secret xmas crafting revealed

Christmas has come and gone . . . I can now show you a few photos of some gifts I made this year, for family and friends. I realise I didn’t take photos of everything but not to worry.

YipYip were something that made me smile while making, and I made a couple, with rasta crocheted hair, rather than pipe-cleaners . . . in bright green for Toddler Viking

In turquoise and shocking pink for our neighbours’ daughters.

A very last minute sewing project with a length of cotton found in my stash (something the MIL bought years ago, and I wonder what on earth for!)  . . . which seemed perfect to sew up as a pair of Wendy house curtains.

Not sure I’d want these in my house, but they’ll look lovely hanging in 3-year- old Mona’s play house this summer!

Sewing and knitting, in doll size next, with a summer dress and bolero cardigan for Lindashee’s 57cm BJD doll.

I did also knit two sweaters for her male 67cm doll, but forgot to take a photo.

And, last but not least . . . a little blackwork scissor keep for sister-in-law.

Advent calendar – 16th – 20th

Days are ticking by, and Christmas is looming closer.  Today’s photo to share with you, what surprises my sister found in the advent calendar I sent.  16th – soluble canvas.  17th  – wooden butterfly thread sorter.  18th – packet of brightly coloured butterfly napkins.   19th – DMC blue serviette pouch with aida band on flap to be stitched.  20th – roll of adhesive lace ribbons.

ScrapHappy # December

After the fun I had making gift tags last time just out of a piece of pretty card . . . for this month, with Christmas in mind, I made some more tags.

A perfect project for using those small bits of aida that never seem big enough to work on a “proper” project . . . and very little thread.   I stitched lots of little squares, using patterns from the “Tiny Treasures” blackwork design by Elizabeth Almond (see link in my blog roll –  Blackwork Journey).

Each little square was then trimmed and fringed.  And, using double sided sticky tape, stuck onto card (that wasn’t strictly scraps but I had a few sheets in my stash and it was a quick mounting option).

And voilà!  37 little pretties, in festive seasonal colours that can either be hung in the tree as décorations or used a gift tags on présents!

I’m linking with a big bunch of ScrapHappy members.

Kate Gun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancy, Alys, Kerry, Claire,
Jean, Jon, HayleyDawn, Gwen, Connie, Bekki,
Sue L, Sunny, Kjerstin, Vera, Nanette, Ann and Kym

Advent calendar December 6th – 10th

Today, being December 11th, I can show you what was inside the advent calendar I made up for my sister for the past 5 days.  I don’t know who’s enjoying the unveiling most: her or me lol.

6th – a little bag of sweeties.  7th – packet of paper napkins with butterflies to make packed lunches more civilised. 8th – 4 skeins of DMC.  9th – a white cotton tissue box cover with band of aida so my sister can personalise.  10th – a plastic coaster, also for my sister to personalise.

advent calendar December 1st – 5th

This year I did something I don’t usually do . . . I sent off a parcel, early November, to my sister, with lots of little packages inside, each one with a number . . . her very own advent calendar.  2020 has been such a dismal year, and my sister works in a hospital, so she’s one of our essential workers . . . I felt she needed something special to make her feel special this year.  And if I’m honest, it also cheered me up, and made me forget about what a gloomy year we’re having, as I was kept busy thinking of different ideas to include in the parcel.

She said she’s going to open a pressie a day in the morning, so I’ll be sharing photos with you, of what she found inside.

Today we’re December 5th, so I can show you what was in packages 1 – 5.

1st – little hand-stitched decoration with wooden frame.  2nd – letters N O E L for her to decorate and use in a festive crafting project.  3rd –  Needle book with cross stitch needles. 4th – very small Gorjuss notebook, perfect handbag size.  5th – two fabric masks in a pretty blue butterfly fabric (sister loves butterflies).

all good things . . .

I’m not sure who said “all good things come to an end” or that you can have “too much of a good thing” . . . either way, I have a confession to make.  Early November last year, I made a resolution, to not buy any crafting supplies and to use only stash for a full 14 months, hoping to make it to January 2021.  I did give myself a few loop holes (such as the possibility of buying in specific supplies if needed to finish off a specific project) and stuck to that.  However, with thoughts turning to Christmas, I caved, and had some retail therapy on line.

