Three things to tell you.
1) Show and tell craft.
2) Lovely blog I discovered
3) My advent purchase.
1) I have finished present number three! I am completely delighted, as if I hadn't done this, NOBODY would have got a handmade present. I couldn't give to two of the kids and not the other now could I? (This is my made-up tradition since last year. I make something for the kids each Christmas. Technically I only made one of them last year but the other was from ebay and was 2nd hand and a friend knitted the egg cosies. Actually this is my first year really doing it!)
So this is it.
I found this cardigan in a charity shop a few weeks ago and I felted it. (If anyone wants to know more about felting let me know). It is really soft. Just asking to be made into a cushion, and a feather filled one at that.
When I chopped the arms off it I was able to use some of that to make the flower. Felting is so easy and made the flower really easy to cut, no worries about fraying. I threaded the ribbon round it too to pretty it up a bit more.
I hope my eldest girl really likes this. She fell upon the cardigan when she saw it, she loved it but I told her it was for my crafting. So that solves my dilemma about who gets the dolls quilt.
2) I have discovered a really nice blog called Little Birdie Secrets whilst I looked for ideas on making flowers. It's now added to my side list of blogs I like, and is really worth a look at. Amazing craft ideas.
3) I wanted to show you my Advent House. I saw this in a magazine belonging to my Mum, and immediately bought it. I have been looking for an advent thing for a while now, and when I saw this from John Lewis I fell for it.
It was £30 and I was amazed to see a similar version, except with fewer doors and pictures in Great Little Trading Company, for £45. So I felt well justified in spending the money. 25 little doors or windows just asking to be opened. I squealed in delight the other night when I saw Jamie Oliver had one in his house. I can just imagine this getting old, chipped and faded over the years, and becoming a family heirloom. The kids do love it. I put three sweets in there and then they have to play a game like; 'okay I've thought of three colours, guess which ones.' And then they guess, until everyone has got one right and they got a sweet. Today it was 3 Christmas animals, which were robin, reindeer and em... another robin! Couldn't think of three after I'd told them, lol!
So 3 things for you. A whole themed post, and so soon after the last. What's going on?