Craft activity has ground to a halt now as preparations for Christmas gain full steam. Except for just a few easy felt bead garlands with little bells to decorate the girls' rooms. Here's wishing you all a very merry Christmas....
I'm always excited when I manage more than one post a day (it's only happened 2 or 3 times). So there you go. Let it be said. I'm excited. Officially. But now I'll get on with it because this post is mainly about pretty pictures. Specifically red and aqua ones. Because when it comes to Christmas, red and aqua is the new black.
That one is some Wink Designs Christmas packaging. (Actually, not entirely Wink Designs because I included a stamped gift tag made by Belinda.)
That one is my contribution to the blogmeet dinner lucky dip as outlined in my earlier post today. (Did I mention this is my 2nd post of the day, oh yes I did! Woo hoo!) Anyway, it's the Linen Basket pattern from the Zakka Sewing book. (I love this book and will write more about it at a later date as I want to do several of the projects. I got mine from "The Book Depository" but I can't get a link going there at the moment so I've linked to the Japan Craft Journal review). I added a handmade brooch of my own design.
That is Cee Cee hand stamping some gift tags for presents for her little mates.
That one is some red and blue Mary Englebreight fabric purchased from here. The little gift tags were made up by me from a downloadable template by etsy seller Little Brown Pen. I love her shop, it's just brilliant!
And that one (finally) is a cuter than cute free embroidery pattern by the undisputed Queen of Red & Aqua, Jenny of Allsorts fame. I also bought the little Dutch girl pattern from her etsy shop which I'm planning to do over the summer break. (I hope to get the elvies done before Xmas....).
Posting twice a day is exhausting. I'll go and have a lie down now.
Despite the rain, random breath testing units, parking police and other authorities waiting to pounce on Christmas revellers in the local area, a lovely dinner was had by some Sydney blogging girls on Wednesday night. (I even ate the dessert, which was considered brave by the others due to its, lets just say, "unique" consistency....). Amy, Bettina, Kristen, Melinda, Belinda and myself enjoyed several hours of lovely food and crafty chat followed by an exchange of gorgeous Christmassy gifts.
I was the recipient of a beautifully made Emmeline Apron from Amy. It has a Christmas theme on one side and on the other a lovely springy flower applique. The apron alone would have been totally fabulous but, to put the icing on the cake, Amy threw in some lovely fabric and trim (in particular, the gorgeous Moda scissor print I had been lusting after). I've included some detail shots but you can see a better snap of the apron in its full glory here.
On the subject of giving, I've decided this year that considering the amount that I spend annually on fabric I can certainly afford to give to someone else who could do with a bit of help. Here are a few community development style artisan and crafter related projects that I've found via this link:
Life has been a bit overwhelming of late. Sad and bad things have happened to family and friends but also many good. The craziness of looking after two small children, one of whom is approaching the milestone of the pre-school/big-school life change has been a constant amongst it all. I know lots of us feel this way, especially at this time of year. Crafting can be like oxygen but getting time to make things and then to blog is such a supreme challenge.
Given all that, taking some time out to make these little fabric trees on a Sunday afternoon was very therapeutic (we'll use them to make gift tags).
And then came decorating the big tree. (Miss Wink looks a bit bemused by it all....)
The linen advent calendar from MCI wins my prize for the most amazing Christmas project I've seen. Click on the image for a bigger version - I love how the letters of "Decembre" are created - the "d" is made from a part of deconstructed scissors:
I also adore the button tree from this issue of Martha Stewart Kids. It's made from a Tinkertoys construction set (I wanted to get one of these sets for Cee Cee for Christmas but lots of Googling leads me to believe they're not available in Oz and I'm probably too late for shipping from the US):
Phew, after a bit of a blog drought I suddenly had a lot to share. I think I'll go away now and make some more trees. But not before congratulating two lovely blog friends: