Sunday, 11 December 2011

10 Christmas crafty things on 10th

Ooops!  A day late… but here’s 10 crafty things I have made over the years. 

 

One of the very first things I made was a stocking for Nicholas for his second Christmas.  Being born just after Christmas he was nearly 2 when he got his presents in this.  I made an identical one for Lucy when she was born, and they still have their presents in them over 20 years later!  (sorry about the blurry picture, I think it’s time to take better photos of these stockings!)

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This banner might precede the stockings, I can’t remember exactly when I made it!  It was from a pattern in Country Living magazine, and gets put up on my pine dresser every year.  I love it!

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More recently I have done paper crafting, and made most if not all of my Christmas cards.  Here’s some I made using a photograph I took of the beach huts in snow.  These are from last year, but I made a few more this year for some overseas friends:

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Here’s a sample of a background sheet I made with my friend Burnice a couple of years ago.  It was from the magazine Craft Stamper.  I still have little bits of it left and they will go in this year’s  Christmas album

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One year I joined in with the advent swap over on www.ukscrappers.co.uk, and loved it so much, I made advent parcels up for Nicholas and Lucy too!

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Talking of ukscrappers, here’s a Christmas mini book I made for a swap, and a page from a Christmas themed circle journal

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Another sewing project, this time table mats and runner to match.  I went to  class at www.sleepingbear.co.uk for this.  They look fabulous on our new Ikea kitchen table!  And these Basic Grey fabrics are just gorgeous

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Another Christmas banner, this time made from paper.  I made this one last year, and it had pride of place in the dining room.  This year it is in the lounge.

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One year I sewed loads of these little Christmas angels, and gave them to everyone!  I sewed everywhere, including on a train trip to London.  Of course, I spilt all my pins on the train, all over the floor!  Luckily the train was quite empty and there was no one to watch me scrabbling about picking them all up!

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And finally there is my Christmas journal!  I am on my 5th this Christmas!!  Last year I used a wonderful kit from www.cocadaisy.com, using JYC (www.shimelle.com) and December Daily (www.aliedwards.com) prompts.  This year, well, I’m way behind, but will let you see it in a day or two.  The whole process of making crafty things at Christmas, especially the journal has helped me recapture some of the magic of Christmas now that the kids have grown up.  Reading through the last 4 journals the other evening made me thankful that I had made the effort to do them (and it is a supreme effort at this busy time of year!)

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Check out Shimelle’s blog for more 10 on the 10th!

9 comments:

beccaf1970 said...

Wow, you are talented! So many different types of crafts! I love the paper banner hanging over your fireplace!

scrappysue said...

Lovely to see all your Christmas crafts Linda; its my fav time of the year to make things, but I never quite finish anything! Love the BG fabric, I think I have some too in little triangles. And that stocking is amazing! x

CoventryAnn said...

Love both banners.

Michelle said...

Cool post!

scrappyjacky said...

Some gorgeous things you've made....love both the banners....I really want to make one.

Beverly said...

You've crafted some lovely projects over the years. Enjoyed seeing your TEN

Alison said...

Great post Linda..love those banners too-maybe I'll get one made for next year!
Alison xx

Shari said...

I love all of your projects Linda - you are so talented with your crafting, and you get things finished! Your journal is gorgeous, how nice to have them from a few years. And I love that beach hut snow photo on your Christmas card :)
xoxo

KraftyKaren said...

Fabulous projects Linda - it is so lovely to be able to get them out each year. I always love it when I get out all my cross stitched christmas projects - just made me realise that I have made nothing new for this year :( I think I must dig out some old mags in the next week or so and plan some makes for next year.

Have a lovely Christmas and all the best for 2012 - hope we might see you at one of Jill's crafty weekends next year?

Karen x