Wednesday 30 December 2009

Kirsty's Handmade Christmas

So, as promised, some photos of Christmas presents I made for members of my family..

First up, a driftwood boat and hanging lavender fish for my brother and his girlfriend...

A chicken doorstop for my mum...

This is an apron I made for my nan...I nearly bought one as I didn't have a piece of suitable fabric that was big enough. Then I discovered a pair of brand new tea towels...I laid them together so that the bottom one overlapped the top one to make a pocket, stitched along the bottom of the 'pocket' and up the sides. Then I simply shaped the sides and stitched on some spotty ribbon around the neck and waist and, hey presto!

I'm sure she appreciated it more than if I'd simply bought one.
Next up a mobile for my sister (as requested)....
A pair of lovebirds for one of my nieces...

And a rather jolly owl cushion for my other niece - one of a range of childrens cushions I am currently designing - more on that soon!

I particularly like the button detail on the eye!

Phew! That's all folks! Which is your favourite?

Sunday 27 December 2009


I still can't quite believe it, our little baby turned seven today, I don't know where the time has gone!

As this blog is the closest I get to keeping a diary, I just wanted to say to you, Buddy, you are as beautiful inside as you are out, and we all love you very much!

Wednesday 23 December 2009

Happy Holidays

Two more sleeps!! I still have stuff to do, but my last order was sent out a couple of days ago, and that is cause for a large glass of mulled wine! I still have a couple more pressies to make - I will show some photos of them with my next post, don't want to spoil the surprise for anyone!

Thought I'd share some snaps of our lounge....Can you make out the antique sled in the fireplace? I found it in a junk shop years ago. Usually we stand our tree on it, but the tree was bigger than usual this year - nearly touching the ceiling! You may also notice the old wooden ice skates hanging above - if this cold weather continues, I may get to use them this year!

My sister just gave me some cut alphabet stamps for my birthday (21st Dec) so I was busy last night making some gift tags. I seem to be using my bakers twine for absolutely everything - it was such a good buy!
Anyway, I sincerely wish you all a most Merry Christmas!

Monday 14 December 2009

Christmas Makers Market (Part 2)

So that's the last of my Christmas Fayres for another year! Here is a photo of my little pitch, I wish I had taken a picture from further back, because I was in front of a huge window with a beautiful view of St Andrews Church in Ashburton - and with bright sunshine and blue skies, it made for a truly amazing backdrop!
Anyway, I'm not going to bore you with my wares, you've seen them all before, instead I thought I'd share some photos of some other work on display. Here are some of my favourites...

First up, these love birds by textile artist Rose Tydeman. Her felt birds are so vibrant and beautiful - just like her! I love the intense colours - you can see more of her work here.

This sweet little folk angel by Kathryn Craddock caught my eye...

My absolute favourite work for sale was that by kinetic sculptor Michael Chaikin. These copper reindeer were simply stunning. I would have loved a set of eight, but at £45 each they were slightly over my budget!

And check out his copper shark, which moves in a remarkably lifelike fashion when nudged or is blown by the wind (it is intended to be hung outside.) I'm afraid my photo doesn't do it justice at all, it was awesome! I was thrilled for him when a couple bought it to hang above their swimming pool (how the other half live!) You can see more of Michael's work here.
Anyway, I enjoyed the event thoroughly. It makes a refreshing change to escape being 'just a mum' for a day and you always meet lots of interesting people and a few barking ones as well!

By the way, I sold the Mistletoe Robins!

Tuesday 8 December 2009

Christmas Makers Market

I've probably left it far too late to advertise this, but if any of you locals have any time to spare this coming weekend, why not come to lovely Ashburton and check out the Christmas Makers Market? There is also a preview on Friday evening from 7-9, where you'll be able to browse at your leisure with a cup of mulled wine and a mince pie - heaven!! If that isn't enough to tempt you, let me tell you that Ashburton is a beautiful market town with a stack of boutiques, gift and antique shops, plus an amazing deli. It's really worth a visit - and a great place to do a bit of last minute Chrimbo shopping!

So as well as selling my robins and tree decorations (see previous posts) and driftwood boats and cards (ditto above) I will also have to find a space for these little fellas cuddling up under the mistletoe!

As I mentioned in my last post, I left it a bit late to make any more and sell them online, but it's something I may do next Christmas, when of course I will be much more organized!!
If anyone desperately wants one though, leave a comment and I will do my best to oblige!
And please come to see us in Ashburton, it would be lovely to meet you!

Sunday 6 December 2009

Happy Birthday...

to my scrummy niece Molly - here's what I made for her pressie...

I am actually pretty fed up of making these birds now, but it was nice to do a variation - 4 birds perched on a driftwood stick held up with wire and hung from a piece of sheer ribbon. Now I've gone and got more ideas for Christmas robins and there's only 5 days until my last Christmas Fayre! Talk about leaving it until the last minute!

Oh and here's a shot of her birthday card to match. Have a great week folks!