Sunday, 28 December 2014

Relaxing...

Phew, December has been insanely busy! So many parties (not complaining!), carol services, trips to London and a few birthdays - all crammed in before the 25th. Rosie and I squeezed in fifteen of the Paddington bears...


It was great fun finding them dotted around London! We celebrated my birthday by going to an incredible performance of Cats the musical, and sang all the way home ;-) The last few days have involved a fair bit of turkey, plenty of presents, and relaxing with family, friends, and even the surprisingly good stuff on TV. Rosie had requested a giant cushion for Christmas, so I whipped up this 26" one so she can comfortably read in bed.

 
I even pushed the boat out and added covered buttons...


However, she then saw the oblong shaped cushion I made myself, and wanted one of those too...


Must admit, I quite enjoyed making these!



 I do like the very fitted shape these create, and the neatness of the zip...


After all that pink, my godson turns five next week, and I tried out a pattern that I have been wanting to make for years:



These patchwork Scottie dogs are so cute, and it really wasn't that hard to make. It was a perfect use of scraps, and I'm sure my godson will love it! Hope you've been having a relaxing time too :-)

Sunday, 14 December 2014

December

In my last post, I showed the Artist Trading Card which I had made for my partner in the latest secret swap, entitled Winter Sparkle...


This week, I received my card from Helen, and I couldn't be happier:


It's such a beautiful, symbolic piece of art. The details are incredible, with loads of French knots! I absolutely love the meditative nature of the scene. As a student, I studied the Spanish poet, Antonio Machado, who wrote wonderful poetry about the pathways of life, which I often ponder on my long walks with the dog. This little card is so apt for me :-)


In my role as a fundraiser, I have been running a Christmas Market stall today. Several fabulous volunteers knitted little festive stockings for me, which looked amazing filled with sweets and hung on our tree...



When I launched the idea, I hoped to get about 20 of the stockings made, but the team just kept on going, and we reached over 300! It was a lovely way to raise money for the charity.



My own festive sewing has so far involved making lots more of these tissue holders for the different teachers and music teachers. I've also whipped up some more bags, handy for make up or even an ipad...



Buying a fat quarter bundle has been so useful for making bags with coordinating fabrics, two on the outside and a nice lining:


In the spirit of Christmas, this little deer has taken to creeping into the garden early each morning for a bite of the hedge...



It's so peaceful watching her while we are getting up. At night, when I look out, there has been a fox pottering about, but much harder to photograph! Wishing you all a calm week ahead...