Saturday, 25 December 2010

25 - Phew the big day is here ...

Blogvent has been a little mad - way back in November Fayefayesparkle and I drew up our plans to blog each day and bring you all a little something from our worlds - I hope you've enjoyed them all.

A very Merry Christmas to you all - we're giving our fingers a rest from this daily malarkey now x

Friday, 24 December 2010

Blogvent 24 - Be Merry...

Sorry for being a bossy boots today but... I made this back in November (actually I made 2 and cut another that my sister put together herself as the stitching was taking me forever), I hope that you get to bed nice and early tonight x

Best wishes for a safe journey for any still trying to get home for Christmas x

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Blogvent 23 - Knitting Mag...

I know this magazine has been out for a little while but still, I wanted to share a couple of pictures with you.

I always find something I want to make in this mag or at least something that inspires me to get crafting (not always knitting or yarn related either - the photography is superb and so are the features).

This time around my wants are:
Still trying to find the perfect wreath - maybe this is more me???
For a couple of little boys I know, I just love seeing them both all snuggled up and toasty warm!

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Blogvent 22 - Yet more felt...

Do you get the impression we invested in a job lot of felt?? This time not the best quality by a long chalk but the colours are great and it's nice and stiff which really helped with these projects. Fayefayesparkle and I went to town, these are all double sided and then given hand stitched details to make them really our own! My tree is now heaving with decorations and it's getting harder to find the right spot to put things visibly.

This birdie is Fayes and I love it so much I've commissioned her to make me one - do you think sisterly obligation is okay??
These next two are a little more traditional but fun all the same, I love to see a nice fat Robin on our feeder outside and this fellow should be very happy inside too!

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Blogvent 21 - Button Tree Dec...

Today sees a last minute kind of make as it uses up some odd buttons and ribbon or embroidery thread or anything pretty to string some buttons together, here goes...

Firstly look out some old buttons and arrange them how you will string them.
Fold your ribbon/thread in half and start to thread the buttons.Make sure you're happy with the spacing of the buttons as this gets very hard to do later on.
Take up the slack end and thread this through too.
Add a loop at the top (or cut a longer length of ribbon for this in the first place).
Ta Dah!

Monday, 20 December 2010

Blogvent 20 - Stocking Tradition...

From left to right

2nd Little Man, Daddy (yet to be made one - I'll get round to it soon), Mummy as made by my Gran, 1st Little man.

The grey stockings were from a pattern by millamia here and if you're a quick knitter, use only two needles and would only take a 2 or 3 evenings work (that's all they took me each and I'm average speed I also chose to do a plain stocking without stripes to speed it up further too).
Our Festive wall all ready for the presents to be placed under the tree on Christmas Eve. Sooooo excited now!

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Blogvent 19 - Scented Decorations...

After my post from House Beautiful I went on the look out for scented decorations and I came across Scatty Cat, whilst browsing I found this most beautiful and ingenious gift idea for any book lover. I love the smell of a new book as it evokes something in me I'm not sure what! On the other hand some of the books I buy are pre-owned and not always pre-loved so this would solve that problem straight away.

Can you recall a memory from a delicate scent or a particular piece of music? For me it's studying Jane Eyre whilst listening to 'Let Loose' Crazy for you, and drinking a cup of Tomato Soup, both things take me straight back to the attic and Mr Rochesters crazy wife!

Anyhoo - pop over to scatty cat for some great decorations and gift ideas x

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Blogvent 18 - Simple Gifting...

I've a few friends that I tend to share an experience with more so than a gift. At this time of year, we always get together have cakes and hot drinks and chat the time away. We also exchange small gifts - usually a low budget and there is no obligation to join in at all anyway and all of us, have chosen not to do so at times.

Last year I made gingerbread shapes, festive votives and a crochet decoration. I would have loved to hand make as much this year but my boys are really noticing Christmas and I want to share in every magical moment rather than be in the kitchen. But, I still wanted something quick and simple to gift.

Here we have this years offering... (thanks to Cakes from Kim for the hot drink inspiration)
  • A gorgeous festive mug from my local supermarket (bought during the weekly shop on 3 for 2 - so low on time and cash)
  • Some Peppermint Candy Canes
  • Belgian Hot Chocolate sachets
  • Festive flavoured Tea Bags

And to personalise them, I've made some labels and stickers to dress everything in their simple paper bag wrapping x

Friday, 17 December 2010

Blogvent 17 - Simply Splendid Snowflakes...

I made some of these last year and thought I should re-direct you to the tutorial pages at Attic24 as they're beautiful, very addictive, quick and again another good use for scraps and stash busting.

The only comment I will make is that the starching makes all the difference but some yarns can't take the ironing required to activate the starch so be mindful of this (I managed to find a spray gun starch that doesn't need ironing but it's not easy to get hold of so won't mention it here) x

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Blogvent 16 - felt paper chains

OK I know the title doesn't really make sense but hey ho!!

This was a really quick, easy and low cost make. I used only half a sheet of felt in each of my 5 colours.
I chose to hand-sew my chain, adding a button to each join, I thought it added just a little bit more sparkle!!

I hope you like them - let me know if you make anything similar, I would love to see it!

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Blogvent 15 - Thrifty Homely Corner...

Here is a little corner in my flat with some Christmas cheer!

