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Monday, December 8, 2014

A Christmassy day

Believe it or not there's been a hint of Christmas around here lately. This morning I gathered up this bag and a quiche and I was off out the door to a Christmas get together some friends and I have every year.
Ho ho ho here I am ready to go...
A friend has a beach house out at the coast so we always look forward to the day. The weather was a bit overcast but it didn't dampen our spirits.
Someone usually organises a fun easy craft activity. This year we poked 1" squares
of fabric into polystrene shapes. Then sprayed them with glitter glue. Cute.
And always a delicious lunch out on the verandah; everyone brings a plate pot luck style.
After some stitching time it was pressie time. This year's theme was Handmade OR Homegrown.
I got a bit of both...and look at the great use of selvedges on my hand towel!
Decorated hand towels are the flavour of the month around here
as that is what I made too! Plus a spice trivet.
 I was given a spicey scented trivet a number of years ago and thought it would be something a little different to do for today. I found a tutorial *here* at Wendy's Sugarlane Quilts blog. I did double the amount of spices and still wondered if it was smelley enough. Wendy used rice to fill her one; I think mine was filled with wheat, a friend said she has one with buckwheat and I also wondered if crushed walnut shell might be good too? If you want a gift you can whip up pretty easily this is a good one to do. (Wendy's tutorial is for a single piece of fabric as the front, I made a Log Cabin using my feature fabric.)

A lovely day all round, I'm grateful to have friends I can spend the day with like this :-) And looking forward to next year's one already!!

I hope all your Christmas preparations are going well? I've about come to the end of my Christmas crafting - I haven't done nearly as much this Christmas as I have a few other things to start focussing on - like our daughter's wedding next month :-) I've told myself I'm not to start any little gifts that will "only take a short time to make"! It will seem odd to not be sewing right up to the last minute but I hope I can keep this promise!
Happy Christmas month everyone and thank you for visiting,

24 comments:

Lesley said...

What a lovely way to start the Christmas season! Sounds like a perfect day with wonderful friends and lots of sweet Christmasy projects!

Anthea said...

Very enjoyable way to spend some Christmas-y festivities Raewyn! The trivet is a great idea, fragrant or not, it looks so handy.
x

sunny said...

What's better than spending such a lovely day with your crafty friends.

Janet O. said...

That sounds like such a delightful day! I like your gift exchange theme. Those spiced trivets are nice, aren't they? Yours are very cute! : )

Julie said...

Looks like you had a lovely day Raewyn ... good food, good friends & crafting - sounds perfect to me. I love your gifts both given & received - is that Leeannes zuchini pickle by any chance as if so ... it is sooo delicious. Wishing you all the best in the lead up to your daughters wedding next month Raewyn x0x0

Shirley said...

Sounds like the perfect day to relax and unwind. Lovely gifts you have made and received. That wedding will be upon you before you know it. Relieve any pressure by only doing what is needed is my advice. X

Mystic Quilter said...

You've been pretty busy with your gift making, what happy folk there are going to be on Christmas morning.

Leeanne said...

Wasn't it an awesome day! I just had a such a relaxing time. The presents were so beautiful and the food......well my tummy was still full at dinner time :-)

Maria said...

A perfect way to spend a day. The balls lol like fun to make.
All the gifts are great. Love useful ones...

Maria said...

A perfect way to spend a day. The balls lol like fun to make.
All the gifts are great. Love useful ones...

Every Stitch said...

Looks like a great day and a fun craft activity. Have a great Xmas and all the best for the wedding prep!

Sharon @ OSEWDIVINE said...

What a lovely day you had, love the gifts , a nice way to spend a day

Michelle Ridgway said...

What a lovely day. Love that selvage idea on the hand towel and your lovely gift too.

Fiona said...

a fun day with your friends and I do like your towel and trivet... I never seem to get as much done for Christmas as I would like to....
Hugz

Rebecca in AK said...

Sounds like a wonderful day! What is that yummy looking stuff on the plate? A scented trivet is new to me. I will have to check out the link. Those would make great gifts.

Cisca Heiden van der said...

It looks as if you had a lovely day! Lovely gifts also, that trivet looks wonderful, I could almost smell it with something warm on it!
Happy Christmas month to you also, and a happy looking forward to the wedding in January!

margaret said...

what a fun day you had, like the trivet idea, not sure about walnut shells though they cost the earth here to buy.It will make the kitchen smell lovely and when it wears off no doubt you can add drops of essence to refresh it

Susan said...

Looks like a great day out. It can be hard to always do a handmade christmas......I'm sure there is enough to do with the wedding excitement.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

What fun ...

Needled Mom said...

It looks like a wonderful time and a great way to wrap up Christmas preparations.

Sisbabestitches said...

It does seem like a wonderful day was had by all :) Lovely gifts, given and received :) Good luck with your plan, I have just been hit by a 'need' to christmassy make, of course it couldn't have come earlier- like in April lol

Karen S said...

What a great way to spend time together. Gorgeous gifts, too.
I have most gifts out of the way, especially ones that have to be posted O/S. But there are still a few little bits to go.
Good luck with all the wedding plans and preparations. That will be exciting.

Charlotte Scott said...

Sounds like a fun day with friends. The spice trivet is a perfect gift for Christmas time. I remember coasters like that and they smelt great with a hot cup on top. Best wishes to your daughter for her wedding.

Leonie said...

It looks so lovely and a memorable day with your friends. Hope the wedding goes well - exciting times ahead!