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Wednesday, 31 December 2014


Ok it's my least favourite night of the year ... well, ok, one of my least favourite because now I think of it there are quite a few in contention!  It has been an amazing year though so am counting my blessings rather than thinking of bad, sad stuff and I wish each and everyone of you a happy and healthy 2015.

Now then, this New Year's Eve sees us crafters able to blog-hop around the world all thanks to the lovely Julia over at The Stamping Ground ... I try never to blog if I don't have time to hop but am determined to make this a weekly visit throughout the new year as I missed so many last year ... not a new year's resolution you understand but, well, ok, guess it kinda is!

Just a few photo's to share as I have yet to pluck up the courage to head out to Antarctica the conservatory to get stuff in to start the cards for next year (so no workdesk for at least another half an hour ... first birthday is on 3rd Jan so that will head off with apologies for being late! Great start, eh!?!?!?!?

I seemed to have forgotten to take photo's of much of the Christmas crafting but managed a couple:

I like to make stuff for Christmas that can be put away once the festive period is over and then brought out again the following year ... all stems from childhood memories of two large embossed flat cardboard Father Christmas decorations that mommy had herself as a child and which came out year after year until they just fell apart.  On stuff I make under my "tatteredrocks" disguise I put "tomorrows memories and keepsakes being made today" and it all kinda stems from those Father Christmas shapes.

I made six of these wooden hearts this year ... each with a different message to personalise them a little bit ... they are about 8" across (maybe!) and I do enjoy making them.

Then I made a few of these decorations ... fell in love with them after seeing them in a Stampin' Up! catalogue and just had to get the dies and stamps to make them ... quite time consuming as each one has 40 "petals" ... not everyone seemed to like them but hey, I did!  

This was my friends Christmas present - she loves owls so as soon as I saw this cross-stitch chart I knew I had to sew it for her.

And these were also Christmas presents ... all started when I made myself a bobble blanket and youngest nephew saw it and said "I think I might like a bobble blanket" ... so now I am on a mission to make one for all the family (already got ALL the wool to do so!!!!) ... his is the grey and black one and the pink one was for his fiancee and the green one was for another friend.

They are full sized blankets ... 3,780 bobbles on each blanket (well, apart from the green one as I was struggling to get it finished in time so it is one ball smaller than the others!) and I just love making them. Good job really because there are around 35,000 bobbles to go before each of my family have their blankets!

Totally forgot to take photo's of this years Christmas cards but still chance I can get one before the holiday is over ... just need to remember to do so!

Well can avoid the cold of Antarctica the conservatory no longer so am off to grab my distress inks and butterfly die and Rock Candy Crackle Paint and see if I can come up with some birthday cards!

Happy New Year to everyone in craftland and look forward to WOYWW'ing with you throughout 2015!!!!!


  1. Hi Debbie,
    How thoughtful to give so many handmade gifts. They are all gorgeous you are so clever. I especially like the owl cross stitch, gosh I haven't done any cross stitch for years! Wishing you all the very best of everything for 2015.
    Lynda B 17

  2. Gosh, you did make some thoughtful and beautiful presents, Debbie....those bobble blankets are lovely. I've never crocheted presents, is it hard?
    I very much appreciated the beautiful heart you sent me, that'll come out year on year :-)
    I'm not one for New Year's Eve either, always seemed too false for me, but the promise of a whole new year ahead is exciting. Here's to a good one!
    HUgs, LLJ 14 xx

  3. Such a clever lady and I feel proud to be the recipient of one of your hearts. It's on display in my craft room and will stay out all year long xx

  4. I too am a recipient of a beautiful heart and its proudly on my tree and will be packed away with love. Such a warm hearted generous talented lady. Xxx

  5. I love your hand made gifts - maybe if I start something now I can be prepared for next year!! Happy New Year - I've never been much of a fan of New Year either, but I hope that 2015 is a happy one for you. Helen #13

  6. Ah, New Years Eve. Round here we treat it like any other night, although if we're invited and we know that we won't be among strangers, then we're happy to go out! It's the being with strangers and pretending that I don't like. I do not make resolutions, I've learned not to set myself up for failure, and I don't do a lot of looking back either....I could, easily and with much pleasure, but ultimately it makes me maudlin, and I'm not about to set myself up for unhappiness either! see...it really is all about me!
    I love your makes, you are kind and generous with your time. I too a. Facing a trip to Narmia this morning...gotta clear the table of Christmas cover and etc...want to do some scrapbooking!

  7. Such beautiful gifts Debbie. Those bobble blankets are truly a labour of love and will no doubt be cherished by the recipients. It was lovely to meet you earlier this year. Thanks for visiting my blog.

    Fiona #18

  8. Those blankets are a wow!
    Your owls reminded me that I haven't stitched for years - I used to stitch all the time when I was in paid employment, buses, trains, desks etc. hmmmmm!

    Have a wonderful 2015.
    Bishopsmate # 30


  9. wow want an amazing number of bobbles to make and then give away. They look gorgeous and I am sure will be well loved. Wishing you a wonderful 2015. sandra de @31

  10. I'm a lover of handmade gifts and really love all you've made....so much love has gone into each and every one.
    Wishing you a very happy New year filled with many creatived times and lets hope it's a happy and healthy one for us all.
    Annie x # 22

  11. Hi Debbie, so many lovely, thoughtful gifts! I'm sure your friends and family were very happy to receive them! Best wishes for 2015! zsuzsa @ InkyDinkyDoodle #26

  12. You made some gorgeous gift for your friends and family. I'm sure they loved them.Have a Happy New Year. #37

  13. Love the cross stiched owls! A lovely gift :) Best wishes for 2015. Shel#39

  14. Beautiful, thoughtful gifts. Happy New Year Anne x 28

  15. some lovely gifts there, especially the bobbly blanket nice and tactile.
    I hope 2015 is a good year for you.
    Kyla #5

  16. As a recipient of one of those beautiful hearts, I can testify to how lovely they are, and mine is just about to be stored safely to be brought out next year and each year after. Thank you for your thought and hard work that went into making it. After a very mixed up year in 2014, I am determined to make an effort to join in with WOYWW in 2015, not to mention finding my desk to show it each week. Have a very Happy New Year. xx Maggie #50

  17. Thank you for that lovely comment, Debbie, and I am glad you liked the card so much. xx Maggie

  18. What lovely gifts! I love that flower (with the 40 petals). It's exquisite. And those bobble blankets are wonderful. No wonder everybody loves them. I immediately went to YouTube to learn how to do that stitch. It's not difficult. I might give it ago with a smaller project (Not a blanket)
    Happy New Year,

  19. Which Stampin Up dies/stamps were used for that 3D ornament?