Friday, December 30, 2011

12 Days of Christmas Treasure Hunt - Two

So as I mentioned the Treasure Hunt proved to be so much fun that there were a couple of girls in our family who did not want to miss out on anything, so we started a family one that they could be a part of, which over the years has also grown to include more family and friends.

For 2011 the Family Treasure Hunt list was:

1. Stripes
2. Bunting
3. Cupcake
4. Elephant
5. Paper Project
6. Felt
7. Scandinavian
8. Forest Friend
9. Gingerbread
10. Something Vintage
11. Reindeer
12. Camel

So as before, I will begin by showing you the gifts I made...

1. Stripes for Vanessa

One of the Mary Jane Stockings and little squeeze clip purse with one of the silk flower brooches attached to the front.

2. Bunting for Carol

This is Union Jack Bunting as Carol hails from the UK

3. Cupcake for Tiff

This is a vintage cupcake pan, painted and filled with Perle 8 goodness.

4. Elephant for Penny

This is a patchwork bag a vintage book and some cute sticky tape.

5. Paper Project for Annie

Hand made book up cycled from an old readers digest cover that I have finished tearing all the pages from.

6. Felt for Gill

This is a little Brooch and I also included a whole heap of felt flowers which I cut out on the Ezy Press die cutting machine thingy that she can use for her own embellishments.

7. Scandinavian for Bev

This doubled as a show entry back in October

8. Forest Friend for Vanessa

This is a little purse with bears on it a Bear bag tag
 some stickers, a pack of cookie cutters and a little hedgie cat toy.

9. Gingerbread for Carol

These are taken from a pattern in the 2010 sewing calendar.

10. Something Vintage for Tiff

This is a Apron Overlay made from vintage Kimono pieces and a matching brooch.

11. Reindeer for Penny

This is soo cute, I just love him. It is a pattern in the Scandinavian Stitches book by Clare Youngs - I really like her style and have three of her books.

12. Camel for Annie

Pattern by Pauline McArthur was in Homespun


Something Camel coloured. ( that would be the brownish bit on the back )

I asked Annie if she would like an actual Camel or something Camel coloured or both?

And she said " Is that a trick question?"

And here we all are after we had unwrapped dour gifts.
L - R Gill, Bev, Tiff, Annie, Scooby and Penny.
Vanessa and Carol live in Perth.

And now a closer look at all the gifts I received...

1. Stripes from Bev

A Notebook

2. Bunting from Gill

Each one has a little stitchery on it.

3. Cupcake from Annie

This is an original mixed media artwork and a felted wool pincushion made from a pattern in the Betz White book Warm Fuzzies - love that.

4. Elephant from Penny

A sweeet softie, a zippered pencil case, a cookie cutter
and the dearest little needle felted Blue Ellie

5. Paper Project from Tiff

A really cool Pear memo pad and the pre cut and printed ruler paper to make paper chains.

6. Felt from Carol

Some Santa serviette holders and a Piggy needle book

7. Scandinavian from Vanessa

This is a notice board - I know it says so on it.

8. Forest Friend from Bev

A sweet little Owl softie

9. Gingerbread from Gill

This is a wreath with little gingies all over it as well as some snowmen.

12. Camel from Tiff
Very sweet Camel decorations - I love their pack rolls.

10. Something Vintage from Annie

This is a desktop tidy covered with vintage style papers and some lace.

11. Reindeer from Penny

These are 2 cork reindeer made by Susie Clark and purchased at the Library Market
and a stitchery ready for me to make into something...?

Thursday, December 29, 2011

12 Days of Christmas Treasure Hunt

For years the Bitchy Stitchers have done Christmas in a pretty special way...

We start off with a list of 12 items and over the year, hopefully, make all the items on the list with our own interpretation to be gifted to all the others in the group during our 'Christmas Dinner'.
In the past it was pot luck who got your gift - depended where you were sitting on the night, but this year I cleverly drew up a chart as to who received what gift so we could know in advance who was receiving it and make something we knew that person would like.
This worked well.

So for 2011 this was our list:

1. Three French Hens
2. Tie Dye
3. Fleur de Lis
4. A Pot Plant
5. Woodland Creature
6. A Gadget Accessory
7. Sew Charming
8. A Fragrant Soap
9. A Bon-Bon
10. Oh Christmas Tree
11. Something You Can Play
12. Snow Globe

We compile the list at the end of the previous years 'Christmas Dinner' everyone puts a few ideas into the hat and we draw out the 12 - it's all very exciting.

