I love seeing what you have all been making and hearing how the present cupboards are building up! We are nearly at the mid year point! It is a good time to have a review of how we are going and also think what do we have covered and what do we need to be working on?
Because of being a week late I am trying to fit this all into one post and go on to other things next week or the month will get away from me! Also I feel a bit disorganised so I truly hope I haven't forgotten anyone! Please tell me if I have and it is not on purpose that is for sure. I just had many weeks of photos and I didn't write things down as I should!
Firstly Maria made a giant Diabetic recipe Fruit cake. Beautiful and could be a gift or for everyone at home!
She is working on rugs for her Grandchildren. Maria is crocheting them in strips which she will join at the end. These will be beautiful gifts and her Grandson has shown so much love and appreciation for anything Grandma makes. So he is going to love this and feel very special.
Mel C (if you are reading Mel I am thinking of you and hoping you are recovering from your dentist visit and resting!) ...
Mel had a really busy and productive month! She made lovely candles in teacups with saucers...
Mel showed me her gift cupboard and it is looking good! So beautiful to see things you have made all lined up and ready to give. She also made heaps of preserves and I love the presentation!...
Mel also made soaps and many other things I spy in her present cupboard!
Leigh has made bleach dyed t shirts. This is a really good idea for young ones/teenagers which can be a harder group to make gifts for! Plus Leigh has a tutorial! See here. This is so helpful, I love it! Thank you Leigh!
Mimi has been making lots of things! Have a look on her blog at the edible glitter which is just gorgeous. Also the pegs, cards and divine gift bags...
Mimi has provided a free print out so that you can make your own crafts with these pretty miniatures... here.
Fiona has been making pouches for kangaroo babies (joeys) and currently providing towels, which she hunts for at op shops, to a lady who hand rears baby wombats! This is Fiona bottle feeding a wombat!
She is about to make more pouches. As we have kangaroos at the farm I have a strong imagine of joeys jumping into the pouch and what a warm happy place a pouch is! What a beautiful thing to do Fiona.
Vicky made a beautiful gift and sent it all the way here to me for Harper! It is a pink glittery Tutu!
The same day it arrived I took it around to try it on her!
Perfect fit! Thank you so much Vicky it is so lovely!
Jen in NZ has been very busy. She finished a rug which is for her daughter when she goes into a big bed!
How beautiful and how warm also!
Jen makes amazing things from felt. This is art really more than craft! Amazing work.
And look at this! Jen found a baby pram for $1. She did it up, made a mattress and little blankets for it.
It is for her daughters Birthday! How beautiful. She will just love this Jen. It is bargain of the century and just so sweet. I love the little blanket.
Jane finished a shawl she was making that is now for her sister. Also a soft toy and some cards.
Kelsey found a heap of old magazines and has been using the beautiful images to make cards...
They are beautiful Kelsey!
Also she made her Grandmother a birthday present...
Jen in NC knitted her daughter a sweater... we would say top or jumper.
AND she finished painting her bedroom and also made bed side rugs herself. I had to post a glimpse of how pretty her room looks.... (and what a paint job too!)
Rachel has been knitting. You might remember one time she found pure wool in an op shop but it was tangled so they gave it to her for free! So here it is untangled!
Normally I zoom in on things but who is going to cut out that kind of scenery? Also her husband put the hat on the fence post for the photo. I thought thats the kind of thing my Dad would do. Beautiful work Rachel.
Plus socks in progress...
I have to say that I get just as much pleasure seeing things in progress as complete.
Mum made a heap of gifts and warm hats and rugs for charity as well.
Currently it is really cold and this is the weather to think about giving warming things to people who need them.
Thank you so much to everyone who sent in photos and wrote. I have tried to represent everyone but could not use every photo or this post would go on forever!
I hope there is inspiration here for everyone. We will have a June Show and Tell so get busy on your projects as I would love to see them. And lets get to the middle of the year having made great progress on making our own gifts and also homewares, donations etc as well.
See you next week with what I have been making and some ideas on how to progress through the next months and achieve our goal of a full present cupboard!
It is raining here and I have a big pot of lamb bones and vegetables on to make baby food. And soup for lunch that I made yesterday... as soon as I make up some pumpkin scones. This is a stay at home and indoor day which I love! I hope you are having a great week!