This Christmas is no exception, I've been getting my craft on big time this festive season and I thought I'd share some of my makes with you today - hopefully providing you with some inspiration - there's still plenty of crafting time left before the big day.
At the weekend, I finally completed one of my biggest makes ever - I've been working on this cotton granny square blanket for two whole years (on and off) and on Saturday I hooked my final stitches. I'm so chuffed with the finished blanket, and I'm already enjoying snuggling underneath it on these cold winter nights, all 150 squares of it!
|100% cotton crochet granny square blanket in Rico cotton Tangerine, Mouse Grey & Natural.
|Origami star decorations!
|Dried orange slices (second batch - forgot the first batch & burnt them - oops!)
|My little robin friends! Homemade garland.
|Ta Dah! My homemade Christmas garland
|My homemade door wreath
To make vanilla extract you'll need:
madagascan vanilla pods x8
- Pour vodka into your sterilised bottle until almost full.
- Slice open your 8 vanilla pods and push down into the vodka filled bottle.
- Pop on the lid and give it a vigorous shake.
- Shake well each day for 30 days, you'll see the liquid darken.
After 30 days your vanilla extract is ready to use, but the longer you leave it the better it will get!
|Homemade vanilla extract
I found the iridescent white pompoms in Poundland, and threaded them onto invisible string/nylon thread, with knots to keep them in place, then attached them to the top of my windows using Blu-Tack. Bert absolutely loves them!
|Pom pom snow
I was kindly sent some of the materials I used to make the stocking from the kind people at Turtle Mat, who are encouraging people to get crafty this Christmas with their Christmas stocking making competition. I thought I should take part as I was planning to make Connie a Christmas stocking anyway!
Firstly, I made a pattern for my stocking on pattern paper, and cut it out in my desired fabrics.
|Creating a pattern for my homemade stocking
|Connie's giant Christmas stocking
|The detail on my homemade stocking
|'C' is for Connie & a Christmas tree - both finished with real jingle bells!
|Top detailing to my homemade Christmas stocking, complete with ric-rac hanging loop!
|Looking uber-festive on my living room fire place.
Have you crafted anything this Christmas?
This post is my entry into the Turtle Mat Christmas craft competition 2016.