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This week!

Another happy and busy week. Christmas preparations well under way now. The spare room where I work is covered in stuff, completed projects and presents waiting to be wrapped, piles of materials for the if I have time things. You Know..

I am loving our new sofas. On 27 December 2015 we went sofa hunting and have been all year. Finally we agreed I would choose one and Mr E the other. Mr E’s delivered a week ago, mine on Brexit Eve!

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Mine, all mine

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Ours! I love the poinsettia I bought, it says Christmas is coming, now I don’t have children at home with the advent calender.

Haven’t we had some wonderful sunsets this week?

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If I sit on MY sofa this is the view I see.

Tinsel knitting continues.

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That would be alongside the two knitting and crochet projects I have going to say nothing of the fabric bits and bobs. Happy to say I will have something to share this month in scrap happy. Meantime this lady hedgehog , called Hetty Wainthropp, is hunting for her passport and trying to learn a foreign language.

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The vintage pop up shop I visited yesterday in the lovely village of Coxwold. I was there to attend a wreath making workshop. It was good fun. Lovely tutor and participants and mince pies….mmm mince p  i  e  s.

Details of the vintage pop up shops here. 

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My wreath and in close up

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Quite proud of myself.

Can you tell I love getting ready for Christmas?

I know some of the bloggers I follow are having a tough time. I visited our church this week, lit a candle and said prayers for you all.  Hard to put a brave face to the world at this time of year. I have had my fair share of doing that this decade and this year I am so grateful that I don’t need to be brave. I am enjoying every moment.

Hoping you all have a good week and some happy times, they are so precious.

xx

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Busy!

I think we are all busy this month, certainly if you are a crafter it is time for a bit of overdrive. Here’s what I have been up to this last week.

I went to a half day workshop for Christmas decorations. It was a little disappointing in that we only got to make item but it is quite sweet. A ribbon Christmas tree.

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Basically a polystyrene  cone with folds of ribbon pinned in. The strips are 6 cms long and pinned by holding the long edges right sides one on top of each other. Approx 3 metres in two colours needed for  a 14cm cone.Mine is only 12cm so I adjusted the amounts.

Next I have started to fill the little baskets I bought at the stitching show with rosebuds and decorating the lid with a ribbon and button. I shall be using my homegrown lavender in the screaming boxes.

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From the top

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And finally I completed the tunic I was knitting for Miss F which is miles too big and won’t be her size for another year I think!!

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If you have enjoyed my Creative Embroidery posts and the Stitched Project I have started a new blog for them . I posted my November Stitching project on there which you can find at avoicethroughstitchhere

And now I am heading to Handmade Harbour for crafty inspiration.

Love to know what you have been making this week.

Homemade or Bought?

I heard a discussion on the telly last week about homemade presents. There was a nice lady explaining all about the revival of homemade gifts and that making your own had had a resurgence this year. then there were some street interviews with shoppers, most of whom preferred a bought present. One lady said she would hate something that looked like it had been made by a 5 year old or Kirsty’S vintage home. WELL HUMPH!

Personally I would choose homemade every time. Homemade so shows such love, and thought and the time spent making a pressie. Shop bought just is not the same .

However, I am aware that some people do think like this so I make presents only for people who will value the gift I made.

This Christmas, has been no exception. So lets see what I have made- I can show you in the sure and certain knowledge that the recipients won’t be reading this!

Here are the homemade gifts I made for my Christmas swap partner- the secret blogger, Caroline. It also was my Christmas song… from the 12 days of Christmas we have a partridge in a pear tree. Only the partridge is represented by a pheasant, 3D decoupage card, a pear pincushion and a tree to hang on the tree!

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Here are 2 more cards I made and sent to friends who appreciate homemade cards..

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I had great fun this year making presents with my own photos. These were made through snapfish

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For Mr E- a mug from our holiday and a desk top calender showing all the locations we have visited from the film Vertigo. I was a bit disappointed with the quality of the products, so went with Photo box to create a family calender- one for my Mum and one for my Dad. Here’s Dad’s

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That’s the cover

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April is my Dads birthday month- that’s him and Mr E putting the world to rights!

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May shows the beautiful daffodils and my beloved Gran’s old house

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June is the village of Thornton Dale where Dad now lives. Here comes August

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Now that is my niece N who supplied photos from my brothers family- so a real family enterprise. That’s Miss C trying on the hats I made her and her sister!

My son Mr B and his partner Ms G are having their first Christmas together this year- time for some homemade decorations for them

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Mr and Mrs Christmas- here they are in the mini hamper I gave them last week.

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And finally Master T got not only  his crochet owl hat, and I will resist the temptation to post it again, but also a new jumper. He has had this one in two smaller sizes already but loves the collar so I made it in this bigger size.

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He loves the buttons I choose him which are getting harder and harder to find- no doubt out of fashion now but he loves them.. here they are in close up.

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So what do you think.. homemade or bought presents?

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