Its not much but it is my favourite Christmas corner at the moment. The little Father Christmas jar came from a 99p store and the brass candlestick holders were all charity shop finds!

Whats your favourite Christmas corner?

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Blogvent 14 - Tasty Treats...

I don't really have many recipes that I stick with at Christmas because I tend to steer away from the traditional food on the day as I'm not good under pressure at delivering the goods. So... I've had a look around to see if I could find a really nice source of Christmas recipes for you online and by far the easiest on the eye was the BBC's. Especially when the cookies above showed up by Annabel Karmel. AK is one of my favourite chefs as she always seems to get it right for the whole of my family.

Hope the pages are a source of inspiration to you x

Monday, 13 December 2010

Blogvent 13 - Upcycling decs and more...

Christmas on a budget?

Go to this website for some fantastic upcycling for Christmas decorations - a few pics below.

When it comes to buying Christmas decorations it is one of the things I find difficult to buy online. I love the experience of searching for the perfect decoration, holding it and inspecting every bit, you just don't get that experience on your computer!! I have been to a few gardens centre recently and here are a few pics!


Sunday, 12 December 2010

Blogvent 12 - Felt Tree Dec...

As today is the traditional day to bring in the tree, I have a little tutorial of my own for a very quick and low cost decoration, that's great for using up scraps of felt or other fabric.

You will need:
  • Felt or Fabric strip 1 to 1.5 cm wide and about 15cm long (ribbon would work really well too)
  • Assorted beads - I used 8mm because that's what I had left but any size at least 8mm should look great (smaller and you could be there a while!)
  • Strong Cotton for sewing
  • Needle
  • Ribbon (I cut out and keep those ribbons you get on new clothes - can't stand them tickling me)
Tie a good knot in the end of your cotton, I doubled up and had a length at least 1.5 times as long as my felt.
Start to sew 1cm from the end of your felt, first through the felt then thread on a bead, insert the needle 1cm from first, thread another bead and continue like this until you have come to within 1cm of the end, thread on a final bead and stitch the two ends together.
Finish by tying on a hanging loop of fine ribbon and voila your little felt dec is ready to go.

I've not tried this but think it would probably work with fine wire too, which of course would help the circle hold shape, or you could manipulate it into any shape you wanted x

Saturday, 11 December 2010

Blogvent 11 - Christmas star ornaments

Whilst blog hopping (an endless pastime of mine) I came across this tutorial I think it is a fantastic make, and am going off to try it now!! Thankyou Little dear tracks

P.S it is a wonderful blog I would take a look if I was you!

Friday, 10 December 2010

Blogvent 10 - Sneak Peek in Country Living...

First of all my apologies for the quality of the pictures but here are a few of my favourite pages from the Christmas country living!

I love the little robin decorations

I am really liking the more simple Christmas look. Actually I don't think I mean simple, the less obvious Christmas look, not so commercial and shop bought but hints of Christmas and handmade items - makes everything more homely and inviting and less like a shop front, if you get waht I mean - ok I will stop my random thoughts now and be gone!

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Blogvent 9 - Snowy Scene...

Ahh just some nice pictures of for you today - these were taken in January just before little man number 2 came along and boy was I scared that we were going to get snowed into our cul-de-sac which is on a downward incline from the main estate roads (which did get gritted whilst ours didn't), a home birth was not on my agenda!
And.. the year before, when we made our goliath 7ft + snowman (unfortunately very poorly structured and fell apart even whilst being photographed)!
And a couple of our friendly garden visitors braving the freezing fog and ice from this year...
Snowfall by nightfall... only taken last week x
I hope that this year we will all be able to have a go at snowman building and sledging down the local hill - I was jealous with my huge bump watching everyone go by on their way to get frozen bums all wrapped up in the best woolie hats, scarves and gloves!

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Blogvent 8 - christmas star biscuits

This is one of my favourite recipes for Christmas. Little stain glass window gingerbread!!

It is just a normal gingerbread recipe but you cut a whole in the middle of the dough and pop a boiled sweet in before you cook it.

If you want a good recipe for them go here

You can make them as decorations, as gifts or just for eating!!

p.s the book in the picture is the usbourne's big book of Christmas things to make and o - a fantastic book for all crafty children (and those of us who haven't quite grown up yet!)


Edited to Add (by Clo) If you want some more fantastic tasty Christmas treats head over to Cakes From Kim who's taking part in Blogvent too with a baking theme! Click on her pic for a link to her blog too x

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Blogvent 7 - Christmas decs...

Here is a round-up of my favourite Christmas decorations that are available to buy, you may notice a slight theme! Just click on the picture for a link

Monday, 6 December 2010

Blogvent 6 - Heart hand warmer...

There is a few of these rice warmers in blogland at the moment - here is my version -I hope you like it. perfect for keeping your hands warm whilst out looking at the Christmas lights!

I used a cookie cut to get the heart shape - they could be any shape of course. First of all you need to make the innards! I used felt.

Then fill will rice!

I then cut a slightly bigger heart out of fleece to make the cover.

Then to make it a pillowcase fold at the back I cut slightly over half of the top and bottom.

Then blanket stitch around the edge. This could have been done of the sewing machine and pinking sheared the edges.

And it is done! Now all you need to do is pop the inner cotton 'rice bag' into the microwave and nuke for 30 secs to heat it up - don't overdo it, 30 secs at a time is plenty x