Advent Sunday Candles and Stitching

Asvent ringI’ve been busy making my Advent ring today as it’s the first Sunday in Advent. It’s a tradition that goes back to my childhood which I’ve chosen to carry on with my family. When the children were little it marked the beginning of Christmas celebrations. We have a collection of Christmas books that would come out of storage, we’d light a candle, read some stories, sing some carols round the piano, and finish with the story of the Nativity. Of course there was the year when we got to the bit in the story and I said ‘What’s the baby called?’ James replied ‘Jesus’ to which Helen said ‘But I want to call it Rachel’ and she insisted it was Rachel for the rest of that Christmas!!Basket of foliage

Now the children are 17 and 19, they’re clearly not interested in such traditions, so I’ve changed it slightly! I tried lighting the candles during Sunday tea but it seemed rushed, so this year I’m making it into a bit of me time!, I’m lighting it at 5pm when I like to sit down with a glass of sherry, maybe do a bit of hand-sewing…a quiet time!

Oasis trimmed to fitMy candlestick was a bargain on Otley market, I got the idea of sitting a wreath on it from a flower arranging class one of our WI ladies ran. I couldn’t get one small enough so I trimmed it a bit. I gathered the foliage from the garden, I like to use lots of different foliage, so there’s box, ivy, cupressus, eucalyptus, osmanthus (instead of holly) plus Foliageothers whose names escape me! I usually try to put some herbs in such as rosemary and sage, to add a subtle scent, but my plants aren’t big enough this year. I remembered not to put choisya in as it smells like cats pee! I’ve added sedum and astrantia flowers for a bit of colour. As this arrangement has to last til Christmas, I don’t usually put decorations in yet, as leaves die off they can be replaced by pinecones, poppy heads and wired baubles. I spotted the lights in a florists in Otley yesterday, they give an extra bit of sparkle.Advent Ring

This afternoon I thought I’d start some Christmas sewing, RudolfI fell for the design on Candyfloss Ramparts, it just made me smile! I had my first attempt with a transfer pen, my test on some cotton worked beautifully, not so successful on felt! I resorted to the air-erasable pen to try and show the letters. I’m really pleased with Rudolf, the top letters aren’t bad, but the bottom ones are a bit wobbly! It’s all back stitch with two or three strands of embroidery thread so it didn’t take long at all, just got to get another frame to hang it in now 🙂Rudolf

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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7 Responses to Advent Sunday Candles and Stitching

  1. Joanne says:

    I can see why you fell for the Rudolph design. It’s a very cute embroidery! Your advent wreath is beautiful. Ours is rather more pedestrian, with plain old fake greens… there isn’t anything left to gather from our garden at this time of year!


    • craftycreeky says:

      Thank you for your kind comment Joanne, I planted lots of evergreen shrubs in the garden over the years and they’re now big enough to ‘prune’ at Christmas!! Just popped over to your blog and your quilts are gorgeous, inspiring to an inexperienced quilter like me!


  2. Gail says:

    Your embroidery is shining bright! Your Advent wreath has a lovely glow as well. Have a great week.


  3. craftycreeky says:

    Thank you Gail, hope you have a great week too.


  4. lundygirl says:

    Beautiful advent wreath.


  5. I love it! It’s so perfect!


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