Feeling much better today – Yay! I got to go shopping for Xmas dinner and other bits with a sweet friend of mine! I’m wearing my Xmas Tree dress. I have all the gifts I wanted to give this year – just need to wrap them up nice and perty! My mulled wine is ready for me to indulge myself with! WooHoo! I’m ready for the merriment now!
There’s been a few hiccups in my plans like the car failing it’s MOT and me not being able to go visit my Soul Sister on Xmas Day. But I may be able to go up to hers on Boxing Day so not all is lost.
I was stressing out over what to get my youngest daughter but after I found one thing, I relaxed and got creative 🙂 Of course I can’t say what I bought yet but think she will love it all!
So short post today as I have cooking and wrapping to get done. I hope you are all enjoying the season and are feeling festive! Share with me what you are doing, what are you looking forward to. Are you cooking anything special? Let me know”
Since my last exam I have contracted the sewing bug again. It took all of 2 days before I got my machine out, dusted it off and got busy making things.
First I wanted to make presents for my hosts in Israel as a thank you for agreeing to tolerate me for 4 long weeks. So for the lady of the house I decided to make two Morsbags from some scraps of curtain fabric I got through Freecycle. I found out she likes purple so knew just the right fabric for her! Here is a close-up of the button detailing I hand stitched on …
As the buttons are also from a Freecycler and the beads from those little ‘repair’ packets you get with clothes (clothes that no longer exist in this house), the only thing I actually bought for this was the thread. Then again I had that in my sewing box from a previous project. Even the tissue paper used to wrap them is re-used! 🙂
Now for the gentleman. A long-term friend I met online about 11-12 years ago. The day I arrive in Israel is his birthday so wanted to make something a bit more special than just a bag. So here’s what I did…
It’s a kippah! Well also called kippot and yarmulke. It was actually quite fun to make and I am delighted with the trim. Underneath is a bag I made for him as well. It is made like plastic grocery bags so there is plenty of room for stuff but I made the handles longer so it could be carried on the shoulder.
The fabrics for these are: blue canvas type fabric and a white sheet – both received through Freecycle. The trim and satin bias tape are both left over from a project I did at least a year ago. So once again a lovely eco-friendly, recycled gift I will give with pleasure!
All this does make me wonder though – are we as a society going back t the old ideology that handmake gifts are best?