Love Crafting!

On Saturday, Mum and I, together with the 11 year old daughter of a friend of mine, went to the Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycraft Show at Westpoint, Exeter. Mum and I have been most years but it was delightful to take my friend’s daughter too, because I got to see the show through fresh eyes. She’s been coming to us for sewing lessons after school and loves crafting and as we walked in, a huge smile came across her face!

There wasn’t much in the way of yarn and fabric at this show – there never usually is to be honest – it’s more of a paper and bead crafts show, but there was still a lot I could have spent my money on.

There were a lot of kits at the Pinflair stand which I could have bought, but I did limit myself to the Christmas Tree Surprise Kit.

I’m particularly excited about the needle felting kit though. I’ve never done needlefelting before so Mum and I thought we’d have a go. She bought a couple of different kits: one is a picture and the other two bunnies.

I’m all excited to get on with some crafting now… but I just don’t know where to begin!

Our homemade Christmas

If you’re in the UK you may have seen a mini series called Kirstie’s Homemade Christmas.  For those who don’t know, the presenter, Kirstie Allsop usually presents a property show, where she and her co-presenter help people find their ideal house.  But she also likes crafts and interior design too.  So earlier this year she had a series called Kirstie’s homemade home, in which she was renovating a holiday home in North Devon and she decided to “make” a lot of the little things such as lampshades and fire pokers and a knitted draft excluder. However I’m not entirely convinced how much she actually made herself!  Anyway, last week she had a Christmas mini-series, making Christmas decorations and things for the Christmas table like crackers and embroidered napkins and place settings and candles etc.

Well we’ve been doing our own version of a Homemade Christmas and we think ours in much nicer!

Firstly there’s this Christmas tree ornament – a little padded star.  Just two lots of 6 diamond shaped pieces sewn together with a little bit of wadding in between.  Ideal way to use up those little scraps of material that you might have in your stash.

Christmas tree star

Then there’s the Merry Christmas banner.  It only took 5 fat quarters (you can get about 3 letters out of a quarter) and then strung up with some ribbon.

Merry Christmas

She also made these amazing card hangers.  They have pockets in which you can put the cards.