Christmas Catchup


It’s been a pretty memorable Christmas here at whatktmadenext. Not content with moving house, Richard and I decided to host Christmas. It started out with Richard’s parents, one of his sisters and his uncle, then expanded to include my parents, then expanded again to include my brother and his wife, then expanded again to include my brother’s wife’s parents! So having never cooked a Christmas dinner in my life, I ended up cooking for 12!!

The day was awesome! I love a big Christmas and this one was no exception. It was lovely to show off the house and share the day with lots of family. Plus the table looked so pretty all decked out in blue and silver with cute snowflake place names, courtesy of Richard, who spent what seemed like several hundred hours on the PC (or maybe it was just one and he was hiding so he could avoid peeling potatoes. I’d do that!).


Plus the Christmas pudding was on fire (literally). Richard’s Dad clearly has the knack for flaming puddings, whilst I am clearly missing the knack for taking decent photos!

Christmas pudding

All in all, I think the day was a success and as a bonus, that’s something ticked off my rather neglected 101 Things list: #77 Cook a proper Christmas dinner with all the trimmings on Christmas day.


Happy Christmas!

Happy Christmas! I hope you had an awesome day 🙂

This is our teeny fairy light tree. We didn’t have room for a real tree this year so we this one instead. You can’t go wrong with fairy lights really, can you?!

It’s been a bit quiet on the blogging front lately, which is mainly down to the craziness that is work right now. But I’m trying very hard not to think about it and just enjoy my two weeks off work, yay. Lots of long lie ins are doing their job and I’m starting to feel human again, so it’s time to come back here and get up to date with what I’ve been up to craftywise.

Here’s the first of my recent crafty endeavours… a candy cane yarn wreath with felt flowers (totally inspired by this and this from Pinterest) for the front door. I am uber (with a capital U and BER) proud of how it turned out…

Although I could really do with centering this on the door viewer…!

Week Off Work Week: Day 1 photos

Today is so grey and miserable I should just have taken photos last night! Anyway, here’s what I got up to yesterday. It’s all a bit Christmasy…

A Christmas tree made from little paper Christmas trees. I’m going to frame it and put it up at the start of December.

I like the way the trees are floating off the paper!

A snowflake door hanging made from three felt tree decorations strung together. I think this is missing something though. I’m thinking that sequins in the centre of each snowflake might give it a bit of twinkle?

My first ever homemade gift tag. I’m going with parcels wrapped in brown paper, tied with red and green ribbon and one of these tags! I don’t normally have a wrapping colour scheme but I’ve been reading some fab Christmas magazines and got totally inspired to wrap pretty parcels this year 🙂 Anna helped me out with the colour scheme and gave me all the card so I could just get going…

My own library!

At Christmas, I was very lucky to receive lots of crafty books. I used to have one, on FMQ, but now I have these too and it feels a bit like I have my own library…

From top to bottom, the books are:

  1. Crochet Unravelled by Claire Bojczuk. This is a beginners guide with pics for left-handers, which should help me out a lot as I’m a lefty
  2. 200 Crochet Blocks for blankets, throws and afghans by Jan Eaton
  3. Gifts for Baby by Catherine Woram. This is the book I borrowed to make a couple of cot decorations, but it was so great, I had to get my own copy!
  4. Making Children’s Clothes by Emma Hardy. It’s got some really cute ideas, I just need to find some children to practice on 😉
  5. sew what! Skirts by Francesca Denhartog and Carole Ann Camp
  6. Little Stitches for Little Ones by Amy Butler
  7. Last-Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson. I absolutely HAD to have this book because it has the pattern for this colour wheel quilt.
  8. Material Obsession Two by Kathy Doughty and Sarah Fielke
  9. Making Vintage Bags by Emma Brennan
  10. Jelly Roll Inspirations by Pam and Nicky Lintott. I liked their previous book, Jelly Roll Quilts, but I think this one is even better!
  11. Sunbonnet Sue Visits Quilt in a Day by Eleanor Burns

I’ve been flicking through these since Christmas and there is so much inspiration floating around in those books. Now I’ve just got to decide where to start…!

Merry Christmas (well, better late than never!)

Merry Christmas! I hope you had a fantastic day and santa was good to you 🙂

I got my embroidery finished off on Christmas Eve, and Mum loves it, which is good!

WIP Wednesday – Not a table runner!

So my Mum’s table runner Christmas present has bit the dust without ever getting started. By the time I felt that my neck and shoulder were ok enough to start work on it, I just didn’t have enough time to make it without spending about 2 days glued to my sewing machine. And that would more than likely put me right back to where I was before I took a break, so that was the end of that.

I was kinda disappointed because I really wanted to give Mum something home made, but then I spotted this cute Christmas embroidery by Gail Pan Designs. Not nearly as much work but still home made – perfect! Shouldn’t take long to finish it off and get the binding on…

There are some other gorgeous Christmas patterns on Gail’s website – definitely worth bookmarking for next year!

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