It’ll be here in a week, a WEEK!
I’m excited I have to admit. This is without doubt my favourite week of the year and Christmas Eve is my favourite day of the year. I much prefer it to Christmas Day as I LOVE the excitement of it all.
And the cosiness, mustn’t forget that.
Oh, and the fact that I still look out in to the inky black sky at night and imagine that I’ll see the small red glow of Rudolph’s nose heading our way. But I think that’s because I now have children and I’m getting in to character for when they are old enough to know what it is all about. The dream I have in my head is of them both, fresh from the bath, in their PJ’s, slippers and dressing gowns, hanging up their stockings before going to bed. Robert the Husband & I will tuck them in and sneak out of the room. They’ll be warm and comfy and safe in the knowledge that they’ll awake to the sound of crunching on their feet. Is there any greater sound than that of wrapping paper on Christmas morning?
OK, I’ll calm down now and leave you with today’s ‘Last Minute Handmade Gift Idea’. I’m not sure whether anyone has any time left to be crafting but if you are very organised and have left yourself some time to relax then this project is perfect as a decoration, a table setting or a gift tag – depending on what you decide to stitch on to the front of it.
For this project you will need the following:
- x 2 pieces of felt for the two heart templates in the colour of your choice
- Embroidery thread
- Embroidery Needle
- Small piece of ribbon for the tie
Start by drawing a heart shape onto a piece of card, when you are happy with the size and shape, cut it out.
Next, draw around the cardboard heart shape onto your two pieces of felt (I chose blue) and then cut them out.
Using a pen or pencil, write your chosen word or name (I chose Noel) onto one of the felt hearts in the script of your choice so that it is visible enough to use as a guide in which to embroidered over.
To embroider the word Noel I used chain stitch in red embroidery thread.
When the embroidery is complete, pin the two felt heart shapes together, this will make sewing them together easier as they wont move.
I used blanket stitch all the way around edge of my heart.
Just before I had finished stitching the heart together, I left an opening just big enough to stuff the heart with some polyester toy filling to give it that plump, cushioned look. When I was satisfied that the heart was stuffed sufficiently, I continued with the blanket stitch.
Just before the heart was stitched up completely, I added a small length of ribbon to the top of the heart, which would serve as the loop from which I could hang it from, and then sewed it securely in place.
The heart is then ready to adorn any Christmas tree/guest bed/door hook/chair back etc. ready for Christmas, let the festivities begin!
I’m shopping today. My mum has the babies here at the house and I’m jumping in my car and heading to the shops. I’ll be alone in my head and picking up all manner of lovely things from the shelves and putting them in my basket. I’ll arrive home when it is almost dark with my arms laden down with huge bags and boxes and when Robert comes home we’ll start the wrapping together by the fire with our Friday night takeaway.
I’m a mummy at Christmas and I’m having so much fun you’d not believe it. My babies are only six months old. God help them when they know what’s going on and Robert is forced to dress up as an elf!
All of my dreams have come true.
I love you and I wish you the best last weekend before Christmas you have ever had.
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