As I mentioned towards the end of last year I’m going to be doing a Handmade Christmas this year and along with that I’ll also be celebrating ‘holidays’ as the Americans call them.
Thus far I have done a Waitangi Day (New Zealand Day) and Valentine’s Day display. Both of these were rather low key and the photos will form part of the end-of-year review.
St Patrick’s Day is next, but in the meantime here are my yarn wreaths that I created at one of our family Crafternoon’s last month.
They are really quick and easy to make, probably an hour each plus the crochet flowers.
I used polystyrene wreath forms but you could apply this effect to other bases. For the multi-coloured wreath I chose four different ‘Easter’ coloured skeins of wool. Pulled off about four or five double arm lengths of each colour, tied them together with a knot and secured it at the back with a pin, then wrapped it around the form. I did two completed wraps to give it a good solid covering and create the right look. For the crochet flowers, which my sister did as I am still a novice crocheter, we chose two of the four colours and then added an extra accent with a third colour in the form of a button.
For the beige wreath, with is very neutral, it’s a type of cotton but the concept is the same. Draw out 4 or 5 double arm lengths, secured at the back (for this one I actually tied the new length to the old rather than using pins) much easier when it’s just one strand of the yarn. This form also has a double layering. With a single yarn you need to take more care with ensuring there are no gaps. There’s just a single crochet flower on this (as I was nearly out of yarn), and a pearlised shell button.
I’m really happy with how they turned out. They were very easy. I’ll keep the multi-coloured one as it is but the beige one could easily have colours added to it (and remove the flower if necessary) to make it fit with the other themes throughout the year. I have another smaller wreath that I have wrapped with some ribbon that will be part of the Easter blog, and a much larger one that at present is wrapped with white tulle which will also feature in a future post.
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For the past few Christmases I’ve been making at least some of my Christmas presents, a few easy decorations, the advent calendar last year, and wreaths. I love how they look and now with the move to the new (very old) house I’m tempted to make some more decorations and other decor items a little trickier than just wrapping some twine around a polystyrene ring!
So I’ve decided that 2014 is going to be be the year of ‘Sonya’s Handmade Christmas’. Each month my family have crafting afternoon and I haven’t really made anything of substance, so the plan is to have one project a month to make that at the end of the year is part of my handmade Christmas.
Because I’m such a theme queen I’m going to need to decide on the colours for each room and where each item I make is going to go before I start work on it. I would like to make several different versions of the some item if I have time, eg; bunting. For the lounge if I stay with my current theme the burlap and black,then I would make a burlap garland and then in the hall perhaps a knitted one similar to the one below.
So there it is, the first resolution for 2014 (which I may even start in 2013!).
Merry Christmas everyone, I look forward to sharing my Handmade Christmas journey with you!
Day Nine is the first ‘giving’ card – this one is present for Hartleigh’s teacher Mrs Van Kooten. I had several items for him to choose from and he decided on the little tin herb planter (sorry no photo before we wrapped it).
Hoping she liked it!
Today’s Advent Calendar was for Hartleigh to choose one of the two goodies I had created for him. This one contained a Kinder Surprise egg which is asks for every time we go to the supermarket and it contained Lightening from the move Cars – one of his favourites, along with this blue window chalk pen with which he promptly went and wrote on his window. I love the cute tree he drew too!
So Day One was a breeze, mostly because we had already completed it before he even opened the envelope! Day Two Hartleigh’s quest was to write a letter to Santa. To be honest I was expecting a five page list, however this is actually short and sweet.
We’ll post this off and see what Santa can do about delivering on these requests!
For those of you who follow this blog you will already know that I decided to create a homemade personalised advent calendar for my 7 year old son this year. My intention is to blog each day with what the calendar said and what we did. Here is Day One.
Yes, I cheated, we already did this! Originally I had planned for Mr 7 to do his own tree but then my OCD took over and I wanted to surprise him with a cool Christmas room. However, he did a lovely surprise from his dad, a Lego Advent calendar!
First day of spring brings with it so much promise. Warmer weather, closer to summer, longer days, and Christmas just around the corner.
I haven’t been keeping up with my intended crafting, but need to make sure I stay on track to ensure that everything is done before Christmas.
I’m also keen to post some more Snapguides, including a fabulous new cleaner, and some glass decorations.
I’m also keen to kick up the weightloss and add some exercise into my routine. I still haven’t had my powerplate sessions so need to book those before the voucher expires!
I was going to have a dry September, but that only lasted about 15 -16 hours as I had a wine with a friend this afternoon, but it was such a beautiful day, the sun was out, and we sat on the deck, so a glass of wine seemed necessary.
We actually had a soak at the mineral pools too which was lovely, my skin feels really soft, and I bought some of their awesome water to not only help with weightloss but also because of the minerals it contains to make my skin healthier too.
My goal for September is to have a total loss of 15kgs will be half way to goal – I’ve been hovering around 10 – 11kgs for weeks now, and I need to get back on track otherwise I’m going to be upset with myself in summer when I don’t fit into the clothes I want to!
I think the wine today will be the last for the month, time to knuckle down and get this done!
Happy spring everyone!