Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
If you are having boiled eggs for Christmas breakfast, then these little egg cosies made to look like christmas puddings are perfect. They are knitted by Funky Knitting Bunny
We all dream of the perfect white Christmas and at least with these beautiful crocheted snowflakes by
Kim's Colourway you are guaranteed a few flakes!
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
Crafty Bride has been knitting again, this time in an array of autumnal golds and browns. Lots of lovely textures. Another stocking that Santa will enjoy filling up.
Buttercup Boutique. I love the fact that they are all different, but are so clearly a set. Great use of bits and pieces.
Found this wonderful Christmas Carton made by A Spoonful Of Sugar whilst reading my blogger dashboard this morning. This blank milk carton has been turned into a festive receptical suitable for giving christ,mas cookeies or other such tastey morsel as a Christmas gift
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Dottery Pottery are really lovely, They have a antiquated feel to them and would look really at home on a christmas tree.
Sewn Up Stuck Down has found a great way to use up buttons. Her quirky little decorations are really great.
Christmas spiders created from beads
Tradition has it that the spider invented the tinsel we associate with Christmas.
This Christmas you can own your very own Christmas spider along with two versions of
"The Christmas Spider story"
Each spider (made for you in any colour of your choice) is accompanied by a handmade card featuring the stories. The spider can then take pride of place on your tree.
The price is £6.00 incl P&P
To order simply email your request along with your name and address and I'll send you an invoice
The legend (which is believed to actually be slightly ficticious although based around the truth) tells the story of the carol.
It was Christmas eve, the snow lay deeply on the ground as the priest entered the church. He rubbed his hands together and hurried over the the organ, he really must practice before the mass that night. The candle light flickered as he sat on the organ stool. Carefully he opened the casing and stretched his fingers in anticipation of playing. Slowly he placed his fingers on to the keys and began to move them. No sound came from the organ. The priest pulled out more stops and tried again, but again no sound came forth.
He climbed down from the stool, took up a candle and opened the small door at the organ side.
Inside amongst the dust, he could make out the form of the bellows and as he reached into the dark cavern, his fingers discovered the reason for the silence. Small holes had been nibbled into the leather. The ragged little holes bore the teeth marks of the mice who took refuge in the organ.
The nearest organ repairer lived miles away, and there would not be time to call him out.
The priest's heart was heavy. What could he do?
Back at the rectory, he took a sip from the cup of hot broth. It was as though the warm soup had woarmed his heart. Putting the cup down, he hurried to his study and began riffeling through the piles of papers and then he grabbed a hat and went running down the street to his neighbours house.
Franz Gruber was sitting reading in his parlour when the frantic knocking came at his door. He senced urgency and hurried to the door.
A breathless and snow covered priest began to talk in an excited manner.
The rest is history.
That night in the small church at Oberndauf in Austria A poem entitled "Stille Nacht" written by the priest Joseph Mohr was sung to a beautiful melody played on the guitar by Gruber.
Pink and Pretty Handmades anf just like the makers name says, they are bedecked with pink and pretty embellishments.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Buttercup Boutique. the choices of fabric and embellishments are lovely and festive.
There is still plenty of time before Christmas to complete these!
There is still plenty of time before Christmas to complete these!
The tutorial by Joli Parquet can be found HERE
Just think of the bits and pieces you have in your stash that would look great used in this project.
Monday, September 13, 2010
It must have taken a lot of patience for Pumperum to create this little christmas bauble. The felted bauble is decorated with delica beads and would look great on any tree.
These jolly little Christmas trees are created from recycled woolly jumpers.
You can find the tutorial HERE
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Sweet Hearts and Roses has designed and hand embroidered this stunning little decoration. The variagated thread adds real depth to the wreath.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
There are many aromas connected with Christmas. Together they can evoke emotions and memories.
I remember the tree, each year a new one, but always the same laughter, exasperation as the tree in pot is carried through the patio door and placed in it's corner. The comments about the smell as the bruised needles let forth their scent. Then begins the decorating, each person thinking they know how it should proceed. The lights, the tinsel, the decorations. Each one carefully unwrapped from it tissue wrapper and placed on the tree, each one bringing memories of Christmas' past, of those who are no longer with us.
Then the magic begins. The lights in the room are turned out and the glow of the fire catches the ornaments, then the tiny lights are turned on and the tree springs to life, twinkling in fairy light.
Some say that ever 'gainst the season comes,
Wherein our Saviour's birth is celebrated,
The bird of dawning singeth all night long;
And then, they say, no spirit dare stir abroad;
The nights are wholesome; then no planets strike,
No fairy takes, or witch hath power to charm,
So hallow'd and so gracious is that time.
Shakepeare Hamlet (Act 1 ~ scene 1)
Thursday, September 9, 2010
This country style angel fabric panel has been created by Home Spun With Love. The panel hangs from a cinnamon stick, so not only does it look good, it smells good too!!
The Grimm Exhibition would be a delightful addition to a christmas tree. Featuring vintage style images they come as a set of 6 ornaments.
This is a lovely advent calendar to create. it has lots of little pockets that can be filled with goodies of your choice on the run up to christmas. The tutorial can be found HERE
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
This paper snowflake is one I made a couple of years ago. They look amazing hung in a window and can be made in all sorts of sizes.
They are simply made from six pieces of paper and some glue.
Very speedy and very effective. You can find the tutorial to make them HERE
I also developed the ide to form a tree topper star. For this you simply use 5 sections which makes it sturdier. Then spray with gold spray paint afterwards.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
A couple of years ago, as I was preparing for chrismas, I was making backgrounds using an ordinary kitchen scrourer sponge dipped into pools of acrylic paint. The idea was to create multicoloured rectangular backgrounds onto which I could stamp and emboss images. As I lifted the sponge, this image of Mary cradling her baby was revealed. There was no intention, to create this and I treasure it as an image of what Christmas is about.
I really look forward to hearing from you.