19 December 2010

handmade winter gift wrap

handmade gift wrap
First off I began by printing a scattered pattern of overlapping circles on plain brown parcel paper using red, white and silver liquid acrylic paints and some plastic bottle caps. This is great as I can print as I need without waste. Then inspired by Alisa's ideas, I sewed up some gift tags using layers of book pages from an old vintage tome I have, cutting to size using my pinking shears. Onto these tags I sewed hand cut holly leaves from some eco-felt using as near as I could achieve 'free-motion' stitching using my near-century old Singer.

handmade gift wrap
Thinking of Claire and Danielle, I also made some cute little pompoms using the yarn I had stashed for a project I never did (*cough*). This I was able to do in the evening's whilst watching tv with the folks. Lastly I tied some absolutely yummy mixed-texture off-white yarn around the parcels before adding the tags and pompoms with matching red yarn in a bow. Done!
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15 December 2010

our tree

christmas tree
Decorated with various felt, acrylic, metal and wood ornaments for a more punkie-friendly tree than our gold and bronze version. Many are handmade. There are a very few glass baubles and icicles, which are mostly higher up the tree out of reach. I have a thing for Scandinavian-style when it comes to Christmas trees, and many of these ornaments are Danish, which I absolutely adore.

christmas tree
This is our 'grown-up' tree. The punkies have their own white tinsel tree in their room which they decorated last week, again with lots of wood and felt ornaments. What's your tree-style, and do you do the same every year or change with what's fashionable?
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13 December 2010

crafts for cats

scrap mat
Amidst the shopping, decorating and pre-guest house preparations this weekend, I've been working on a couple of little handmade gifts for our mog, Indy, this Christmas...

scrap mat
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