Christmas is Coming

I’m gradually getting a bit more into the festive spirit, it’s taken a bit of doing this year!! Yesterday I finally finished putting all the decorations up. One thing I do like at Christmas is reacquainting myself with various Christmas decorations I’ve made over the years, luckily I’ve put a date on some, as otherwise there is no way I would remember this bell pull is nearly 30 years old!! The cats on it would date it a bit as that’s Oliver and Nellie, cats I had in my 20’s. I love the Skating Santa bell pull, I think it’s his elegant shape, this was stitched a few years ago.

I’ve made a few wall hangings over the years too, these two Santas come out every year, they are probably from the same era. A more recent one is the Partridge in a Pear Tree quilt which I made just a few years ago. These are all pre printed panels which are then hand-quilted. I made the Advent calendar when James was little and it’s come out every year since.

I’ve made two father Christmas’s over the years and I’ve got a pattern for another one! My favourite is the Thimbleberries one which has an embroidered coat, his beard is made from Wensleydale sheep wool which is lovely and curly.Felt Embroidered Santa

Last week a friend came round to make a Christmas wreath. I don’t usually do an actual wreath for the door, more of a seasonal bunch. I discovered this by chance when I was helping decorate our village church for the WI Carol service a few years ago. We had some big pieces of greenery left, rather than waste it I gathered it together into bunches, tied a red ribbon round it and hung them on pillars, they looked really good, so that’s what I usually do at home. I have to be careful with the holly as my OH isn’t impressed if it attacks him on the way in!Christmas Door Wreath

My Advent ring has been up for three weeks now so it’s starting to look a bit sad in places. At this time I usually take out any obviously dead stuff and fill in the gaps with natural and artificial bits, such as pine cones, clementines and floral pics. As you can see we’ve three candles lit now for the 3rd Sunday in Advent, together with the daily Advent candle in the middle.Advent Wreath

Another floral decoration I’ve made this year is round a candle. I found some silver gypsophillia in my boxes of decorations. My original though was to sort of hold it in place with the candle, that didn’t work! In the end I tied small bunches together with silver wire in a row and then tied it round the candle. I think it looks very pretty.Gypsophilia Christmas Candle

The Fold and Stitch wreath has now got a candle lantern in it’s centre, the inside needed a little something so I threaded some baubles onto red ribbon and tied it round the base.Fold and Stitch Wreath

I’ve quite a few homemade tree decs now, little cross-stitch ones from years ago, a cross-stitch house I made within the last couple of years. The red and silver bells and the sheep are left over from the fair I did in Grassington.

I think my favourite one still though is the Mistletoe humbug I made last year, it’s a design by Faby Reilly. I liked it so much that when I got a discount code for completing the Lizzy Stitching Wallet, I bought patterns for several more! I’m over half way through stitching the Holly humbug, it’s looking very sweet, I’ll hopefully get it finished in the next couple of days. How are your Christmas plans coming on?Holly Humbug, Faby Reilly


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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25 Responses to Christmas is Coming

  1. katechiconi says:

    What a lot of lovely hand crafted decorations! My own are much more minimal and not nearly as durable or hand made!

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  2. Dina says:

    Absolutely gorgeous workโฃ๏ธ๐ŸŒฟโค๏ธ๐Ÿคถ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ…โค๏ธ

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  3. Kate says:

    Everything is beautiful!

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  4. MrsCraft says:

    What lovely decorations, I hope I still appreciate mine in 30 years time!

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  5. jessicacrafts says:

    Love all the wall hangings. They look ace. Everything has been decorated here for a while and I only have a couple of presents left to wrap.

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  6. What a lovely selection of homemade decorations.

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  7. Great projects, one of these days I want to do one of those fold and stitch wreaths.

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  8. Deb says:

    Love your seasonal bunch,good to see greenery!

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  9. nanacathy2 says:

    You have some beautiful hand made decorations. I rather like the little house.

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  10. Wow, everything looks beautiful! Thanks for sharing. This is an idea I have been trying to spread this holiday season to give it a little more meaning. If you like it, please share it. Thanks, Rita


  11. kathyreeves says:

    I love seeing everyone’s decorations, so much fun, and inspiring too!


  12. nikkibnb says:

    Those are some absolutely lovely decorations, how nice that you can have such a selection of homemade items. ๐Ÿ™‚


  13. sewchet says:

    Wow, Iโ€™m so impressed at all those handmade decorations, especially the Santa with the curly beard! Every year I vow to make more, but invariable never get around to it….


  14. tialys says:

    Such lovely, personal decorations which must be a joy to rediscover every year. I can see you don’t go in for minimalist dรฉcor a Christmas. After a difficult couple of months I am hoping to get my Christmas tree up and decorated tomorrow afternoon just in time for my eldest when she comes home for Christmas week. Then, I’m just going to wallow in my small family unit, eat lots, drink more most likely and watch some of the old toot that comes on the T.V. at this time of year and I’m thinking, while the others are playing video games ( :/ ), I might even cast on a pair of socks.


  15. claire93 says:

    lots of lovely festive craftiness ^^


  16. tinaor says:

    What wonderful decorations. I love the Thimbleberries Santa! I am sitting looking at my tree right now, a few handmade decs from over the last 20 years or so, then there’s three decs on the fireplace mantel, one from my son aged 4 or so! I love to see what people have made to celebrate. Seasons greetings!


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