Friday, September 12, 2014

Inspired for Christmas

Like many of my friends and other crafty ladies I know, Christmas is never far from my mind when it comes to getting stuck in to a new project!

Are you making anything with a festive theme at the moment??

My friend, Alisha, and I caught up last week for a Christmas crafting day...  I didn't take any photos but I can tell you that we had a fabulous time!  I made Turkey and cranberry rolls for lunch, we drank spiced chai tea while the carols were playing in the background.... and the clove-scented candle filled my home with its promise of a white Christmas... heavenly!

Okay so I'll 'fess up... we didn't get any sewing done!  But we DID talk a lot about sewing!!  Does that count?  I aired the Santa doll that I began making around (ahem.....) ten (cough) years ago.  Oops!  I literally did have to dust him down as his feet were sticking out of the top of a bag, the black fabric boots looked like they'd been walking in a foot of snow!!

He's quite a big fella this one measuring in at a completed 34 inches tall.  Here's a close up picture:

He's named Folkart Santa by Cotton Way.  I started collecting bits and pieces to make him when I lived in England during 2003!  The little knitted stocking still has the purchase price ticket on it, in Pounds Sterling!

Little quilt blocks all made up ready for the border on his substantially country winter coat... packaged up (thank goodness) and "snow" free.

I do plan to get him finished before Christmas this year... I think he's been very patient, don't you?

It's sometimes hard to finish something though, when there are some delicious new projects on the horizon... like this 'hot of the press' set by Jenny of Elefantz...namely, Holly Bird Designs!  Let me introduce you...

Oh gosh, which one to make first?

The table runner?  Isn't that Holly Bird divine??

Or this Holly Bird sampler?  Lovely as a wall-hanging, or perhaps even a cushion front?

Okay - another close up from another project just because they're all so gorgeous and I can't stop myself!!

There are six separate patterns in this set and they're at a reduced price until 17 September... if you're drooling as much as I am head on over here to Jenny's shop to order yours!  I just love them to bits!

So along with Jenny's projects I also have this gorgeous Little Robin Red Vest designed by the lovely Simone over at May Blossom.  I saw a photo last year on Simone's blog that featured this little treasure decorating her Christmas table in centre stage, and I fell in love.

Isn't he gorgeous?!!  This pattern is available through Creative Abundance or on the May Blossom website.  Oh my, if you haven't already visited Simon'e website you're in for a real treat!  Even the home page is pure eye candy in itself... she's so clever!

Do you like my little green vintage cabinet door?  I'd been after one for ages, at a good price of course, and finally discovered twin doors at the Waverley Antiques and Collectibles Bazaar in Melbourne.  So this is my current vignette...

The gorgeous plant 'bauble' was gifted to me by Alisha as a belated birthday treat.  She planted it out with succulents and a wee porcelain bunny rabbit which is so shy it's hiding in this next picture!

Okay my lovely friends, I have one more Christmas idea to tempt you with and a cute stitch-along designed and offered by the sweet Wendy of Sugarlane Designs.  Here is the latest block - head over and visit Wendy here to view her other blocks and join in the festive fun!

Ooh!  (Squeal) It's beginning to get exciting now isn't it?!!  I am a Christmas addict, it's true.

Lots of love to you all!

Catch you round like a fruit loop!

Vikki xo


Wendyb said...

ooh sweety such Christmas gorgeousness.....I love it! My blocks are $2 each though, once a week..... But at the end there's a free table runner pattern with some extra stitcheries thrown in, does that count???? Love Jen's holly birds too. They're even better in the real! Love ya. Big sugary hugs xxxx. :o)

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Isn't that May Blossom birdie ADORABLE!?
Oh my, be still my beating heart. xx

Now little sis, you really need to finish dear old Santa, don't you? Does he speak with a pommie accent, too?

Love ya!

Michelle Ridgway said...

Lots of gorgeous Christmas inspiration! I have liked your FB again as it wasn't showing up in my notifications AND popped over to follow your lovely blog too hugs xxx

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

I love Christmas too Vik and get a little boost in my creativity this time of year. Definitely a case of too many projects and not enough time - lol.
Hope you enjoy working on all your festive projects sweetie.
Hugs - Kerryanne xx

Maria said...

Oh my many lovely things...where does one start? Lol. Great idea to have a Christmassy get together now before it gets to hectic to enjoy such a day :-). Love your Santa xx

Jodie said...

at first I thought, wow youbare really planning ahead and then I stopped and had a little think. yes it is September...but in my mind it is about June.


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