Advent stocking garland completed! After a late one at the sewing machine last night, then an hour finishing up this afternoon while Audrey danced around my work room to playground radio, they are all done and installed. I listed the materials used & inspiration for these here and here - but they are basically linen and four different colours of felted wool blanket. I only had limited amounts of the felt, so the colours & distribution thereof were dictated by that.
Now the only question is what to put in them. We'll be filling each one the night before since there's a four year old here that won't be able to refrain from checking them all out on December 1. I'll be drawing heavily on the lists of ideas over at little birds, Kiddley and Kid's Craft Weekly. Also, I noticed that Manda has a great list growing on her blog today (thankyou!), and via that this great list of ideas, too.
Oh, and since I didn't start this blogging every day business until the 6th day of November, I'm going to carry on for a little while longer into next month.
Happy advent, everyone!
Not a lot from me today. It's hot again, and I feel foolish blogging about baubles, but I'm tired, so I hope you will forgive me. Every year for the past few years, we have been developing a tradition whereby each member of the family chooses a special decoration for the christmas tree. Truth be known, we've probably selected more than one each this year, but these could be my favourites. Audrey and I found these baubles in at Wheel and Barrow. The red glass ones were my choice (found it hard to decide between these and the green version of the same thing). The sparkly one is Audrey's - because she's four and is rendered weak in the face of a bit of sparkle. She actually kissed it in the shop, her love for it was so strong... how could a mother resist?
Is it too soon for me to be blogging about the stocking garland again? Probably. But, from tomorrow there are only two sewing days left until advent begins and I'm a little one track minded about getting these finished. Since this photo was taken, almost all of the numbers have been appliquéd - only the red ones to go. I'd planned to hand stitch, but once I sat down with needle and thread, I realised how seriously flawed an idea that was! Speedy blanket stitch by machine it is.
I really have to push myself to the sewing machine in the evenings at the moment, so having a deadline like this is a great reason to get me away from watching hours of rubbish television. Yesterday my obstetrician told me that at 30.5 weeks pregnant, I am measuring 35 weeks. Blimey! She was unflustered about it, though - I measured similar with Audrey at the same stage. And it doesn't necessarily mean a big baby (so I repeat to myself!) Although it won't be any surprise if the little guy is tall like his sister. But it does explain the waddling like a duck and reluctance to move from the couch. ;)
Well, I fell of the posting every day wagon. We were up early yesterday morning, moving furniture, swapping around the last three rooms of our house in readiness for baby. Plus another trip to Ikea for good measure. We didn't reconnect the internet until after 11 last night, and by then, after being on my feet most of the day sleep seemed like a much better idea.
On Friday I told Audrey about the Advent stocking garland I wanted to make. Her eyes widened, and I realised that there was absolutely no way I couldn't come through with it (promising your child something is a such a good motivator!) So in between sorting stuff out yesterday, I snipped out these numbers for the front of the stockings. The felt is from Lyn - some of her beautiful hand-dyed & felted blanketing, which I've been hoarding for a special occassion. The stockings are going to be very basic - just the linen with some appliqué - but since there are only four sewing days left before December 1, basic is the only way to go!
We had one of those visits to Ikea today. You know the kind, where everything you go there for is unavailable? I wanted to pick up some trestle legs for a desk for my new work room - they were out of stock. We had also planned to pick up a couple of blinds for some glass doors in our lounge room - again, out of stock.
I'd also hoped to pick up some of their excellently priced linen so I could make an advent stocking garland. I liked the linen in the ones above (from the most recent home beautiful), and have also been inspired at past christmases by the ones made by Stephanie and Amanda. But, um yes, the linen? Discontinued. Bummer. Better luck next time, eh?
I know it's early, but we were in need of some christmas cheer today, so the tree's up!
My very favourite decoration, a gift from Sarah last year - a bird by her talented friend at paper boat press (more here).
Audrey and I had a delightfully girly day at home together today. First up, a haircut for the little one, followed by a spot of grocery shopping and an ice-cream treat at a cafe (her, not me). It's been over 30 degrees for days now & the forecast says up to almost 40 next week. So hot. What happened to Spring?! I'm really starting to feel it, so we spent the hottest part of the day indoors today making Christmas cards. These Santa cards were inspired by these (scroll down) over at the wonderful Kid's Craft Weekly. Lots of fun, and I love how they turned out. Audrey had a ball, she's the perfect age for Christmas crafts now. I think we'll be depending on that in the hot weeks ahead!
We went to the birthday party of a special little girl today (happy birthday Moopy!) Blogging every day is forcing me to take more photos every day - which can only be a good thing - although I forgot to take the camera out with us so todays photo is the birthday girl's parcel.
Nevermind though, because it fits in with what I wanted to blog about, which is Christmas wrapping. Wrapping presents is one of those things that I would like to do much better at. So, some links that I am finding inspiring:
-The nice package pool on flickr.
-These stickers designed by Lara over at kirin notebook. I'm also loving the christmas cards Lara designed for Moo.
-I always love everything this talented friend wraps & packs. :)
-Just before I sat down to blog this evening, I realised that Alicia wrote a post about wrapping today, too. Love those colours.
I'm Fiona. I live in Adelaide, Australia with my husband and two small kids. This is where I blog about the stuff I make (mostly toys and quilts). Sometimes I also write about my little family, and the things that inspire me. Thanks for swinging by.