Thursday, 17 December 2015

Only 8 Sleeps!

Last sewing before Christmas.  This is a 'Michelle Ridgway' pattern I've been working on for a while. The stitchery has been done and waiting for a sewing spree which finally happened last weekend ... just in time to wrap for my Christmas Swap Gift at our Patchwork Group Break-up last Monday.

Sewing Things Tote

and Needle Case

I have also finished a second red Santa face knitted dish cloth but for the life of me my camera won't photograph red! So all my handmade gifts and decorations are done for 2015. It hasn't stopped me knitting though. I'm now using up the blue and green wool in another dish cloth ... a spare for me!

How are your finishing touches going?  I hope you have managed to relieve yourself of some of the last minute end of year stress. My warmest thanks to you all for crafting along in our workshop through the year and I do hope you will be joining me once more for the coming year.
Thank you for your gift of friendship, encouragement and inspiring ideas you have kindly shared.

Please continue to share if you have some extra finishes before Christmas.

Merry Christmas

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Some finished gifts

Hello everybody!
I am sorry that I have not been around much this year. I had a rough time and nothing went the way I thought it should. I did manage to finish some Christmas gifts last month and I really would like to stay on next year. I hope it will be a better one and I will actually get things done. Here are my finished gifts.

Friday, 4 December 2015

More Finishes!

I am afraid I am a few days late, but I did manage a few more finishes in November.

I sewed the little topiary I shared a while ago into a tissue cover.

This postcard was created for a swap within the Crazy Quilting International Group.

And I finished the crazy quilted stocking I was working on for my son. (He did not want his name on it because he wants to pass it on to his own family some day.)

This tote bag was almost finished in November. I added the last stitches to it today. (It was made following this tutorial.)

I really want to thank Narelle for offering the opportunity to participate with this blog and for the motivation to create a Christmas item a month. I still have a few projects to finish up, but it is nice to have several already completed. Thank you!

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

November's Finish

November is a big item month.

My 2015 longer-term item is finished
and before Christmas
oh my :)

Okay so I'm a day late posting about it.
Quibble, quibble, lol

You've seen stitched reindeer
and a paling fence that took way longer than expected
so are you ready to see 
where they are now?

I hope so.

And I hope you won't be disappointed!

craZy 8 cHristMas quiLt
It's simple piecing,
the quilting (done by me) 
is simple too
Random straight lines through the blocks
then some curved lines over the seams
(just for insurance ;) )  

I am so pleased it has been finished this year :)
Thank you so much Narelle for this fantastic workshop
and also thanks to all the other friendly elves
whose encouragement and support
means so many of our
short AND long-term Chrismassy goals can be achieved :)

May your Christmas to-do-list be full of bright and bold ticks :)

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Just Made It

before the end of November...
I only had time for a small item before I went on holidays...
A handy little xmas bag for "things"... Ho Ho Ho
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Wednesday, 25 November 2015

November finishes

I have 4 Xmas items this month. The table topper & the green goodie bag are for a gift in a Secret Santa swap.

Happy Stitching,

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Santa is everywhere

I have had a great quiet week at home. So one day I cleaned out my wardrobe. I filled the rubbish bin too. Why do we hold on to things that ar old, torn, stained and don't fit?  I don't know!!!!
I also spent 2 days outside weeding, digging out stumps, having a bonfire before the restrictions came in and just a general clean up.
Now for something fun
Catching up on some finishes. Getting things out of the cupboard and stitching.
So here I have 24 finishes for OPAM......

 Put them in with a dishcloth and my little gifts for those unexpected moments are ready.

Now to finish these decorations.

November Oh My

Nearly time for Santa to start packing his sleigh and I feel a little like I'm making a mad dash for the finish line.

A dishcloth for DIL ... and DD's is 1/3 done.

Some cute and quick ornaments ... a little extra in their stocking.

The reindeer are getting excited ... the elves have switched into top gear ...

Please pop in any time from now until Christmas to share your final makes. If you have a yummy ... or easy ... or family favourite recipe I would love to add it to the 'Recipes' page if you can email it to me. I'm adding a recipe for 'White Clay' for those who might like to make ornaments with your little ones or grandies ... made it today with our Prep students and they had a ball.

Monday, 23 November 2015


Just finished my latest Christmas Stocking for my first granddaughter who is expected in the next few weeks (can't wait)

The felt is wonderful to work with and although it takes quite a bit of time, they are so worth it.

I just need to add her name but I need to wait until she is born first!

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Santa Sack

I made a sack for my gorgeous GD#2 this month.
You can read all about it over here...
ThankS NareLLe...  for encouraging us all each and every month.
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October ~ Time To Share

We are getting oh so close ... are your gift stashes over flowing yet?  There's still time to add a couple more gifts or decorations.

I managed 2 dish cloths this month, the last being finished off last night. The blue is Spring Flowers and the red for some reason just didn't want to be photographed ... perhaps my Santa is feeling a bit shy. It's also a very overcast day and not good lighting.

Jo's Santa on this post is a much better picture. Thanks Jo for the inspiration to get the knitting needles clicking again.

Let's see if we can get things humming in the Elf workshop ... it's almost time to load the sleigh.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Merry Christmas Cross-Stitch

This month, I cross-stitched this small chart from the Leisure Arts leaflet: Christmas Jar Toppers

It feels like Christmas is quickly approaching. I hope to have several finishes to share in October.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

A cushion for September :)

Yep an actual finish this month :)
Bit late cos I had some temporary malfunctions in my sewing ability 
ie I initially messed up the zip slightly ;)

Santa in his train
have become a shiny 
and very bright 
cushion :)
Thanks Narelle for your continued encouragement
to get Christmassy items finished ahead of Christmas :)

May you all have many ticks off your Christmassy makings list :)