Thursday, 23 December 2010

Merry Christmas Everybody

Just to prove I haven't been sitting around not doing anything, here's just a few of the things I've finished in the last couple of week.  A book cover (one of several, but the others are surprises, sshhh)

Some cushions - there's a story attached to these.  My friend, and watercolour teacher Christine painted the silk, quite some time ago, and asked me if I'd make them into cushions.  She said "There's no rush" and I took her at her word, because it's taken me about 4 years to get around to doing them.  How can it POSSIBLY take that long to make a few cushions?  Well, I took a while choosing the fabric to make them with, then I put that aside for a while.  When I realised I still hadn't made them, I couldn't find the fabric.  Then, during one of my mammoth sort outs - I found the fabric - so it was all game on.  Except that, during the intervening period, I'd mislaid the silk paintings.  (Does any of this sound familiar).  Anyway, recently I was searching my sewing room for something else and during the course of that, I chanced upon the silk paintings.  Hurrah!  Then, the painting group (which I haven't been to for a couple of years, partly because of my City and Guilds course, and partly embarrassment at not having made the cushions) had their Christmas dinner,  to which I was invited, and so I made up my mind to make them and take them with me.  Chris seemed really pleased with them, once she got over her initially amazement that they were actually finished.

Then,  there's a cake stand
and some Christmas hearts
and something for Julia, using some fabric she'd admired on our trip to Holt, and which I secretly bought later and made into a 'pinny'.
There's a few other things too, but they are surprise presents, so you can't see those yet. 
I must admit, the snow has helped - being stuck indoors for a few days gave me time to do some stitching.
I also - first time for years - put up a few festive decorations, just to prove I'm not really 'bah humbug'. 
Not a real tree - I don't have the space, just a few bits of yew tree trimmed from my garden and stuck in a vase, with a few lights and baubles bunged on.  (Not very Homes and Gardens, I know)
Adorned with a beautiful beaded snowflake, a present from Carolyn 
My photos aren't brilliant - not sure if it's the poor light, or if I've inadvertently done something with the settings on my camera, but you get the general idea.
That's all for now, except to say .....


  1. Merry Christmas to you too Gill. Thank you for my giveaway goodies :)

  2. How very busy! Happy Christmas to you too Gill.

  3. merry xmoose to you honey bun
    see you soon

  4. Very festive my dear ... I like it!

    Your gorgeous giveaway and your beautiful Christmas gift to me arrived today. I am overwhelmed by their beauty and your thoughtfulness. I am even in love with the wrapping paper. Definitely not bah humbug. Lots of love to you.

    I hope you have a lovely Christmas and a very happy New Year Gill

    Best wishes

  5. Hi Gill
    Nice to see you back on the crafty band wagon again after reading about your amazing travels!
    Hope everyone loved their presents you made.
    Sharon x
    p.s. it was Chloe, my youngest, who went to the YEG not Kirsten.