nicola's little people. She is happy with her package.
Only 4 sleeps and counting - hope you are ready!
Happy Creating

Sunday, December 20, 2009


Well I matched the legs and bodies I had last week, I made some clothes and painted and embroidered faces and now I have three new friends. I'm not sure I want to part with any of them but I guess I will and just make more. The first who has been flitting around here already is Candy Cane Annie from a pattern by the talented Brenda Greenwalt of LillieMae Crafts. Next is Sweet Annie - another design from Brenda Greenwalt - I'm not sure what I did with this one - but everytime I look at her I can hear Ms13 telling me she looks evil. She really looks sweet in the original pic, so maybe I should follow the directions sometimes?
Last is an oldie but a goodie - a design from Petals and Patches which I have made more than once before - she is petite and oh so cute with that raggy hair.
all 3 together for a group shot - they sure brightened my week.
I finally feel like I have been a bit productive and Christmas may not pass by without me noticing.
My wish is that you're relaxing and enjoying the company of friends and family this Christmas season.
Happy Creating

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Wrapping with Annie

Annie helped me get the packages wrapped ready for posting. We gathered all the goodies - some paper, scissors, ribbons, tape and those pouches for the little and big girls. I decided to use plain wrapping paper this year - lucky there are a lot of girls on my list as pink and silver seem to be my favourites at the moment, guess I'll find something else to wrap the two boy presents in, or maybe not? She is such a good wrapper - look at that pretty neat bow and some sparkly stars all ready to go to Ms6.
Ooh.. some more these ones are off to my sister and nieces - pretty tags and some sparkly stars for decoration.
I posted these today - wonder how long they take to get to their destinations? Hope you're enjoying the weekend wherever you are.
Happy Crafting

Friday, December 18, 2009

Where was I?

I am finally making some progress on my Christmas preparation - all I can say is luckily no one is relying on me to feed them!

I was working on some dolls and had the thread box out choosing colours before there was an accident and the box was upside down on the floor - these are the threads that remained in the box...

And these are the threads in a nice pile on the floor - just saves me getting them out of the box I guess. I am going to put them away when I am done later tonight.
Yesterday I spent a lot of time at the sewing machine and made more of these handy little pouches.
Now I am relying on the post people getting them delivered in time - okay so the pressure is on and I know they don't like working so much but we wouldn't want them all napping under the shade of a tree like the one I saw today - that would be why we pay so much for our inefficient post.
I have braved the big shopping place today and believe I am done there are a few items to be completed here but I can do them at my leisure as I do not have many commitments in the next week.
Hope you are all enjoying the last days of creating and celebrating. Have a great weekend.
Happy Crafting

Monday, December 14, 2009

Christmas Comes Early...

I recieved my package in the Handmade Christmas Swap from Nicola - will you look at all those packages... when I took the bubble wrap off this is what I was greeted with - lots of red Christmas goodness - yippee I love red anything.
As Nicola had labelled all the packages I opened the decoration first - oh my goodness how cute is this - I just love him - the colour is perfect - come to think of it everything is perfect.
This here is what all the other packages contained - a gorgeous framed picture stitched by Nicola - just so sweet - and there were some extra goodies included too - a cute handbag notepad that will be very handy, chocolate - essential at this time of year, some way cute fabric and threads in my fav - Red and purple - and look at that Christmas card - more red and sparkles.
Thanks Nicola you have been an amazing swap partner.
There has been some activity in the creative space since the offending tooth was removed - three sets of legs just waiting to be attached to....
these bodies - yes they are three different doll patterns.
I hope everyone is enjoying some crafting time between all the activity at this time of the year.
Happy Crafting

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


I made another snowflake from a different design - but as the only cotton I had was cream I decided to add some paint and glitter to this one to give it some colour - I am really happy with the result. I used Jo Sonya's Satin Varnish to give it a nice finish. I can see some more of these decorations in the near future. And look what I did with the Christmas Tree - It has a home. I sewed it to some fabric and used a white Snow flake button to decorate it.
I am enjoying using softer colours in amongst the regular red and dark green of Christmas.
Now for the decorating of my space. I flicked through a magazine today while waiting for yet another appointment and saw some cool ideas for making tree shapes on the wall - maybe I could put one on the back of the door?
Enjoy your week.
Happy Creating

Monday, December 7, 2009

Christmas Cards

Finally some Christmas crafting achieved - albeit slowly. Tags for some of the presents I will give- I love my tag punch. and Some cards that I really need to get in the post shortly - or they will be late again!
Rudolph - with his big red nose and some cool snow flakes
Ooh.. I played with softer colours and more snow flakes this was fun.
And another cool colour, the background card is a soft blue/green and the colour in the top corner is actually a metallic gold... I like a lot!
My wish is that your Christmas Crafting is progressing well.
Happy Creating