christmas crafting 2009

I'm on holidays. Totally. Two weeks. Bloody awesome. I'm going to craft just for crafting/gifting sake, not for sale. A nice feeling.

This year my festive baking is cookies in a jar minus the nuts, as per Bakerella, cherry and cinnamon biscotti from Donna Hay Dec/Jan issue and cinnamon roasted almonds from Instructables. That cute deer graphic on the packaging below I pinched from Eat, Drink, Chic.

For the humbugs below I used butchers paper and Japanese Washi Masking Tape to decorate. These were our "crackers" for our work lunch. They had balloons, poppers, hats, chocolates and other small gifties in them. Always a hit with the crew, a small business of 7 people so thankfully pretty quick to put together.

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another distraction from the lack of my crafting

Well I have made some stuff but no photos yet. So instead here's a list of tutorials/ideas from 2009 that I want to remember or try someday. Most of these have posted over at whipup this year. So, in no particular order:

Wild Things tote

Diorama Ornaments

Felt Ball Wreath

No glue CD case

Fabric pumpkin

Dresden plate


Knitted owl pin

25 tea cosies to make image from elbooga

Transfer inkjet images to wood

Faux vintage quilt fun

Polymer clay apple charm

Teapot quilt block

Cluster of glee (the name of this one tickles me!)

Wool felt applique in hoop

Fireworks cards

Origami wrap

Tessuti's favourite top

Salt dough ornaments

Modern vintage potholder

How to make a pinwheel

Homemade vanilla extract

Stack and nested boxes

Silk pillow pattern

Felt ball

Recycled paper bow

Nesting doll shakers

Matchbox advent

Apple placemats

Sewing with knits

Cardboard stampede

Rub-on canvas

Clothesline quilt

Fabric covered moleskine

Tiny knitted bunny

Mimi Kirchner doll

String quilt block

Photos used in mosaic sourced from each of the links above. 

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no crafting content, but how about a cute dog?

Hi! Crafting is stalled but you know I have the usual GRAND holiday plans to sew a bucket load of quilt tops and make inroads to a bunch of other crafty goodness. I've already dobbed myself in to sew napkins and a table runner for Christmas lunch. Yeah I know, I can hear you all coughing *bullshit* behind your hands. If I get one quilt top done, I'll be a happy lady.

In the meantime, can I distract you with a dark, blurry video of Teddy's pre-walk performance? No? Too bad.

Back soon with, fingers cross, crafting content.

how-to: print, cut and glue your own festive garland

Hi! Counting down to the festive holiday, I don't know about you guys but I am looking forward to a break.

I've just posted a garland tutorial over at whipup, there are 6 templates to choose from and information on how to make your own festive garland like the one below.

2 winners of Mixtape zine are Uglygirl and Andrew D, email me your postal addresses. Thanks to those that entered.

Have a great Friday!

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