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.