Have yourself a merry little Stashmas…(or, Christmas makes using what you have in the cupboard)

So this year, we moved house, dropped an income have two kids, need new hall carpets and I have a feeling the porch might squeak through this winter if I ignore the damp, but probably not next year. Christmas is expensive -and I love the giving, but not the bills. No-one should get themselves into a penny-pickle over something that should be fun for everyone. I could go on about my loathing of spoiling kids with brightly coloured plastic, but I’ll restrain myself… I don’t have the answer for everyone’s festive-austerity measures, but if all the family-based ‘get back to … Continue reading Have yourself a merry little Stashmas…(or, Christmas makes using what you have in the cupboard)

Chunky Crochet MacBook Cover…

Like Apple but not the generic plastic covers? Or don’t have the budget for a super-swanky leather effort (even though we’d all love one really?) At the end of the day I needed something to protect my new laptop from scratches, dust and damage, so I headed to Craftdays in Saffron Walden to pick up some supplies. You will need:(To cover one 11″ MacBook Air)100g Chunky Wool (grey)100g chunky Wool (pink)Large sheet THICK craft felt (I used lime green as a contrast)Size 5mm & Size 7mm crochet hooksSewing machine (you can hand sew)Darning needleButton10cm contrast ribbon.To Make:Note: the number of stitches … Continue reading Chunky Crochet MacBook Cover…

I love Kilncraft!

So husband tried for about two hours on Christmas morning to try and get me to open the dishwasher…I ignored him/didn’t pick up on the fact that this was a weirdly persistant request until 2 mins before we all piled into the truck to go for lunch…where I found it stacked with this beautiful lot of crocks! I’ve been collecting for about a year -and now am on the hunt for bowls. If you stumble upon a link or source of kilncraft loveliness please send me the link/location and my dresser will be eternally grateful (not to mention making my … Continue reading I love Kilncraft!

All I want for Christmas…

With less than a week to go, I have come to the realisation that I long to be the fairy on top of the Christmas tree, but sadly, due to 6 million mince pies I eat from November through to February, I am only destined to be a dumpy bauble, slightly dented and tucked around the back…either that or the sturdy support for the tree itself. Perhaps if I cover myself with enough glitter and sparkle, and shin my way up the nearest Leylandii the resultant effect on height/aspect/perspective will make me look like I’ve descended from the heavens…probably to end … Continue reading All I want for Christmas…

Mrs Beeton’s Christmas…No pressure then!

This was a from my sister-in-law in a charity bookshop, to add to the collection of Mrs Beeton books…The week before christmas this a) makes me feel quite festive, which hasn’t happened previously, despite -or perhpas because of- battling the crowds on Friday to try and get all the presents, and b) makes me panic a tad about the stuff I have to get done…eeek! Also makes me think of the annual mince pie tastings we tend to engage in -every year we end of trying pretty much every brand going in an attempt to find the best…2012’s winner seems to … Continue reading Mrs Beeton’s Christmas…No pressure then!

On the fifth day of Christmas she started getting her act together…

Cards using stitchery photos -try printed.com Bloody hell I’m running out of time! Having spent most of my maternity leave eating homemade mince pies and musing about Christmas I reach this point where I realise that I’ve done nothing actually productive to make this whole shebang happen… That’s not strictly true, as I have got some cards printed, made some nice lookin’ embroideries as decorations and thought about presents…but still… Things I have thus-far learnt:1. A large well-known toy warehouse (ahem!) is in fact a temple to plastic and ferbies, which if you make it to the pink section in … Continue reading On the fifth day of Christmas she started getting her act together…