Saturday, 18 April 2015

Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew - the Charm Edition

Welcome back to another Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew Link Party.

I know, I know last Christmas is a long forgotten memory and you have absolutely ages to think about this Christmas, but don't you want to be all cool, calm and collected for a change in December? Not to mention smug when others are burning the midnight oil trying to get those carefully crafted gifts made in time, and you are enjoying the sight of a whole year's worth of crafted goodies just waiting to be wrapped and labelled!

To be that cool, calm crafter we have gathered together a great bunch of bloggers who are providing gift and decor inspiration throughout the year. This month it is the turn of Benta, who blogs at SLIK stitches. Benta is a wonderful machine embroiderer, and was the genius behind the fabulous traveller caravan block, from the Star of Africa Bee, and beautifully monogrammed bridesmaid bags, that I blogged about here and here.

Of course it wouldn't be a Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew Link Party without a giveaway and this month we have a brilliant giveaway prize from the lovely Helen at Bustle and Sew, the pattern for this fabulous cushion/pillow cover!

 Now, wouldn't that make a great addition to your holiday decor, or if you can bear to part with it a great present for a ski-ing friend? If you haven't come across Bustle and Sew before I can definitely recommend that you check them out. Helen has created a host of wonderful embroidery and applique patterns as well as a range of great softie patterns, so there is bound to be something there to inspire you. Having stitched several of her patterns I can attest to their high standard too. (You can see my Bustle and Sew makes here and here )

To win this great prize, all you have to do is head on over to SLIK stitches and link up your Christmas or Holiday makes for this month. The link party is open until April 30th, when one lucky random winner will be drawn, so you have plenty of time left to get some Christmas crafting completed and linked up!

My own Christmas crafting this month was kick started by one of my makes for the IG #outlandercraftswap.

When I made the Kilt Pin brooch for my swap partner, I realised that it would make a great gift for my daughter-in-law too, who has a bit of a love affair for all things Scottish.

So, I made another Kilt Pin brooch

 and then whilst I had the charms and tools out I might as well make one for my other daughter-in-law too, so made this one as well.

I have another two empty Kilt Pins lurking somewhere in my jewellery supplies so I think there will be more of these made by the time December rolls around :)

The lucky winner of last month's giveaway, sponsored by Alexie at the Patchwork Elephant, was Pam, who blogs at Threading my Way. I am sure that we will see Pam's Christmas fabric win popping up in a Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew Link Party in the near future :)

Looking forward to seeing your Christmas and Holiday crafting and as ever, a heartfelt thank you to all the generous sponsors of our Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew giveaways.

Link up your makes this month at SLIK stitches

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Quilting Fabric at the Fat Quarter Shop


  1. I plan on being smug this Christmas - but NICELY smug :) I'll be sipping on hot chocolate and eating Christmas cookies, knowing that my sewing is done, wrapped and mailed ... while other people run around in a harried frenzy trying to complete things :D

    I didn't get to post to the March party - I got there too late and everybody had already gone home! I hope you noticed that I loaded the dishwasher for you (just how much wine did you people DRINK??!!) - you're welcome :D I'm working on April's project so hopefully I'll be on time this month :D

  2. The comment above is so funny, I'm here laughing to myself! I missed March too but I've already got a tiny sketch I drew on a scrap piece of paper while I was waiting for my daughter at ballet and that is going to be my April project! Now where did I put that scrap of paper...?!

  3. It was a good idea to make more than one Kilt Pin Brooch: they are so pretty!

  4. Your pins are so pretty and such a great gift idea!!!

  5. Your Kilt Pin Brooches are really pretty! I'm sure each of the recipients are going to love them. I may just have to borrow this idea for our oldest daughter for Christmas.

    I linked up my little Christmas Mouse Wall Hanging over at SLIK Stitches. I look forward to seeing what others have been working on to get a head start on Christmas.

  6. Great idea to make these as Christmas presents too, I especially love the acqua coloured one, maybe slightly less Scottish looking, but very pretty.


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