I’m enjoying my 3-week-long Christmas holidays IMMENSELY! Who wouldn’t want to be a teacher?!? We’ve been back in the UK for the whole time, visiting our families in Staffordshire (mine) and Devon (the in-laws), and celebrating New Year at a hotel in Cheltenham. We’ve had a wonderful time over here, and it’s going to be pretty hard to get back into the routines of ‘real life’ when we go back to Düsseldorf tomorrow.
I have to say, though, it will be nice to get back into my crafting room! Being away from home for so long, I haven’t achieved very much crafty-wise. I only brought some knitting needles and a little bit of yarn with me. So, my crafting has been on a very small scale (hence the title of this post).
I found a fantastic tutorial for little knitted knot brooches on the Cornflower Blue blog. I’d tried lots of different ways of making knitted ‘BOWS’ prior to finding this tutorial, but they all turned out looking not-quite-right after I’d tied them (even my mom, who’s the world’s best bow-tier, couldn’t get them to look good). But these ‘KNOTS’ tie up easily, and sit really neatly when they’re attached to a pin and then to a cardie! So, I've been making lots and lots of bow brooches while we’ve been away. My favourite (of course) is a red one! And here it is (looking christmassy) on my favourite green cardie.....
My other mini-project has been making up the freebie gift that came with the latest issue of ‘Mollie Makes’ – a Belle & Boo needle case.
It took about 10 minutes to make, and is cute, Cute, CUTE!!! Definitely my favourite magazine freebie to date! I fell in love with the orangey-red cotton I found in my mom’s sewing basket (and it looked great against the turquoise felt), so I decided to add a little something extra with it, and embroidered a little ‘C’ for ‘Carly’ in the corner. Here’s my finished needle case.....
If you haven’t seen Belle & Boo stuff before, by the way, you should check it out. I think you might like it!
I had a mooch through my nan’s button tin, and picked out these beauties! Every time I visit her, there seem (magically) to be more buttons in her collection. This time, these red, brown and creamy-coloured ones caught my eye.
Well, that’s all I’ve got for this show-and-tell. Until next time.....