Friday, 20 December 2013

Elving





Oh my goodness me, I am glad it's Friday. What a week! It doesn't matter how well I plan, how organised I think I am, the last week of term is always busy. Add into the mix a birthday, Christmas preparations, lots of socialising and evenings out, plus a foolish plan to hand make all my gifts, and it gets hectic. It's been lovely though - there have been school carol concerts in the church, Indian meals and all sorts of festive get gatherings. Yesterday I made 72 mince pies. They were mini ones, but still. Last night at book group I drank mulled cider for the first time; it's wonderful stuff, and I'm not someone who particularly likes cider. 

Thank you so much for all Bella's birthday wishes. We started the day by opening presents in bed, then she chose Nutella on toast for her breakfast. After school we went out for pizza for tea. She had a nice day, I think. Plus her second upper-front tooth fell out while she was eating her garlic dough balls so the tooth fairy visited on her birthday, which was very exciting, and she now has a huge gap which is adorable. Do you remember the two dolls I made for my nieces? Well Bella liked them very much and requested one for her birthday. She picked out the dress fabric and everything - really, I was powerless to resist! The arms are straight this time but the legs are a little wonky. I was worried she wouldn't be that interested in her, but ever since she unwrapped the doll she hasn't left her side. She sits her up at the dinner table (where I moved it far away from the spaghetti and meatballs - I would have actually cried if there was a tomato sauce incident) and she sleeps next to her in bed, and when we go out she and the doll (who is called Maddie, apparently) "hold hands". Honestly, I cannot tell you how deep-down happy this makes me. It was worth it, the hours spent hunched over the sewing machine, for this, and it gives me high hopes that she'll enjoy her rabbit for Christmas. 

I also made Angus a dog* this week for Christmas. I felt that Bella had received a lot of handmade love and I wanted to make him something too. It was an absolute bugger to make - very, very fiddly, it's actually quite small - but incredibly cute. I'm not sure if he'll like it or not. I'm worried it looks a little feminine, but when I wrapped it in a piece of wool felt for a blanket and tucked it in the suitcase I liked it a whole lot more. I've made him a t-shirt with a fire engine on it too, to be on the safe side. They'll have other toys and books which we've bought as well. I'm not putting all my eggs in one handmade basket.

We've almost finished wrapping the presents. I have one left to make - a scarf for John - which will be an eleventh hour job but something I can do anywhere, like in the car. It should be ready in time. On Sunday we drive down to my parents' house where we'll be spending Christmas this year, hence my urgency to get these last minute things done now. I am woefully behind with all my blog reading, I really am, but I will make some time to do this over the weekend. And hello new followers, it's lovely to have you here!


* The pattern is from issue 18 of Mollie Makes.



47 comments:

  1. Gorgeous ... the dog is adorable ... I attempted it but had to give up ... it was such a fiddle ... Bee xx

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  2. Well I think that both Maddie and doggy yet to be named are adorable, and I am sure that they will both be great pals, especially when rabbit joins them at Christmas! What a fun group of softies you will have. I hope that they won't all need to sit at the table for meals at once, it might get a bit crowded.

    I hope that you get everything done in time - I expect you will - and that you have a wonderful Christmas and that 2014 brings only wonderful things for you and all of your lovely family.

    Have a great Christmas. xx

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  3. I love both the dog and the doll. The little suitcase is so sweet. I really want to make that rabbit that you made for Bella. Happy Holidays.

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  4. Im new to your blog and really enjoying your photos of your home and life. You have a lovely style. Your softies are gorgeous. I love the little doggie in the suitcase

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  5. It sounds like the perfect birthday!! I'm so pleased that Bella loved her doll and the dog....totally gorgeous...I love that his bed the little suitcase, so sweet. Have a lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year Gillian, and I look forward to following your adventures in 2014! Sarah xo

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  6. Maddie is so lovely and I'm sure Angus will love the dog. I am in awe, I don't know where you find the time. Have a lovely Christmas holiday season, Gillian. xx

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  7. I don't have any doubts that Angus will love the dog - he's simply adorable. Have a great Christmas Gillian - I hope you get some rest and lovely surprises too xo

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  8. What lucky children to have a mum who can make such adorable gifts. I'm sure they'll love them. It has been a busy week here too. I'm hoping the "to do" list shrinks a little over the weekend.
    Safe journey down to your parents. And happy scarf making along the way.
    Hope you all have a great time. Xxx

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  9. The dog is utterly adorable, Angus will love him I am sure. And the little case for him to live in - wonderful! Clever you. Hope you have a really good weekend.

