Friday, December 30, 2011

Beautiful Blogger Blanket 2012

I was doing my morning catch up in blog land the other day and I came upon this, The Beautiful Blogger Blanket 2012 via beberouge.  What a wonderful idea.  Thinking that I had come upon it to late to enter I quickly emailed Jill to see if I could still participate and yes I could!  So now the big decision is what type of granny squares will I make and how many can I send to England in time before the 31st January 2012 deadline.  Once I have started I promise a few photos.

What a wonderful way to celebrate the New Year, creating something so beautiful that someone (whoever that lucky winner is), will really appreciate it.  I can't wait to see what other people have made and what the final product will look like.  Are you a part of this? 

I hope you all have a wonderful New Years and keep safe in your celebrations.


Saturday, December 24, 2011

A Merry Christmas to all

Clock wise from top left; Christmas baking, Santa's biscuits, Little wooden Santa's, wreath, Little Elf, felt owl.

The presents are wrapped & under the tree, Santa's food has been put out (and food for the reindeer's), the house is clean (well semi clean :-)), my feet are up and there's a nice drink in my hand. 

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas where ever you are and what ever your plans are for the day. 

I'll leave you with one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite Christmas movies;

"The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear" - Buddy the Elf

Sunday, December 11, 2011

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Well it’s been a little while since I last posted.  Things have been a little crazy busy here.  Lots of Christmas planning, making of things, present purchasing, it seems at times like it’s never ending but seriously I love this time of year.

Recently I was tidying up some of my cupboards and came across some half finished Christmas ornaments.  I seriously think that I started them about 3 years ago and for some reason or another they ended up in a cupboard and forgotten about.  But not this year, I am making it my mission to finish them.
So to begin with I finished the crochet pears.  I don’t know what I was thinking putting them away.  All they needed was little bits of thread added so they could be hung up. Tick that off the list.

These little present ornaments where sort of half done.  All they needed were little bows to be added to the top.  This took a little bit longer as the bows were to be constructed out of 3 lengths of ribbon. But here they are hanging nicely on our tree. Tick that off the list.

This Christmas wreath I am still in the process of making.  It is taking a bit longer.  This might be because I am writing my own patterns for all the decorations (baubles and holly).  As soon as it’s finished I promise final ta-dah photos. But here's a few progress shots.

And of course other little projects are being thrown into the mix.  I made a little mattress, pillow and blanket set for my niece’s doll house and some Christmas themed crochet hanging birds.

I have also almost finished some crochet face washers to go with some handmade soap for little gifts. I’m not into soap making, I think I have enough hobbies on my hands at this stage, but at one of the local farmers markets I go to, there is a stall there that sells the most beautiful soaps, using all natural ingredients.  I think my favourite would have to be the lemon myrtle, oatmeal and Manuka Honey.  Every time I open the cupboard that they are in the smell just drifts through the house and it is beautiful.

I am also trying something different with the face washes.  I am making them using Tunisian crochet, which I am really enjoying.  So much so that I no longer even need to look at the pattern.  I am just making it up as I go along, and I am finding this very relaxing.  No stressing about if it is done correctly.
But like with most things there is still a lot more on my Christmas wish list of things to make (and to be honest visiting Pinterest isn’t helping either.  So many creative people out there with fantastic ideas and only so many days to make things in.  Oh well, maybe next year).

How are your Christmas making plans going?