Monday, December 27, 2010

Monday's Show & Tell

I thought I'd participate again in 'Monday's Show & Tell' that Sandy from Cookies & Cream Craft has on her blog every Monday.  This is a Christmas present I made for my kids and finished it only just in time for Christmas.  I spent several nights sewing until midnight to get it finished for them - as I had to do it all in secret.  You may have seen these on a previous post as my Friday night sew in - well - now here they are finally finished, along with their family home.  Introducing Mr & Mrs Nibbles and their family home which doubles as a carry all bag with pockets inside to fit them into.  The pattern is from the last two issues of Homespun magazine and is a Rosalie Quinlan design.  They were fun to make and the kids were very happy to get them for Christmas.  

Add your link to Sandy's blog and join in Monday night's Show & Tell.  It's nice to see what everyone else has been doing.
Happy sewing!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Some Christmas Gifts

Well, Christmas day has been, and we all had a wonderful time and of course ate way too much! The kids are having a ball playing with all their Christmas presents, so I thought I would show you a few of the things I made. I have been using Rosalie Quinlans new fabric range - sweet broderie, so you will see that in alot of the things I made. I love this fabric and it has definately become a favourite of mine. I got mine from my local patchwork shop - Riviera Patchwork. Gayle got in the complete range, so if you go to her website you can probably still get some from there.
Here is Mrs Perkins - a Melly & Me design. Mrs Perkins is a favourite pattern of mine I have used many, many times. She is actually a gift for a newborn little girl that my daughter's teacher asked me to make for her.

The next one is Hooty. Another Melly & Me design called Hooty & Tweet. This was a birthday present for my daughter's friend. Her birthday was about 10 days or so before Christmas.

The next one is a clutch bag I made for my Mum for Christmas. It is a Janelle Wind design from Janelle's book 'Pieces of me'.

The last one I'll show you today is a little bag I made for 'The Great Global Christmas Swap'. It is a Natalie Ross design called 'The Jolly Gift Giver'. You can see the one that was sent to me by my swap parter in a earlier post below.

I've had a lovely time making all these things - and there is nothing better than giving them to people and seeing them smile when they are received. I will post another update soon with some of the other things I made before Christmas.
I hope you all had a very lovely Christmas and spent time with those you love.


Saturday, December 18, 2010

Friday Night Sew In

I thought I would participate in the 'Friday Night Sew In' - you may have seen the link on the side of this page. Well - I have quite a few unfininished projects on the go - and one of them was a present for the kids for Christmas. It is Mr & Mrs Nibbles - a Rosalie Quinlan Design that she featured in Homespun Magazine last month and this month. I wanted to make the kids the house (bag) and also the Nibbles children - but I am fast running out of time before Christmas. Also it has been hard to make them in secret - so I can only work on them once the kids have gone to bed. So I sat down last night, got out the sewing machine and spent the night putting these two together. They aren't quite finished - I still have to hand stitch the ears on and then satin stitch the eyes and nose, but I'm very happy with how much I acheived for the night.


Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Great Global Christmas Swap 2010

It Arrived! My package arrived from Betty - my swap partner in 'The Great Global Christmas Swap 2010'.

She lives in France and we have been corresponding via email since we signed up for this wonderful swap back in September. The idea is to make a small gift for each other and then post it off before Christmas. She has made me this beautiful bag which I just love. It has a lovely applique reindeer holding a present and a Christmas pudding and coming out of a present himself. It also has a piece of holly made from felt attached to the top. The bag also contained a fat quater of fabric which I also love, and a handmade card.
She is so clever! She received my package also which she loved too. We both made a bag using the same pattern from Natalie Ross - 'The Jolly Gift Giver'. It was one of the patterns you received when you sign up for the swap. What a lovely surprise to received this beautifully handmade gift and what a great idea 'The Great Global Christmas Swap' is!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Christmas Tree Decorations

Here are some of the Christmas decorations I have been making as gifts. This is quite a simple design I put together and very quick and easy to make. I call them Christmas Birds. If you would like to make them yourself and you can also download the pattern I made too.  Click HERE to go to my Craftsy Store.

Happy sewing everyone and I wish you all a Merry Christmas!