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Felt ornaments for the tree

Tough going

for the felt hearts I am sewing right now. Not quite a drill job, but I do have a pair of pliers to hand to pull the needle through at almost every stitch! The problem is probably down to the fact that I am having to use a hefty cotton and a needle with a larger eye to stitch these things up. I never expected it to be a quick and easy sew, but this is ridiculous! Taken me all morning to sew just 4 hearts! Anyway, hope to get some pictures up soon so that you can see what it’s all about. A lovely set of Christmas tree ornaments, all sewn by hand … they are meant for the shop, but I am very tempted to just keep them for myself!

So here they are

a few mangled fingers later! My lovely set of softly padded felt hearts for the tree – and best of all, there are 12 of them! Don’t know about you, but I often find it very frustrating when I am looking for some unusual tree decorations to discover that they are being sold in sets of 6 – now what can you do with a set of 6 only I ask?? So I struggled on to come up with 12 of these for this set, and even if you don’t use them on the tree, there are enough to add to a lovely garland for the front door – or maybe over the top of the mantelpiece. I also think they would make extra special gift tags – any other ideas?

Time for an overhaul

Here is a quick peek at what I have been up to over the last few days.
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Just realised that Christmas is around the corner, and that we have a craft market at the weekend – although the weather forecast is not in the least bit encouraging so I have my fingers and toes crossed that it will hold up until Monday! At the last market all our earrings seemed to go really well, so I should have been making some of those – but have just not found inspiration right now! Fell off the motorbike and I have a streaming cold and my brain (and body) are too addled to think creatively.

So felt hearts it is.

Santa’s Laundry Fridge Magnet

Greetings with a difference

and they don’t come much more different than this one! Your seasonal wishes will certainly stand out with this cute (ouch!) washing line full of Santa’s smalls – and larges too! These will be custom made as and when they are requested, but that shouldn’t affect the delivery times so within a couple of days they should be slipped into the mail and whizzing off to you.

After a terrible mix up

with car hire and times and commitments, we managed to get over to Ikea yesterday morning before the rush started – a miracle in itself considering it was Friday! I think hubby sold our car to keep me out of the place – we own a motorbike now and his biggest thrill is telling me that things won’t fit into the panniers, though I think he would be quite amazed at what I could ram into those bags given half a chance! But right now daughter is trying to sort out some furnishings and odds and ends, so he made an exception to his ban on the store, and resigned himself to losing a day’s sanity by following us meekly around whilst we closely inspected saucepans, laundry baskets and bed linen! Needless to say, both women came away with a satisfying pile of inane, and generally useless, paraphernalia, and our heads absolutely buzzing with crafting ideas!

Tyrolean cotton prints

Just in the process of doing some more Christmas cards and have used some of my lovely pure cotton prints for die-cut baubles. These cottons are all gorgeous Tyrolean type micro-patterns which I manage to pick up locally. Just love them. They bring to mind mountain chalets and big log fires – maybe even a mug of steaming hot Gluhwein too!

Made by Hand

When you buy something from an artist, you are buying more than an object. You are buying hundreds of hours of failures and experiments. You are buying days, weeks and months of frustration and moments of pure joy. You are not only buying a thing, but a piece of heart, a part of the soul, a moment in the life of someone.

by Giacomo Cinque
'La Sartoria Antica'
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