Thursday, December 27, 2007

Christmas Wrap Up

So Christmas is over for another year. I hope you enjoyed a lovely day with family and friends as I did. We all ate way too much and my goodness the presents were never ending - not sure where everything is going to go!

And what a few weeks it has been. I did try to do a post last week but blogger ate my photos and I didn't have the time or the inclination to redo them. So here it is - the last couple of weeks activities and some of the crafty projects I completed.

The 15th brought a mad weekend with lots of Birthday parties including Daphne's.

Cupcakes for Daphne's party

Daphne's 2nd Birthday cake


And look at this gorgeous creation!

Daphne's cushion

A stunning bolster cushion made by my girlfriend Michelle.

Daphne's cushion

Isn't it just fantastic!

Daphne's cushion

I love the colours and all the little yo-yos - a gift to absolutely treasure! Thanks Michelle, we really love it.

We finished the weekend with a big Christmas party on the Sunday with my Mother's group. We provide a Kris Kringle gift for the children and I made these for two lovely sisters.

Presents for Emma & Sophie

This is my more basic version of Renata Segtowick's wonderful idea. Renata's are so beautifully detailed - go have a look.

The week following was all about kinder parties, school parties, reports and finishing up the year ready for a good break. I made three tote bags for the girl's teachers but didn't have time to take photos.

Then I finally finished a commission I'd been sitting on for AGES!! Two aprons for my girlfriend to give to some special girls for Christmas.

New aprons

A frilly smock for the little one.

New smock

New Smock

Frilly Smock

And a frilly apron for the bigger one.

New apron

Red Frills

I discovered the new apple fabric at Amitie and it all went from there. It's the most lovely linen weight and just perfect for aprons. I'm really pleased with them and will definitely be making more.

And finally some gifts for my family.

A scarf for my Mum using some gorgeous Japanese fabric I had in my stash.

Mum's scarf

And a bag for my sister-in-law Sacha.

Sacha's bag

I LOVE this bag!!

Sacha's bag

I cut it from a bag I received in a swap which I think is an Amy Butler pattern (anyone know?). Then I just patched part of it, added some flowers and quilted the edges.

I also made some cushions and did a pin cushion swap with my girlfriend but have no photos yet - show you next time along with some photos of the gorgeous ornaments I have received for the Freshly Blended Holiday Ornament swap. But this lot should keep you busy for a while!!

By the way, before I forget, my pay it forward recipients are Fiona, Beth and Ginger. So can you all email me and let me know if you wish to participate and provide your address if I don't already have it.


Ali said...

Glad you had fun. Sacha's bag has me drooling. I need to check back and see if it really is an Amy Butler pattern, because if so, I feel some shopping coming my way.

Lazy cow said...

I just cannot get over how many beautiful things you made during this crazy time! Glad you and your family had a lovely Christmas.

Melody said...

Wow! Your handy work is magnificent. Truly magnificent. What gorgeous gifts you made AND received... No wonder you didn't have time to blog nor photograph for that matter. You have been a busy bumble bee now haven't you?

luv Abby said...

ohhhhh louie everything is soooo beuatiful I luv it all.
I am so glad that your christmas was wonderful.
thanx for sharing everything you have given me so much inspiration.
luv Abby

sue said...

Oh so many lovely things to look at. The little girls aprons are adorable! Must have a look at the apple fabric I think. Your mums scarf is gorgeous, and the bag looks fantastic too. You are so talented and clever with your crafty skills. Did you make the Hi5 cake too. It looks great. Hi 5 is big in our house too with a 6 yr old. Happy Birthday to your daughter!

fiona said...

that bag is amazing!!love the denim that fiona me?i think it is?right?

dizzyjadey said...

Wow! You've been super busy & everything looks fab. I love the sweet family photo at Daphne's birthday and that bolster is just stunning. I love the frilly aprons, too. Is the apple fabric japanese? I haven't seen it around these parts yet.

Stacey (Sheeps Clothing) said...

You've been busy with all that sewing.
The bag looks gorgeous - lovely colours!
Belated happy birthday to your daughter - she's very cute.

Ravenhill said...

There is just so many lovely handmade things to see in ONE post! The pillow for Daphne is so pretty. How lovely to receive such a present. And you have made some incredible aprons! They are magnificent in their ruffely splendor. It is so great to see them on the kids too! Just darling. I could go on... I have just cleaned up my links and added your wonderful blog so I can share your beautiful things with others! Happy New Year!

Thimbleanna said...

Gosh Louise, you've been a busy girl! All the goodies you made are stunning, as usual! The aprons are adorable -- I especially love the kitty fabric -- haven't seen it yet. The bag is awesome too -- love the hand stitching!

Miles Away In France said...

You really are very clever, you have made some lovely things.

Racheal x

KikiMiss said...

How would you feel about making me one each of those aprons for my girls? Name the costs. Pretty, pretty please?

Hi-5 cake and party pics are just superb. I have a thing for girl's birthday parties I think. Especially since I'll be partaking in many of them in my lifetime.

Happy New Year to you and your family.

Amy said...

Louise, I love everything you made. Especially the bag, the flowers on denim and the color combination. Lovely !!! I am sure the recipients are just tickled pink with their handmade gifts. A busy, busy holiday! Hope you are relaxing now..

Beth said...

Sorry for the delay, Louise! I would love to take part in the PIF!

Florence said...

What wonderful aprons! I love the fabrics, but even more so all the lovely ruffles!

Austy's Mum said...

WOW! I love the bag too! You are such an inspiration - the aproins are sooooo cute. Glad to hear you had a fun Christmas with all those birthdays in December. Happy New Year!

shannon said...

I love all the stuff you made here, especially that bag! So cute.

Renata Segtowick said...

Hi, it's good to know my work is reference to another crafters! Nice work you too! Have a nice weekend,
God bless you!

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