Monday, 15 December 2014

Little Trees

 The countdown to christmas is really speeding along here and i have a lot to do still........but a little sewing of decorations was needed for a crafty interlude, something just for fun.............
 ..........these little trees were originally featured in my book pretty patchwork gifts, and the pattern itself can now be downloaded from the stitch craft create site here...........
 .............i loved making the original green trees and this year i decided to make some different ones....
 .............some with a bit of a scandinavian look to chime in with my favourite red and white décor...
 ................a bit of fabric choosing, a bit of drawing round a template and a bit of sewing....
 ............and after stuffing the little trees there was the fun bit of adding ribbons and buttons, like adding the baubles to a real tree............each one is different and the trees can be hung along a mantelpiece, or on a door or cupboard, or added to a gift, perhaps to hang on the side of a parcel or gift bag..........i also like to add some drops of winter scented oil so they smell gorgeous.............
 ..............we went christmas shopping in the historic city of chester at the weekend and i found this box filled with lovely little baubles..........they look so pretty in the box we are thinking it would be a shame to take them out of their little compartments...................
 .............chester city holds lots of memories for us both...........we often go there just to walk by the river, to sit in a cafe and drink tea and people watch, and to wander along the historic rows.......this time we enjoyed seeing these lovely decorations in the grosvenor shopping centre.......
 ............there was a lovely big bauble covered silver tree too but the pictures of it were not good due to too many shoppers obscuring much of it :(................i loved the colours of these decorations..........
 ..............we bought some gifts and sipped tea in a café, just as we always do...........
 ..............above is one of my favourite festive shop windows.........inspired by red and white.....
 .............more red and white inspiration here too............below is a new decoration i am trying this year.......i found this sturdy branch on one of our walks and brought it home with some kind of hanging decoration plan in mind.......i added some spray snow and some little fabric trees, ball of wool and buttons baubles (how i love these of course ) and tags and berries......this is a work in progress and you might be seeing it again...............
...............thank you for all the lovely comments on my sleigh ride rabbits, dear readers, and for visiting me here in my festive bit of blogland..........i wish you a wonderful week as we count down to christmas......to my lovely readers on the other side of the world, enjoy your warm and sunny days, i will think of you all as i put on my down-filled coat and wind my scarf snugly round :)........and to every one else keep cosy ;)...........back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxoooooooooooooxxxxxxxxx

Monday, 8 December 2014

Sleigh Ride Rabbits

 One of the projects on my sewing table over the past couple of months was a pair of bunnies made from cotton fabric, and with striped ears reminding me of candy canes......they were meant for part of my christmas decorating this year and i made them slowly around other projects like book and magazine commissions (the bunny pattern can be found in my book pretty patchwork gifts here).......i crocheted them little jumpers and knitted them stripy scarves at night while watching movies.............
 ..............one day at the garden centre, buying bulb fibre to plant my spring bulbs, i spied this little sleigh and imagined it filled with tiny hand sewn rabbits...........and then i just had to buy it :)......
 ...............here is berry the first christmas bunny to be finished...............
                                                ..............closely followed by holly..............
 ..................when they fitted so nicely into the sleigh i thought of the famous song.....the verse below seemed especially appropriate for the two little rabbits......
 ............'our cheeks are nice and rosy,
and comfy cozy are we
we're snuggled up together like two
birds of a feather would be..............'  lyrics from the sleigh ride song..............
 ...............but there was a bit more room in the sleigh, and there was lolly rabbit sitting all by herself.....
 ............so she donned a nice red woolly scarf and jumped into  the sleigh too........just right ....
 ............beside playing with the toy rabbits (and molly the real sewing room dog) this week, i have been busy working on new designs, cutting out a new quilt and crocheting a new blanket, all of which i will show you soon......i have finished making wrist warmers (for now) and have wrapped some up as gifts........i am hoping my dearies will like these......

