Monday 19 December 2011

Festive cheer and good wishes...
It's been such a busy week....I would guess, one of the busiest we have known around here. Oh my, there must be lots of needles clicking away out there! In my quiet moments, I am continuing to have fun with my festive crafting...I've been enjoying my sewing so much in recent weeks.....even more so, as I often just don't have the time I would like for one of my all time favourite crafts (a New Year resolution...definitely to make more time!Anyway friends, here are a few more of my makes for Christmas 2011!...
Almost everything has come from my craft cupboard...oddments of fabric which were just too lovely not to be felt, vintage buttons and then the yarn oddments which were used for my twisted cords.The Scottie dog gift bags were made with left-overs of my lovely natural ticking fabric and the little dog motifs were machine embroidered on some unbleached calico. I was so pleased to finally find use for the pretty floral fabric pieces too, which I used for the lining. These are going to be filled with handmade pretties for my girls, some from my lovely bloggy friends (thank you again know who you are!) but I have to keep the contents top secret of course as the recipients of these gifts may just pass by here over the next few days!
The little wooden hearts were stored away in one of my craft drawers and had long since been forgotten. I bought them several years ago and am so happy to say that I have finally got around to using them! They have been painted using little tester pots of some favourite colours bought in a sale a few months ago and I think I will make a festive garland with them for the kitchen using the red and white baker's twine.
I loved making the pretty felt hearts which were both machine and hand embroidered and then finished off with twisted cord hangers made from my left over cotton 4 ply yarn oddments. I like to stick to traditional colours for our living and dining rooms, but I find the colours used here are so fresh and pretty for the bedrooms and  kitchen.

I still have to decorate my Christmas cake and after lots of searching, I finally found some lovely small silver reindeers to decorate  (pics later!) Hopefully, I will do this in the next few days and finish it off by making a pretty cake band using patchwork fabrics and ribbon (well, at least that's the plan!)

There will be just a little more baking....most importantly mince pies...which always go down well in our house...and then, after some final present wrapping, it will be time to put the feet up and enjoy a few days with family and friends until the New Year is upon us....when I will be knitting and photographing my new patterns...(so exciting ...I just can't wait!).... Hopefully, we will have some brighter days too...fingers crossed!

♥ Thank you for calling by friends when I know you must have so many things to really is appreciated so much!...I hope you can look forward to having a wonderful time with your loved ones, enjoying all the things you really most love to do.... ♥

'Wishing You 
A Very Merry Christmas'


  1. You've been so busy making such pretty things. Have a wonderful Christmas.

  2. Hi Susan! Oh my, I really adore your work, especially the red hearts with white embroidery. Enjoy these lovely days before Christmas!
    Hugs Elly

  3. Such joy to visit you dearest lady! I wish you much joy this Christmas and look forward to visiting you and admiring the magic you weave with your knitting needles and sewing needles!

    Thank you so much for everything.


  4. Beautiful makes as always Susan! I love the hearts both painted and embroidered and the little Scottie dog bags are so pretty. :)
    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family and I'm looking forward to seeing the new pattern in 2012!
    Happy Christmas lovely lady,
    Vivienne x

  5. Everything looks so beautiful. Merry Christmas to you too :-)

  6. Lovely gifts and designs, as always, very pretty. Have a wonderful Christmas.

  7. Lots of lovely Christmas makes there Susan and of course Christmas is not Christmas without mince pies...mmmmm! Enjoy the last few days until the big day,
    Jane x

  8. Goodness, I so enjoyed looking at all your pretties. I'm glad I found your blog. I put a pair of snow men on my blog and directions on how to make them. 1 week to go!
    *M*E*R*R*Y* *C*H*R*I*S*T*M*A*S*!*
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  9. A very Merry Christmas to you too Susan.......all your christmas crafts are so festive and pretty........I wish you joy and peace for the season.
    lily x

  10. Such pretty crafty makes, Susan....and I love the light and sweetness of your photos too...just gorgeous! Enjoy the rest of your preparations, have a wonderful countdown week and a very Merry Christmas!
    Helen x

  11. I love all the cheer you share, sweet Susan. Your pictures are eye candy!
    Have a lovely merry and cozy Christmas my friend xxxx

  12. Everything looks so gorgeous, Susan. xxx

  13. Susan the colours in this post are wonderful, such a tonic for the eye after all the ivy green and gold that seems to be everywhere just now.

