Christmas makes…

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday, whether it’s Christmas you celebrate or something else. Did you all get to spend time with family?

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Advent candle. We have one every year, and it’s my favourite Christmas tradition now.

Marie over at A Stitching Odyssey recently wrote about being a gift-making Scrooge, which got me thinking about what kind of gifts I give at Christmas. I would love to make all my gifts, but I definitely don’t! There are always lots of books, CDs and DVDs purchased, as well as random things. This year the gift I was most excited about giving is a rather gorgeous Clarice Cliff vase, which is for my mother-in-law. Though I obviously didn’t make it, it is handpainted, so it’s in keeping with my gift ethos, which has 3 parts and really is all about personalisation:

  • gifts should always make me think of the recipient
  • whenever possible, gifts should be handmade
  • whenever possible, they should be meant to be used, not just looked at! (I am all about practicality.)

I must admit, though, that fewer of my gifts were handmade by me. Another gift I was looking forward to giving was purchased at Arcade Artisans, a shop that provides a place for Gloucestershire artists/makers to sell their work. I bought an adorable cushion with a fire truck for a friend’s baby & I think the whole family loved it!

 

Things I did make (or am making) included an ornament for R (I make him an ornament every year because I’m a sentimental fool), handkerchiefs for my father-in-law, and a shawl for Oma (haven’t finished this yet).

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Handmade embroidered handkerchiefs.

 

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This is probably the tidiest embroidery I’ve ever done.

 

Christmas also meant that I finally had a bit of down time, so I have done a bit of sewing. I am pleased to say I have basically completed the bodice of my dress, hooray! Now I just need to work on the skirt. Though it involves time-consuming gathering, I am cautiously optimistic I will be done with it soon. In the end I used herringbone stitch to sew down the lining; it worked particularly well as I’d forgotten to zigzag the edges before sewing them down.

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Sewn down lining. Maybe not the tidiest ever, but no complaints from me.

 

I also got to sew a baby vest, which was quick and adorable. Can’t wait to see him wear it!

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Adorable, no? It’s actually a lot more blue than this, just making it even cuter.

 

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One thought on “Christmas makes…

  1. I’ve never got near making all my Christmas presents unfortunately. This year we’ve bought a lot of edible, drinkable and growable presents for the practicality reason – they’ll always be used!

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