Saturday, December 19, 2009

Christmas busy-ness

I went to go and visit my friend’s two week old baby yesterday; she is such a lovely little poppet! I have been making a smocked dress for her in between baking, shopping, wrapping etc. However I felt so inspired I finished the embroidery part of the dress yesterday and now just have some enjoyable dress-making left to do before I get to my favourite part :sewing the buttons on ...




I have been loving my Christmas baking, mince pies, fairy cakes, star biscuits the only problem is that my permanently hungry children wolf everything down and the cake tin is always empty.I made the pies using Mr Frank Cooper's Port and Cranberry Mincemeat which was very delicious, and I decorated the cakes with snowflakes cut from royal icing with a little mini snowflake cutter.





On the craft business side I sold all my notebooks and corsages at the Waterfront Craft Fair so I have been replenishing stocks, I’ve also made some flowers on hair clips for little girls. I’m rather thrilled with my little sewing kits which I’ve been making and I’ve made a trial run of a needle case, but I think I will make larger ones next time.




Sunday, December 6, 2009

Advent

I am feeling very slack after I have read so many lovely advent blogs, so I thought I should start one too.Blogger is being rather tricky and uploading a lot of nonsense instead of my nice photos but I think I've sussed out what is happening .
I have been baking, sewing, sticking, and sewing ready for the Waterfront Christmas Fair on Tuesday, not to mention teaching all day for the last two weeks!

I made some gingerbread stars which were very delicious using these cute star cutters from MandS which come in an even nicer tin- how satisfying !





I made this lovely twinkle twinkle garland after looking at Lucy's in Attic 24 and the talented Royal sisters, I'm going to use it to decorate my table on Tuesday...



Lucy's stars look much bigger than mine in her photos I must look again more closely and see if she did more rows. I have also been making gorgeous itty bitty flowers , I have put some on hair slides, and I have made a couple of corsage flower brooches in this lovely purple.



I absolutely love making birdies from attic 24 , I read a blog today from a lady in Australia who was making chooks from the same pattern , I love that we are making the same things so far apart.




I have also been making some covered notebooks for my daughter to give to her friends from scraps of fabrics and some little applique cup cakes, they were so yummy I made some more for my stall.They will sell for 2 or 3 pounds each I think.



These are the very lovely heart shaped keyrings I have been making, I may or may not sell them!



I have bought these perfectly heavenly angels from Michelle S.at the Arts and Crafts Shop so she will unfortunately have two less for her stall!! I loovvve them to bits