    More time, wouldn't that be wonderful! Maybe Santa could oblige :D

  14. Susan as always your page is wonderful all the gorgeous colours.
    Wishing you and your family a Wonderful Merry Christmas, and a Prosperous New Year

  15. Have a wonderful Christmas, love all your creations and photos of them, it makes me want to get back on that sewing machine right now. x

  16. Hello! omygoodness i am in love with your blog, the colours are just georgeous! and your creations are beautiful too!

  17. I love all your makes. Your girls are going to be very lucky. Merry Christmas to you all.

    PS My word verification was satsuma - love it!

  18. From our house to your - have a wonderful holiday with family and friends. We'll get together again in the new year to make pretty things.
    Sue and her Pack of Furry Monsters

  19. Hello there sweet Susan!!!!

    Your wares are always so beautiful. I have had the great pleasure this year to delve into crafting and art and thanks to BLOGGERS, I have rediscovered myself! Looking at all your bright colors and designs makes me excited to continue to improve my art and Etsy shop!

    THANK YOU for visiting my post; it means a lot to me to have people visit during such a busy time!


  20. I love all your handmade Christmas goodness. Very pretty! Merry Christmas.

  21. What a lovely blog. I think I'll be getting a pattern or two when I've completed my current projects.
    Blessings Gail

  22. Your Christmas makes are gorgeous! I love the colours too, I went for turquoise and pink this year for my tree and I love how it looks together.
    Mmmm mince pies, I'm a huge fan :-)

    Have a wonderful Christmas!
    Lori x

  23. Oh Susan, everything is so beautiful, it really is gorgeous - espcially those red and white hearts! Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas filled with lots of baking, crafting and family time, Jenny xxx

  24. Sending you ooodles of Christmas joy my friend...may your days be blessed with family and friends.
    You have been such a dear friend this past spread sunshine wherever you go. xoxoxo Thank you.

  25. love the pretty projects, it's always such a delight to visit your site, susan. i hope you and your beautiful family have a merry christmas, and may you have many blessings in 2012.


  26. Thank you, Susan for your work and happiness you bring us! Merry Christmas to you too!
    (I was trying to subscribe to your posts by e-mail, but couldn't find it. I wouldn't want to miss a single post of yours!)
    ~ Iryna

  27. I do love seeing all you do on your blog, always so pretty, everything looks so lovely. Hope you get everything finished & have an absolutely wonderful Christmas
    Lol Karen x

  28. Susan what joyful creations!

    I am LOVE your Christmas tree with cream ric rac. The dots and the floral. Little presents .... all the little details which come together.

    It's always good to pick a new year resolution which is already something you do, but to add MORE.

    :-} I think you can do it!

    HUGS and Blessing for the New Year.


  29. Dear, dear Susan,

    I see that it is almost lunch time in your neck of the woods; thank you for making a trip to come and visit me! WISHING YOU PEACE AND LOVE THIS HOLIDAY!!!!!! Anita

  30. ooh, such beautiful things you make -- have a very merry Christmas with your family and looking forward to seeing your new creations for 2012!

  31. I wish you a Merry Christmas!!

  32. I hope you had a Merry Christmas Susan, I just love all the beautiful crafts you have been working on. I am sure there were so very happy people receiving them this year. Big hugs, Margie.

  33. The felt hearts really are adorable, I'm certainly going to consider making some for next Christmas!