{joy} 12 Sleeps

Hello Friend,

I can barely believe there are only twelve sleeps (probably just eleven by the time I hit the ‘publish’ button!) left until Christmas, and that we are almost half way through December!  What happened?!  I had so much I wanted to share with you – so many lovely things that inspire me and have my heart leaping at this time of year.  Unfortunately I’ve been so busy with heart leaping and inspiration – visits to Santa, tree decorating, Christmas movies, end of year catch ups, mad and crazy sewing of Christmas dresses and t-shirts and gift bags, and general Christmas crafting … that I fear most of it might just remain in my head until next year.

Alas.  Sometimes life just takes over, right?!

Today, though, I did want to share with you something I’ve had a lot of fun putting together over the past few weeks.  If you recall, quite a few weeks ago now, I joined up to Sew-Funky’s Kiwi Christmas Ornament Swap.  After much deliberation as to what to make, I eventually decided to indulge my obsession with embroidery hoops, and made a set of 6 Christmas-inspired hoops to send out to my fellow group members.  Last week I put the ornaments in the post, and I’m pretty sure that they’ve all made it safe and sound to their new homes!

Here are some pics…

Using the smallest embroidery hoops available (I think probably about 8cm in diameter), I used Christmas fabric as a base and then attached simple felt shapes.  I backed each hoop with a piece of felt (to hide any messy bits!) and attached a cute little ‘made with love’ label I had stashed away in my haberdashery collection. [urm… quick side note, I just googled ‘haberdashery’ to be sure I was using it correctly… turns out I’m not  – a haberdashery has something to do with men and hats… however, as I don’t know the correct term for a collection of buttons, ribbons and the like I’m just going to keep on using ‘haberdashery’… if anyone would care to enlighten me, I’d be most appreciative!]

I hate too much repetition (ok, fine, I have a REALLY short attention span!) so instead of making six of the exact same ornament, I decided to pick six iconic Christmas symbols and make one of each.  After a little brainstorming, I decided on a ‘peace dove’, sprig of holly, Christmas tree, Christmas bauble, a wreath, and ‘Joy’.

I wanted the wrapping to be special too, so I made fabric drawstring bags for each ornament to fit into.

Instead of gift cards, I made tags using plain white card which I painted with silver and red watercolour stripes.  I then printed these fantastic tags by Amy Moss onto the card, cut them out and voila!

It was a lot of fun to participate.  Dione had over 100 people take part – and will you believe she made an ornament for every single person!?  I will be posting the ornaments that I received as part of the swap in the next day or two… (depending on Christmas-craziness levels!)

And I’m already brainstorming as to what I can come up with for next year’s swap.  I think that’s half the fun… and now I know I have it too look forward to, I have many months for planning!

How has December been shaping up for you?  Have you any crafty projects you’re whizzing through to complete by Christmas day?  I’d love to hear a tale or two!

PS… AMAZING blog picture templates and Christmas embellishments used in this post are by Jessica Rose of Vol. 25 and can be found Here and Here.

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7 Responses to “{joy} 12 Sleeps”

  1. December 14, 2011 at 2:50 pm, Elizabeth Rago said:

    I am so happy to see that someone else refers to days in “sleeps”! :) I LOVE those ornaments, Hana. Will we be able to see what kind of ornaments you got in the swap?


    • December 16, 2011 at 10:25 pm, Hana said:

      Thanks Elizabeth! So excited – just over a week to go now! I received the final ornament yesterday, so took some pictures today and will post them tomorrow – Ava and I hung them all on the tree today – so much fun!!

      H xo


  2. December 15, 2011 at 10:09 am, Erin said:

    Your ornaments are so cute, your craftiness something to behold! I was noticing today that dots in your background remind of the book, “Press Here”, have you seen it? Happy Christmas!


    • December 16, 2011 at 10:29 pm, Hana said:

      Thanks Erin. I borrowed “Press Here” from the library recently and really enjoyed it – what a fun, interactive book! I’m tempted to get a copy for the kids to have at home, as I can imagine it would appeal to a wide range of ages. I can see what you mean about the dots in the background – I love that – thanks!

      H xo


  3. December 18, 2011 at 5:19 pm, Ihilani said:

    I LOVE these! Each is so fantastic. Good job. I admire your creativity and the patience it took to make each ornament different and special. Hope you’re enjoying the holidays! xoxo


    • December 20, 2011 at 12:55 am, Hana said:

      Thanks Ihilani. I’m really enjoying the lead up to Christmas this year – although I can’t believe how quickly it has come around! The weather has been cold and wet over the last couple of weeks, so we are hoping it turns around, and we’ll be able to spend Christmas Day outside in the sun! Wishing you a very happy Christmas.

      Hana xo


  4. October 29, 2012 at 6:01 am, Lovely Links, 29 October, 2012 | A Happy Adventure said:

    […] took part last year and it was so awesome – I got to exercise my creative muscles and make a fun set of embroidery hoops (I only wish I’d made one for our tree too – something I will remedy this year!)  and […]


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