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  10. Goodness me Gillian ..... how on earth have you fitted everything in?! I think you are secretly Super woman!
    I love how Bella adores her beautiful doll and the little Dog is divine, you're so clever, might I ask which pattern you used? it would be perfect for my niece.
    I am so glad Bella had a lovely B'Dday.
    Wishing you and your lovely family a magical Christmas~time
    love jooles x x x

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    1. Hi Jooles. The pattern is from issue 18 of Mollie Makes. xx

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  11. I'm in awe of people like you, so very talented. I love dolly Maddie and the dog.. Merry xmas

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  12. What beautiful animals! The fact that Maddie's leg is a bit wonky is just how it should be - if it was 100% perfect, it might as well be mass produced. I am sure that Angus will love his dog! Merry Christmas!

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  13. Lovely, special presents! You're just too clever and much more organised than me.
    I guess you'll be doing lots of singing of "All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth" this year!
    Merry Christmas! x

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  14. oh you are doing so well! amazing in fact! I love the little doll, but i think the little dog has stolen my heart, he's so lovely, (he's almost a snoopy don't you think!) I'm sure he will be loved. Have a lovely time, Heather x

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  15. what wonderful makes, Gillian! it's been a pleasure to read your blog this year. I hope you all have a fantastic Christmas and your dreams come true in 2014, Pati x

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  16. So pleased that Bella had a lovely birthday and I'm not at all surprised that she loves her doll. The sweet dog will be equally loved, you will see. I know with both mine the things I've made for them is the things they love the most. Well done in a handmade Christmas it's been much the same here even for the kids and it's so so rewarding and feels so much nicer. I hope life slows down a little and you can enjoy the festive season together. Xoxo

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  17. You have made such lovely things. Good luck with the scarf, I shall think of you while I'm finishing off my sock with matchsticks propping up my eyelids!

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  18. Beautiful! The doll is lovely and so is the dog. I love how you wrapped it in a blanket all in this suitcase. It is really nice. I have still nearly all my presents to wrap and hopefully I won't be too worry in the coming days with this. Enjoy the weekend.

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  19. Such cute gifts. They both came out really nicely. I'm glad Bella had a great birthday. I am sure the scarf will be beautiful. I will be wrapping gifts like a maniac this weekend because I procrastinated too long. Have a safe trip and a wonderful holiday!

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  20. Gillian, how fab are your makes, just lovely Have a great Christmas and New Year,
    Best Wishes
    Sue xxx

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  21. Your blog and personality are so lovely.
    Thank you for sharing your time and Happy Holidays to you and your family.

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  22. Hi Gillian! The toys you've made for your kids are just lovely. They're so lucky they have such a crafty and creative mum. I especially love Bella's doll-the jeans/leggings she's wearing are cute! I might try making dolls for my girls too.
    Have a wonderful Christmas with your family and I hope you'll get some well earned rest soon.
    Marion x

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  23. I did the whole making everything by hand thing, and failed... although most people have at least one hand-made gift now so that's quite an achievement! I'm starting making much earlier next year.
    Love the dog in the suitcase btw!
    Sarah x

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  24. Aw your makes are so wonderful. I love the dog and the little case and blanket for it is such a sweet idea! xx

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  25. Your dolly and doggy are adorable Gillian, sweet Bella loving her new doll and I am sure Angus will love his tucked up dog. Well done for all your makes, so worth it in the long run. I hope you finish John's scarf in time and that you all have a wonderful and magical Christmas xox Penny

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  26. Awww, all your makes are lovely Gillian. Doggy looks so cosy in his little case and Bella's doll is very sweet. I love your candle card I spotted on the bed as well.
    Thank you for all your kind comments over at mine this year, hope you have a super family Christmas.
    Jacquie xxx

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  27. love the dolly. But the dog in the suitcase has won my heart.

