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FO Friday – Happy Christmoose!

Happy Friday lovely readers!

With the end of the year, I wanted to thank you all for following my little blog and wish you the happiest of Christmas, surrounded by friends and family. I will be taking a little break next week to enjoy my family as much as I can and I will be back probably around the 1st of January.

I didn’t have many goals for 2017, except to read 30 books and finish 30 craft projects. Unfortunately with the crazy busy year we’ve had (2 house moves, including one overstate, hubby starting a new job, the end of my PhD) I didn’t get much time to just sit and read so I’ve only finished 16 books but I have completed a whopping 45 craft projects (of the ones I wrote down) so I’m still pretty happy with myself 🙂 I will set goals for next year in a post in a couple of weeks or so.

I just have one goal before that, it’s to do a Christmas eve cast on with my first crochet socks! I’m really excited for it and if you have good sock patterns to recommend I would love that as I’m sure I won’t be stopping at one pair!

And now, let me show you my finished Chritsmoose!

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He just turned out so cute I love him! So he has taken residence in my christmas tree as hubby has decided that we should put my crochet in the tree to represent our house better! He is the best!

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Once again, a very happy Christmas to everyone and I’d love to hear if you are doing a Christmas eve cast on 🙂

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FO Friday – something different

Happy Friday!

I hope you’ve all had a great week, my friend left yesterday and I’m a bit sad the she’s gone but on the bright side I’m back full time with blogging! (still the usual 3 x a week , but you know I’ll be able to actually read more and hopefully respond slightly faster, so that’s a win!)

I know I’ve said that I wouldn’t really make any Christmas gifts, but then I actually thought of some really good and fast gifts to make for my nana and my aunty, as them and my grandpa are visiting for Christmas. So, I have decided to hand stitch them some gifts!

You probably remember (if you were following me at the time) that I went to a craft fair in  Brisbane in September? When I was there, I bought some really cute buttons and a cool diy ornament kit from Krazy Kreations.

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Isn’t that going to be super cute? This will be for my nana, but today I want to share with you the finished I made for my aunty.

I spend a good while looking for the perfect fabric for this, as I had a pretty clear idea in mind. This is what I ended with (excuse the poor lighting on the left fabric, it’s meant to be blue!).

I then hand drew the motifs I wanted and used my rusty appliqué skills. I’m super happy with how it turned out, and all that was left to do was to write a cute sentence at the top (it means “hop with happiness” in French, pun intended) and sew on the buttons.

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Did I mention my aunty loves frogs? I think it’s a very effective gift, and I know that she will love it because it has frogs! I can’t wait for her to see it 🙂

How is your Christmas gift making going? I’d love to hear about your more ambitious projects!

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DIY burlap gift bags

Happy Monday! 

With Christmas inching closer by the minute, I’m making sure that all the presents I already have are nicely wrapped and tucked under the tree. 

I’ve been making a few small items to gift this year and I’ve seen some really cute drawstring burlap bags in stores that looked perfect to wrap those gifts. The already made bags were pretty expensive though compared to just buying the burlap so I decided to make my own using stuff I already had at home. 

You will need some burlap, coloured thread of your choice, a needle and as an option you can also use embroidery thread to stitch some festive design at the front of your bag. 


I used already cut burlap sheets, which I cut in half to get a long strip. 


I stitched a candy cane on the front of my furure bag (but really you can stitch anything), making sure to leave enough space at the top to fold over twice in order to hide the raw edge. I did the same on the other short side of the rectangle. 


I then top stitched each of the folded short edges. Making sure I had the wrong side of the stitching facing, I sewed the sides of the bag. Finally, I turned the bag with the right side out and I threaded a cotton cord just underneath the top stitching. 

That’s it! Let me know if you try to make one of those yourself, or if you have any cool and original gift wrap go to 😊

X

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Platypus ornament

Happy Friday crafters! 

This week I’ve been super busy (for a change!). I was on the beautiful Heron Island, south of the Great Barrier Reef. 


I was very inspired by the beautiful landscape there and I started working with the rainbow yarn I got from Salamanca, Tasmania, which I’ll show you next week 😊

But for now, I have finished my platypus ornament, it turned out so so cute! I backed it with black felt and it has a loop to hang it in a Christmas tree. 


I think I’ll be doing more of those in the near future, with Christmas in a few months only 😊

Have a great weekend!

X

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The lights at the end of the road

Almost quite literally this time!

I don’t know if you have that at home, but in Australia, some people have mad skills at decorating their homes for Christmas. Tonight we went to see the runner up and the winner of our area for best light display and it was quite amazing! 

  
I’m afraid that the pics don’t really do the lights any justice, it was truly magical!

And I have finished my Christmas presents at last!

   
 
Bulbasaur is ready to be gifted on Saturday! 

  
And this is part of my secret Santa, for a fishing lover 🙂

Hope you guys are finished or almost there with all your amazing gifts! 

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Emma

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Street inspo and Christmas prep

I just can’t believe it is already Wednesday! 

I just realised that I forgot to post a very cool yarn bombing I came across this weekend.   

This one was my favourite, I didn’t take other pics because I just looked strange taking pictures in the street and also because my dear fiancé wouldn’t stop walking long enough for me to take good pics 😋

I am also happy to say that we have finished putting our tree together.   

I have even made a cross stitch ornament to customise our tree. 

  
And the one last thing, today is #WIPWednesday after all so there is my Tunisian crochet WIP, I’m making a dishcloth using bamboo and cotton yarn in simple Tunisian stitch.   
Hope your week has been productive so far and happy crafting!

😘

Emma

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