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  • Simple Dinner Napkin sewing

    Around Christmastime I get a momentous rush to make things. It is the dark, cold time of year that most prompts me to make things that are beautiful as well as practical. It is the time when I am most likely to indulge in things purely decorative, but also to make handsome things that might […]

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  • Handmade Santa Suit 2022

    A quick project for school Christmas Jumper Day was in order as the Father Christmas jumper I made for Bean in 2020 was too small after two years of very fast growing. After asking what kind of seasonal sweater he was after Bean decided that he really did like being Father Christmas and would like […]

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  • Three Christmas cards featuring a brick house with a sleigh outside the front and a reindeer on the roof, alongside a fountain pen

    2022 Christmas Cards

    Timelapse recording of the making of our 2022 family Christmas cards.

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  • Wooden tree decoration painted light green, with painted text reading 'the stockings were hung by the chimney with care'

    Festive Wooden Tree Decoration

    I picked up a very inexpensive crafting blank from Hobbycraft in late November. It isn’t something I would usually go for, and I had no plans for it, but I thought it would be something that I could experiment with painting. I chose a pale green for the basis of the decoration, with a very […]

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  • Family Gifts: Personalised Christmas Signs

    This year I made a promise with my Ma: we would not buy each other Christmas presents. One of the kindest things we could do for each other was to release each of us from the obligation to spend money on each other when so many people are finding the cost of living so difficult […]

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  • Child’s Pyjama Set

    As the winter gets colder Bean is in need of some good long pyjamas, and I have a tradition of giving him a pair of pyjamas on Christmas Eve (my absolute favourite day of the year), in his Christmas Eve Box. I pulled out some fabric I bought a while back with this purpose in […]

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