I hope you had a great Christmas and a fun time bringing in the new year! My Christmas was spent at the beach with my family – we’ve never been to the beach on Christmas day before, so it was nice to have a few hours relaxing in the sun.
New Year’s Eve was pretty quite, boyfriend and I went out for dinner then spent the rest of the night playing games – then fell asleep before midnight! Must be a sign that I’m getting old…
As for my Christmas presents this year, being a poor student and all, I decided to go with homemade presents for the family. First up – Becs. Having made her polka dot apron last Christmas, I decided to use the leftover fabric to make some matching potholders/oven mitts, which double as hot spots on the table. They took about a day to make, from two layers of black quilting fabric with the polka dot on the top, and wide ribbon as binding. The cupcakes were hand-embroidered, same as on the apron.
Next was Dad. There’s a thing in our family where we always steal his hankerchiefs, so I thought it only fitting to give him some that could be easily identified. I outlined everything in pencil first then hand-embroidered over the top, with his initial and a little picture on each one.
When I told Mum that I was making the other’s presents and asked her what I could make for her, she requested a bag from a pair of jeans like I’d made before. After hunting around I found some jeans that were Billabong brand, her favourite, and topped it off with a homemade scarf in guitar fabric. The patch on the back was hand-embroidered from the detail around the bottom of the jeans.
All were very happy with their presents 🙂 This year I was also charged with table decorations, so I thought I’d try my hand at embroidery there as well. I came up with felt placemats with Christmas trees, and felt coasters with holly and berries, using a mix of hand- and machine-embroidery.
In knitting news – I finally finished the February Lady Sweater! Photos to come soon. Now I’m working on a cricket vest for boyfriend… so much cabling…!