Monday 17 December 2007

On the Third and Fourth Day of Christmas . . .

On the Third Day of Christmas my very own Mummy gave to me . . .

My Princess/Present Opener with the wild hair!!!!

The wrapping, this is typical of Mum's gift wrapping, all our gifts from Mum are wrapped beautifully.

Surprise!!!! a beautiful hand felted Christmas bag. Mum makes her own felt, I have seen her do it and the process itself is quite simple but it is very labour intensive. This felt is made from lovely NZ merino wool. Mum spent nights and nights hand stitching these bags, her needlework as always is perfection in itself.

This is actually the first piece of my Mother's felt work I have been given!!! Inside the bag was a handmade Christmas decoration that has been misappropriated by The Princess!!!!

On the Fourth Day of Christmas I gave myself . . .

The only thing I like about what I made for the swap is the sheet music bag I made for the wrapping of it!

Even The Princess looks bored with the Fourth Day gift!

I am actually ashamed of it. Its not what I was going to make but I was going through a bad time and its all I could come up with. The good thing is there was one banner where for some weird reason the green and red circles didn't alternate so at least that one came back to me!!!!

It does look ok I suppose, its just that I know I can do much better!

To cheer me up, well not really but a good excuse, I did a little Christmas shopping today for myself. A little thrifting!!!!

I got this dear little tapestry cushion to go with my growing collection of tapestry cushions.

This tapestry for $1. My duty to save it. Out with the ugly frame and I will probably stitch it into a cushion.

A ceramic Santa boot, this is going to be a new collection, inspired from the wonderful boots I noticed in many of the homes I visited during Karla's party.

Now these are fabulous. Christmas tree decorations, an angel and a Santa in gold frames, heavily glittered and dingle dangle beads hanging off the bottom of the frames. A idea for next Christmas.

Last but not least, vintage millinery flowers. They are like gold to me, so hard to find here, I could weep sometimes when you American girls show us the huge hauls of flowers you find!!!

Until tomorrow


12 Days of Christmas Swap said...

mmmmmmmm- when you said you had been Christmas shopping, I understood it was for other people, but in fact the gifts and decs: all seem to be for you:):)
I like my banner, and it has pride of place hanging on my dresser!

Anonymous said...

Hi Rachael, a little shopping can always cheer us up a little :) Princess is too cute! Jenn and Jacqui

Sugar Bear said...

Beautiful items! My mother-in-law makes felted bags and I've watched the process - you are right - very labor intensive but oh so beautiful!

kattz*cottage said...

That Christmas swap looks like such fun & what an adorable little Princess!! I love your tapestries - I collect needlepoint too! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog & Happy Holidays!


carlene federer said...

Fun blog, and what great finds, I'm pea green with jealousy, lol! Great holiday decor, and that bag your Mom made is to die for!

CIELO said...

Your princess is sooo gorgeous! Enjoy the Season and the company of those you love.


bluemuf said...

I have just been catching up on my blogs and finished reading all the posts about your Christmas gifts. You have been collecting great treasures and the banner you made I would love to have, it is so neat. Your shopping trip seemed to be a success.

Hugs Karen

Alicia ~ Time Worn Style said...

HI Rachael, dont be so hard on yourself, I think the banner is lovely! Your mum does some fine work too,the apple has not fallen far from the tree I see. Love the photos of Miss Princess.
Alicia ~ time worn style

Unknown said...

Oh Rachael, please dont be sad :( Shopping can do the trick though! It has for me many times, lol!

I love the banner! I think you do such beautiful work! You should be proud!!!

Love ya,

Linda said...

Hi Rachel, what a lovely bag your mom made, it is gorgeous. You sure found some great treats. The boot is especially sweet and a nice start to your new collection. A happy day to you and yours. Linda

Brittany said...

Oh Rachael...your banner was just lovely! Don't lie,you needed an exuse to shop lol! My goodness, you found some great treasures!! And wow, that is one talented mother you have. That bag is GORGEOUS!! As always, so is The Princess!!

junglemama said...

These are all so beautiful! What adorable girls!

Adla said...

Its wonderful giving pressies to ourselves, those are the kind I love best :)You found some wonderful things...and what a clever mum you have, the felted bag is pretty !

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

Everything is so beautiful. Merry Christmas

Beth Leintz said...

Your mother's felted bag is gorgeous_ I've tried felting a few things I've knit, but only succeeded in messing up my washing machine's agitator!

Your gift is nothing to be ashamed of- it will look darling nestled among the branches of a Christmas tree!

Princess is a girl of many faces and moods isn't she?

Congrats on the millinery flowers- you got some good ones!

Natasha Burns said...

Your banner is so lovely!
You're right about the vintage millinery flowers, they're like gold here too, I was lucky enough to find a box of them once at a garage sale but that's about the only bargain flowers I ever found said...

Your pretty princess is just the cutest!!

Those flowers are getting harder and harder to find at great prices here too.