Last week I signed up for my first Christmas craft swap organised by Laura at Dropstitch. It was the first one I’d seen and swapping parcels of crafty goodness always gets me in the mood for the festive season. The swap was simple – make
four oops five (so glad I re-read the instructions!) handmade Christmas ornaments.
I had a good look through my craft books and Pinterest boards and found some very cute felt peppermint Christmas ornaments which I knew would be perfect. I love working with felt and the felt version of any Christmas sweet has to be better for me than the real thing.
I got to work cutting out felt pieces and stitched them on my sewing machine which I am finally getting to grips with. I made a couple of traditional red and white ones them decided to mix it up with some other colours, so have pink, purple and even a green one.
I’m really pleased with them and hope the recipients like them.
You all know how much I love sewing with felt so it’s probably no surprise that I have been eagerly awaiting the second book by Laura Howard who blogs at bugsandfishes. Super Cute Felt Animals features 35 bright and appealing animals from the land, sea and air, to make.
I packed the book to take with us on our weekend away and I really enjoyed looking through it. As you can see I took enough supplies so I was able to make some animals when the children finally went to sleep.
Woodland creatures include a crafty fox and her cute cubs, a sweet hedgehog, and extras such as a toadstool and acorns to complete the woodland scene. Go on a felt safari to see lions with golden manes, zebras, and hippos that you can recreate in colourful fabric. From under the sea, there are whales, seahorses, and jellyfish, along with a set of fish and their fry, with sequins for scales. On the farm, cows, pigs, and ducks are joined by a chicken and chicks, while in the garden, there’s everything from insects to frogs and birds to be made. Pets are included – from rabbits to guinea pigs, plus a dog and puppies.
This is a lovely book, perfect for all skill levels although you may need to stock up on your sequins and seed beads to give your projects that extra sparkle! Each project is well laid out with detailed instructions. There’s also a handy guide to types of stitches if you need a little help and templates are included (at the right size too, so no need for enlarging!).
I particularly love the fact that each project is versatile and can be made as a gift or adapted to make keepsakes such as brooches, key rings and even mobiles.
Super Cute Felt Animals by Laura Howard is published by CICO Books at £12.99, and is available from all good bookshops or call 01256 302699.
I had a very small splurge in Cath Kidston whilst we were in Marlborough the other week. The shop is in a beautiful historic building on the High Street and I was drooling over the way it was decorated. I really loved the framed vintage fabrics and tea towels in the shop. There was also a display of five vintage bevelled mirrors hung in a row at the top of a wall. It reminded me of the way this blogger has displayed her collection down her staircase, she was clearly trend-setting the whole thing back in 2010!
We’re still deciding on colour schemes around our home so I kept my purchases to the minimum, despite the sale that was going on. A while ago I joined #PostCircle organised by Miss Beatrix. It’s lovely to receive snail mail and a great excuse to buy beautiful stationery. Therefore I treated myself to pretty pastel labels and a roll of classic stickers to decorate the envelopes I send.
A pretty handbag mirror also caught my eye, in Cath Kidstons’ dairy rose pattern. I’m hoping to make a little case for it from a pattern in Felt Sew Good, the latest felt sewing book I have been drooling over!
These would make great stocking fillers too. Can you tell I’ve been thinking about Christmas already?