23 December 2013

Yule making: crackers, stocking, tags and tree decorations. blimey.

It's very stormy here on the Isle of Wight, I feel like our house might get blown away! So not much else to do other than make some things for Yuletide celebrations!
I managed to get all our RUST jewellery orders finished and dispatched in time, but with the mister in London for a few days it's been pretty hectic here. Single handed parenting with a cold, not a good mix.
Anyways, I think I have caught up on all the things I wanted to make.
Excuse these blurry pics, but I made these crackers last night. Actually I cheated a bit because I bought the blank unmade crackers and just decorated them. I typed out jokes on my typewriter and put some cheapo pressies inside. I made 13 in total which spell out Happy Christmas. Hope they go bang for our xmas eve dinner at Grandma's house.

We had a little bit of Winter Solstice-ness, but due to a stuffy nose and blurry head, I didn't make it to the woods. But we did burn our tiny Yule log. I used my new wood burning tool thingy to write on the wood...need a bit f practice though.

I made a stocking for our toddler (who is now 14 months old, can you believe it??). It's a bit basic but I'm please with it anyhow. I made a rosette which can also be worn as a brooch.

I have heard from Santa, that all the pressies are wrapped and waiting for delivery.

Also new to me is this stuff...

air drying clay. I had a bit of experiment but I found it a bit tricky to use. I ended up just making simple shapes with a star pastry cutter and also making strips like tags.

the map wrapping paper seemed to work ok!

I hung the stars on our little twig tree in the living room. They spell out Winter Solstice.

I also had a go at making felt leaves and acorns on my sewing machine...

 I have a massive stash of nice bits of paper that I save from various pressies...so I re-used quite a lot! As our kiddo is still little she wont remember what last years pressies were wrapped in right?

I made a new wreath as the other one kind of blew to bits in the storm. This one is a bit more robust although maybe a bit boring.

So we are all set and ready to go. Our house is in a permanent state of creative mess. I tidy it up, then make a whole load of papery, glittery mess all over again. I hope it will stay tidy for a least 6 hours??

I might do a post before the 25th but not sure so, just in case... Happy Yule everyone! xx


  1. all your decorations are amazing! I love your little one's stocking.

  2. Love the PAN candles and everything else besides. Happy Christmas to you and your family xo

  3. I love the map wrapping paper and the stocking! x


  4. I've said it a hundred times before, but I love your home! I love the random bits of greenery everywhere, the map wrapping paper, the handmade gift tags...just everything!

    I hope you all have a very happy holiday!

  5. Beautiful as always. We are awaiting the storm in Ireland. Hope you and your family have a happy Christmas and little Pehr enjoys playing with all her presents. I also meant to say, I hope you forgot that silly comment that anonymous made about your pictures of Pehr. There will always be one, or two who feel they can criticise! (especially from the safety of the internet) For the readers of your blog, the pictures of your lovely family serve to illustrate your lovely blog. All the best, Ruth in Dublin.

  6. Love your aesthetic! It is always so inspirational. Merry Christmas.

  7. Beautiful beautiful beautiful. All of it!

  8. Your home has such a lovely, warm glow! Our house is in a state of constant creative mess too...I will try and reign it all in today. I also found the air dry clay tricky to work with - it was a bit stringy, which I didn't expect! My cutters weren't really sharp or thin enough to make the shapes very neat. I was thinking to get some super-fine sandpaper to smooth the edges out a bit. Will give it another go with some simpler ideas soon. Happy first yule in your own home!

  9. Thanks for sharing your lovely creative home - happy holidays wishing you an inspirational year a head.

  10. Cozy, cozy!! Have a happy xtsmas!!
    ****o***♥**o***o***♥ *

  11. Merry Christmas x

  12. Have a very happy Christmas in your lovely new home and thank you for sharing your adventures and creativity with us all this year. Karen xx

  13. Happy Christmas to a sweet little family. Thank you for your blog.

  14. Your gift wrapping looks gorgeous!

    Jen x



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