we didn't manage to make all our gifts this year but here are a couple that we did get off the ground.
a while ago when we got our tree we went to an open day at a potters collective where prairie painted some wares. we are keeping the beaker and the heart plate - the checkered one is a gift for michael's mother - painted especially for her
for michael's dad who is a keen watercolourist i made a pencil case and prairie embroidered 'grandad' on a piece of felt. it turned out quite large so it may have to house more than pencils.
something else i have just finished is the making up of a lovingly stitched stocking by my friend karen for her daughter. it is so beautifully done and so intricate that i was apprehensive to even start terrified i would make a boo boo. but i didn't and now it is on its way to her.
christmas cake is something i only started making last year having never really liked fruit cake but i do stand every year and gaze longingly at the tubs of sparkly shiny glace fruits. last year kay's mum gave me her recipe and i was off to the grocery store quick smart to invite those fruity jewels into my kitchen!
this year i used glace peaches and red and green (favourite!) cherries, dried apricots, cherries and cranberries oh and some golden sultanas. i wanted to keep the fruit light and summery rather than a heavy rich wintery brew
after cooking the fruit, the condensed milk and baking soda were added and the alchemy began. we all had a stir and made christmas wishes
i rang michael's mother to ask about wrapping the tin - inside or out - either way would be fine. i couldn't decide so wrapped both ways. i really enjoyed this part of the process. it was all starting to remind me of my favourite christmas book when i was little - 'the tall book of christmas' not to mention a certain song from the sound of music
almonds for decoration
two and a half hours later it was done - there was late night warm cake snacking going on here!
i made some granola based on a recipe out of the december country living. i added cashews, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds. with the green of the pumpkin seeds and the red of the dried cranberries it looks very festive! i sent a big jar to michael's family. somehow i think i will be making another batch very soon!
i never thought i would ever make another yo yo again - and neither did my aunty joybelle who tirelessly stitched them for me last christmas but i had an order for a tree so i made another at the same time for salvage. these turned out a little squatter than last years. i thought they looked like dancing girls.
i think i am too hot to think about a title. it is so muggy here even with all the doors and windows open. prairie decorated a little tree in her room yesterday - note the pink flower on the top right of the tree - more salt dough! she is working on a tree topper at the moment!
and a woodsy wreath that is about to go off to salvage
i take days and days to decorate. i get so sentimental as i sift through the years. today i found this sweet decoration kay gave me last year for christmas - what a lovely surprise to find her. i don't know her era (kay?) - isn't she cute!
and one has to have pretty matches around at this time of year - quick spray of glue and voila!
prairie has two trays of salt dough ornaments baking so can't wait to see how they turn out. stay tuned!