Friday 14 December 2018

In December

I finished another Colour & Carry Bag.
This one is pretty in pink...
To find out more... click HeRe...  or ... HeRe.
Thank YoU Narelle... for the encouragement all year.
See you again in 2019...

MeRRy CHRisTMaS...
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Monday 26 November 2018

Advent calender

I made my grandaughter an advent calendar yesterday
My daughter & i decided rather than buying lollies or small toys to go int the grandchildren's calendars that i would make snowmen to go into the pockets & they would move them along to each pocket to count down the days.
Happy Stitching,

Sunday 25 November 2018

November Gift Goodies

Oh my ... the countdown has begun!

Just this morning I finished the last of 3 washcloths for this month. Teamed with a fragrant bar of soap, these will make great little stocking fillers for family.

What do you have planned for December?

 If you're in a little bit of a panic with a list of gifts still to make, why not join our Workshop in 2019 and make an early start on your gift stash. For now, there is still time for a few small merry makes so relax and enjoy the Season.

How ManY SLeePs

One month from today... Santa will have been... WoW ...
So it's ONLY  30 sleeps until Christmas EvE...

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Saturday 10 November 2018

There are only 45 sleeps 
until Xmas...

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Wednesday 7 November 2018


I finished a great little book bag for one of my Grandies.
It's in his favourite colour of GReeN too.

Thanks Narelle...

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Thursday 1 November 2018

Some Completions

I have been working on some Xmas items in the last couple of months and here they are.

I have another couple of stockings I have made but they are currently stashed in another room so missed the photo shoot

Monday 29 October 2018


Yes, I'm finally beginning the christmas gifts!!!  I meant to begin on this sooo much earlier (like January), but its been one of those years ....... meantime I'm working on this knitted cowl for the daughters partner.  Lets hope I get alot more completed in the next month!

Thursday 25 October 2018

Wash Cloth Winning

Thanks for the update Cheryll ... I knew it was getting close but that's pretty exciting while also scary.

I have another wash cloth for the gift stash, and have a second one half done.

I'm borrowing internet while mine is out after a storm so must dash ... Happy Christmas making ... tis almost the season.

Sunday 21 October 2018

TiMe is FLYinG By

Did you know that there are only 
65 days until 
Christmas day ...
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Saturday 6 October 2018

In OctoBeR

I know it's only early into the month of October...
but I have a finish...
Santa's Midnight Run

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Tuesday 25 September 2018

September Finish

One small wash cloth ready for a mighty job. This micro fibre yarn is so absorbent, your dishes will wash themselves.

This is my favourite colour so far ... great stocking fillers.

September finishes

I've cleared 3 projects of my " Christmas decorations to finish" pile. I had hoped to have a few more finished by the 25th but time has gotten away again.

Happy Stitching,

Monday 24 September 2018

September Finish

A little bit of JoY this month...
A small hanger is now ready for December...
Thanks Narelle... xox
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Tuesday 28 August 2018

Finally Back in the Workshp

Time to get back on track with some gift making. These are my newest cloths with a new microfibre yarn.

Family have said 'ooo yes please' to these so my needles will have to get clicking. Might need a trip to store for more yarn too (grin).

Tuesday 21 August 2018

In AuGusT

I made 2 "pockets"...  1 x Reindeer... & 1 x Tree.
These are small gift bags & are real cuties...

Thanks Narelle for all the encouragement.

Monday 20 August 2018

Xmas Bags

I managed to finish 4 xmas bags one each for my Grand daughters to hold there xmas pressies,its a lovely pattern by Red Brolly .
Cheers Shez xx

August item

Finally a Christmas finish for me. I've been a bit slack again this year. :(.

Happy Stitching,

Thursday 26 July 2018

My JuLy ITeM

is a SNoW PocKeT... & I will use it as a gift "holder" in December.
It's a cute little pattern and you can find the details HeRe...

Thanks Narelle... once again.
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Tuesday 26 June 2018

June finish

After being slack again for a few month i finally have a finish
A bom i did back in 2014 & quilted this year. :)

Happy Stitching,

Monday 25 June 2018

For JuNe

I made 3 "Ouch Pouches" as gifts for the family.
Into the Xmas box they go...
Thanks once again Narelle... ... xox

Wednesday 30 May 2018

Just in Time

My May item is matching MuG RuG... for a lovely MuG I bought in January.
They are both in the "waiting for Xmas" gift
Thanks Narelle for the encouragement to make an item each & every month.
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Monday 30 April 2018

Knitting Time

Here I am sneaking in with a couple of small finishes and an absentee note for being a bad elf. Family health has kept me on the hop but hoping now we are on the road to recovery.

