The handmade gift giving post is definitely coming, but in the meantime I found this photo of the coasters that I crocheted for my Mum to pop with her Christmas present. I know that I've talked about this coaster pattern before, but it's a real keeper and the colour combinations are endless.
A sheer sigh of relief came over me when I finally finished this blanket and I'm pretty excited to have this wrapped and ready to give to my little nephew this Christmas. There were a few sketchy moments when I didn't think I'd make it, but can happily report that I finished adding the border a good week or so before the big date is due to arrive.
Recently I signed up for Jodie's Christmas swap and was a bit busting to get started, so had my goodies ready to post before our swap partners were allocated. It felt really nice to be able to pop them in the mail last week.
This last minute handmade Christmas making business is quite fun and although they're a bit wonky, these rope baskets were a joy to make. I want to try stitching them in a bigger size too, but I might do that after Christmas is all over as I still have a few other gifts to finish off first - like the larksfoot blanket for my nephew.
Some pretty sparkly cotton caught my eye at the local wool store yesterday and after buying myself a few balls of it, I got to work that night on a Christmas table runner. It crocheted up super quickly and although a teensy bit frustrating to use (the silver metallic thread snapped about 10 times) I'm so happy with the end results. I think it took about 5 solid hours all up - yes, I stayed up far, far too late.
I've ticked another handmade gift off my long list of Christmas making ideas - six jars of delicious apple butter. The darling crystal preserving jars are from Woolworths. I finally tracked them down after a lovely blog reader let me know that they were in stock at a store near town. I decided to make the trip up and grab some (my local Woollies had sold out) and it was definitely worth the mini drive.
I finished my first rope coil basket (using THIS great tutorial) and I'm wrapped with how it turned out. There were many hours of coiling, stitching and tea drinking involved in the process, but goodness it felt SO good to be able to tick off another handmade gift in preparation for Christmas this year.
I live with my husband and 2 children in Tasmania, Australia. I love to make nice things, spend time with my family, travel, bake yummy treats, read pretty craft books, give handmade gifts, toast marshmallows in our wood fired oven & live a lovely life.