Friday, 6 January 2012

Christmas makes (part 2)

Firstly, thank you to all of you who have left such lovely comments on my last post.  It's so nice to hear that you like the other gifts that I made!

Now...on to a few more...

I have a couple of uncles so I decided to make them practical gifts - potholders!  Everyone needs those right?  I managed to get hold of some insulated batting so that they'd be heatproof.  I used this tutorial and added some fabulous kitchen-y fabric I got from a scrap bundle at The Fabric Loft a while ago, and made these -


Isn't the fabric great?  And this was such a great project for using up just a tiny piece.  And they're not too girly either.  I also got out my alphabet stamps and made a little tag for them using some freebie labels from a recent issue of Simply Homemade magazine -


Following on from all of the fabric covered notebooks I've been making lately I decided to do a little one for my mum.  She loves Russian Dolls so I decided to do an applique and made a cover for a little A6 sized notebook -

I love the wavy effect of the ric-rac teamed with ribbon! 

I had planned on making a few more things, but what with keeping up with orders, spending time with family and being ill I just simply didn't have the time.  Lesson learned will be to start Christmas preparation in April this year!!

Once Christmas had passed and I did have plenty of time, I decided it was time to make a little something for myself.  Well, the Christmas tree.  We had no angel.... so, using one of my Christmas presents - this book -


I made a very small Tilda Angel.  She's so tiny and cute and only about 8" tall (so took no time at all to make!).  Here she is sat on top of the tree -


She doesn't have wings, partly because a) I forgot and b) I wanted to finish her off quickly while the tree was still up!  This one was really easy to make, but the hair was a little tricky, hopefully next time I'll find it a bit easier.  My Tilda angel was inspired by some that I saw on one of my favourite blogs - Country Kitty.  Federica made some beautiful Angels for her tree and showed them off in this blog post.  I will definitely be making some more of these pretty little Angels, but I'll give them pastel dresses so they're not just for Christmas.  I think I need one in my bedroom...!

I also had a go at making a button heart decoration, these were in the Christmas edition of Mollie Makes magazine and obviously I couldn't resist having a go -


I also had a go at making one in a different colour scheme - a natural background with red buttons -


I had lots of fun spending a couple of evenings with my button collection!

14 comments:

  1. Lovely. Particularly fond of the tree-top angel. Very sweet. (I'm a big Tilda fan too).

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  2. I love all of your makes, especially the angel!! :-) xx

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  3. That's my kind of evening too! Lovely makes.

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  4. What a sweet little angel!
    And a super idea for the uncles. I always find it hard to think of 'handmade' ideas for 'the men'!
    Carly
    x

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  5. Lovely decorations! I can't wait to make more for next year! x

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  6. Hi Rachael,
    Have a look over at my latest blog post - there's a surprise there for you.....
    Carly
    x

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  7. I love the pot holders!! I may well have a go at making a pair of these for my kitchen! :)

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  8. I love those little button heart decorations :-D I also LOVE that notebook!! soooooo cute!! yay!!

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  9. Love the fabric on the potholders, love the notebook cover and I'm blown away by your Tilda angel. I've got a few of her books and have never dared attempt a character, they look so hard! I'm thinking my christmas tree could do with a new angel though...

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  10. Love the book cover - planning to try some applique myself

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  11. dear rachael... wow so much work!!! All lovely crafts as usual! and I am so happy I inspired you with the tilda angel tree topper... she looks so cute.. it's like she was born to be there :) btw, the hair was a bit tricky for me too ... it always is I am afraid.

    A big hug and thank you so much for always being so sweet to me and for all your compliments ^_^

    federica

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  12. I'm having a button moment too! Just found you via Tillymintboutique and Twitter, love your makes!

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  13. Those pot holders look great! Love the fabric, and a good gift idea for men (they are always hard to buy for!)

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