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Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

I really wanted to make some gifts from the kitchen this year and I actually got around to doing it.

Here is my first batch of relish from Dads recipe, which is pretty famous among our family. It tastes just like his so I'm pretty impressed with my first attempt. Such a great little gift and so full of my heart. 

I've been thinking about traditions at Christmas and how I don't really have any. When I was young my parents used to host a champagne breakfast from about 7:30am! People would pop in and out all day, eating food that had been marinated for days in preparation. 

I don't have the space for that, so I think I'm going to make a batch of relish every year. I also did my first ham last year and I'm the ham lady again this year, so that can be tradition #2.

These are my first attempt at ginger bread gift boxes. I've decorated them with white chocolate piping and lollies and filled them with chocies. They took a long time to make so I don't think they will make the tradition list.

What are your family traditions at Christmas?

Merry Christmas everyone. I have had an amazing year with Faint Impressions and thank you all for your support. I'm very much looking forward to sharing my new bags & workshops with you in the new year.

Ho Ho Ho!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Revamping An Old Clutch

Well I'm allowing myself a little wind down time, now that the markets have finished for the year. Hence I missed blogging all last week.

So I'm taking it easy this week and playing around with this old clutch I bought in New York. Seeing how it was made and the shape of the pattern. Can you believe it's got cardboard in it for shape! Cardboard!

I've also run out of the interfacing I like to use and can't find anymore anywhere. Which means I can't make any bags.

Hope you're having a good week. Are you baking any Christmas goodies? I'm trying to make ginger bread gift boxes for the first time. I'll show you the outcome on Friday.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Hello Out There

Hello out there my blog friends. Where in the world are you? What do you do? Do you like peanut butter on apple slices? Do you sleep with the fan on even when it's cold because you like the breeze on your face? Do you throw a tantrum like a 2 year old when your boyfriend asks you to drink cough medicine? What are you giving your mum for Christmas?
These are just a few things that I'd love to know about you.

I feel like we've been going out for about a year now and I know nothing about you. So please leave a comment below and tell me a little or a lot about yourself. 

Yes, that means you too, the person who says "she's talking to everyone else, not me"

Is it greedy of me to want my own little creative community? I think not.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Handmade Christmas Decorations

Well what a busy week it was last week, hence no blog post, sorry. Lots of cutting cutting cutting and sewing sewing sewing and I got to do another photo shoot, except this time I was the photographer, not the assistant, woo hoo! More on that later.

Baubles in the making

I wanted a little Christmas cheer for my market stall and something that wasn't going to take too much time to make. I figured baubles wrapped in fabric were Christmassy and also Faint Impressiony....what do you think? Oh and I added a few feathers for loveliness.

Looks cute huh?

People were asking me if they were for sale!! The good old $2 shop is your friend people, where nothing is ever $2 anymore.

So if you fancy making some, head to the $2 shop, buy some foam balls, ribbon and a bag of feathers. Get some of your fabric left overs and cut them in to strips, stick a pin in one end of the fabric and just start wrapping it around the ball. When you get to the end, stick another pin in it. Just keep going until you're happy with the look and then pin some ribbon to it, no glue required. Tie some string around the end of the feathers and then make a loop to hang it.

Find a stick on the side of the road, paint it white and walla! You have your own fabric bauble Christmas twig tree.
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