Caroline: Christmas Crafting

(Reposted via Caroline’s personal blog, second hand shopper)

Well, I wanted to schedule this post to go live between Christmas and new year, but then there was the whole stranding thing, and everything got squidged into a ridiculously short time and, well, scheduled posts got lost at the bottom of the to-do-list-bucket. Still, better late than never, right? Here are a few of the bits I made up for Christmas gifts this year:

Firstly, little elvish slippers for wee feetses, based on a design I spotted somewhere on the internet ether and am now unable to trace:

This first pair were made for my neice, Emily, and stuffed with goodies including dolly mixtures, candy canes, a handmade felt stocking tree decoration and handmade flower barettes. In fact, sets of barettes (from this Purl Bee tutorial) were also made up for my neice, Maria, and another little girl I know, alongside another, slightly girlier pair of slippers:

(Lined with a Disney Princess mini-fleece purchased from Poundland)

Then came this Partridge in a Pear Tree mobile, which I ended up keeping myself, but used as an inspiration piece for a gift that’s still to be given and so is still under wraps! The pears proved a great way to use up fabric scraps and odd buttons, and I used glass beads as weights to make sure everything balanced:

Of course, I couldn’t waste my newly-discovered crochet skills! After Kate blogged Blair Peter’s granny square scarf on the sew make believe blog, I got happy with my hooking and made up two as gifts:

Finally, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a bit of baking!
My fudge went seriously awry, but the gingerbread cookies worked out just fine!

I hadn’t time to ice them myself, so instead attached a couple of icing tubes to each tin or jar, so that the kids could decorate their own!

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