Mini Christmas wreaths

Christmas wreath 1

Christmas wreath 2

Christmas wreath 3

Christmas wreath 4

I have spent way too much time out of my craft room over the past few years, but this autumn I felt a pull back into it. Maybe it's the reshuffle of the room reminding me about the really cool crafting supplies I own, or the many hours I've spent on Pinterest pinning really cool stuff that I wanted to make. The creative juices have been bubbling over and I've loved every minute.

In an attempt to use up some of my odd half yarn balls I thought yarn wrapped polystyrene rings was a great idea. Embellishing options are endless and I was torn between pom poms, needle felting, crochet snow flakes and knitted robins. Actually I'm really keen to make seasonal and occasional wreaths so I can just change them up every few months!!

So here is some detail:
The polystyrene rings are from Hobbycraft.
Yarn is Rowan cocoon (grey and green) and Rowan creative focus worsted (red) left overs.
The bells came from eBay and the ribbon from my stash.
The santa is needle felted using wool roving from Art Van Go in Knebworth
The little tree is from Tim Holtz Christmas collection adorned with tiny beads individually stuck on (!!!)

Christmas wreath 5

Thank you Pinterest for the inspiration! And thanks for visiting.

C xx

Christmas yarn craft

and joining Ginny with yarnalong

Yarnalong 23 12 15

This week has all been about Christmas and a little yarn craft has been thrown in the mix. I had planned bed socks and earwarmers but time was against me so simple washcloths was what I managed.

I wrapped them all before taking photos but i'm on a mission to make some for home and a few to send out to friends as 'new year gifts' (ie late Christmas gifts!), so I will take photos and also share the pattern.

After no reading on holiday I am back into WILD and once again loving sharing this journey of self discovery with the author.

I'm taking a break over the festive season and will be back in full force on the 4th of January. Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year! See you soon.

Ciao xx

Lets talk about Christmas

As crafters we are always working in the next season. It's barely autumn but my mind is firmly planted in winter and thoughts of knitting warm jumpers and cosy blankets to crochet. I'm also in Journal Your Christmas planning mode and have been thinking about (and buying) what album and papers to use.

It took me a while to get into the Journal Your Christmas project, always starting with good intentions and then never finishing. A few years ago though I went for a slightly different format and chose a simple A6/A5 lined journal to use each day to write a little story inspired by the daily prompt. Some days it's based on the current year and others involved digging deep to find a childhood memory. Then after Christmas I could relax and use my journal as inspiration to create the pages in my JYC album.

This method has worked well for me and I now have a little collection of JYC albums.

Christmas album collection

I have been using Simple Stories products for the past few years. I love the albums, variety of page protectors and paper collections.

Christmas album

This year I have chosen the Claus & Co paper line. The collection kit is packed full of elements which are perfect to use with the multi pack page protectors. In addition I ordered the basics kit, photo stickers and bradz.

Christmas papers

An A5 paper journal, a few sheets of white cardstock, adhesives, stamps and inkpads will complete my JYC kit and i'm ready to go.

This year we will spend early December in Cape Town and I am looking forward to capturing images of a hot festive season having not had one in over 10 years! It will be fun to document the differences and i'm looking forward to reliving some childhood memories.

Just 15 weekends :)

Ciao xx