Saturday, October 15, 2011

This year I'm aiming for modest and achievable

Hi all, Marie here from A sewing Odyssey. I'm so excited that Crafty Christmas Club is back again...thanks Tilly! It's such an inspirational space and I really enjoy stealing seeing other people's ideas!

Last Christmas, I gave you my heart my plans where too ambitious for my tight time-scale and as a result, I didn't finish everything. So this time round I'm being realistic. My time is pretty limited again and I also selfishly have too many of my own sewing projects on the go. So my rather modest 'to make' list is as follows:

Luxurious coat hangers for a couple of special ladies in my life with very special frocks in their wardrobes. This tutorial came from a free Cath Kidston Sew & Make booklet that came free in last week's Telegraph newspaper.

I've photographed the booklet, so hopefully if you click on the picture it will become large enough for you to read. If it doesn't and you're interested, just comment below and I'll try to get it scanned in instead.

Super cute lavender bags. I plan on making them in sets of threes - two birdies and a heart! I haven't decided how many sets I'll be making yet. Again, this came from the same booklet I mentioned above.

As above I've photographed the booklet, but if you can't read it by clicking on the picture, let me know below and I'll try to get it scanned in as well.

Here's the template – you can print this and scale it up to your required size by scanning it (the tutorial recommends scaling it up by 400%).

A Colette Negroni for the boyfriend made with the snuggest, softest flannel ever! Without the boy I wouldn't even have a sewing machine, yet I've never to sew him anything to thank him. So this is a great opportunity to do so methinks! I'm sure I'll be referring to Peter's excellent-looking tutorial  once I get started!

I love receiving edible Xmas gifts, but I've never got round to reciprocating. I'm thinking fudge, because it's delicious, can be made in advance, has a decent shelf life and can be packaged beautifully.

The recipe which appeals to me most is for this delicious-sounding Peanut butter fudge. I will have to make two types though, as not everyone shares my obsession with peanut butter! So the second flavour is a toss up between these:


And that's it really! 

I've literally just started learning how to knit, so sadly I don't fancy my chances of knitting gifts this year. I'd absolutely love to give it a go next Christmas though!

I'm hoping to stay focussed and strong regarding my list, but you talented lot keep coming up with awesome ideas that are tempting me!

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