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  28. Well done with those presents. "I" adore them, let alone what the kids think. Have a lovely time with your family and travel safely. Happy Xmas to you all and take care.

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  29. Oh I do hope Angus likes his dog because he's so adorable, especially in that suitcase! I'm sure that the fire engine t-shirt will swing it if it comes to it. I'm so impressed by all your handmade gifts and I'm sure your family will treasure them and find them so much more special because of the time and love that went into them. I must do more handmade things myself next year I think. You've inspired me!

    I hope you all have a wonderful day and a very Happy New Year. xx

    S x

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  30. I completely adore the little dog you made for Angus...just gorgeous and what a cute little suitcase bed for him too! I have really enjoyed reading your blog this year and look forward to following your adventures again next year. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas and a very happy and peaceful new year.
    Marianne xx

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  31. I love the doll and dog, wishing I was little once more, having a mummy who makes me priceless gifts like the ones you make for Bella and Angus. Thank you for stopping by on my own blog and leaving lovely comments, it has been an amazing experience to slowly make friends in the blogging world. Have a wonderful family Christmas. Cx

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  32. No wonder the doll hasn't left her side, it is just lovely. The dog is fabulous too, love it tucked up in the suitcase.

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  33. Hello Gillian... This afternoon I knit up the easiest, quickest scarf for my son. I used 200g Aran yarn and with size 6mm needles cast on 31 sts, every row is the same - K2, P2 to last stitch then P1.
    It knits up really quick and looks the same both sides. Hope it's been a help for your last minute gift.
    Have a wonderful Christmas.

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    1. PS The scarf pattern can be easily adapted for different yarns/needles/widths - number of stitches are in multiples of 4 + 3.

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    2. Barbara thank you so much for this! My husband was quite specific about colour and pattern (he's a Leeds united football fan...) and so I'm sort of making it up as I go along! I'm crocheting as I find it quicker, easier and more portable than knitting. I'll show you the finished result.
      Merry Christmas to you. X

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  34. The little doll is darling! I am so happy to hear that Bella had a wonderful birthday. I also love the little dog, too. Safe travels, and Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  35. That top pic exudes birthday joy!

    And the little dog all tucked up in the suitcase ... I want one!

    Safe journey tomorrow and have a wonderful Christmas holiday x

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  36. Beautiful makes, I really, really need to make one too! :) x

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  37. Hi Gillian
    Gosh and I thought it was busy here ! Such a lovely post, so many beautiful makes. The doll is so gorgeous , I'm not surprised she is already much loved and as for the dog in the suitcase - I want one !
    Have a lovely, lovely Christmas,
    Kate x

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  38. A very eventful birthday!
    Such a cute doll and dog, I'm sure both will be loved for many years.
    Happy Christmas to you all.
    Lisa x

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  39. I love all of your makes, but these recent ones are so beautiful! I'm amazed you have made time to make such special presents, I'm sure they will all be well loved. I would love one of those dolls myself and that dog is just brilliant! Merry Christmas Gillian x

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  40. Hi Gillian. how about this for the new year? (its free to try) http://www.jjlocations.com/about-us.php

    If I had a lovely house I would.

    Sol x

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  41. Love the doll and the little dog is adorable!

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  42. Adorable, I really want one of those, both in fact ,but I'm so rubbish at sewing. you are very talented.
    Merry Christmas to you and a very happy New year filled with lots of crafty projects

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  43. I love the doll and I love the dog, he looks so cute and cosy in his little suitcase.. I wish I had your patience and precision!! Good luck for the last minute preparations and have a lovely lovely Christmas!!

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  44. Gillian, I can't tell you how jealous i am of your crafting talent! You are one gorgeous thoughtful mamma.
    I love the little creatures and i love the thought of a wooly scarf too.
    Wishing you all a blessed Christmas
    Much Love
    Liv x

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