Tomte Santas!


By Judith on November 22, 2017
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Hi there!

 

How is your week going so far?

 

The refurbishment of my new classroom is going well, though keeping me so busy!  The walls (which were royal blue and purple!!) are now clean and crisp white! It looks even bigger now!

 

For my open day on 9th December I’m hoping to have a Christmas display.  And I knew exactly what to make to help decorate it.

 

Tomte Santas

 

I made so many of these last year, that they became affectionately known as my ‘tipsy tomtes’ because of a few ‘bottom issues’ I had with them.

 

Tomte Santas

 

This time, I bought round curtain weights as per the original pattern, and all bottom issues were resolved!!

 

So despite a slight tilt (and the usual glue fight!), my tomtes are not so tipsy anymore!

 

Tomte Santas

 

The pattern was originally in a Pretty Patches supplement last December, and you can read more about it here.

 

Tomte Santas

 

So this festive trio will be set out this weekend as I start dressing the classroom, and I promise to take some pics this time!

 

Happy sewing!

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Giveaway Winner!


By Judith on December 27, 2016
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Well that’s Christmas over for another year! Phew!

 

I hope you all had fun and didn’t eat too much!

 

 

Thank you so much everyone for entering my giveaway and filling out my little questionnaire.  It has been a wonderful 6 year celebration!

 

Your feedback and suggestions are enlightening and valuable, and I will use them to shape how and what I blog about to best meet your needs.

 

And on to the important business of who has won my Joel Dewberry blogiversary giveaway.

 

 

I’m delighted to announce that the winner is …………..

LEIGH MORGAN

 

Congratulations Leigh!  I have emailed you directly!  Your winnings will be en route to you very soon.

 

Thank you all for taking part!

 

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Gingerbread Men Garland


By Judith on December 17, 2016
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My uni daughter loves Gingerbread men biscuits, Gingerbread houses, Gingerbread scented candles – just about everything Gingerbread!!

 

So I knew the perfect gift to make for her ‘room away from home’.

 

 

I sourced some brown felt online and fiddled about with the size of the template until I was happy! I cut out 12 men.

 

Then I fixed some heavy weight sew-in vilene to the wrong sides of the front men, and sewed on the ric rac trim.

 

Buttons and embroidered faces finished the fronts.

 

Gingerbread Men Garland

 

A long time ago a good friend bought me a spool of Liberty of London twine, and I knew it would be perfect to string up these gingers!

 

Not wanting to have loops coming out of the tops of the heads, I machine tacked a continuous length of twine onto the wrong sides of the ‘back men’.

 


Then I sewed the fronts and backs together, at first with a top stitch on the machine, close to the edge, and then I blanket stitched the edges by hand using Aurifil Wool 12wt.

 

 

 

I’m really pleased with how these cute fellas turned out!  And so is Uni daughter! It will be so lovely having her home for a few days at Christmas.

 

 

If you’d like to have a go yourself at some gingerbread men ornaments, you can get my free template here.

 

Gingerbread Men Garland

 

 

Along with my Tipsy Santas, this has been one of my favourite Christmas makes this year!

I hope you enjoy making them as much as I did!

 

Happy sewing!

 

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Almost Autumn!


By Judith on August 28, 2016
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It would seem that Autumn is just around the corner!

Crawfordsburn Aug16


Lots of evidence of it today on our lovely picnic and walk around Crawfordsburn Country Park.

Crawfordsburn Aug16
Crawfordsburn Aug16
Crawfordsburn Aug16
Crawfordsburn Aug16
Crawfordsburn Aug16
Crawfordsburn Aug16

Of course that means a new term of sewing projects for me.  Can you guess what type of projects I’ve started working on?

I’m not even going to mention the ‘C’ word, but that’s how I’ll be spending my last few days of summer!
Happy sewing!
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