Friday 28 December 2012


I hope you all had a very merry Christmas!!  I am pleased to report that the Lumberjack and I were finally recovered from our mega cold bugs and able to enjoy our two Christmas Days!  (One with his family and one with mine).

We were spoilt with great food, company and presents.  I will probably share some of my presents at some point - but for now, I wanted to show you my December monthly make!  A zebra hat for my nephew!!

This was one of his Christmas presents.  My sister-in-law calls him her little zebra, as he had a cute zebra patterned baby-grow coat when he was born.  She loves zebra things for him - so I thought she would love this!  There are various other ones similar to this on the internet, crocheted and knitted.  I ended up making this pattern up myself, though - I'm quite surprised I managed it actually!!!!  (It took me four attempts to work out a way to do the ears!)

It is a bit big, but at least that means he won't grow out of it straight away!  I had tried it on him a couple of times during the making, but it wasn't easy.  I'd popped round, made my brother and sister-in-law leave the room, then attempted to get what I had on his head and work out how much more I needed to do, where the ear-flaps should go etc, while he tried to get it off, wondering why his mad Auntie was fiddling about with his head!  So, it wasn't exactly simple to work out the measurements!

Getting him to keep it on and pose for photos was very tricky, but I did my best!

Cute little angel boy!!!!

It is his 1st birthday today - so HAPPY BIRTHDAY BUTTON!!  One of his presents I gave him today was also following the zebra theme, for his nursery:

It's a Caroline Rose print, from one of her collages, from here.  Caroline was so helpful - the print wasn't for sale in her shop, but it had been there months ago.  I emailed and told her about it, and asked if there was any way I could get one.  She emailed back in no time, knew exactly which print I meant, and had it listed in her Etsy shop in minutes for me!  Thank you so much Caroline, my sister-in-law was delighted!

I'm thinking of writing up the pattern for the hat, and putting it on my blog in case anyone wants to have a go.  Not sure if anyone would be interested, but I might do it anyway!  It would be my first pattern!

This is a bit wordy today - so bye for now.....!

Tuesday 18 December 2012

33 Yesterday!

Hello!  It was my birthday yesterday - 33 years old... how the time flies!

The Lumberjack and I had booked the day off work, but unfortunately we were both ill with a nasty cold virus we'd had all weekend.  We'd planned to do something nice, along the lines of the Winchester Christmas Market and an afternoon tea.  Instead we stayed in sipping hot honey and lemon drinks - venturing out to the chemist for more cough medicine!

We're still ill today - it really is a horrible virus.  But, on a more positive note I was spoiled with lovely presents from him, his family and my family... so here is a selection to show you...

Lovely bunting wrapping paper and butterfly tag from the Lumberjack - I didn't get a picture of the parcels, as I was too impatient to open them!

These are some of my presents.  Kirstie Allsopp Craft, socks, lots of ribbon, a big traditional ceramic mixing bowl, a jewellery/craft box (so pretty, with bunting on!)... and look at the PiP Studio tea plate and matching cup and saucer - picked by the Lumberjack!

I'd not even ever seen the Vintage Knits book before - the clever fella found it himself - it was a nice surprise present!  Here's one of the projects I'm going to try to make:

Lovely wrapping paper from my brother and sister-in-law.

Here's one of the lovely presents from them - gorgeous pretty stitch markers!  I love them!

This fleece and fabric scarf is another present from them - I've got it on now to keep me warm!

And these lovely fabrics are one of the presents from my parents.  Gorgeous!

I won't bore you with any more, but I was very lucky!  I just wish we had been well, but we'll have to have a nice day out in January to make up for it.

Saturday 15 December 2012

Christmas Crafting

Hi!  Thanks for all the lovely comments on my last post.  It did amuse me to see the Lumberjack surrounded by girlie colours!  He didn't mind, though!

My Christmas crafting has been pretty rubbish really - I had so many ideas rushing around my head, but have not managed to achieve much.  One thing I have finished is the name of my nephew, on his Christmas Sack!

I can't claim credit for making the sack - my brother and sister-in-law got it for him from Next, for his first Christmas, and asked if I'd add his name.  It's one that he'll bring out every year and will hopefully be one of his happy Christmas traditions!

They're just letters cut out of felt and sewn on, so nothing too complicated, but I think it works well with the sack.

I'm working on another couple of handmade presents for my nephew for Christmas and his birthday (a few days after Christmas - some followers may remember from this post).  I will have to reveal those after they have been received, as I don't want my sister-in-law seeing them!!!  The little darling has taken over all my Christmas crafting - everyone else will miss out, hehe!

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