I am trying to get a lot into this post as next week I am meant to be posting a grub rose tutorial. (Which is not easy to make I have discovered!)
So I have included something from everyone but not every photo or it would take me two or three weeks. I hope I have not forgotten anyone thats my main worry.
It is wonderful to see how Christmas cupboards are filling and all the gifts we make for occasions along the way as well I always end up with ideas from seeing what everyone has made. I hope the same for you, if we have ideas lined up it is lovely!
We will start off with Maria. She finished her third rug for a Grandchild.
Her Grand Daughter picked out the edging colours. Pink. (She has good taste!)
Maria has one rug to finish then each Grandchild has one. Beautiful work Maria.
Fiona has been working on crochet edgings and doing a wonderful job!
Fiona had a go at it a little while back and felt she didn't go well. Then she had another go and now she is up and running! So persist if you feel you are not getting it right, sometimes something just clicks and you are off! Plus, realistically, we all have to learn and baby steps get us there! Then you have a whole new world of possibilities!
Pasty is also working crochet edges and this is new to her so I think between us pretty soon we will have conquered the world with pretty trims and edgings!
Mimi has had a busy month and this is a sample of what she was up to...
Pop over to A Tray of Bliss as Mimi is looking at lovely ways to have a beautiful Christmas without spending a lot of money. You will find so many idea plus the easiest recipes ever that are just fabulous.
Jen in NS knit gorgeous socks!
For the blue ankle socks Jen used a vintage 1940's pattern! I JUST LOVE THEM! They are so complicated to make I would have a melt down but I think they are so gorgeous.
Susan is working on a series of lovely calendar gifts. They are just so sweet. Also a good idea for those of us with gifts to post. It was hard to choose which one to show!
Susan makes amazing cards as well which include so much detail.
Mary added floral decals to a storage bin... we would call this a bread bin ...
Kelsey made gift tags with nests on them. I know because she sent me some!
Somehow she knew I would love these and she included the rubber stamp so I can make my own! (which I am working on... I thought why can't I have Christmas nests with sparkly eggs?)
Janine knitted socks:
Janine had renovations going on and had no access to her sewing room. So she knitted. Well, that is a good use of plan B Janine and very productive!
But she did get some sewing done and made a little outfit for her Grand Daughter...
Christine made stunning quilts...
She also sent me photos of her beautiful orchids which I loved seeing. (plus gave me some tips on my mainly unsuccessful orchid growing!) Beautiful work.
Jeanette did some very clever repurposing and turned a broken outdoor light into a set of lanterns...
Very clever! I love this!
I think working on something actually helps stress and worry. It does me. Bluey has his operation tomorrow.
Jane worked edges on towels! Gorgeous!
And applique potholders/trivets as well and look at the detail!
I know there are also a lot of projects underway that we are not allowed to see yet! So next month is shaping up well!
This month I am making my Christmas fruit cakes. It is the perfect time as it gives them a chance to mature and they taste so much better then. Also it gets something big done and dusted well ahead which is really handy. I always make a couple of small spare ones. Every year these have turned out to be great. I am making a dozen mini ones in muffin trays as well and individually wrapping them.
How is your Christmas cupboard looking? Keep your eyes out for inexpensive little additions that finish gifts off. Soon it is all going to come together!
I hope your week is going well. Today is big here, several things on my list are hopefully going to be ticked off! Doors are being installed, painting done (by me) and my niece is coming to help me paint up really high and paint the chimneys! I will be glad of this burst of activity after the last week of getting no painting done due to the storm.
See you on Friday! xxx