 ............the house is adorned with lights, decorations and the trees are up and twinkling merrily.....
 ...........the heating is cranked back up as it has turned really cold here and we sit in cosy firelight in the evenings............i will take some more photos of the decorations to share next time.......these little birdhouses are new ones, on the sitting room mantelpiece.........
 ...........we don't have any snow here so won't be going for any sleigh rides ourselves though it feels cold enough some days......maybe later in the winter we will have snowy days..........
..........thank you for your visit, dear readers, and for your sweet comments.........and thank you to everyone who follows my blog too.......wishing you happy crafty times in the countdown to christmas and keep cosy................back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxoooooooooooxxxxxxxxx

Monday, 1 December 2014

Warm and Bright

First of all..........Happy December Everyone!
 ..........these lovely bright flowers and berries were a present from my younger daughter rosie and her dh chris when they came to stay last weekend.......the vivid bouquet has been brightening the kitchen  beautifully and looks lovely in the glow of the fairy lights..........thank you for all the kind wishes for my husband's birthday, he was pleased to receive them and he did have a lovely time.............
 ............we have got the xmas decorations boxes down from the attic, and i have put up some lights and some candle bridges so things are beginning to look festive today...........
 .................i love the colours of this autumn blanket, begun last year and finished this year and inspired by the leaves and berries of autumn in the lake district...........lots of people asked about the pom pom or bobble trim......it is from clothkits and is very well made and robust......i just sewed the tape part on to the wrong side of the blanket border and it is wearing well, despite often being used by two small children and even occasionally one small dog..........
 ............the colours of the autumn blanket inspired me to make some wristwarmers...........
 ..............and the fabrics below are part of a new patchwork project i'm working on this week........
 ...............lots of bright warm colours to cheer up the grey cloudy days......though we have had sunshine too some days :)...........i showed my grandchildren how to make pom poms with the pom pom makers and they loved it so much it kept them absorbed for ages.....they took theirs home with them........charlie made an amazing orange and white one, and daisy made a sweet pink one :)
 .........because they were so keen on the pom pom idea i added four to the corners of charlie's stripy blanket.......he loved it, and daisy loved her sweet pea one which i showed two posts ago.....
 .............i made charlie a red, white and blue blanket....i have made this colour way before and knew he really liked it, reminding him of boats, the seaside and flags...........
 .............if the pom poms happen to fall off he can make some new ones as i am giving them their own pom pom maker as a little extra xmas gift ;)................
 .............i love all the bright berried plants around now too and wanted to get a picture of the holly tree that molly and i pass on our walk, but have discovered that it is hard to take photos while holding a small dog on a lead at the same time................maybe next week..........
 .............a little plant bringing the berries indoors...........and below is one of the baubles i've begun to unpack ready to dress the xmas trees.............always nice to see what is in the boxes again........
..............thank you for visiting me here in my little blog space dear readers, and for leaving such kind comments.............i wish you a warm and bright december and a happy cosy crafty week ahead......back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxoooooooooooooooooxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Monday, 24 November 2014

Little Birdhouse

 It's a little bit wintry here, just a few degrees colder.........and a few festive things are appearing in my crafty space almost by magic.............
 ...........not actual xmas decorations yet, of course......it is much too soon for that ;) .........it is my husband's birthday at the end of november and about a week after that we begin to think about christmas...............i have been wanting to decorate a little wintry festive birdhouse and this weekend i found a bit of spare time to do so...............
 ................i had lots of red and white printed selvedge in my craft cupboard........and some rubber stamps and a soft red ink pad gave the effect i hoped for..................
 .............there are a few little decorations being made in my sewing room.........
 ................and little by little a few candles, lanterns, berries and red china are just popping up here and there..............
 ...........here are some of my crafty things from this week's projects all laid out neatly........
 ...........each of these has featured in my work in one way or another...........i have made some tiny things for work and for fun............the tiny pin cushion below has a vintage button sewn in the centre....
 ..............the little lavender scented heart with a red bell and button and a tape measure ribbon hanger will be a nice extra to go with a big chunk of French soap............
 ..................the picture below shows the red and white cross stitched and appliqued tea towels i made as my project for this month's crafts beautiful magazine available now......see more here..............

 ...............lots of red and white and some grey too..............below is my new winter's night reading treat.....a new persephone book....'because of the lockwoods' by dorothy whipple........
 .............today has been sunny as well as cold so far and molly and i have had a nice walk admiring the holly berries on the way...........now it is time to get on with some more work........perhaps a quick cup of tea first and a cinnamon cookie might be a good idea..............
.............thank you for your visit, lovely readers, and for your kind comments (and sweet emails too).........i hope you are enjoying these november days, with crafty, happy times and wintry inspirations...........keep cosy.................back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxooooooooooxxxxxxxxxx