Snail Mail Holiday Swap Links

I must admit, when I first suggested to Emma that we should co host a holiday swap it was for entirely selfish reasons. I love getting “real” mail and parcels in the post and what could be nicer than receiving something hand made by another crafter? We have had a lovely mix of readers from both our blogs taking part, some have blogs of their own and others don’t so we’ll be putting some pics up on flickr soon to show off all the wonderful items that have been traveling up and down the country thanks to Royal Mail. My parcel has gone to Spain, so until I’m sure the recipient won’t be peeking I am only giving you a brief glimpse of what went in my parcel.

You can take a peek at what Ali, Heike, Dawn and Emma have been sending and receiving on their blogs –   I am amazed at their creativity and ingenuity – it’s always a surprise to me just what you can get in an A4 envelope!

This has been the most exciting project and I hope we can make it an annual event. Thank you to every one who has taken part, it can be a bit daunting to swap parcels with someone you’ve never met and so much is taken on trust. I am sure everyone has been thrilled with their parcels and that we all feel more festive as a result of putting our parcels together.

Finally I have to say a huge thank you to Emma, not only was she enthusiastic about the idea of co hosting the swap, she has  been a constant source of inspiration and support to me and my year has been the better for getting to know her.

Sssshhh …. don’t tell anyone …. she has a rather significant birthday approaching and I’ll be sending off something rather special to help her celebrate in style!

Happy making

Tracey x

How to Crochet Mistletoe

This post has now moved over to my new website. You can find the instructions there. Also, why not follow my Free Crochet Patterns board on Pinterest so you can find all my free patterns in one place.

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Christmas Craft: Button Napkin Ring

These take no time at all (well, depending how quick you are at sewing on buttons). You might recognise some of the buttons which arrived as part of the recent Celebration Swap with Dawn, as soon as I saw them I knew I had to make something festive.

You will need:

A piece of felt in your chosen colour. Sewing thread and needle, approx 20 -2 5 buttons in varying shapes and sizes.

Instructions start here:

Simply cut 2 strips of felt approx 20cm x 4cm (put 1 strip aside for now).

Sew buttons in random shapes and sizes onto the strip, leaving a 0.5cm gap at either end for sewing up. Once covered in buttons, place the second strip underneath and sew together using blanket stitch. Fasten the 2 short ends together and sew a button in place.  Make in any colours to match your decor, these look fab as vintage wedding decorations too.

Coming Up: Christmas Crafting

It’s never too early to start thinking about a handmade Christmas and so all this week I’ll be sharing some simple crochet and knitting projects with you. Starting off with these gorgeous felted crochet baubles, which are so simple even a beginner could make them.

Next up we have … crochet mistletoe …

Button Napkin Rings …

And finally, a cute little baby hat for the little ones.