Just a wee note to say I have put a few one-off handbags on sale on my web site and Etsy - click the links on the right for more details and keep popping back as I sort out more sale stock - time for a clear out!
This is my last Advent post, I hope you have enjoyed seeing some of my Christmas creations - new and old. I have certainly enjoyed making them. If you look close enough you can see my reflection in the bauble.
So it just remains for me to say thank you for taking the time to read my blog and for leaving all your kind comments, I really appreciate them.
I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I'll be back in 2009!
We're on the move for Christmas so these pictures have been taken at my parents house. These wee Santa's are as old as I can remember, the red glitter is a bit patchy and some of the white fur is gone. I still think they are magical.
This is who hangs above my parents Christmas tree, the Snowman I knitted for my mum a couple of years ago. Yes, he really can fly.
Had a lovely day today visiting Santa at Glengoyne, our boy said his legs were shaking with excitement. We also had a lovely lunch in Glasgow as we celebrated me being another year older. Now I can start to think about Christmas....
Here are a couple of slightly dodgy characters from my past - some of the first toys I ever knitted, and as tradition dictates they are put under my mum and dads Christmas tree each year. I was thinking of using them in a post and it just so happens my dad sent me an e-mail today with the above picture attached.
I never was happy with the snowman's carrot nose or the fact Santa only has a beard and no moustache. I'm my own harshest critic, but then again they aren't bad for 10 year old.....
Sweets For My SweetThis wee sweety was supposed to be a Christmas cracker, but I think it looks better like this - a little glass bowl full of them would be nice.
I've also been making this - a bunny to replace a much loved and very thread bear comforter belonging to a friends wee girl. We have been sweating over how to make it as like the original as possible. This is my best shot, not quite the spitting image, but hopefully he will be just as special
What a miserable couple of days I have had. Apologies for not posting yesterday, I thought I was being big and clever going to the Wee Green Market, but by the time I got home I was floored with the flu.
To top it all our boy has been a poor wee soul with his chicken pox, his throws of 'Help me mummy I'm dying and turning in to a big spotty monster' were an Oscar winning performance for any four year old last night, nothing that a dose of Calpol couldn't sort out, but still very distressing for me, especially as I was feeling so sorry for myself!.
My poor husband finished work on Tuesday (he's an ambulance man) and has been on a bus mans holiday ever since nursing us both back to health - Bah Humbug indeed.
We have just finished watching 'Elf' on the telly so that has lifted my spirits and I'm starting to feel almost human again.
The film premier on Friday night was fab, fair makes you proud that a group of local(young) talented people have the drive to produce such excellent work. As usual the story was pretty morbid, but you could have heard a pin drop in the theatre all the way through the film. Thankfully the 'bloopers' at the end lightened every ones mood again.
The Wee Green Market was a success yesterday, and a nice way to finish off the fair year. Now I really need to get my thinking cap on for next year, and I am excited by the prospect of being able to indulge myself in my business. Who knows what next year will bring but I cant wait to start trying out new ideas.
Above is a picture of one of my knitted Christmas Trees. I still have some for sale, £7 each (+p&p). Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to buy one.
I'm off to have another Lemsip and another early night. L x
Above are some Christmas decorations I made for my first flat I bought in Edinburgh, made from some garden wire, I still like their simplicity. Bit of a cop out today I know as I have the flu and the boy has Chicken Pox - it never rains but it pours!
Woke up to a smattering of snow this morning though.
Off to the premier of 'When I grow Up' tonight at Balfron High School. It's the new film release of our increasingly talented neighbour/ Baby sitter Michael Ferns (17)
Big News:- I managed to get tickets to see Take That next June in Glasgow, my life is now complete.
Ok, so these are not knitted, but I did make them all last year at a ceramics class at Balfron High School. We've just put our Christmas Tree up, the CD has been found and I have a new Christmas jumper on (see below)- I'm feeling very festive indeed.
Am I the only mother who gets stressed out when their helpful child doesn't place the decorations as tastefully as I could? I will adjust a few when Jnr has gone to bed.
I have also added a few more things including bags into my Etsy shop so please have a look.
...are the best.Last night my sister and I went to see Simple Minds live at the ABC in Glasgow (the one with the big mirror ball). Only 1200 tickets were sold and all the money went to Cash For Kids (Radio Clyde). The concert was AMAZING. Simple Minds Live in The City of Light was the first album I ever bought from a wee record shop in Perth many moons ago. I have always loved them and to see them live for the first time at such an intimate venue was fantastic. I couldn't have asked for anything better.
It must be said though Jim Kerr does dance like your dad a wee bit.
The concert finished off a good weekend spent at the Green Gallery for their Christmas Fair. The Ladies night on Friday was a big success, and Saturday was busy however Sunday was very quiet. Those who had a stall last year did very well so I went along full of expectations, however I think this year we all struggled a bit. That's the credit crunch for you I suppose.
All money raised and proceeds from our tables is being donated to CHAS, so my Charity hat has been well tipped this weekend so I'm feeling pretty good.
My crisis now is finding my Christmas CD - another day can not pass without it!
This little heart is hand knitted first then felted.
I'm just about ready to go and set up at theGreen Gallery Christmas Fair in Buchlyvie. There is a ladies evening and tonight from 7-9pm, come along and fill out your 'Wish List' whilst enjoying a glass of bubbly. Entrance is £3 and all money raised over the weekend is donated to CHAS, including 10% of my sales.
The rest of the fair is on from 10-4pm Saturday and Sunday with a Men Only evening on Sunday night - 7-9pm, where you can send your partner along to enjoy some beer and pizza and hopefully buy all those things you put on your wish list.
There will also be raffles, home baking/ tea and coffee and lunch from Berits & Browns each day. There is a superb collection of art and gifts to choose from, so take the opportunity to come and see some unique products from talented makers. Why get stressed going into the city when you can enjoy a relaxed Christmas atmosphere locally?
My friend Val will also be selling my wares at the Killearn PTA Market on Saturday 6th December 10.30-1pm at Killearn Village Hall. Go along and ask her some obscure questions about wool - she wont thank me for it!
Sorry it's a bit late, ended up spending the day in Glasgow after visiting the Tron with Nursery to see Rudi - listened to 'The Snowman' on the bus into town this morning, looking at all the snow at Strathblane - ahhhh.
My first knitted holly leaves and berries - turned out quite well I think! The beauty of felting the leaves means I can shape them how I like and they stay in the same position once dry.
I also knitted myself a new scarf yesterday after a cold neck walking round Loch Lomond Shores.
Knitted from Twilleys of Stamford Freedom Spirit wool, with some Donegal Silk Tweed mix to the ends which gives it a bit of weight. I love the Freedom wool, it looks a bit like Fair Isle once knitted up.
I'm off to start getting organised for the Green Gallery Christmas Fair this weekend.