Friday, 23 November 2012

getting that Christmas feeling a little early

Last weekend I got all festive and decided that my christmas decorations needed to make an early appearance. My friends and family were shocked as I am usually in contention for the Scrooge of the year award and only put up the tree and decorations when the pressure gets too much. I was looking forward to revisiting those handmade lovelies that I have received from crafty friends and also made myself. So out they came. Soon there will be pics of the goodies that I have received from Lisa in the Angel swap. I posted mine off to Lisa last week and once she gets hers it will be a photographic free for all!
One of my new Christmas decorations is actually something I made for Lisa in the swap but thought twice about it as I wasn't sure if it would be to her style so I remade another hanging and kept this one for myself. It is a freebie pattern on Anni Downs' website. It is a popular pattern, there were two made for the Mill rose swap.
  I used a lovely piece of wool that fiona (bubz rugz) gave me, and some buttons that were gifted to me from another friend. I think I was just meant to keep this one.
 I have been doing a little bit of stitching.... I had to babysit dad overnight this week and it was a good chance to have some quite crafty time while watching him.
I had prepared a pile of 1/2 inch hexies from some lovely fabric that Maria (life on the block) had sent me. Maria sparked my interest in novelty hexie flowers and we have swapped fabrics a few times. She also sent a purse frame. I thought they would make a lovely little purse too so got all enthused and basted them. That was quite a few weeks ago, my crafty mojo has been on holidays so what better way to spark it up again than with some hexies. I stitched them together in a piece that hopefully will go ok, will see once the putting together starts. I am using a sew in frame. I added a couple of fabrics from my stash too

Yesterday when I came home from work I saw this book sitting on the couch.
I thought 'how lovely, someone has seen this and thought to bring it home for me'
Well after the initial excitement I opened the book to see what lovely new things might be in it......
Talk about stooged!
Serves me right for thinking I might have raised thoughtful, considerate, and understanding children...
In case the print is too small.
It did give me a giggle..



A few weeks ago we visited IKEA as I wanted to buy some new decorations that I had seen in a catalogue.
I am going to gift some to the girls at work but for now they are in my 2.50 Ikea bowl. Bargain!

Hope your bowl of love is full of hearts too!

marina

26 comments:

Michelle Ridgway said...

Lovely mini quilt and I love your little hexies. I am going to have to give a little purse a try. Love the cute hearts and that book was so funny.... These guys will try anything to watch the cricket.

shez said...

had a giggle over that book Marina,that was funny not for you of course.Your hanging is lovely glad you are keeping it for yourself,cant wait to se the hexie purse put together,it amazes me how these purses get made,i must try one one day.Love your bowl of hearst so sweet,enjoy your day.xx

Susan said...

How disappointing for you - who would prefer cricket (over anything!)? I love your wall hanging. I would have kept it too. My tree is coming out a little early too, I thought I should make the place look festive since we're having a Christmas party on Sunday.

Sheila said...

Your little hanging is sweet , I like that you used wool and the yo yos to make it your own . I did one in the original version but don't believe I have shown it . Your hexes will make a lovely purse , can't wait to see it finished but no pressure ;-)

Bev C said...

Hello Marina,

I hope your parents are OK. Lovely hearts in the bowl, good enough to eat. Love the book, someone obviously has a sense of fun in your family. Good luck with the purse and gosh that hanging is so lovely.
Happy days.
Bev.xoxo

Lisa said...

hahahaha Marina i would love anything you make isnt it funny i thought the same with things i was making you..oh i do hope the posty hurrys up im super excited hehe..ive started christmas decorating today .yay

Sisbabestitches said...

ooh your decorating must be fabulous with all those fabulous handmade Christmas-ness. I love your version of the mini :) The hearts are a lovely idea. I must confess I love to stitch with the cricket on, oops!

Fiona said...

what a great post... I love the idea of the book... good one boys!! the hanging is beautiful and I love the way you used the wool.... and of course another lovely little purse in the making... clever clogs... very cute little decorations... but I'm sure you could have knitted them up???? haha...
Hugz

Fiona said...

PS.... I'm off back to the cricket even though I haven't got a good excuse....
Hugz

Lib said...

The book was so funny Marina. Love the quilt, must go looking for the pattern.

Mistea said...

Ooh... presents. Enjoy.

Lovely little hexies. I like your version of the hanging too.
Have fun with Christmas.

Melody said...

Brilliant post. I adore those little hexies.

Anthea said...

beautiful hexy's marina, you know i am a sucker for them!
i had a good LOL at the 'craft book'

Elyte said...

Glad to see you embracing the Christmas spirit.
Another beautiful hexie purse on the way - love the colours.
Your boys have a great sense of humour and they love you.

Els koetsier said...

Youre Christmas hanger is geourgius.
And the hexa purse also.

Lin said...

Love your Christmas decoration - and that you kept it for yourself! Looking forward to seeing the completed purse - I have not tried making one, are they difficult to put together?

Janet said...

That is a sweet wall hanging and it was obviously meant to stay with you. The purse should be lovely - wonderful fabrics that you are using. I want to get on the little purse train too. Have to find me some of those frames.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Marina...what a fantastic mini, you really should keep that one...

Maria said...

Love your Christmas Mini and I look forward to seeing your Hexie purse finished... Enjoy your cricket.

Nicky said...

Love the hexi purse! Wow it looks a lot of work!

Ahh ! Can't believe you are getting Christmassy already! But with homemade decorations to tempt you maybe it is not so surprising!

Carrie P. said...

that little quilt is so sweet. love the yo yos.

rosie said...

Hope your Dad is okay Marina... I love your Christmas wall hanging, and was smiling whilst I read your post, as I am usually grumpy about putting decorations up.... so much happening at this time of the year!!

katherine said...

Your hexie purse will be gorgeous when finished and I love your hearts and the mini quilt too.

Charlie and Wendy said...

I love your mini quilt and your hexies are gorgeous. Love your little heart decorations too!

Jindi's Cottage said...

Ooooh another hexie purse...can't wait to see it finished...lucky you getting to keep that cute little hanging...I made two wall hangings for the Angel swap as well as the first one I made was in the completely wrong sort of colours/fabrics...oops!...

Tatkis said...

You've been busy! The hanging is so lovely, and the purse would be perfect!

Good luck with your Christmas tree decorating :)

Hugs,
Tatyana