Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Christmassy Things!!!

So again, apologises for a serious lack in posts...but I have now stopped all the rediculas shifts for a little while (62.5hrs in 6 days, was quite enough).
So please see below for all the things i have been creating and therefore too busy to blog...they are all Christmas related items, as you will see...
So using the Yo-Yo's I made a while ago, I decided to give them as gifts on Christmas cards. So I managed to staple the ribbon to the card, add a festive "Merry Christmas" i printed on the computer and Ta-Da!!!
So AGESSSSSSSSSS ago, i made myself a peg-bag out of an old cotton bag my step-mum gave me and my Mum said "oh, I've never had a peg bag" so I have made her one for Christmas!!!
just using a bit of Cath Kidson Oil cloth i got cheap as an off cut, and a little hanger you get with clothes for kids!!! seriously easy peasy!!!

Finally, I saw the idea for these in a magazine and decided to make them ages ago, and ended up whipping up the chocolates at about 10pm after a 12.5hr shift at work, and then making the bags at about 00.30!!! i must be mad!!! anyway i made 3 different types of chocolate. dark chocolate with ginger, dark chocolate with orange, and dried Christmas fruits on the top, and dark and white chocolate swirled together with crunchy chocolate bits round the edge. i got the paper bags from Asda, and used some of my left over ribbon and "Merry Christmas" tags from the cards to decorate the bags!!! were really nice to give out to people as little treats!!!
Anyway, i guess this will be my last blog for a while...
Oh, actually will probably post one final Christmas present i have made, but need to give it 1st!!!
Have a lovely Christmas!

Saturday, 19 December 2009

Sorry for no posts

Eakkkkk, haven't posted for ages so sorry!!! I am very busy with work, however I am busy making more of the last few things i have made, i am planning to attatch a Yo-Yo tree decoration to Christmas Cards for family and friends!!! I'll post those a bit later!!!
Happy Crafting!!!

Friday, 11 December 2009

Creations from Last Night!!!

SO this is all my creations hanging under my fire place, we don't have a tree yet, so thought I would start the festive feel with these decorations. Underneath are close-ups of some of the decorations and I'll put a quick How-to description...
This decoration is made with a base called a Yo-Yo, which is basically a disc of felt or material, stitched round the edge with a running stich, pulled tight and flattened out...

This Christmas tree was made with red felt, green embroidery thread and some lovely golden studs which cost 3p each, they have 4 tiny spikes on the back, you push them through and then press the spikes flat!!! they look great i think, and very festive!!!
More Yo-Yos, for step by step directions follow this link

Finally another snowflake made with the studs again, really quick and easy!!!

And Finally, Lucy's Cat she made...her first attempt at blanket stitch and making felt things, a good job hey? apologise that my phone camera hasn't done it justice but it is black felt, pink eyes and stitching!!!

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Craft night

So me, my housemate, and good friend had a lovely Christmas craft evening, making various things. The picture is of all the chaos/mess...
Many things were made...a felt cat, lots of knitted flowers, some yo-yo's, Christmas decorations and paper stars!!!
Photos to follow!!!
Night night!!!

Monday, 7 December 2009


A friend asked me a few days ago, if I could make an owl, similar to the little one in my last post,but one that could be used as a gift for a friend expecting a baby boy....
so here is my creation...

this is just a first attempt, I will change a few things when I make the actual one, including making it a bit bigger and sewing it initially on the sewing machine to make sure it is secure and will last (hopefully) being loved by a child.
Hope you like it and are inspired to create something similar.

Sunday, 6 December 2009

Patchwork Day...

So I am TRYING to crack on with the sewing of this here is a picture of the latest progress...I'm putting these bits together for a border around a much brighter/bolder patchwork. don't want to put a picture of that up, just incase the person it id for sees it on here...

(that's my Granny's very old, but reliable sewing machine...I am thinking of updating it, but it will have to wait till after Christmas!!!)
anyway, I have to is a tip, house needs a hoover and tidy...don't feel like I can work without it being done...( this doesn't normally bother me, so it must be bad!!!)

Friday, 4 December 2009

lil' owl

So I made this fellow a while ago, copying something I saw on the high street, I thought, " I can make that" and so I did!!!

So today i have been cutting patches for a to follow...the preparation for making a patchwork is always the most laborious and frustrating bit, having to be so precise and neat, but the patch-working is good and pretty quick once the machine is out and all is ready!!!
I think I am going to get some different backing to the one I chose...maybe something more exciting...something from Heather Bailey or something similar.

I am still making Christmas decorations, but I have put that on hold for a few days, must get this patchwork done in time for Christmas too!!!