I've really enjoyed this advent present swap with Mrs HMM. I did feel under pressure at times with having to be clever 25 times in one month!! But we both rose to the occasion and had a thoroughly enjoyable and crafty month. It's even inspired us to start/finish more crafty projects in 2013. We will definitely be doing the advent present swap again next year (shhh, but I've already started LOL). Not so much pressure with 2 presents a month. I think Mrs HMM was definitely more crafty than me and she created some lovely treasures for years to come.
Here is the final wee batch of presents:
Day Twenty Five
|I've always been a BIG Holly Hobbie fan- I completed a huge cross stitch picture as a teenager, many years ago now. This will be a lovely picture to stitch. Mrs HMM has one the same to do as well.|
Day Twenty Four
|Fabric to add to the stash, from one fabricaholic to another. Nothing like enabling the addiction LOL.|
Day Twenty Three
|Another of my obsessions are VW's and here is a very cute little decoration. I think this one will be living on my pin board.|
Day Twenty Two
|Another gorgeous hand stitched ornament. I don't know where she found the time as it's been a busy month in the HMM household!!|
The hardest thing about the swap was the blogging of it :-). I would definitely recommend it as a fun/challenging thing to do.
Mrs HMM is at the family holiday house on the Peninsula enjoying some well earned RNR with her family and Mum. I miss her (we talk on the phone at least five times a day). Can't wait for her to get back so we can share more crafty stitching times.
Here's another project I try to add to each year. When the boys were born, 16 and 18 years ago now I made them each a calico Christmas sack for their booty. Each year I have added a cute button, or hand stitched patch that they chose. Here's Jordy's sack- seems like a lot of work for just a couple of days on display, but I hope it's creating an heirloom for the future, that they will share with their kids.
|16 years of crafty Christmas.|
|Close up- this year's is the Debbie Mumm bird.|
The garden's calling (screaming) for some attention......how do you balance everything you want to do? I'll leave you with a few pretty pictures of flowers:
|Viola Maggie Mott- perennial, this has been such good value- flowering non-stop since being planted.|
|Scabiosa with deep maroon flowers- eye catching.|
Take care and talk soon TTFN Mrs SFP.