Monday, 28 December 2009

Little Donkey

This is my little nativity set from "The Pier" which has now, sadly, closed down. I love the little faces on the people and the tiny baby Jesus. I'm not a religious person, I regulary attended church when I was young and went to Sunday School every week but I sort of 'gave up' going as I didn't see the point, if I believed then I believed. I prayed for good things to happen, I prayed for bad things to stop, but when is wishing the same as praying?

I can happily say I will, when the time comes, teach my children Bible stories and make shepherd or angel costumes when needed (we already have the donkey costume as I was ‘him’ twice), but I do not feel the need to express my beliefs by attending church.

It's hard enough at Christmas trying to remember who celebrates Winter Solstice or 'Yule' on December 21st and who celebrates Christmas on December 25th, while adding to the fact that my Mum is "Christmas Carol", being born on Christmas day many moons ago. Before wishing my parents a 'Merry Christmas' on the 25th, we first have to wish my Mum a 'Happy Birthday' (because eveyone usually forgets).

So...yeah, I'm a bit late at wishing you all a Merry Christmas (and I've had quite a few visitors to this site even though it's less than a month old) but I hope you had a good one and are looking forward to the New Year. We are reaching the end of the so-called 'Noughties' and entering the...what? Tens?

I remember the big scare we all had at the Millenium when the world was going to end. I was attending church at midnight and later outside in a huge circle of one hundred or so people singing 'Auld Lang Syne', having the time of my life. Now New Years are spent drinking a little too much at the in-laws, with lots of people (who are only seen once a year) and going to bed way too late before getting up early to be at my parents for lunch with my grandmother.

This also means making New Year Resolutions. Resolutions which, no doubt, we will all 'break' by the end of January 1st. Lose weight? Stop smoking? Which is it this year?

Well...I have my own special resolution which I will not be telling anyone unless I actually pull it off. My husband knows as he has to keep me on track. I will announce it when it happens, if it happens.

Wishing you all a Happy New Year, roll on 2010...

Thursday, 17 December 2009

It's snowing!

Happy first day of snow everybody!

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Little Reindeer

Have you seen the new Hobbycraft magazine yet? Plenty of things to make and do, especially for Christmas!

I saw this brilliant ‘cut out and make’ reindeer. So I traced the parts onto paper (can also blow it up using a photocopier to make a larger reindeer), then cut them out.

I then stuck the cut out paper parts onto a cardboard box which I had flattened and which also had a great pattern on one side.

Using a craft knife I cut around the pieces and voila, a little cardboard reindeer. How cute?

I love the fact he has white parts and cardboard parts! He’ll look gorgeous amongst my other decorations this Christmas.

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Here's one I made earlier

There is nothing like a bit of crafting to make it feel like Christmas, don’t you agree?
I found a sketch I had done of a small bird (a dove?) which I must have seen somewhere and decided I liked it.

I drew a larger version of my sketch onto paper and cut around it making a stencil.

I then pinned the stencil to my white felt and cut two birds out.

I then stitched around the edge and stuffed it with cotton wool before closing it up. I cut out two small red gingham hearts, one for each side, and made a loop with the remaining thread to hang it on our Christmas tree.

(Sorry for the sideyways picture, blogger doesn't like me today)

Happy Crafting!

Monday, 14 December 2009

And so we begin...

My year starts with Christmas. And this Christmas starts with my first blog.
All throughout the year I’m keeping my eyes peeled for gifts. I snatch them up whenever I see them and keep a list of the special people in my life, ticking them off one by one as presents pile up in our spare room.
It’s my favourite time of year. People, presents, warmth and food, what more could anyone ever need?
But the best bit hasn’t even begun. The decorations.
Having only been living with my husband for three years, and married less than one, we started out with nothing on our first Christmas.
We got a hand-me-down tree from friends and some discount decorations from a garden centre which included two pieces of tinsel, a pack of gold and brown (why?) baubles, some multi-coloured lights and, of course, a big shiny star for the top.
It was fantastic!
The star was so heavy the top was droopy until my Dad came round and fixed it up with some wire and a green plastic stick. The tinsel barely covered half of the tree and why did we choose brown?
To this day we still have the tree, the tinsel, the gold and brown baubles and the star. We have just added little bits and pieces over the years and we are getting what is looking a lot more like a Christmas tree. Especially when underneath is littered with presents!
But this year has been a little different as I decided to make decorations as well as buy a few.
Keep visiting and I’ll show you my creations…