Friday, December 30, 2011


There is something supercute about foxes. Pretty and fluffy with a reputation for being quick and clever, no wonder they make a great motif for art and craft.

So I couldn't resist a competition by one of my favourite stores - the challenge was to send something foxy in the mail. I adapted a pattern from this awesome amigurumi book, intending to make a tiny fox that could double as a Christmas tree ornament. But it came out bigger than I thought, so once I had made the head I added a bow tie and mounted it to a postcard instead. You can see the amazing winning BOOK (yes, a book!) on the Foxes blog - and my special mention as official runner up!!! Not bad for a crochet newbie    ; )

If you haven't browsed Foxes before, it is full of pretty things and perfect for buying presents, here are some of my favourites:

I was meaning to post about this a few weeks ago but forgot until we happened to watch Fantastic Mr Fox on DVD last night - a really gorgeous and funny adaptation of the Roald Dahl book.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

DIY Christmas Wreath - beach style decorating!

This year the girls and I wanted to bring the beach to our Christmas celebrations, in honour of our new house by the coast. Visiting Spotlight on their VIP Christmas night was my starting point, when I found bare Christmas wreaths that you can decorate in your own style and various shades of blue tree decorations.

Beginning with the wreath, Maddie and I gathered up a variety of shells from our favourite beach spots, and wound them onto a continuous, long string of picture hanging wire - circling them around the wreath as we went. We fashioned a dangling feature of a clam, spiral shell and drift wood at the bottom, and then went through the decoration box until we found some white and blue wavy ribbons, and red beads that wouldn't be needed for the tree. The red beads wrapped the wreath in between, and become the only traditional part!

Next we tackled the tree, focusing on blue, navy and white decorations, but adding some colourful lime green, dark pink and gold decorations for our summer fun colours.

Dad hung the icicles on the front porch - oops, I mean the surf white wash - and our efforts were complete.

Well, except for wrapping the presents in the white and wrapping paper - but with a very curious 2 year old and 5 year old - that will need to wait until late Christmas eve!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Christmas Hearts

I found a free crochet pattern for a 3D heart here, and have become a bit obsessed... they are so cute! Vic's Christmas party at Punky and Me inspired me to share (and you have to see her amazing fabric tree).

They are all I have managed to make for Christmas so far this year - I have tried lots of colours but the red ones definitely look the best. If you are going to try them each one uses about 9m of wool and I have been using a 4.5mm hook (and they take me about half an hour in front of tv).

They will be perking up some presents too, and after Christmas they might become bunting or a baby mobile... 

Also linking up with Creative Spaces as this is my first 'making' post for ages!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Some DIY Christmas Ideas

Wreath tutorial here

There is still time (what, only 3 weeks? eek!) to make some handmade presents for Christmas - these are some of the ideas I have seen and bookmarked...

Meet Me at Mike's has a HUGE list of tutorials here. I like the ideas with jars like paper-covered jars and pencils at Design Sponge, cookies in a jar and Martha Stewart's memory jars. I also love these tiny paint-sample notebooks and Pip has made a list of her crochet tutorials.

Epheriell Designs has an awesome list of ideas here, including decorations, gift tags and edibles. How cute are these meringue trees from penguin says feed me.

Everything Etsy has a list of 101 tutorials here. After a quick look I found this sock owl tutorial, a recipe folder (I love the spoon but would have to simplify the embroidery!) and this braided headband.

Ideas I have saved through the year on pinterest are here, I love this spotty canvas, a personal photo collage (I was going to do a version of this for Christmas cards but am running out of time) or some kind of button picture. I would also like to try spraypainted spoons and porcelain paint pens but I am trying to avoid investing in new craft materials... maybe I should ask Santa for some paint pens!

Kara's Party Ideas has some cute food and party ideas, I might actually be able to manage the choc-dipped marshmallows with sprinkles... and speaking of food, I highly recommend the creamy fudge recipe on Cat Taylor's blog, a gift I would be very happy to receive!

Please feel free to share any of your favorite tutorials too   :)
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