Thursday, 30 December 2010

Handmade Christmas present round up

This is a round up of the gifts I made this year. It's not as many as in previous years - I had to cut back a bit or I'd have been holed up in my craft room all year! I started fairly early, October I think, and made a big pile of Christmas cards as well.

This little cloud mobile was easy to stitch up from felt. I made three of them, one for my nephew, one for Jonny's nephew and one for my goddaughter. The raindrops are scraps of cotton fabric.

The quote on the front was hand embroidered. It comes from quite a beautiful little poem by Langston Hughes:

Let the rain kiss you
Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops
Let the rain sing you a lullaby
The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk
The rain makes running pools in the gutter
The rain plays a little sleep song on our roof at night
And I love the rain.

These were presents for my workmates. They are coloured glass nail files, and I made a little sleeve for them from the green openweave ribbon.

Stitched a few beads at the bottom for added sparkle...

... and attached a flower and ribbon at the top. I was going to make one for myself to keep, but of course I never quite got round to that and I'm unlikely to do it in the future!

This wasn't made by me, but for me (yay!) My mum made it - you might recall seeing a similar one in her garden in my first Real Gardens post.

That's it for the round up this year. Did you give or receive anything handmade?


  1. I made lined handbags and a kinder bag for my grandson. Next year I am going to make more. I love the emery board holders. Thanks for the idea. And the heart from your mum is great too.

  2. You're crafts are great, especially love the rain mobile. I used to love making cards and crafting but just find now with the kids theres no where to put it that they can't get into it. Dreaming of a craft room all for myself. Hope you have a Happy New Year.

  3. Just came across this post and loved the chicken wire heart with stones. Any idea how your talented mum made it? Any tips? I'd love one for my own garden.

    1. Hi Michele
      I'm pretty sure it was just cutting 2 pieces of chicken wire to the right shape, then using thin wire to 'sew' them together around the edge. Fill with stones before you have completely sewn them together. Probably a good idea to wear gloves too! Good luck with making your own wire heart :)



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