One month left to go and by and large I have been occupied with everything I wanted to do for Christmas. However,there is quite a bit of time between now and 2016 to achieve my goals for this year. 31 days in fact!
15 minutes walking 4 times a week- still plodding on!
14 bags to a charity shop- still 10 but I have two ready to go. Surely I can do this!
13 animal photos- DONE
12 Meetings up with family and friends-10, had a wonderful weekend away with extended family and friends in November.
11 New Savoury Recipes tried- DONE
10 Handwritten letter sent- DONE this month , and I still have all my Christmas cards and letters to do.
9 Handmade cards made and sent-DONE
8 Sewing or embroidery projects completed- DONE this month, been busy on my Secret Stitching Santa, can only do a sneaky peek for now but here you go
7 New yarns– not happening, two only
6 trips to museums etc- DONE
5 projects for charity- still 4 but plenty of time left!
4 new walks- DONE
3 craft workshops- since I changed this to follow ups from previous workshops I have done two, one more to go
2 New cities visited- DONE
1 Railway journey- DONE
0 Impulse Purchases- Failed, but I have learned to keep out of charity shops, especially the book and jug sections!
For my second at home craft workshop I decided to follow up on a needle felt class I took last year when I made needle felt robins.
I borrowed this book from the library.
Dug out some yarn and my needle felt prodder and got going. Now needle felting couldn’t be easier. Take some wool and prod, either into itself for a solid shape or round a former, such as polystyrene balls.
Thus, taking great care not to prod your hand ‘cos it jolly well hurts. NB, do not try to watch the TV at the same time or you will prod yourself.
And viola, an afternoon later,
Three Christmas baubles. Ribbon attached with a pin and a sequin. The book had you making holes with cocktail sticks and gluing in place, my method is less messy and very quick.
And you can make Easter eggs too..little early for them?
Happy Christmas Crafting! Love to know what you have made this weekend.
I finished the jacket for Little Miss F, and there was time to knit a beret to go with it.
Here’s the button detail for my fellow button lovers.
Getting those buttons to line up in two directions was harder than I thought! The air matched the jacket!
So just one outstanding project to finish for Christmas
The double bed size blanket for Mr B and Ms G. So nearly there , so much yellow to go…
The book is a new author to me. Take 4 adult siblings and their children, place in an old Vicarage formerly their grandparents home for a three week summer vacation, stand by and watch the tension mount… hoping for a good denouement!
Linking with Ginny for some more good Yarns
I love these embroidered postcards sent by soldiers to their loved ones in the First World War. We must remember.
Challenge inspired by Blue Daisy Here
I started to make this new jacket for Little Miss F at a nice leisurely pace. It has recently occurred to me that if I was a bit less leisurely I could get it finished in time for when I next see her in December and present it as a Christmas gift. The pins are flying. Now on the second sleeve.
The novel I totally recommend. Dorset Quaker girl goes to America and hides runaway slaves. With chapter titles such as Quilt and Applique, what’s not to like. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Joining with Ginny for Yarn Along
So what disc did I spin on the Juke Box? Whilst I would and in fact do sing along happily to Lazy Sunday Afternoon and Daydream Believer , it was The House of the Rising Sun I choose!! My friend Rachel and I would sing it at the tops of our voices on the way to the bus after school. TEENAGERS!! Anyone else make an exhibition of themselves by singing on the way to the bus?
Linking with Blue daisy who devised this photo challenge.
Pebbles at Chesil Beach, Dorset.
It was so lovely last Tuesday we just had to go to the seaside. Whitby to be precise.
I love the Harbour, the sea, boats and red roofs.
And the views of the Abbey up on the hill.
It was sunny but also windy and the Seagulls had to walk sideways to go where they wanted. I know not funny, but it was!
I couldn’t resist this and had to take a picture.
I am taking part in the Stitching Santa organised by Sheila at Sewchet and are having great time shopping and stitching for my lovely recipient. To be revealed after Christmas.
Today I had a lovely surprise. The postman came and he delivered the angel I won in a Giveaway from Rainbow Junkie
Busy time of year for us all! The sun was shining again today so I had a happy morning in the garden planting the last of the daffodils I bought ages ago. The runner beans have finally finished, we shall eat the stragglers tonight for supper.
Now for some Christmas stitching, some Christmas Knitting and some Christmas crochet!!