Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Little Roo is here ...

Little Roo finally made his grand entrance into the world (10 days late ...) on the 6th December and he is absolutely gorgeous. A wonderful Christmas present for us all and Flopsy Bunny is a besotted big sister.

Needless to say, blogging and making things have taken a back step. Although I did manage to get this done before Little Roo arrived; a stocking present for Flopsy Bunny. The pattern came from Little Cotton Rabbits blog. I love the rabbits that Julie makes and was very excited to see that she had posted a pattern for Christmas tree decorations. This mini bunny was quick to make, but a little fiddly as it is so small, but I am really pleased with the results. A very cute bunny for a very cute little girl!

So here's to a happy and healthy New Year to everyone and I hope 2009 will be a creatively inspired one!

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Life goes on ...

So I'm still waiting for Little Roo to make an appearance. This baby is obviously not going to be rushed and wants to make a grand entrance to much cheering and whooping. After the first few days of feeling annoyed that things were not happening, I have now become quite calm about the whole thing and resigned to the fact that I have no control over when this baby will come.

Instead I am getting excited about Christmas. Flopsy Bunny has been opening doors on her advent calendar and dancing to Jingle Bells on our Christmas CD. I am in full swing making chutney to put in our family Christmas Hamper. I always like to make up a batch of jam, relishes and biscuits to give to family at Christmas. Not least because it helps with any glut of produce we have. This year we were given a whole lot of cooking apples which have been made into Spiced Apple Jelly and I've just finished some Pumpkin Chutney. I've recently found a great blog - Gerwerken, which has lots of lovely tips for a green and budget conscious Christmas. Ideas include receipes for making candles and soap as well as other crafty ideas - well worth a look if you want some inspiration.

I've also been busy knitting and have made Flopsy Bunny's doll a hat and scarf for Christmas - another stocking present which uses up left over wool! I was really pleased with the hat which I think has come out well. I had several attempts at getting the shape and size right. I've also finished my sister's bag - whey hey! Slightly disappointed that the light green wool dyed a little darker in the felting process but still love the shape and the way the colours blend together. Fingers crossed she'll love it too - although I must remember that it's me who has the bag obsession not her!