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!)
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!
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:
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
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!
Talking of ukscrappers, here’s a Christmas mini book I made for a swap, and a page from a Christmas themed circle journal
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
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.
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!
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!)
Check out Shimelle’s blog for more 10 on the 10th!