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My handmade Christmas haul

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas. I was thoroughly spoilt this year, and got loads of fab goodies. I took part in the Crafteroo secret santa again, and look at the gorgeous cushion I got from my Santa:

It’s quilted – at least, I think it’s a sort of quilting, it has wavy embroidered lines on the background. And look at how cute the cat’s face is:
I also got some gorgeous handmade jewellery from my friend, Kats (who owns Future Queen Jewels):
 I love these yummy ‘seaglass’ effect beads

 The photo doesn’t show it that well, but the crystal pendant has a slightly twisted shape – lovely!
And Kats also got me this fantastic fennec fox figurine (try saying that quickly three times!):
Lookit the tiny hands! *lovehearts*
He/she (no name yet) is from a fabulous shop which I’ve featured on my Facebook page before – it’s called Bonjour Poupette, and it has the most amazingly cute miniature creatures. 
And finally, I got a few craft books to read. 
I’ve tried embroidery before, and I’ve dabbled in seed beadery, but I want to get to grips with both properly. I will attempt to do that in between making new things for the Crafteroo Pinterest Challenge, which starts in the new year (or, if you prefer, Sunday). More on that very soon….

Handmade Christmas goodies

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas. I did, it was nice and quiet, with lots of good food and lovely pressies. I was thoroughly spoilt and received so many lovely things. I took part in the Crafteroo Secret Santa and an ornament swap (which I organised), and here are some of the goodies I received from my swap partners.

First up, the ornament swap. My partner is Claire Hurd of Claire Hurd Designs. She makes gorgeous felt creations, and I was lucky enough to receive not one, but three beautiful items PLUS a pretty card (which is on display downstairs, so I don’t have a photo at the moment). But look!
They are so beautifully made, such neat stitching. I love them, and am envious of Claire’s sewing skills! I also received this dinky felt brooch:

It looks massive in that photo, but it’s about 1.5 inches wide. It’s made from lovely neutral shades of felt, with stitched detail. Gorgeous! Thank you so much, Claire!

I was also lucky with my Secret Santa partner – lookit all the pressies!

This gorgeous little bowl is crocheted then felted (I think) – it is soooo soft and such a pretty colour. It’s ideal for storing jewellery in, which is exactly what I’ll be using it for. But at the moment, it contains….buttons!

Yummy, yummy buttons! I am already planning what I will use them for. And there’s more!

Amazing ceramic owl buttons in my favourite colours! I love them SO much. And there’s still more….

It’s a lovely soft flower brooch – so pretty. And even the gift tag is beautiful:

Love the fabric used – I may keep this to use as a bookmark!

I am so grateful to my Crafteroo Secret Santa, and to Claire, for making me such lovely things – thank you both! I’m feeling inspired to make things myself now.

Crafteroo Secret Santa

Before we go hurtling into a dizzying whirl of crafts in 2010, I want to show you the lovely goodies I received from my Secret Santa on Crafteroo. The Secret Santa was organised by the splendid Vonnie, and my wonderful Secret Santa was Ali of CraftMatters. She relentlessly stalked me to find out what I would like – to be fair, I was unusually forthright and dropped rather large hints, but I *was* only trying to be helpful to my Santa. *innocent* And it paid off big time, because look what I got. Look!

There’s a beautiful pincushion, in my favourite colours, and the bottom half is crocheted:

Look at the cuteness! And such lovely fabric. It’s even got a pretty button on top:

And there is also an almost matching needlebook:


I haven’t used either yet, but I am hoping to get round to some sewing this weekend. That’s if I can bring myself to stick pins in that gorgeous pincushion – I will be brave. 😉 I also got some yummy wool felt, pins in a dinky tin (I actually needed pins, as my box of bog-standard pins has mysteriously vanished), a spool of vintage thread, and some delicious tea bags and choccie, which also seem to have mysteriously disappeared. *ahem*

Yes, well, moving on, I am thrilled with my pressies, thank you so much to Ali for making them and putting together such a pretty parcel for me (the sequin strands in the first picture are from the wrapping on my pressies) and thank you to Vonnie for organising it all.