I'm crazy excited that I have only 2 days of work left. Then I'm just on call till 3 January, and then I have 5 whole weeks off!!!! I am super excited about that, as you may well imagine.
Anyhoo, on to the unveiling of the rest of my handmade Christmas presents.
This handsome chappy is a bag for my bestie. She is the one who inadvertently got me started again on this whole crochet malarkey by bringing me home a gorgeous crocheted bag from her trip to Argentina.
It seemed kind of right then to make her a crocheted bag in return.
This bag is my favorite of all the bags I've made to date.
I really wish the internet would allow you to see texture, as this is just incredible.
This is one of those bags you just want to stroke and stroke. (Creepy I know!!)
Most bags I've made, I have not loved the handles, but I even love the handle on this bad boy.
Ok, moving right along. This next bag is for my sister. I wanted this one to be the most beautiful bag. Sadly I do not love the strap on this. This was the last bag my Mum lined for me, and I only got it back last weekend. And because things have been insanely busy around these parts, I may have, when looking for wool to make the strap, found an almost finished mohair scarf that only needed two rows to complete....
and I may have turned into the laziest person in the world and decided that as the colours matched perfectly, it was meant to not be a scarf, but the handle of my sis's bag!!
Big mistake. I don't love it. And now that it's wrapped, and I have absolutely no time, I have realised that this would have been the perfect item to try felting!!!
Anyway, I'm really hoping she will still like it.
The handle is really long...(because it's not really a strap or handle- it's a scarf!!!)....and it's supposed to cross over the body and be like a messenger bag style.
Next family member. I have 2 brothers. One is getting the herb garden from last weeks post. the other is getting this. I found an old 1950's Bible dictionary, with awesome pictures, and decided it must become this....
|Please divert your eyes from the mess under the table. This table has been cunningly disguised with a sheet in case of unexpected dropins by family. Also, I think those roller blades are my Christmas present. I am hoping to be queen of roller derby|
I loved doing this, but I'm not sure I used the right sealer to finish. Lots of the pages were discoloured, so I'm hoping that the sealer issue just adds to the aged look????
Now to my Dad. My Dad spent time growing up in Grafton, and I found this brand new vintage tea towel in a charity shop. I had it in my present drawer for ages, before I wondered to myself why I thought my Dad would like a tea towel for a present!!!
A while ago I had ordered one of those crochet hooks you can use on fabric, and had never used it.
Turns out it works really well on tea towels!! So I just croheted along the sides. popped in a cushion insert and ta-dah!!!
This is another present I am really happy with!!
|Christmas windows at Myer- loving the robot reindeer!!|
Now is the shameful part of my post. I had a bad day at work recently, and decided to angrily wrap my remaining presents to cheer myself up. When I had finished with my painstaking wrapping, I realised I had just wrapped quite a few things I had wanted to photograph to show you all.
And remembering the whole lazy theme referred to earlier- I just could not be bothered unwrapping and photographing. So you will have to believe me when I tell you that there are the most amazingly beautiful handmade objects in these here presents. Well there's at least one or two!!
And finally, here is the completed fairy garden for my nieces.
In other groundbreaking news I got a new work bag, and I love it!!
I have wanted a fossil bag for ages, and now I have one. End of story.
And finally, (I'm exhausted, not sure about you), linking in with Ginny at Small Things for her Yarn Along
I'm reading yet another Camilla Luckberg, and still crocheting the same cushion cover as last week. Loving the book so much, have not really been getting so much time for the crochet.
So as this will be my last post before Christmas: my Christmas message to you all is:
I hope you all have a relaxing break, and an amazing Christmas with your families, and/or people you love.
I cannot believe I almost forgot to post THIS. Go here. I promise you'll like it!
And Happy Christmas again!!