Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Huge thanks to Kirstie Allsopp! And other Christmas preparations!!!!

We all loved Kirstie Allsop's Christmas programmes. I've heard criticism - yes, some of the things were expensive, but lots were dirt cheap, and it was packed with ideas. And it was very Christmas-y. I just don't get why those who criticised it continued to watch it. I just love her enthusiasm.

Anyway, every year since the children were small and like lots of mums, I've made salt dough with the children. We've lots of salt dough decorations, but I'd never thought to make letters (strange, given how much I like making fabric letters!).

So on Sunday we cleared the kitchen table and the children made a Happy Christmas garland, helped by me and Him. But very largely their own work and design ideas went in.

We had sooooo much fun with this.

and when it came to the painting, they were all so imaginative.

It really is my most favourite home made decoration ever, and I'm so glad I watched the three programmes.

My creative 11 year old then decided she wanted to make the stocking that Kirstie had made.
So another thank you to Kirstie! She commandeered the sewing machine and disappeared for an hour...refusing to let me help. And this is the result.

She's good with sewing, but I have to say it was a very proud mummy moment when she unveiled it and I realized she's old enough to do things like this. (She knows about the mis-spelling of Christmas by the way... it adds to the charm, we think!)

I also had the children making decorations for the Christmas cake. Every year, hubs makes a cake. Good for him. He likes Christmas cake. I hate it. He and eldest are the only ones to eat it and it lasts 62 years. Oh, and my mum can usually manage a mouse-sized portion. Well, every year he then spoils it by going out and buying decorations for the top. This year I put my foot down and said the children could do it better. So we gave them the icing and colouring and left them to it.

They loved this task.

And this is the result. Even hubs had to agree it wins hands down over the finish in previous years. Aren't children useful!

Last night hubs brought this in:

This was destined for his boss, but she couldn't get in because of the snow. So she said he could bring them home to me. It was a lovely surprise for Christmas. I love getting flowers.

I've been very spoilt, because lovely hubs had already bought me some Christmas flowers and they are all looking so gorgeous.

I've also taken time to decorate my dresser for Christmas, which I don't normally do. But I'm pleased I did. It just looks very fresh and fun for the season.

We have two nativity scenes in the house... one is now on the dresser as the centre piece:

Have a wonderful Christmas everyone.

Friday, 18 December 2009

Santa's washing line - a quick cheat!

Thanks so much for all your help over the felting. I've discovered some wonderful felting sites.

Quick post to show you what I picked up...and what I did with it. I found this wonderful Santa's washing line T-towel. I'd been wanting to make one, but just haven't had the time. So it was lovely to see a T-towel in the design. I bought one to use, and one to cut up and make a cheat's garland...

It got a huge thumbs up from the kids. And I'm ridiculously pleased with it.

Saturday, 12 December 2009

Felt making kit advice HELP!

Isn't that a happy sandwich... made by my 11 year old. Just had to share!

Now, I need some help. Huge huge apologies for the quality of the pictures this time. My small camera is really playing up. A couple of weeks ago my children took part in a felt-making workshop, which they all loved. I was amazed at what they came home with. It was a cheap workshop, but they brought home these wonderful wall hangings... or we may make them into cushions.

A robin:

Birds on twigs:

And a cheerful ladybird:

They have all said they'd like felt making kits for Christmas, and I think you can get these for around £10, but I want to get something that's easy for them and recreates what they did. And I'm getting into a bit of a muddle looking online.

There's nowhere around me that would sell them over the counter that I'm aware of.

So if anyone could kindly point me in the right direction, I'd be very grateful.
Finger's crossed!

One last shot from the same 11 year old. She decided to make a Christmas postbox for her class, which was a popular idea as it turned out. She made this:

Cheerful, huh! Thank you all for your comments on my last post. I think I visited everyone. It's very Christmasy out in blogland at the moment - I'm loving it.

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

The joy of mutual crafting get togethers. Yay!

I was lucky enough to be invited to a crafting 2 hours on Saturday, and it reminded me of how lovely it is to get together with people to craft. This was Christmas crafting, with funds raised going to a local wildlife trust. They made a lot of money (it was only £20 each), and we came away with lots of lovely Christmas things and having had such a lovely time (mince pies and mulled wine were also included, yum). I'm now planning on setting up a weekly craft club next year, as my new year's resolution. I'm hoping I actually do this one, as I know I'll get so much out of it. I love sewing, but I have to say, I love trying new crafts as well. So, what did I make? Well, I made a wreath for the door:

I've never made a wreath before. I'm thrilled with it, especially as I then sew one locally advertised at £65! Silly money for a wreath.

As it was based at a wildlife trust centre, all the things to use were sourced in the woods or from the organiser's garden, so they look really lovely together.

Actually, seeing this picture makes me realize that I really should do a post on my front door one day - it is rather special, and has quite a story behind it. Literally behind it! I'll leave you guessing on that one until the new year. ;-) I've also realized with excitement that I've reached 100 followers, and I'd thought I really ought to do another giveaway once I got to 100... but I can't before Christmas, so I'll sort that out as well next year. So watch out for that one.

I also, very quickly, made an angel, which I'm very proud of, as I didn't think I would be able to.

She needs eyes, poor thing. Next, and don't laugh, because three people did on the day. I made Rudolph logdeer:

Apparently he has buck rabbit teeth, a pig's nose, and silly antlers. Well, me and the kiddies love him to bits! So there! ;-)

I made something else, but I haven't got a photo yet. Sorry. But I've got this instead:

I rescued him from being dumped a couple of Christmases ago. I can't believe people just dump things like this - complete with lights as well! Mary, if you stop by, please note the bare plaster walls behind him! I was not kidding when I said I've lost count of the Christmas we've had to decorate and ignore the plaster and holes and polyfiller behind the decorations. It's kind of expected now. Haha.

Sewing wise, I've been making more coasters... chicken ones this time:

And cushions:

That's all for today. Thanks so much for dropping by, and if you've made it this far, huge huge thanks! x