It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

DSC_6196It’s been a busy few weeks for me, hence the slowdown in blog posting recently. I have been busy making and not having time to tell you all about it.

I was asked very nicely if I could make some goodies for the school christmas craft stall at the school bazaar back at the start of November.

And seeing as I have some time on my hands at the moment and am always on the lookout for excuses to use my sewing machine or go to craft shops I was delighted to help.

I took my lovely daughter with me to Hobbycraft one fine morning while the boys were at rugby to get a few bits… which actually turned into a trip to the Range AND Hobbycraft and we bought a little more than anticipated….oops! I went in saying to Eloise in a very sensible voice: now let’s have a budget, say Β£50 and let’s not spend any more than that! (I had to hide the Hobbycraft receipt from my husband but Eloise kinda gave the game away telling him how funny it was at the till because the receipt was the longest one she had ever seen and it just kept on and on coming out and the cashier had to keep folding it over… gah! I protest that this was because we bought a lot of very small cheap things – like every 50p square of felt we bought comes out separately…but it does all mount up!!!)

But let’s not worry about that now – it was very fun stocking up on craft supplies and even more fun getting home and getting stuck in.

So what did we make I hear you say?

Well…. get your inspiration books out and your pencils at the ready… here’s what we made:

We made pencil toppers (of course I had to get penguins into the equation somewhere, Eloise said they look like the penguins of Madagascar):

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We made tree decorations:

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We made fridge magnet clips with ribbon and buttons and decoupage (check out the lovely packaging!):
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We made free machine embroidered hoops:

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We made more tree decorations:

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We made tree decoration DIY sew it yourself packs:

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We made…

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Can you tell what it is yet?

…Stocking fillers.

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WeΒ also made some fridge magnets with glass flat bottomed marbles, magnets and some festive pictures cut from magazines. And a whole heap of christmas cards, which I forgot to photograph, which was a shame because I think that on the day I got most comments about our lovely Christmas cards. And I say ‘our’ not ‘my’ because my little helper elf Eloise really was a huge huge help to me in making all of this.

We spent many happy hours sewing and sticking and cutting and stamping and colouring together.

I especially enjoyed making the packaging with some nice brown stiff paper and some stampers! It’s amazing how much nicer you can make something look if you just pop it in a cello bag and staple a label to the top.

Now of course I am hankering after a die cutting machine so I can make things look even more professional! Might have a bit of a wait for that one – at least until I have paid off this Hobbycraft debt!

How Hard Can it Be rating: Easy but time consuming

Fun rating: Brilliant!

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13 thoughts on “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

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  2. Hello Anne, I’ve just found you (via the Demented Fairy’s tutorial for gorgeous scrap squares; but then, I’ve only just found that too πŸ˜€ )
    This is such a great post. You’re incredibly industrious.
    I love your free machine embroidery – especially the snowman standing in a gale. Whenever I’ve tried to do that my machine runs away with me. It’s old and only has two speeds, Stop and Go!
    Looking forward to more,
    Baci Sallyxx

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    • Hi Sally, thank you for your kind comment, I hope you enjoy the blog, am hoping to do a post about my handbag making obsession once the kiddies are back at school. I can let the cat out of the bag now that I have handed them all out as Christmas pressies now! I had a peek at your blog just now, it’s lovely am looking forward to reading more of your adventures! πŸ˜‰

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  3. I love everything and want to come to the christmas fayre so I can buy it all! I really love the fridge magnet note holders – have you made all the packaging yourself?? And I really really love the snowman poop!! So funny!! I will have to pinch your idea! πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you so much Ali, yes I made the packaging myself using some nice card and my printer and some stampers and colouring pens! I’m going back to college in January to learn to be a graphic designer and would love love love to design packaging… oooo or become a surface designer and design my own fabric! Who knows, maybe next year the packaging will look even more professional!? I’m waiting to see what didn’t sell at the fayre I need to go pick it up next week. I’ll send you some magnets and some poop if I have some over if you like! πŸ˜‰

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    • Hey I got some fridge magnets back but all the snowman poop got sold! πŸ™‚ Happy to send you some of the pegs if you would like some – which ones did you like? Send me an email (annewright1976@gmail.com) with your address and I will pop some in the post. They were Β£3.50 each – all proceeds go to support our lovely little primary school! πŸ™‚

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  4. What in the world is a die cutting machine? It sounds big and expensive babe! But there again you really did create so many beautifully crafted crafty Christmas (ooh I like that alliteration) things and you continue to do so, so perhaps I should return that cashmere jumper and jewelry and get you one of these for Christmas instead?! x

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    • Thanks Sherrie, that is really kind of you to say, they did do pretty well I think, am still waiting to see what comes back – but am hoping that I will have plenty left over to stuff some stockings of my own friends and family! I am trying to avoid craft stores at the moment – otherwise I will be broke! πŸ˜‰

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