Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Another handmade ornament..

As mentioned before, I was in an ornament swap with some friends and so I received my other ornament yesterday. It's this really cute Christmas tree, which my baby has taken quite a shine too - I keep finding his Thomas the Tank Engine using it as a roundabout! I must put it up higher so he can't touch! :-)

I also had a late night up making this cushion as a part of a Secret Santa gift. I hope the recipient likes it!

I can't believe that Christmas is 3 days away. The lead up to Christmas this year has been so hectic and chaotic that I really haven't got into the Christmas spirit. It's a shame as I usually love Christmas. Next year hubby and I have already decided that we are staying 8 hours drive with 4 kids, no trying to figure out how to get certain gifts 800kms away, no trying to fit in with other family member's traditions. Just us, our kids, our space....sounds like heaven!!

We will see if it actually manages to happen! *smile*

Anyway I hope you all have a great Christmas and start to 2011. See you in the new year!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

That Cute Owl

Here's the link for the tutorial for the owl ornament in the last blog entry.
Find it here.So have fun!!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Christmas Ornament Swaps

I'm sorry I've been missing in action lately. The lead up to this Christmas has been very busy and the to-do list is still a mile long...sigh...
But enough of my whinging, I just wanted to drop in and show you some lovely ornaments I received in the mail. Firstly this gorgeous little owl from my friend Kay (who unfortunately is still waiting for one to arrive from me. Promise it will go in the mail Monday!)
And this lovely little stocking from Sue..

And my friend Vanessa sent me this great link for a pattern for this ornament, so I thought I would give it a go.It's super easy and could be embellished in so many different ways.
Well, I hope you're having a good week. I better get off this 'puter and go and clean up from a 40th birthday party that we had here today. It's days like this I could do with two dishwashers!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

My favourite Christmas decoration..

We have started to get organised and have put up the Christmas tree and spread a few Christmas Decorations around. I love nativity sets and here is my favourite..

It's a Little People set and I love that I can set it up on the TV cabinet and the kids can play with it to their heart's content. None of this "don't touch" business!

And I also love the giggles it gives me when I go past and find Baby Jesus on the roof, riding the camel or going past in the back of a Tonka Truck. In the busyness of Christmas a bit of a laugh goes a long way! Hope you're preparations are going well and that you're getting the chance to stop and remember the importance of that first Christmas!
The day before swimming lessons began Sunshine Boy reminded me that he needed a swimming bag (and went on to remind me that his sister had a proper one and that a Coles Green Bag wasn't going to cut it..) so off I went to find some fabric suitable for a 7 year old boy for a bag..I dislike skulls and crossbones and he dislikes "baby stuff" , so it was going to be a tough compromise. So when I found this fabric, I thought it must have been my lucky day..

Cute fishy type fabric..but luckily they are sufficiently unbabyish for the boy... And so we ended up with this...

Now, I'm not a woman to curse much (except for at people who don't know round-a-bout rules!) but sewing with this clear vinyl plastic stuff made me say a few choice words. Such a simple pattern for a bag, but do you think I could get it to sew?? So off I went to the local sewing shop and the lovely lady there sold me a Teflon foot, which made a world of difference (and thus increased the price of making this bag by about $30..LOL!)

So now I'm off to make myself a beach bag in time for the Christmas Holiday. Do you know how impossible it is to find a bag that fits six beach towels?? My bag is going to have mermaids..... :-)
Have a great week!