Well it has been some time since my last blog – and this has been through no motivational issues but rather down to the Christmas break and the fact that I spent it at my mothers who is yet to join the wide world of internet access.
So upon returning to my little flat I ashamedly fell upon my husbands iphone (the laptop my uncle accused me of swatting flies with has finally died) and hurriedly checked my emails and various social media sites, fully expecting to have been inundated over the week I had been away only to find, as is often the case that my inbox was cluttered with spam and not vitally important emails.
My last blog mentioned some Christmas gifts that I had been busy making for family and friends which, now that they have received them I’ll add photos of!
The first was for a friend’s daughter, who I made a bunny rabbit for. I had limited instructions for making him so it was a bit of trial and error but he started life as several components and long strip of mohair fabric, which slowly got cut down and sewn together until he began to look a little like a bunny and not a lump of material!
I finished putting him together on Christmas day whilst watching films and nursing a sick husband, with a small amount of resentment. He had eaten a dubious looking cheese and pate selection against my advice and subsequently ended up with food poisoning over Christmas. This resulted in us cancelling our Christmas reservations at Cafe Rouge and me eating Pringles and chocolates for my Christmas dinner while he sat with a large bowl on the sofa looking very green! We got our Christmas dinner eventually though as Cafe Rouge were lovely and cooked us a special lunch a few days later.
Anyway back to the bunny... he was finished on Christmas day (I wasn’t seeing my friend and her daughter until New Years – I wasn’t just being really late!)And I had so much fun making this little guy that I’m now planning on introducing him to my online shop range possibly in some fun retro cotton fabrics, which I can’t wait to get started on!
I then – whilst clearing out my mum’s attic (and laying flooring and installing a ladder which I was very proud of) found this adorable knitted coat which whilst being a little big looked very cosy once I had put it on him. So off he went to my friends daughter with some trepidation and a slight wish that I could have kept him for myself, but she loved him and was thrilled that he had been made especially for her which made the whole process not only enjoyable but worthwhile too!
The second gift that I gave was for my mum which was this little cushion with vintage button embellishments. I love, love, love this paper doll fabric – it reminds me of the Mabel Lucy Atwell illustrations which my mum also loves so she was thrilled by this little cushion.
The other present I made this year was for my husband. We had decided to make each other presents this year – something that I have suggested before but due to Ryan’s lack of crafting skills we have never done. So I was more than a little surprised this year when he suggested the idea. I found out why when a week before Christmas he gave me a lovely poem titled ‘The Little Mouse’. Ryan has never been able to keep presents secret for long and this even extended to my engagement ring which was produced, not on the romantic holiday he had booked but rather a few days before in the kitchen while I was putting the washing on the radiators! So while I loved my present the fact that I got it a week early while I was at work meant that I had to stop myself blubbing in front of colleagues!
So this left me worrying that my now seemingly trivial gift was slightly lacking in relation to Ryan’s rather heartfelt poem. Nevertheless I produced it on Christmas day and despite looking slightly green he seemed to really like it. Ryan isn’t a hoarder by nature, but the one thing he will never get rid of are his t-shirts, which leave us with drawers and drawers of t-shirts that he has either outgrown or over worn but that I am forbidden from sorting through! So I sneaked a few of his favourite ones from the drawer and cutting them into large squares sewed them together into a large patchwork quilt, with a matching cushion. He was a little surprised to see his beloved t-shirts made into something else, but the shock wore off and he was soon tucked up with his ‘blankey’ and cushion which made him feel much better!
Christmas and New Year went by ridiculously quickly as usual and as is becoming more typical the older I get it wasn’t as Christmassy as I would have liked. I spent a lot of it being designated driver to various tipsy relatives and decorating my mum’s spare room, so by the time New Years Eve came around I was wrapped up in my dressing gown and ready for bed by midnight – though Charles the Rat had fun when he found his way into a closed tin (not even sure how he managed that) of shortbread. So at 12.30am I toddled off to bed after tucking a slightly fatter Charles in for the night!
Till next time!
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