Sunday, December 21, 2008

Christmas Gifts!

Here are some of the gifts I've been working on.

For my sister - a reading pillow from this pattern


Assorted I-spy bags for adult friends. Hopefully they won't go completely nuts from trying to find tiny things.

An apron for one of my friends.

Yet another sock monkey - this time for my nephew and it is made from really long football socks. So he is reeeeeeeaaallly tall and gangly. With cauliflower ears, black eye and the other eye swollen shut :) I enjoyed making him.

But the thing that I'm most excited about is the Doll cradle/carrier I made for Miss E. My friend, Donna, made a beautiful, beautiful doll for E - isn't she gorgeous?

And here is the carrier with matching pillow and sheet. I'm hoping she will love it to bits! It was really easy to make and you can find the tutorial here.

So I think I'm just about finished making all the Christmas presents. I also made four raggy quilts but haven't photographed them yet. I'm really happy with how they turned out too.

All in all I'm very excited to have made the majority of our Christmas presents this year. It's been really fun and I'm hoping to do it again next year.

Sock Monster

I made a Sock Monster for my nephew's 8th birthday a couple of weeks ago. I thought a sock monkey might be a bit tame so I decided on a monster and thought I'd tailor it to suit my nephew's predilection for bodily noises.

I called him Stinky McSniffer and, as you can see, some flatulence is escaping from his cute little bottom. I really enjoyed making this one. I made another sock monster last week for another niece's birthday but alas, I did not take photos. I will have to get some when I see her next.

Here's Stinky from the front.

And from behind :-)

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Trying to take some nice Christmas photos!!

Last year I took some lovely photos of O and E for our yearly Christmas email/card. Here are a few of the rejects - they make me laugh.

This angle wasn't working so I got closer . . .

Hmmm . . . still not really working . . .

Eliza has clearly had enough. I'd forgotten she doesn't get out of bed for less than 3 weetbix!

And my lovely boy with all his teddies - I wonder if it was his intention to annoy his sister away??

I'm very tempted to put one of the dud ones on the card - :-)

A few random sock monkies

Trying to make as many christmas presents as I can this year. I've been quite organised about it actually. I've surprised myself! :) Just ask my husband - organisation is not my strong suit.

Here are the two latest.

This one is for my niece's 8th Birthday next week.

and this one was given to our god-daughter for her early christmas present as she and her family will be in Geelong for Christmas. She loved it and called it "Chip".

Christmas Lights

On the last weekend of November, DH and O put up the lovely christmas lights on our house. Here are a few pics. It's nice now that the boy is old enough to help - he loooooves the lights!

putting the lights in the hedges out the front.

carrying the Moon shaped frame out to the front.
And some shots of the lights on out the front.