Monthly makes – October

This has been a great month for some grown up crafting. I’ve cut back on my blogging which means lots more time for making the things that make me happy rather than hours spent staring at my laptop.

I completed Wild Olive’s Winter Stitching Club pattern which made a really lovely table mat or wall hanging. I loved stitching each hexagon and making them into puffy hexies. I think my favourites are the embroidered Christmas jumper and quilt.

Wild OliveWild Olive’s Winter Stitching Club

I’ve completed some smaller projects too, such as a cute little gingerbread man I bought from Asking for Trouble ages ago. I stitched the gingerbread couple which was a freebie with the Christmas Prima Makes mag too.

gingerbread people from Prima

So far I’ve made two ornaments from Betz White’s 2014 Holiday Stitch Along Ornament Club, the felt owl and felt Snow Globe in a cute embroidery frame. I joined last year and never got round to making any of the four projects so you can see I’m making an extra effort to take part and actually make the projects this year.

Betz White owlBetz White felt owl

Betz White felt snow globeBetz White felt snow globe

I’ve just started work on a special handmade gift but it’s quite ambitious and I’m not sure if I should be concentrating all my efforts on getting it finished for Christmas or not. The weeks seem to be flying past as usual so fingers crossed I have something to show next month too :)

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Playmobil Advent Calendars and the Playmohair

This year Playmobil have released 5 Playmobil Advent calendars – Santa’s Workshop, Unicorn Fairyland, Police, Pony Farm and Dragon’s Treasure Battle. You may remember we were fortunate to be sent the Pirates Treasure Cove calendar last year as part of our role as Playmobil Playologists.

Playmobil Santas Workshop - the gingerbread house I was pretty excited to receive the Santa’s Workshop Advent Calendar as I’m a real traditionalist and love the look of this. The Pirate advent calendar was great and fun to open but had nothing to do with Christmas, this is perfect!

Santa’s Workshop is designed for ages 4-10 and priced £18.99 which seems reasonable for this kind of set.

Help Santa assemble all the Christmas gifts as he makes his list and checks it twice! The Advent Calendar “Santa’s Workshop” contains twenty-four surprise items for each day of Advent to form a gift that will keep on giving long after the holidays have passed. Set includes Santa figure, two elves and one angel figure, reindeer with sleigh, gifts, assorted toys, wheelbarrow, basket, and additional accessories to build a complete Santa’s Workshop. Once all the pieces are revealed, experience even more fun with the bonus Playmobil memory game.

Although I was tempted I’ve put this away until December 1st. Make sure you’re following me on Instagram as I’m going to try and Instagram what’s behind each door as we open it.

If you’re looking for a more unusual gift for a Playmobil fan then how about a Playmohair?

Playmohair hat from Playmobil

Collaborating with top London knitwear label, Electronic Sheep, Playmobil have created a ‘PLAYMOhair’ woolly hat! The iconic Playmobil hairstyle has been recreated as a beanie for adults and kids across four colours (strawberry blonde, blonde, black and grey).

40 of each colour option have been made to celebrate Playmobil’s 40th anniversary year. More information can be found on the Playmobil website.

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On my mantel – October

I’ve had lots of fun decorating my mantel this month. The Autumnal colours have crept in and our nature table has been bursting with leaves, pinecones and seeds which the children have adored picking up.

My vintage bus blind is still in its usual place on the mantel. We have done a little decorating this month but still haven’t decided on a permanent home for this. I love it though so I’m glad it’s still somewhere central.

on my mantleAs well as the vintage bus blind I have my brass candlesticks, two of my favourite ceramic tea light houses, our clock and the Yankee candle which is lasting for hours.

There’s a touch of colour from the two munchkins my children picked up at Waitrose and the pinecone garland I made.

IMG_7376It was lovely and simple. I chose some pine cones, dipped each one in Annie Sloan paint and glued on a small hama bead so I could thread them and hang them over the mirror. I love them and might have to do something similar as part of our Christmas decorations.

pine cone garland

Our mantel is uncluttered at the moment. The vintage tin candle I made is also on display, alongside some small glass bottles containing moss covered twigs. So far I’ve managed to resist my children’s desires to put the Halloween decorations up, I don’t think my mantel will be looking so grown up by the time they’ve finished.

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