Saturday, 15 October 2011

Designing Christmas Danglers

Hello all.

Yes that is Christmas ribbon in the picture and a Christmas tin. Now lets make something clear; I don't do Christmas until December. I don't want to see it or hear about or even think about it until the 1st December. I think it stems from working for Marks and Spencer for half of my life. You certainly see plenty of Christmas if you work there I can tell you. I suppose you could say I have an aversion to it normally but... I have been invited to take part in a couple of craft fairs and although I don't usually make many Christmassy things, I thought it might be a good idea to include something a little bit festive on my stall.

So on went the thinking cap and out came the sketch book. Last year Karen at Milkchurn Cottage asked me to make some Christmas garlands for her shop, which I did; some little housey ones and some little hearty ones but I really wanted to make some little robiny ones but I just couldn't get my little robin sketch right! (top picture) Now I'm the kind of girl who secretly likes a challenge and really doesn't like to beaten by said challenge. So I thought I'd have another try this year (picture above) and whip-de-do! I've cracked it! Hoorah!

This little robin is perfect. Just what I wanted, all fat and fluffed up. Feeling I was on a bit of a roll I had a go at a Babushka doll too. Not bad at all if I say so myself.
Out came my felt stash, mostly donated by my best friends mum a couple of years ago, thank you Mrs B.
Hey Presto! One little, fat, fluffed up robin.
Four, little fat, fluffed up robins.

OO! a whole flock of little fat, fluffed up robins.

Ok I'll stop now with all the f's now.


Here's little Miss Babushka.


And her sisters.

I luuuuurve these toadstools. Not necessarily Christmassy I'll grant you but I didn't want to make the usual green felt Christmas tree with buttons stitched on. I thought these would still look good hanging on a Christmas tree but were a bit different. The same with the Babushka dolls.

All in all a nice little distraction from my Christmas wreaths. I'm still having trouble with them...

I'm thinking I might pop some of my Chistmassy makes into my Folksy Shop, just incase.

Till next time.

love Fi x



27 comments:

Lululiz said...

Darn, that robin is a cute little fluffy guy.

**Anne** said...

Absolutely beautiful robin, he/she is SO cute. Your other makes are gorgeous too. You clever thing. Thanks so much for sharing.
Anne xx

... Bimbi said...

Those danglies are lovely. My favourite is the toadstool.

Bimbi x

Anonymous said...

Lovely ornaments. It's so nice seeing ones you designed yourself. It takes a little extra time but you end up with something totally unique and not just copying someone else by using their pattern. It's so easy to be lazy though! I think I love all of them and people will be tempted to get the lot as they look so nice together.
Sara

Claire said...

Oooh, I do love Robins Fi and yours are gorgeous, nice and fluffed against the WInter cold.

Particularly ♥ the toadstools, so cute.

You certainly have been busy. Talking about liking a challenge.....I', sure you'll get those wreaths sorted lickety split.

Claire :}

Autumn Mist said...

Funnily enough, I've had a 'thing' about robins in my card making this year. Yours are so sweet. I can't believe how much you manage to make. Imagine how much stuff you've done so far this year! Thanks for sharing, I am always inspired.

Paint Pots and Petals said...

I agree with autumn mist, I dont sew I paint(excepting a recent expedition into the curtain hemming world)but the amount you achieve is always an inspiration. We paint tiny toadstools to go with fairies and butterflies but their colours are great for Xmas too. B.E.A.utiful. xx

Annie said...

Robins are my fav :-) You have been soooooo busy Fi. I'm knitting for England in my 20 minutes lately but seeing what you've been up to is making me feel rather more creative :-)
Hugs,
A x

ShabbyChicShaz said...

Those robins are just so cute x

KC'sCourt! said...

Wonderful decorations
Julie xxxxxx

The Krafty Cupcake said...

They are all pretty amazing! Super impressed! Sue x

Little Blue Mouse said...

I'm with you on the not wanting to hear about Christmas until December.
Those mince pies are mouth wateringly realistic!

Love your ornaments, especially the toadstools.

Wendy said...

I've been doing Christmas since January!! Really though, I'm making presents, not actually Christmas designs, that will come soon... I love the robin, you got it perfectly in the end, the Matryoshkas are cute too.

dosierosie said...

They are really lovely, my favourite is the toadstool.
Gillx

Twiglet said...

Great little Christmassy danglies. I can never think about Christmas until at least November but I do have a lot of "great" nieces and nephews to consider this year so may start early.

The Weaver of Grass said...

They would look really good on a Christmas tree in Serendipity's window!

Maggie said...

Love that robin, just as he should be, fat and fluffed up... no time for skinny birds.
Are we going to see photos of you in your vintage finery, were you are Pickering this weekend? I looked for you on the news reports, just in case....

Alchamillamolly said...

Wow the robin is wonderful, fat and cheeky, the dolls are lovely but the toadstools are something else Fiona. They are so perfect - and should be somewhere like Liberty - seriously they are so stylish and different.

l.wilks11 said...

Your little robins are so cute....xx

Scented Sweetpeas said...

Oh wow they are all wonderful, and I particularly love that robin, so sweet looking and all fluffed up ready for the cold weather. Don't think of them as Christmas things but as Autumnal items, I would love them hanging in my house all year round!

Carole said...

Oh they are gorgeous Fi
Love Carole from Rossendale xxx

JP said...

wow haven't you been busy - they are all great

Maggie Ann said...

All are lovely!! & charming =)

Annie said...

Love the little birdie. Do you have an Etsy shop or perhaps sell elsewhere online?

Campfire said...

How lovely and clever of you! The Robin is so sweet. I love the Russian dolls.

Cathy at PotterJotter said...

You're up to your eyes in Robins, me in Snowflakes, and neither of us allow the 'C' word to be mentioned before December! I love them!

pamistyle said...

i like your felted things very much - i´ll be back :-)
greetings from hamburg, germany
pami