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Christmas Advent Calendar Tutorial,Handmade Holiday 2010

Today the girls and I decided to make a Christmas Advent calendar for our family that we will use this year and for many years to come. It was a really  fun activity and didn’t take long at all. We decided to use pinking shears, they are quick and easy to use and the result is such a pretty edging, and of course no seams!

Two different fabrics
Pinking Shears
Sewing machine

This is our cardboard template we used for the bags 5 x 7 inches.

I love this Christmas fabric, I bought it last year and used it as a centrepiece for our Christmas table. Today we just cut a thin slither off the one end to make our little advent bags.

 Fold your material double, place the base of your template on the fabric fold and mark out your bag.

Erin, marking our the hemp fabric.

Cut out your bags with pinking shears, just around the top and sides.

Jen sewing straight up the sides of each bag on the right side of the fabric. The top the bags have been cut with the pinking shears too so no need for a seam there.

 Here are all our little bags, sewn and ironed, 13 in Christmas fabric and 12 in plain hemp.

We hung a ribbon from one end of our fireplace to the other and wrapped the red yarn around the bags and tied them onto the hanging ribbon with a bow. We were going to add pegs but decided not to. We hung the bags alternating the Christmas fabric and the hemp.

Such a sweet project for mama and her girls… I still need to think about what treasures I will be adding to these little bags for Advent, any suggestions? I would love to hear your thoughts…


Thursday Afternoon…

Yesterday, try as I might, I could not manage put a blog post up, Blogger was using a new uploader for photos and turning all of my photos sideways… very frustrating, so I just decided to abandon the idea. Today, I see the old uploader is back, what a relief!
Yesterday our group of knitting and spinning friends met at the most beautiful, quaint little shop, it is called Taryn Jean, the owner sells the most amazing trinkets, both old and new. So many treasure finds to be discovered here. I have my eye on an embroidered tapestry hand bag:) They also serve tea and cake and I will be visiting this wonderful venue each week to knit with friends:) When we arrived they had set the most beautiful table for us and we sat and knitted and chatted for hours…
I just love it…

I have finally hung my Roman blind! I still have to put the rods into the fabric and was just testing the fit in the window. Richard drilled holes into the lintel for me and up it went. I think I am going to rather enjoy sewing! As soon as it is finished I will post another photo:) We have been having a rather slow week, three of my little ones are coughing and I have discovered the most wonderful immune boosting remedy that you can make yourself here using elderberries, honey, ginger and cloves:)



Our Work in Progress etc…

The girls and I went to our favourite craft shop to buy some handwork supplies and they have been so busy sewing…
While we were at the craft shop the girls noticed that they were selling embroidery for little ones and they suggested we buy one for Caiden… Well, when we arrived home he was so excited, he opened the packaging immediately and started to sew…. He sewed all day and that night, eventually he went to sleep and as soon as he woke up he continued sewing, until at last later that day, he was finished! It was a wonderful process to witness, such concentration, completely absorbed in the task he was busy with…
Today his daddy had it framed…
Our sweet pet rabbits scratching around in their new straw…
A new addition has just emerged out of the nursery burrow…
Our candle and lamp lit dinner table…

My love, sitting with me in my workroom, reading while I sew…


Dolls with Slings

Hello everyone,

I have started adding knitted Waldorf inspired dolls to my shop, this one above is a custom order I am busy with for someone. I will be adding more dolls similar to this one above with a sling soon. I do accept custom orders, so if there is a particular colour you would like for a doll, just send me an email at this address:
or send me a conversation on my Etsy shop, and we can discuss what type of doll you would like.
The dolls are knitted in the wool colours that I sell, you can view the wool on my Etsy or here on my blog, under the label Wool on the left side of my blog page. Then you can choose the colours that you would prefer.
I’m so excited, I have just discovered that my Farmyard Animals have been included in An Old Mc Donald’s Treasury right now on Etsy! Here is the link:
Have a great weekend!
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