We Had a Wonderful Day!

Hello all, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and Boxing day.  We had a wonderful time and for me and my husband it stated on Christmas Eve, wrapping this:

It’s called a Toylander and Husband built it for Boy from plans that he bought.  Now, to put this into context, my darling Husband has a thing for “the beasts of Solihull” (a quote from my Father’s Father of the Bride Speech from our wedding).  This beasts are also known as Land Rovers or Landys.  The current model is a dark metallic green 110 (the length of the chassis in inches) Defender.  We have also had, in no particular order: a soft top series 3 (rebuilt from the chassis up), a red Defender 90 (which we used to compete in), a Discovery, and a navy Defender 90.

So, Husband has a thing for a particular type of large off-road vehicle and Boy is a miniature Husband, so also has a thing for the same large, off-road vehicles.  So Husband decided to build him his own Land Rover which is powered by two 12v batteries.

He’s been building it since August in the evenings and the odd weekend.  As it neared completion and Christmas got ever closer he started to worry as to whether Boy would like it or not.  Everyone reassured him that Boy would love it.  He was still worried that Boy wouldn’t get it, or wouldn’t like it.

What do you think Boy’s opinion was?!  He opened all his presents from friends and family in it, and ate his breakfast in it too.  He didn’t want to get out of it at all!  I am so proud of Husband for doing this.  I think he got a lot of satisfaction from it too, particularly the response it received!

Suffice to say that this year, Christmas has really been about our Boy and making it a magical and special time of year for him.  He doesn’t understand Father Christmas yet, although we have been talking about him.  He loves the lights and decorations and skips around the house singing Happy Happy Christmas to the tune of the first line of Happy Birthday.  Probably pretty annoying, but as he’s my son I find it incredibly cute!

However, Father Christmas didn’t forget me and I was lucky enough to receive some much wished for bits and bobs!

Gingher Shears
I can not tell you how happy I am to have received these, they cut through fabric like it isn’t there.  Just wonderful to use and the patterned handle means that Husband has no excuse to nip into my sewing space and ‘not realise’ they were my fabric shears!

Fabric for Fashion Swatch Book
Seriously, this book is amazing!  It makes understanding why patterns suggest certain fabrics crystal clear.  And also how to envy Gertie even more when you realise just how gorgeous some of the fabrics she uses are!  My lovely parents bought me both this book and the shears.

My Dad’s interest has been piqued enough that he watched a documentary on Couture and Design and he found it fascinating – the time, skill and technical aspects of sewing and pattern drafting and design.  He’s really interested in my sewing now, rather than indulgently supportive, as he’s quite technical and now understands how it feeds my design interests.  Having him take a real interest is amazing – he was discussing style lines in terms of architecture and sculpture!

Colette Sewing Handbook
I have wanted this book since it was announced (OK, who hasn’t?!) and my baby sister got it for me!  Bit of a hiccup though as I’d also bought myself a copy as I didn’t get a copy on my birthday…  Bad, impatient me!  I feel terrible as it transpires she was mucked around by Amazon when she pre-ordered it.  But she is truly one of the kindest,  most generous and selfless darling people I know; she wants to swap it for another book for me.

Mad Med Series 4 on DVD
From my littler than me sister and her lovely Fiancé.  She also got me a small box of Hotel Chocolat Cappucino truffles.

Husband and I bought ourselves an Apple TV so that we can look at the photos on the telly in our lounge rather than being limited to the computer, phone or tablet.  It makes it a much more sociable experience.  We were also given lots of other gifts from family and friends, but none relate to sewing or creating (mostly vouchers or cash which we’ll use on the house I suspect).

Once again I am very grateful to be living in an affluent country where none of my family, or my Husband’s, are struggling with finances.  I will freely admit that we have spent less this year than previous years, as has everyone else.  But I don’t resent it in the slightest.  In fact it makes the gifts that I have received even more precious because I can see that time and thought has gone into every single one, rather than mindless volume.  I hope that makes sense?

What ever you did over Christmas I hope you had a lovely time and spent it with as many of those that you hold close to your heart as you could.  Enjoy the last few days of 2011 – I hope to catch up with friends and maybe even get a little sewing done.  2012 will be here sooner than we know it!

The C Word

Yep, I’m talking Christmas!  Mainly because Tilly has relaunched this:

Hurrah for the Crafty Christmas Club.  A veritable treasure trove of ideas and a way of sharing your creations without those who are being created for getting a sneek-peak!

What is it?

A group blog for people making their own Christmas prezzies. A hub to discuss your crafty plans with likeminded people, gain inspiration from other craftsters, share tips and tutorials, and show off your finished goodies without spoiling the surprise to family and friends who might be reading your own blog.

Why would you spend time making presents? Isn’t it easier just to buy them?

Well yes, it is easier to buy them. But I know I’m not the only one who feels a little nauseous at the thought of all the frenzied consumerism that goes on during the festive season. Who wants to spend the whole of December battling the crowds in the shopping centre? I’d rather sit at home crafting a little something by hand, investing that extra bit of love and care into it. Stock up on fabric and glitter, invite some friends over to join in the fun, load up your favourite music, pour out the sherry, warm up the mince pies… bliss!

What kinds of crafts does it cover?

Sewing, knitting, paper crafts, crafty food gifts, jewellery, decorations, fancy wrapping, cards… and lots of other craftiness.

Sounds like a genius idea! How can I be part of the fun?

Why thank you, kind sir! Read the blog and follow our progress here. If you want to post to the blog, you can become a member by emailing craftychristmasclub at g mail dot com and I’ll set you up as an author. If you’ve got your own blog, send me the link and I’ll add it to the list of members. Ooh and help spread the good tidings by adding the button to your blog:

I don’t celebrate Christmas – can I still join?

But of course! If you’re making Hanukkah prezzies, Winter Solstice prezzies, or any other winter season prezzies for that matter, do join us!

Join us… join us… join us…

So, do as Tilly says!  There are only 72 days until the big day (sounds like ages and no time at all, all at once) so come plan and create with us!