So here are my table centre/hot pad and a dishcloths.

This is a new to me microfiber wool so I'm hoping it will be suitable.

While I play hooky from time to time, Anthea has been kind enough to lend a hand in our workshop so you may see her here and there, passing around the hot chocolate and marshmallows. Thank you Anthea

Enjoy your Christmas Crafting

Just made it!

I snuck in at the end of this month with this little wall hanging... it was a UFO so all I had to do was the binding...

Wednesday 25 April 2018


A cute little reindeer adorns this gift bag.
It's ready & waiting to be filled at Christmas time.
Thanks Narelle... xox
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Saturday 31 March 2018

Friday 30 March 2018

Late Post for March

I've had this sweet Santa button winking at me from the shelf... received from Maria in a Christmas swap last year... it's now a fun ornament for my tree!

Saturday 3 March 2018

For March

I know I finished my item very early in the month... but as I stitched it last night at FNwF... I didn't want to forget to add it here. Too see all the pic's...just go HeRe.
THANKS again Narelle ( & all the elves) for the motivation each month... xox
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Wednesday 28 February 2018

At the last minute......

......I managed to finish my Christmas decorations.
Happy Stitching,

Another Snowman Mug Rug

I finished another mug rug using the "Snowman" digital stamp from The Paper Shelter. (I am happy to say the one I made last month washed beautifully. The black ink from the inkjet printer did not wash out of the fabric the stamp was printed on.)

Now to decide what to create for March... Thank you for the workshop, Narelle.


One done... :)

Hi everyone, I used to join this challenge regularly... many years ago... and I'm glad to say I am back again this year, hoping to stay on track! Thanks Narelle for having me back :)

This month I made two little baskets, one of them for my Christmas pressie box:

Now to think about what I will make next month... :)

Joy xx

Monday 12 February 2018


I finished 2 gifts this month... Christmas Treats Jar Covers.
Thanks Narelle... I lOve this group... xox
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Thursday 8 February 2018

Oooops forgot to post ......

..... my finish for January.....
a little Christmas project I did with my Tuesday stitching group....
A Marg Low pattern.....Holiday fun....
candle mat.....

Tuesday 30 January 2018

Snowman Mug Rug

This month, I finished this mug rug that I hoped to finish last year. The "Snowman" is a digital stamp from The Paper Shelter. 

I read that the black ink in most inkjet printers is permanent (though the color ink may not be, depending on the printer.) So, I printed this digital stamp onto a sheet of fabric, colored it with crayons and heat set the color following the guidelines found in a couple of tutorials on-line. Snowflakes and the words were hand embroidered. 

I plan to wash this one before adding it to the gift box, just to make sure the printer ink is colorfast. I hope so, as a similar mug rug is planned for next month. I will let you know then.



My first item in 2018 was a flat & TriAngle pouch set.
Thanks Narelle for the motivation to complete a gift a month.
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Sunday 28 January 2018

January finish

A day or so late but i've finished 4 heart decorations
Happy stitching

Saturday 27 January 2018

January Bowl Cozies

After almost burning my fingers on my too hot porridge bowl this morning, I promised myself some sewing time today ... 2 bowl cozies later and I haven't really saved my own fingers just yet. 

You see I had the fabric cut before Christmas to make them up as gifts ... but ran out of time. These 2 will be off to their rightful owners on Monday as belated stocking fillers so I'm sharing here for my January make.

Who else has an item that didn't quite make the finish list for 2017 ... Or have you made an early start for 2018? Make yourself at home here in our 1XiaM workshop with fellow crafty elves, share your makes and look forward to a stress free Christmas 2018.

Tuesday 23 January 2018

Christmas 2018 - 1 Item At A Time

Jingle those Bells and Hang the Stockings ... our workshop is open once more as we work our way through 2018, 1 item a month, towards a stress free, handmade Christmas.

Jump right in beginning 25th January if you have a gift or decoration for Cristmas 2018 that you can share. Or if you have a long term Chrissy project, share your progress.

A big congratulations to Elf Cheryll who added to her gift box every month ... Well done Cheryll, I'm sure your gifts were well received.

Merry Christmas Sewing