Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas and have a Stitchin' New Year

Luke 2:9-12
And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy that will be for all the people.For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”

Merry Christmas to Everyone
May the Lord bless you with Health, Love and Peace

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Crochet, Mittens, Christmas Handbags and My Grandmother!

I hope you have all had a wonderful week, I am feeling much better- last week I found out the reasoning behind my sickness - infected wisdom tooth! so the wonderful dentist pulled the tooth and after a week of feeling bruised and swollen I am back to my usual self.
Craft wise I have been busy crocheting some extra warm mittens for my husband Morgan - I brought him last week into our LYS Pippa Blue and told him to pick out what yarn he wanted them made from, he was stuck between two colours, Grey or Blue - in the end he declared "Sure, just make me one of each!" As you will see - that's exactly what I did!

I finished them last night and was delighted that they do in fact fit like a glove! This morning I decided to give making myself a pair of mittens ago also - although I decided not to go down the crochet road as it would take some time so instead I sewed some using warm fleece

I made a couple of mistakes but all in all they are so snug and comfy to wear, and took less then half an hour to make! I think I shall be making a few more of these!!

I want to share with all you women out there a great tip in turning your everyday handbag into a festive creation! and all you need is a Christmas decoration! simply attach the decoration onto your bag using nothing more then a safety pin and there you go - strut your stuff around the town wearing something Santa himself would be proud of!

While on the subject of Christmas, I am busy trying to do as many handmade items as I can for gifts - of course there will be those that aren't "craft worthy" but for the rest that appreciate it - there will be lots to go around (I hope!) first on the list was a crochet hat for my beautiful grandmother Bride (Dads Mother) as you can see my grandmother is a stunner

and so I wanted to make her two hats,
1. a casual, can wear to the shops, everyday wear hat.
2. a fancy, can wear going out hat
So I decided to work on the fancy one first and here it is, kindly modeled for me by my sister in law Gen

I hope she likes it, I used a very soft yarn in brown and also some gold thread to give it that something "extra" - I have been doing alot of crochet today and will post some more on that during the week - until then - have a lovely Monday and keep warm and happy xxx

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Christmas Trees, Santa Cat and Wreaths!

Hello everyone, first off let me say sorry for the lack of blog posts - I have been feeling very under the weather and lately when I have been getting in from work Morgan has had the heated blanket on the bed and I just rest all evening! to kick this post off I will be taking a trip down memory lane to show you this teddy I made for Morgan years and years ago!

May I also add this was all hand stitched!

I cant believe we are in the month of December already! I am so excited and happy that Christmas is coming! and now I must show you our wonderful tree!

 isnt it so pretty!
each decoration on the tree tells a story - the first decoration from my first boyfriend (Thank goodness he turned into my husband!), a beautiful "carers" decoration I got when I started my new job, handmade decorations... you get the point

On Friday in work, I had the job of putting up all the decorations in the nursing home, in fact this has been my job for the past four years!

 up in the attic to collect all the boxes and the eight Christmas trees to go up!

Have you had enough of Christmas trees yet? well I finished work at 3pm on Friday and had plenty of time to go home and have a bath before I went out on our staff night out - we went to a local bistro/bar in Galway town

Rushie and Karolina

Mia and Niel

where has Paddy just put his finger?

Last night I awoke at 4am as I was not feeling well at all - I got up and decided to watch a Christmas film to keep me busy, only I must have fallen asleep as I woke up then at 630am frozen stiff!! so after a sleep in I went along to the stitch group and then into town to run a few errands- I also had to go for an eye test as I lost my glasses a year ago and lately my eyes feel weak - I was told that my right eye is the same as it has always been but the left has reduced by 5percent, so this day next week I will have my new glasses! 

We then decided to go and visit my parents house as Morgan had gotten a Chinese Lantern and wanted to let it off with the kids!
Morg and my Mum lighting it

Floating off in the cold night sky- with all our wishes attached to it

Tonight was the night that my Mum put up her decorations and she ended up giving me this - I have to say it has fast become one of my up most favorite decorations!

While in town today Morgan spotted these cat suits in Penny's (Primark) and I couldn't resist taking this photo although Hope looks unimpressed!

 Yet again when reading my favorite blogs I came across this pattern for a scarf wreath on Michelle made this... here is how I made mine:
  • I got a chunky cheap scarf and I got some pretty accessorises in Penny's - you could use anything you have lay around the house, old ear rings, hair clips etc 
  • next I took a normal wire coat hanger and shaped it into a circular shape
  • I dont own a glue gun, so instead i just wraped the scarf tightly and evenly around the hanger, tucking in the last section

now I will take the time to show you Michelle's original wreath with a link to her instructions below:
image property of michellemadethis
  • next i attached all my accessories 

And here it is hanging above my fireplace, Thanks again Michelle!

So what have you guys been up to this month?, have you made anything seasonal? If you get a chance go and visit my husbands blog, he is doing a post a day about our lead up to Christmas! I am sure he would love to see you, just tell him the "missus" sent you! ;) you can find Morgan HERE
Hope you all have a wonderful week and keep warm and cozy!