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Handmade cards-The Cat on the Mat!

I have Five lovely cat buttons- all different. I decided to make cards on the theme of the cat sat on the mat!

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This one is stitched on 14 count Aida fabric using two strands of embroidery floss, the stitch is cross stitch.

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This one is again 14 count Aida and two strands of embroidery floss. The stitch is a canvas stitch called Chequer stitch. I have sent this one on a journey to wish my Mum a Happy Birthday on Tuesday- she will be 85!

Here the cards are both together.

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Looking forward to making mats for the other cats!

What are you making this weekend?


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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