While being good, I did manage to use approx 12 metres of fabric from my stash and probably more than 14 balls of yarn . . . YipYip being a great way to use some of my odd balls of chunky.

But, as admitted, this month, I caved in and bought some new crafting supplies . . .

Several balls of gorgeous brights, with Christmas presents in mind (xmas present production has officially begun).  And

this little lot of supplies, after much researching and dilemma.  The photo above is of three pièces of fake leather in cream, navy and terracotta plus some smallish (20cm x 10cm) foam.  If I show you the next photo, with an added element, you might be able to guess what I hope to be up to soon.

Hole puncher and eyelet pliers . . . because the plan is to make some shoes/boots for my dolls.  Shoes/boots for dolls can work out very expensive to buy, especially for my larger BJD dolls.  I have therefore decided I am going to try my hand at shoe-making . . . the black foam being essential for shoe/boot soles.  Fingers crossed for me please!


hands keeping busy

I’ve been keeping my hands busy, inbetween other crafting projects, with a little bit of xstitch.  And while temperatures are still high in this part of the world . . . I chose to work on some xmas themed projects.  The following were freebie kits in the UK magazine “Cross Stitch Crazy”.

Both are designs by Helz Cuppleditch.  The skating penguin was the free kit in the October 2018 issue, and the carol singing penguin from the October 2019 issue.

The free kits in “Cross Stitch Crazy” are always very complete, with the necessary supplies to finish the project (in this case, aperture card & envelope).  So . . . a couple of evenings stitching, and it looks like I’m now getting ready for Christmas lol.

crochet & cross stitch

I’ve been busy with two different types of needlecrafts these past few days, alternating between crochet and cross stitch.

On the cross stitching front . . . I have a subscription for Cross Stitch Crazy magazine, and when the latest issue plopped into my letter box recently, I was tempted to sit down and stitch up the freebie kit almost immediately.


I simplified things a little (leaving out most of the French knots which I hate doing) . . . but I think these two little decorations turned out very sweet nonetheless.


As for crochet . . . well, I was busy making squares for the “Natures Walk” CAL designed by Cherry Heart (aka Sandra Paul).


This chart is actually meant to be just a practice square, but I liked the little heart design so much, I crocheted up six, in Stylecraft Special DK “Spring Green”.


Now the official instructions for this CAL are to use 6 colours, with a 7th neutral for joining & borders . . . idea being to make 8 squares from each of the 6 colours, therefore ending up with 48 squares for the finished blanket.

Being me, I’m going to do things my way, and plan on making only 6 squares of each colour, but to add a 7th colour so my blanket will turn out 6 x 7  (instead of 8 x 6).  My only problem . . . I initially picked only six colours and a neutral, and was then umming and ahhing about what extra colour to add.  One possible combination looking like this.


But . . . the husband, whose opinion I do listen to occasionally, thinks it looks too “scrappy” . . . so I’m in the process of revising my choice of colours.   I’m going to need to place an order anyhow, for my border neutral (of which I will need 400g), so I might end up changing my colour scheme completely before I go much farther!

what Claire made for Christmas #5

This is the last post with photos of the secret crafting which kept me busy for Christmas 2018.  And this time, it’s a sewing project.


For the husband.  He had asked for various tools (for metal engraving, wood chequering etc) so family clubbed together to buy the various tools, hammer, book etc . . . plenty of things to keep him happy.   Tools in this photo are the metal engraving ones.   I was rather worried, when I saw the sharp ends on these, and decided to make a) a little fabric tray to keep them all together on his work bench.  And b) a tool roll, so that the husband has somewhere to keep them all.


I chose a very manly William Morris print for the outer fabric.


and fabric from the same collection for the inside.  Pockets are made with leather and I added a felt flap, so that tools won’t slip out.



I’m not sure whether leather pockets was such a good idea . . . time will tell if it stands up to the pointy ends.  If not, I’ll make a second one, using denim which will probably be more hard-wearing.