Saturday, 2 November 2013

Making Christmas - Week 4

Another week has whizzed by so it is time to check in with my progress (or lack of!) on my list of Christmas makes.


As I knew my sewing room was going to be out of action for most of the week, I wasn't feeling too hopeful on the sewing projects I would like to complete in time for Christmas. I was absolutely right to be less than hopeful! 

Whilst I had no sewing space to hide away in, I did have a kitchen to play in so I pulled out the recipe books and torn out magazine pages to see what I could add to my list of makes this week. I was so pleased with last week's chutney that I thought I would add another preserve to the cheese lover's hamper for my brother.

Spiced Pear and Cranberry Relish

So here is the latest addition to the hamper!

This was even easier to make than the chutney, as basically I threw everything in a pot and let it simmer for 30 mins :)

The recipe is available here if you would like to give it a go.

So one item added to my list and immediately ticked off! Is that cheating ??

So here's the current list, hopefully, some of those sewing projects will see some progress in the coming week.
  • A Christmas Table Runner for our new dining table
  • Two Pleated Pouches to fill with make-up/nail polishes for my daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law to be
  • Two Liberty and linen jewellery rolls for my sisters-in-law
  • A Knotwork Christmas cushion - for me!
  • A Fairytale Cushion for my grandniece using one of Quiet Play's Happily Ever After paper-pieced patterns
  • Homemade chutney for my brother and son MADE
  • Homemade relish for my brother MADE
  • More dishwasher vodka!
  • Biscuits for cheese for my brother
If you haven't already come across the Making Christmas Blog Hop, it is the brainchild of Janine and Rebecca who came up with the wheeze of asking fellow bloggers to post a list of the crafty projects they would like to complete before Christmas and link them up.

Along the way there will be posts and tutorials on holiday-themed projects, this week's post is by M-R at Quilt Matters, pop on over and check out what she has lined up for this week.

You can also check out all the great projects being ticked off those lists at the Making Christmas  Pinterest board.

So if you haven't already made a list, I don't like to worry you but it is November, maybe it is time you started thinking about that crafty Christmas you thought you had plenty of time for in the summer! Link up your list here and enjoy the support and encouragement of your fellow bloggers, and maybe get some handy ideas along the way :)


  1. Doing well there! I'm hoping to start on my mum's pressie tomorrow, as I can hand sew it while I'm working. It's going to be one of those weekends o.O

  2. A client has just given me a huge bag of windfalls and I was wondering how to preserve them! Your chutney looks great and I will be making it this weekend - thanks for such a timely post:-)!

  3. Well done - have you started on the liberty jewellery rolls? I've just started a quilt with liberty fabric detail - am loving the fabric, might be an expensive discovery

    On a separate note - I'm running a giveaway for 2 tickets to the Harrogate knitting and stitching show later this month, didn't know if you would be interested

  4. Another delicious make! Your brother's hamper gets better every week!

  5. Hampers are the best presents for food lovers! Unless your like me and eat it before you get to give it!! Or the year before last I made picked onions for everyone's foodie parcels and they blew everyone's heads off! Apparently they don't like them as strong as me!!

  6. adding and crossing off totally counts! =) anything to feel like progress is made, no? i'm especially interested in seeing your liberty and linen jewelry rolls - they sound fabulous!

  7. You are setting a precedent with your brother's present this Christmas. I can see a hamper every year... a great present and good to cross another thing off the list.

  8. Oh that relish looks yummy Fiona! And looks so festvie in that pretty jar you used.


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