Folksy Friday - Bring Out The Bunting

I do love bunting and garlands and have made many for myself over the years in various styles. They are so quick and easy to make and can be made from a variety of materials. This week I made some more using retro fabrics. 
Here are some of the beautiful buntings that are available on Folksy.

Colourful striped knitted bunting

Pretty bunting made from handkerchiefs

Little Mouse Creations
Screen printed hare and flowers bunting

Bunting made using up cycled vintage doilies

One of mine using retro fabric

I hope you like this Folksy Friday selection
Have a great weekend

Happy New Year

Late as usual but I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year. A couple of days before Christmas I started with an ear infection then after that a cold. Straight in to the New Year the kettle and tumble dryer decided to pack up. The tumble dryer was expected at any time though as it was acting a bit temperamental.
Right, that's my moaning is out of the way.

We had a great Christmas, our first with Opie and he was very well behaved considering all the excitement going on around him. He came to my parent's with us on Boxing Day and was as good as gold. He was so spoilt with presents from people, it was like having another child in the house.

You can tell by my face what I think of these pj's

I'm working my way these books that I received for Christmas. 

I also received lots of lovely bath products but I had a bit of an accident after using a bath bomb. I underestimated how slippery it would made the bath. Half in and out of the bath, the leg in the bath shot from under me, the other leg kicked the sink and I fell on to the tiles on the wall and back in to the bath. So I was sat there in agony in my slippery bath wondering how the hell I was going to clamber out. It resulted in a lovely bruise on my back.

Everyone is back to their normal routine here and Opie is acting a bit clingy, wanting to be cuddled more often. He must have enjoyed the family members all being home plus the hustle and bustle of Christmas

Folksy Friday - Winter Landscapes

I do love picturesque Winter landscapes even if I'm not too keen on the reality of the weather. If we are lucky enough to get a bit of snow it soon turns to dirty slush because the gritters have been out. Yet the gritters never make an appearance when it's deadly ice and I'm in danger of putting on a poor imitation of Jayne Torvill at the end Bolero in front of all the school Mums. Little L loved the little bit of snow we have had this year and her school friends turned up for snowball fights. It was Opie's first experience of snow, he loved it and didn't want to come in even though he was wet though and shivering.

Hare in Winter landscape print

Pretty Winter berries hand embroidered brooch

This Winter landscape card would look lovely in a frame

ndm handmade
Felt embroidery landscape

Thank you for looking at this weeks Folksy Friday selection.
Happy New Year.

Folksy Friday - Father Christmas

It's the time of year when there will be lots of excited children waiting for a visit from the man in the big red suit. Little L doesn't believe in Father Christmas any more. Nevertheless when she didn't receive a letter from Santa last year she got quite upset and I had to make one at the last minute in Photoshop. I think she keeps up the pretense of believing for me and Anders just as the boys did until we had to admit to telling porkies. Even though the kids do get excited for Christmas, it's not the same kind of excitement so this weeks theme is Father Christmas.

Santa Earrings

Clare at The Grimm Exhibition
Father Christmas diorama

ndm handmade
Felt Father Christmas decoration (these are also available in other colours)

A Little Yarn Hug
Knitted Santa

Personalised magic key

Even though orders through Folksy or from any online shop may not reach you in time for this Holiday season, it's always good to get some ideas for the coming year. 
Thank you for visiting.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas

Feeling Festive

It's feeling more Christmassy here now that Little L is off school for the holidays. I love those few days that she is home before Christmas when we have our films planned out to watch together.
We did end up buying a white Christmas tree ... in fact we bought two. The first one we purchased on line but when we put it up it did look quite gappy, not like the tree on the online photo. I wasn't too bothered by that but when I hung my first bauble which was very light, the branch drooped and it was obvious there was no way the branches would take any weight at all (really the tree was only suitable if you wanted to chuck some tinsel at it) Then same day we drove to three of our closest garden centres for a white tree and not one could be found. The day after we went further afield and came home with a pre lit one. We did ring before hand to enquire if they had any and they only had one. I never thought a white tree would be so difficult to find. Plus it wouldn't fit in the boot we had to remove it from it's box and wrestle it in to the boot of the car.

It does look lovely lit up. Other years we have decorated the tree with tinsel and beads but this year we've only used hanging decorations.

Lots of glass ornaments,

glittery ones,

even more deers

and a couple of Boston terriers have been added too.

This year I won't be able to use my Christmas table cloths because we changed the table when we decorated so I made this Christmassy table runner. It was made using materials I already had and now my table won't look so bare.

Folksy Friday - Gifts For Readers

This week's Folksy Friday is my selection of gifts ideal for a book lover.

This colourful book print

Earrings made with real page fragments

I love the chain and tassel on this book mark

A handy book themed bag

Tweed book cover

Thank you for looking at this weeks selection
Hope you have a great weekend

Folksy Friday - Gifts For Sewers

With Christmas quickly approaching my next couple of Folksy Friday posts will be gift guides. This week's is ideas for sewers.

The Posh Scarecrow
I love this cotton reel shaped storage pot. These are available in different sizes and colour ways.

Rock Rose Jewellery
Sterling silver button necklace

The Crafty Curio Shop
There are many different styles of needle cases available on Folksy but this one is a personal favourite (I have a thing for flamingos) 

Bluebell Woodturning
Sweet chestnut pin cushion

Wardega Designs
Bronze needlework themed bookmark 

I hope you like this weeks selection
Have a great weekend