Monday, 18 May 2015

Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew - the Snowflake edition

Welcome to another Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew Link Party!

As ever our mission is to have you all organised and calm by the time December 25th comes around, and to help us we have gathered together a great bunch of bloggers, who are posting tutorials for gift and home decoration projects throughout the year. This month, our guest host is Karen, who blogs at Practically Pippy. I first came across Karen when she lived in Germany, and was very grateful for her sage advice on the etiquette of mulled wine drinking on our first German Christmas Market trip. My daughters-in-law were thankful too :) A few months ago, Karen moved back to the US, so I am delighted that she has found the time to craft a Christmas Mouse tutorial to share with us for this month's Link Party.

Of course it wouldn't be a Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew Link Party without a giveaway for one lucky linker. The winner of last month's Alpine Skier cushion cover pattern from Bustle and Sew was Sandra, aka the Novelty Pouch Factory, who made the link up with her fabric baskets posts by the skin of her teeth :) This month, the giveaway prize is generously provided by the wonderful Katie of Japan Crafts, who I had the good fortune to meet when she ran a Sashiko workshop at my local Embroiderer's Guild meeting.

Katie has donated this lovely Mini Rice Bag Kit for one lucky winner, it is just perfect for gift wrapping a special present.

 Having made a similar bag from one of Katie's kits already, I can attest to the clarity of the instructions and the high quality of the materials!

So, if you want to be in with a chance of winning head on over to link up your Christmas and Holiday makes at Practically Pippy

My own Christmas make this month came about when I accidentally spilled a tube of beads all over my craft room floor! Whilst laboriously picking them up I remembered that I had originally purchased the beads along with wire blanks to make a beaded snowflake. So, once I was up off my hands and knees that is what I did, and here is the result!

I think that I might look out for some different coloured beads to make a few more before December.

I also spotted this book on a recent IG'ers destash, so needless to say had to snap it up straightaway :) Hopefully there will be lots of inspiration for future Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew projects in there.

Looking forward to seeing all your holiday makes and as always a big thankyou to all of our lovely giveaway sponsors.

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  1. Off to pippi's (love the snowflake!)

  2. Gorgeous snowflake, off to see the mouse and then I'd best get going with my 'Ho, ho, ho' make for the month, not very organised this time!

  3. Love the little snow flakes. They would be really pretty on a tree of in a garland during the holiday season too.

  4. I'm going to have to see if I can get one of my Christmas projects finished this week so I can link up and have a chance to win that great bag! I love your snowflake. It is really going to sparkle on the tree!

  5. Absolutely love your snowflake. What exactly do you use for the wire? Is it something pre-made that you buy at a craft store? Janita

  6. What a beautiful snowflake. I can imagine a whole flurry of these glistening on a tree and as it is still standard practice to light candles on trees over here I think they would reflect the light from the candles just beautifully.

  7. I was lucky to win - that's an adorable pattern (plus I got a Christmas gift made :) The list of things I know I'll stress over during Christmas season gets a bit smaller each month - YAY :) I was working on a gift today and sewing the leather nose didn't go very well - I used a leather needle but still had problems - hopefully the project will be gift-worthy when completed!

    Adorable snowflake ornament - it'll be sweet in colours as well! I have that Christmas sewing book - I made the polar bear and penguin PP'd blocks last year - I used them for zipper bags instead of pillows :D


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