Happy New Year to sewers everywhere!
Christmas in Cornwall was, as always, a quiet and relaxing affair – in part due to the fact that there is no internet available! We spent much of our time walking the dog, dodging devastating downpours and bracing blizzards (love a bit of alliteration!) to be rewarded with some mornings of glorious sunshine. Most walks were along our favourite stretch of beach or along the cliffs towards a lighthouse that I have, over the years, photographed from most angles! This was one of the calmer mornings – at some points over the holidays it became so windy that it was difficult to stay standing in one spot for very long at all!
I did spend a little time making festive gifts – some of which will be put away for next year (so be warned!). I always find that I only want to sew decorations over Christmas, or in November or December – this means there is never enough time to complete everything that I want to.
The Christmas robins are a very simple pattern that I drew myself and the little felted mice are made using a Barby Anderson tutorial. They are very satisfying to make, but nowhere near as good as the felted work that she produces – check out her site if you have a spare moment.
Christmas this year held the added excitement of a gift from my secret Stitching Santa, which turned out to be from Nicky of Sew and Snip. It was the first gift that I opened as I had been dying to find out what was inside such a lovely looking parcel. Well, I wasn’t disappointed!
The present was wrapped in festive material, which I am sure I can put to good use and lots of lovely ribbon and trims. Inside the parcel were more gifts…..
A lovely ‘cork-look’ bag with tassel and detachable handle and matching brooch – then a second smaller bag which will be great to carry any dog treats in!
And finally, a selection of different textured threads and a little handmade star for the Christmas tree. Thank you so much Nicky, I loved it all and thank you also to Sheila of Sewchet for organising everything – I will certainly be looking out for this again next year.
Those mice are wonderful… I’m off to follow the link right now!
She produces some wonderful work – if you like needle felting.
It sounds like a lovely Christmas! I’m the same as you with the decorations- was literally putting in the final stitches as time to depart for midnight mass fast approached! I love your robins, very cute.
Your gift is fantastic! What a lovely present to receive. All the best for this year.
Happy New Year! Love the decorations you made! After looking at your holiday photos I’m looking forward even more to my road trip with the kids around Cornwall in early June 🙂 Hopefully without the rain though!
So glad you liked it all😃 Did you find the bookmark too? Can’t see in the pic but should have been in the orange gift bag.
Hope you had a fantastic time in Cornwall, if only I’d know you were going to be so close to my hometown of Plymouth…I could have hand delivered your gift!!
No, did not find a bookmark – checked all the wrapping and will now go through my other things. Loved everything, thank you for all the effort that you put into it. Lovely time in Cornwall thank you and drove past right past Plymouth !
😞It was a flat metal one with a dangly sewing machine on it. Tissue paper was different from the rest as lady in shop wrapped it.
Yes, got it! How silly of me – I am using it in my book at the moment! Forgot to photograph it. Thank you.
Glad you found it 😃
How wonderful to have no internet access for a while and be forced to get creative! I’m with you in only making Christmassy things in the immediate run up to Christmas. Love those mice!
Thank you – they are fun to make.