So I shall begin by showing you what I gave as my gifts...

This is them all wrapped up.

1. Three French Hens for Sylvia

These are little softies, could be used as pin cushions or as Xmas decorations.
The fabric is a twelve days of Xmas print.

2. Tie Dye for Kate

I purchased the little Heart Top and made the Patchwork Tote using some of the fabric I dyed in the Indigo Vat at the Philomena Hali workshop also I included a couple of pieces of the hand dyed fabric we made on the October long weekend.

And here is Kate wearing her gifts.

3. Fleur de Lis for Tiff

5 Handmade cards using Fleur de Lis embossed card stock and chipboard embellishments and a pair of slippers - I satin stitched the Fleur de Lis buttons.
I purchased a set of stencils and the paper punch.

4.  A Pot Plant for Linda

Patchwork Cactus Pin Cushion and a Cactus pen which I thought was rather cool and some chive seeds in a tiny jar which is a bit sweet too.

5. Woodland Creature for Sharon

Little Bitty mini quilt based on one by Aimee Ray in the book Pretty Little Mini Quilts
and an Owl brooch.

6. Gadget Accessory for Lisa

A sweet little drawstring bag an embroidered covered Tape Measure using a printed fabric piece by Kristen Doran and a GHD Travel case.

7. Sew Charming for Wendy

A pretty Handbag using some charming sewing notions fabric, I also included a Sweetwater charm square pack.

8. A Fragrant Soap for Sylvia.

Handmade soap - this was my first attempt.

9. Bon-Bon for Kate

Gorgeous Crown taken from a pattern in the book Stash Happy Felt and a Strawberry scissor fob - heart shape pencil sharpener from an actual bon-bon.
Also I did up a little travel pouch with some Crabtree & Evelyn toiletries I collected when I stayed at the Hilton a couple of months ago and this came together with the inclusion of a Bon-Bon soap.

10. Oh Christmas Tree for Tiff

Some bunting, I pieced some narrow strips of greenish fabrics onto some green hessian then cut out the trees sewed the bias binding along the tops and a little button on the top of each tree and Ta Da - looks pretty cute.
Also a felt tree pin cushion.

11. Something You Can Play for Linda

6 Handmade cards using scrapbook paper with playing cards print, a homemade compilation of 80's music CD and an iPod pouch.
I purchased the Christmas playing cards and lady bird castanets.

12. Snow Globe for Sharon

DIY Snow Globe with Bambi pictures sourced from a vintage book.
Hand stitched design snow globe on a little squeeze clip purse,
and a table top glass dome with Christmas lights.


Now here are the pics of the gifts I received...

Most of these photos were taken on 'the night'.

1. Three French Hens from Wendy
Softies suitable to stay out all year round - Yay.


2. Tie Dye from Lisa

This is a Belly Dance bag and has been embellished with little silver coins on the end of the tie. 

3. Fleur de Lis from Sharon

A shoe bag with the Fleur de Lis needle turned on to it and a cast iron door knocker.

4. Pot Plant from Linda

A beautiful Poinsettier

5. Woodland Creature from Tiff

Cool Foxy - I think from the book Country Softies, Drawstring Bag and Luggage Tag and a Desk Bunny - his ears are scissors!

6. Gadget Accessory from Kate

A Gorgeous Sewing Machine Cover and a sweet little memory stick keeper to keep all my craft patterns on - great idea.

7. Sew Charming from Sylvia

4 fat quarters.

8. A Fragrant Soap from Wendy

Soap purchased while on holiday in Fiji

9. Bon-Bon from Lisa

Beutiful handstitched Bon-Bons filled whith special items for each of us.
Lego lucky dips for the boys which they were wrapped with.

10. Oh Christmas Tree from Sharon

Quilted wall hanging Advent calendar complete with homemade chocolates.

11. Something You Can Play from Linda

Pick up Sticks

12. Snow Globe fom Tiff

Tiff wasn't all that keen on the Snow Globe theme so she went with another Woodland Creature one with the bag and two litlle snow globes.

All the Loot - Looks great!

You really cant beat it, so much fun.

And because Tiff and I were having such a hoot with all this Our Family decided that they too wanted to be in on it all, so we do it all again with a few members of our family and a couple of family friends.

So more goodies to come.