Its getting to that time of year when people are starting Christmas shopping in earnest and a lot of my making time is spent recreating versions of things already available in my shops to fulfil customer orders - this week i have been mostly painting Union Jack baubles, several of which are now on there way to various corners of the globe!
However, i have also found time for designing some new things and i've got a few, in various stages of completion, to share with you today.
Patchwork Holly Leaf Decorations With Pom-Pom Berries
I've got lots of scraps of Christmassy fabrics left over from various festive makes and i've been looking forward to getting them together to make some patchwork for decorations - patchwork being one of my my favourite things!
So far i have made these holly leaves...
I used super soft, fine mohair/cashmere blend yarn to make mini pom-poms as the berries and i think they look really cute, i hope you do too :)
I've also made up some more patchwork ready for cutting out more holly leaves and possibley some other shapes too...
... i have loads of ideas i'd like to try out but progress will depend on how much time i have outside of fulfilling customer orders!
Autumn Pumpkin For Halloween
We've grown some fantastic pumpkins on our allotment this year but i almost didn't get round to carving one for Halloween this week - there just seemed to be so many more 'important' things on my to do list! In the end though i thought life is too short not to do the fun stuff so i spent a happy hour hollowing out one of the pumpkins and carving out this Autumn themed design.
I'm pleased with how it turned out and its still adding a cheery glow to our living room in these longer darker evenings. I made a yummy roast pumpkin soup out of the insides too - one of my fav tastes of Autumn :)
I also made some Halloween themed shortbread biscuits earlier in the week - ghosts, witches hats and grave stones, they were a bit camera shy though and got eaten up before i could get a pic!
What did you do to celebrate Halloween?
Nature Finds Christmas Tree Cards
Finally for today, i'd love to get your thoughts on these potential Christmas card designs. They are photos of Christmas tree shapes i made from my collection of nature finds... they appeal to my tastes but i'm wondering if they would fit with most people's idea of what a Christmas card should be... does it matter that they're not 'sparkly'? I'm on the verge of getting some printed up so it would be fantastic to get your thoughts. Here they are...
And that's all from me for another week! Do join me over at Handmade Harbour for lots more crafting fun though :)
Have a great week! x