Crafts of Christmas past

One neat thing about going home for Christmas is that my mother has still got all the silly little things I’ve made her in the past and I can revisit my old crafts (and see how much better I’ve got.)

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The little bear nativity set. Mostly hand stitched which meant they took ages… very pleased with how fuzzy Joseph bear is. It’s possible I only made two wise bears? The fleecy looking one is the shepherd bear of course. (90s.)

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Little owls. I made these a couple of years in a row and I believe a number of my friends may even still have their little owls. (00s)

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Little cats. I made these out of old t shirts and hand painted with fabric paint, hand embroidered faces. I made this ginger stripey one to look like Mum’s old cat Bilbo. (00s)

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I don’t think I made this angel to look like she was shrugging all the time, but there it is. I can’t recall where I got the pattern, probably from a craft book or a magazine. I’m still fond of her, all made of calico, even the hair, and some little roses on the front of her dress. The eyes are a little lopsided, but she still has a sweet expression. (Late 90s I think)

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Extra soft cat bed

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When we got a cat, at the end of last year, I wanted to make sure she had a place of her own to sleep. The cat beds in the pet store were really, really expensive. I went through my fabric stash and found some extra soft polar fleece, some old extra long socks and whipped up this snuggly bed in a couple hours with a bunch of stuffing. Mochi was enamoured and used it devotedly for a while. Up until she decided there were better beds… But she’s back on it now, so hey, swings and roundabouts.

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