Archive for December, 2012

A New Year gift from me to you

Happy New Year! I hope you all had wonderful Christmases and have lots of fun (crafty) plans ahead for 2013.

Sean, the monsters and I have a relaxed night with neighbours planned, then New Year’s Day I plan to stay in my pjs all day, playing games, eating, sewing and maybe a bit of online sales shopping too.

Now I know I didn’t get you anything for Christmas (sorry about that!) so I thought instead I’d give you a little gift for the new year. How about 13% off everything in my Etsy Shop, that includes custom orders. All you need to do is visit my shop as normal and at the checkout use the code NEWYEAR13. If you like something in my shop but would prefer it in a different print or colourway please contact me either on Etsy, here, twitter or Facebook and the order will still receive the discount.

The code will be valid until January 13th 2013.

Happy New Year!!

Merry Christmas, Love Me

I’m thinking this is my last chance to write before the big day, from here on in me, Hubby and the monsters will be busy finishing making gifts, wrapping, baking, prepping veg and visiting friends and family. I love it all so much, not just receiving presents but giving them and the lead up to Santa’s visit.

I’m sorry I’ve been a bit quiet (again) but I have had a few Christmas fairs and orders to get done plus all the usual December planning to organise. I’m pleased to say I’ve only got two presents left to finish making but ALL the presents still to wrap! I’ve got all the food organised though, my final count is 12 for Christmas Day so we should have lots of fun. What do you do Christmas Day, have a houseful or escape to somewhere else?

Hubby, the boys and I took a day trip to Basel, Switzerland at the weekend to visit the Christmas Markets. We had a good day walking round the town, eating from the market stalls and listening to the brass band. We were a little shocked by how much rubbish there was in the town, but we didn’t let that spoil our day. Sean, the lovely man that he is, treated me to two tree decorations from the renowned shop of Johann Wanner. The shop was a treasure trove of all things Christmas, unfortunately there was no photography allowed in the shop so you will have to settle for photos of my purchases on my tree.

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I could have spent a fortune in there, but my budget didn’t meet my wish list and also glass doesn’t travel well on a flight with small children!

I can finally show you a few of my finished projects that I have had to keep secret.

Firstly Gina, my partner for the Handmade Gift Exchange organised by Craftaholics Anonymous received her gift yesterday.

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This is the second time I’ve joined this swap and I really enjoyed this swap again, I’ve made what I hope to be a great friend who I wouldn’t have had a chance to meet without the swap as she lives in Alaska. Gina has been great fun to get to know and I’m so pleased to hear she loves her gift. I can’t wait for mine to arrive either!

I made this large zip pouch for my friend and hairdresser, Lisa, for her birthday.
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I thought she could use it for all her scissors and combs for work.

This iPad case was a custom order, but I really wanted to keep it myself!
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This fun draught excluder, for the lovely Claire, owner and maker of Mummybird Pretties
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I’ve also had lots of bib orders and few tree decorations too!
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The rest of my projects have to stay secret for a little longer but I promise photos after the 25th.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year

Now imagine me singing that in my most wonderful festive voice.

The monsters had their treat from pocket number 1 of their advent calendars this morning and I’m finally happy to embrace all the festive cheer I can! I LOVE Christmas but I like it to stay in December, each year the shops try and tempt us earlier and earlier, I don’t know about you but I think it makes it seem a little less special.

You might have noticed I’ve become a little quiet over the past few weeks both here, on twitter and Instagram, it’s not that I’m getting bored of you, I’m just busy at my sewing machine, a hive of activity, finishing orders, prep for Christmas stalls and finally making Christmas presents for my nearest and dearest. I’m also starting to plan Christmas Day. We have the whole family to us Christmas Day, it’s a squeeze but I that’s all part of the fun right?

Have you started planning your Christmas Day yet? At this rate I’ll still be doing the finishing touches as Ol’ Saint Nick is coming down the chimney, or in our case coming through the back door (we live in a flat but it’s ok he’s got a magic key)

Right enough chatter I’ve got work to do. Promise I will post lots of photos of my projects on the 26th or once I’m over the carnage of Christmas Day