Sunday, 20 December 2015

The Famous Lizard Picture And A Homemade Christmas Stocking





 











As everyone enjoyed the lizard story yesterday I've been given permission to show case the picture itself on the blog (Sally- L is chuffed it's found fame in Aus and agrees with your daughter about the benefits of doodling at the end of exams; Weaver, he agrees that he deserves a gingerbread for it and CJ he is pleased it made you laugh. None of this of course will encourage him to behave more soberly in future, but to be honest I'd be rather sad if he did!).

The Handmade Christmas Theme continues here. A while ago I bought some tape measures for 49p with the idea of decorating them with lace and fabric and turning them in to presents. I spent a bit of time this morning making them up and you can see them in the pic above. I think they've turned out well. Poppy was keen to be in on the act and thoroughly checked out everything by sniffing it first.

I've also become addicted to Kirstie Allsop's Handmade Christmas and felt inspired to have a go at making a Christmas stocking. I'm pretty chuffed with the way it's come out (although don't look too closely at the top which is a bit bodge it and scarper. I have made a mental note to work the top differently on the next one). It took several hours and has a wadding inside with orange stars for the lining and a patchwork facing on the back which you can see in the pics above. What do you think?

CT x

32 comments:

  1. I adore both stocking and tapes! They are beautiful and I love the idea of covering the tapes yourself!! A lovely gift. The drawing is priceless!!! Surely it is better to sit and draw then sit and drum your fingers, yawn, talk, or do any of those other disruptive things! Love the teachers approach though! Happy Christmas! xx

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    1. Thank you Amy- so pleased you like them :o) And I agree about drawing being a good use of time and more creative than other outlets for bored teenagers :o) Merry Crimble to you xx

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  2. I love what you've been making. The tape measures are such a nice idea. Anyone would go out of their way to measure things if they had such pretty tape measures to use. :)

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    1. I'm giggling at the thought of a sudden increase in perfect measuring :o) xx

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  3. I love your little home made gifts, I really want to get crafting more next year.

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    1. I absolutely love making things, it's such a lovely thing to do, and the Blogosphere is packed full of inspiring ideas and excellent tutorials freely shared- wonderful! I shall look forward to seeing what you make in 2016 x

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  4. I love that Christmas stocking - hope it becomes a family heirloom.

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    1. Now, there's an idea :o). I'm thinking about making another one as I have some lovely Christmassy material.

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  5. AWESOME! A true blue Aussie comment. I think all your homemade craft is so beautiful and personal and I would be delighted with any of them for Christmas.
    So glad L feels famous here in Oz...and I think his Godzilla deserves a grade all of its own. REALLY is all I can say towards the teacher. I mean its nearly Christmas, the holidays - and she is clearly missing the true Christmas message big time. I sincerely hope next time he draws a picture of Godzilla devouring the teacher (oh crikey dont tell L that, he'll probably do it!!)
    And I shouldn't be encouraging him. My 14 year old's eye had that distinctly evil glimmer when I showed him L's drawing - Willem thought it was inspired! And in his own words - "that's an awesome drawing...what a jet!"
    (Jet is a recent teenage expression we have learned meaning cool, fantastic etc) :o)
    YOUR creativity inspired me! I cooked up vegetarian fritters using all the left over veggies in the fridge...air con blasting in 41c - it was a mammonth effort to even move off the sofa so I was naturally quite proud. The kids and husband were gobsmacked because it was a lunchtime effort to boot...unheard of!! Frankly I just needed to do something....
    Keep up the good work and Im so glad Poppy approved of your finished products.
    Festive Fabulousness!! xxx

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    1. L has read your comment and grinned in a way that has made me nervous when he got to the bit about Godzilla eating the teacher. I've told him about Jet, which he hadn't heard of before, so we'll see how long it takes to spread round the UK now!

      Veggie fritters sound divine. I may have to whip some up myself :o) Merry Crimbo xx

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  6. Fantastic stocking, FC will enjoy stuffing that I am certain. I love the tape measures, you've made them so pretty. I'm sure they will be very well received, they're always so handy to have. The lizard picture is excellent, a shame his teacher didn't fully appreciate it. Wishing you a good week. CJ xx

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    1. I really enjoyed making the stocking, so much that I'm on my fourth! I shall frame the lizard picture and out it in the loo! xx

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  7. Wonderful post today.
    Love the lizard picture.
    Your Tape measures are fabulous as is the stocking.
    I have a small tape measure I always have in my purse that has Scotties on it !
    Very happy the gifts are Poppy approved.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. I like the idea of keeping a small tape measure in your bag. I will do that too :o)

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  8. LOVE the tape measures! what a fabulous idea! and the stockings are fantastic -- the best part about making your own would be custom size/shape -- the toes always seem to be restricting..;)

    the lizard picture is brillo -- i'll have to show the girl-child, she'll be both vindicated and inspired. happily, her teacher appreciates her humour as he made mention of her commentaries/doodles on tests in her latest progress report. :)

    xo

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    1. Interesting how many children doodle- I feel it's a great creative expression which shouldn't be stifled, although perhaps there is a time and place :o) Hope all's well with you all? Much Love XX

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  9. Gorgeous sewing and what lovely knees you have my dear!
    My friend cannot avoided Miss Allsop and always announces that 'Kirstie's fill your house with crap' is on TV. STRANGE THEN, HOW SHE ALWAYS WATCHES IT LOL

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    1. Why thank you, Kind Lady. No one has ever admired my knees before :o) I must admit there were quite a lot of things not to my taste on KA's show, but she did inspire the stockings and the mince pies xx

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  10. Hey CT,
    I need to catch up with my blog posts re: the lizard. Obviously I admire all your hand made loveliness, but if I'm honest what I really admired was your long slim legs. I'm so shallow.
    Leanne xx

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    1. Ha ha re the legs. The one bit of me that never gets fat :o) XX

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  11. Have loved watching Kirstie Allsop's Handmade Christmas,have been doing crafty things as the weather has been so bad, not had chance to go out with my camera, as well as working more hours !
    Just wanted to take this chance to wish you and your family Happy Christmas and new year.
    Amanda xx

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    1. And the same to you Amanda- I was wondering how you were so it's lovely to hear from you. xx

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  12. Your stocking has turned out really well. You just need to make another one now for the other side of the fireplace. :-)

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    1. I've made three now- all hanging by the fire. I am pretty pleased with them :o)

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  13. Love the stocking and the tape measures - the latter is a lovely idea for gifts :) I will look out for the Allsop book :)

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    1. The tape measures are so easy to transform and inexpensive. Definitely worth a go x

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  14. Your Christmas stocking is beautiful! Merry Christmas. :)

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  15. Love that stocking!! A nice way of using up all those precious left-over fabrics. Heehee I loved the lizard post, how creative! I used to love making gifts for Christmas until I tasted the home made chutney I had 'generously' shared out amongst the family...Have a wonderful Christmas dear CT, all the very best to you and yours. xx

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    1. Hey Shauna. How you doing, girl? I am missing your posts :o) Have a super crimble, hope to catch up with your news soon. XX

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    2. Hey CT, thanks so much for all your bloggy support through out the year! I have been so busy and got myself a job as well as some other distractions so my poor blog has been very much neglected. Hopefully 'see' you in the new year!!xxx

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    3. Great news about the job- congrats. Hope you're finding time to keep the running up :o) Catch up in the New Year XX

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