A Handmade Christmas

Now all of the gifts have been unwrapped and the mince pies eaten, I can safely share the handmade gifts I gave to our family and friends this Christmas. I love to give handmade presents as I think it is a really thoughtful way to show someone how much you care about them.

(Please excuse the quality of some of these pictures, it was a very dark December here in the UK and I had to photograph most of these gifts at the last minute before wrapping them up!)

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First up is this super cute felt beach hut and matching swimming lady I made for my Mum. I spotted the pattern by Noia Land on Pinterest a while ago and immediately bookmarked it as a perfect gift for Mum as she loves anything nautical. I decided to make it in a pastel colour scheme and it was a really fun project to make, especially the little lady who is so sweet in her swimming costume and hat! And look at the little bucket and sand castle detail on the back…

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I also gave Mum a hand painted brooch, again in a nautical theme with blue and cream stripes topped off with a golden anchor. Fortunately it’s the perfect match with her lovely new Seasalt anchor print dress.

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Next up I made some Lego themed gifts for Michael. I decorated some papier mache letters to look like Lego bricks by adding circles of cardboard to create the stud effect and painted them in primary colours. They now take pride of place above his Lego desk!

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I also made a felt embroidery portrait of us in Lego mini figure form, because you can never have too many couple’s portraits, right?!

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My Dad had a telescope for Christmas, so I stitched up an embroidery hoop for him based on the moon and the starry night sky, with a little reminder to “Look Up”.

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For my Nana, I stitched up an appliquéd cushion with a tea and biscuit design. My Nana is a firm believer in tea cosies and I have a lovely collection she has knitted for me over the years to match each of my teapots, so I had to include a tea cosy in the design.

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For my other Nana, I framed one of my “There is always time for Tea & Cake” prints in a lilac frame and made a milk bottle filled with handmade origami flowers. Nana has a really pretty dresser in her living room so I thought these would look perfect next to her china. I used some Maggie Holmes scrapbook transfers to decorate the milk bottle and sprayed it with varnish to give it a frosted look.

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Last up I made some baking themed jewellery for my brother’s girlfriend. She loves baking as much as I do, and has a very pretty duck egg blue cake mixer, so I made her some trinkets inspired by this. I painted a dolls house cake mixer in the same shade and attached it to a keychain, and found some cute cake mixer charms to make a necklace and a crocheted bracelet based on a project I saw in Mollie Makes. To finish it off I made a cute oven shaped gift box (using this PDF I bought on Etsy) to package up her gifts.

I also made sets of the Mollie Makes crochet bracelets for each of my friends in co-ordinating colours with personal charms, but unfortunately I forgot to photograph them before I wrapped them!

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I hope all of the recipients liked their gifts as much as I enjoyed making them! Although I am now secretly looking forward to some selfish crafting in the New Year …

Lucy x

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A week of rainbows: What I Wore

A little while ago I was lucky enough to win 7 pairs of tights in the colours of the rainbow from We Love Colors  as part of an Instagram competition.

I was so happy to win this competition as dressing colourfully is a big part of my daily rules on how I choose to be happy, which I talked about in an earlier post. I decided to take this as an opportunity to bring a rainbow of colour into an otherwise dark winter’s week by wearing a different pair each day for a week and styling an outfit to match each colour. I posted each of my rainbow outfits over on Instagram throughout the week, but I thought I would also share a round up here on the blog with full outfit details.

I have to say I am really pleased with the quality of the We Love Colors tights. The colours are just so vibrant! I will definitely be ordering more, I have my eye on some pastel shades so perhaps I will order a pastel rainbow in Spring?

Orange: Skirt: Bryony & Co / Cardigan: Next (old) / Tights: We Love Colors / Shoes: Orla Kiely for Clarks / Bag: Ollie & Nic / Necklace: Layla Amber / Brooch: Cath Kidston / Headscarf: Jade Leese Sew Special

Yellow: Dress: Handmade by me (at the Bibelot Make a Dress workshop) using this fabric / Cardigan: Debenhams (old), customised with buttons & deer patch from Bibelot / Tights: We Love Colors / Shoes: Harrods, Wizard of Oz Limited Edition (old)

Kelly Green: Dress: Emily & Fin / Cardigan: Next (old) / Tights: We Love Colors / Shoes: Orla Kiely for Clarks (past season) / Necklace: You Make Me Design

Sky Blue: Dress: Cath Kidston (past season) / Cardigan: Laura Ashley (past season) / Tights: We Love Colors / Shoes: Clarks (past season) / Bag: Cath Kidston (past season) / Necklace: Daisy & Alice

Royal Blue: Dress: Emily & Fin / Cardigan: Monsoon (old) / Tights: We Love Colors / Shoes: Clarks / Necklace: Handmade by me /  Brooch: Daisy & Alice

Purple: Dress: Bryony & Co / Tights: We Love Colors / Shoes: Topshop (old) / Shoe Clips: Handmade by me / Fur Collar: ebay

Magenta: Dress: Lindy Bop / Cardigan: Voodoo Vixen / Tights: We Love Colors / Shoes: LK Bennett (old) / Necklace: Handmade by me

Thank you for following along with my week of rainbow tights!

Lucy x