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Falling into Christmas

December 20, 2014

Oh yes, it is Christmas, the end of days! End of school, end of kinder, end of swimming, end of piano, beginning of holidays, camping, ripe apricots, school watering rosters and Christmas flurry. We are falling into Christmas.

IMG_5289We have camped for a few days by a beautiful river.

IMG_20141220_210423We have hunted down our tree and decorated it.

And in between the last things of the year, there has been much making of small things.

IMG_5127Before the flurry, I finished this little fellow in calm and quiet, a daily reminder of the beauty of that bush camp. I used every little scrap of the Border Leicester fleece spun on the River Wife Clay spindle whorls.  The oxblood yarn is from something I was knitting whilst camping. It is a Jamieson and Smith jumper weight yarn, the shade number escapes me at the moment. The colour really enhances the gold of the Border Leicester that came from Blue Gum leaves.

IMG_5151As you can see, I am working my way through my treasured scraps.  There are old skirts of mine cut down, unsewn shorts pieces destashed by a friend and lots of dressmaking scraps from another friend.

Each one seemed to be very clearly for a particular small person and I do love how that happens.  Lots of our little friends are getting skirts and trews this Christmas but not as many as I had hoped as the time has vanished in a puff.

IMG_5148Our kids are getting getting camping bags made from the cargo pockets of their dad’s shorts were old and worn.  These little bags are backed with linen scraps and the strap is from some cut down curtains. I told you I was working my way through the stash!

IMG_5219Operation Man Shirt was reprised for a wee quilt for My Man’s birthday coming up. It is tiny, tiny enough to fit into a deep 8 inch frame. You will recognise it as the Rachaeldaisy design I showed you last post. Those shirts stand as the material culture of our years together, the day in day out stuff of love.

Still falling…



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  1. R, I adore the camping bags. They scream your man to me!! I think I have seen him wearing those very shorts many times. What a fabulous way to re-purpose them, I bet they shall be well-loved and used.
    I am slightly teary at the beautiful birthday art you have prepared. It’s gorgeous and so sentimental. You are a beautiful person and I am sure it shall be well-treasured xx

  2. Felt the warm, comfortable feelings of yourself and your love of your family and the land you call home. Truly feels like Christmas to me. Have a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones and friends and all the best in the New Year! Joan (from the snowy shores of beautiful Lake Superior)

  3. Rebecca, your posts are always so cozy and warm. It’s wonderful that your family is able to do so many things together.

  4. Falling, falling, falling and doing a magnificent job of it also!! The golden Border Leicester yarn is Perfect with the oxblood/plum yarn for a tea cozy and all the gorgeous little skirts and pants, esp the cargo pocket pants bags. Then the wee quilt………what accomplishments! What kind of tree do you have? Can’t imagine our types would like the heat 🙂 Cheers!

  5. Yes!! Not only handmade but giving old things new life! Fantastic gifts.

    The cargo pocket bags are awesome, such a great idea, and I too love that particular gold/plummy purple red colour combo. A sweetie of a tea cosy, with your hand present in so many steps of its coming into being.

    Hats off to you, this is the best “what I’ve made for Christmas” post I’ve read this year.

    Enjoy these last few days of lead up, and wishing you a Merry Christmas and joyous New Year 🙂

  6. Oh – I just love all the things you have made here – such ingenuity, such love, such imagination……….I want to get making things like this too!

  7. How wonderful to be entering into the holidays with a camping trip. It’s like a beautiful spot. It’s wonderful to see the beautiful things you are creating with your stash. It’s lovely to think of those skirts and pants going out into the world to their chosen recipients. Your man shiirt creation is such a special gift for your Man. congratulations on 10 years. Enjoy continuing to fall.

  8. holy moley – you have had busy hands! I’m feeling a lot of love for all the things being made here – that man shirt quilt perhaps most of all, its truly a lovely gift. Your creativity and imagination for finding new life for worn out clothing is tremendously inspiring – thank you, Rebecca, for sharing all this here. xo

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