Christmas Eve Eve

It’s Christmas Eve tomorrow and I finally feel ready for Christmas, we collected the turkey this morning at about 7.30am, we always go early as otherwise the queue at the butchers is winding down the road and round the corner! I popped into the supermarket for some smoked salmon for starters and a few last minute bits before heading home for a final vac, sweep and tidy up.

I’ve wrapped the last few presents and remembered I still had some cards to finish off. I used to make all my Christmas cards, nowadays it’s just a handful for close family. I couple of weeks ago I ran a silk painting workshop for my WI, we used pre-gutta-ed cards as we only had a couple of hours so I didn’t have time to teach them how to apply gutta. Silk painting is great as it’s like painting by numbers, the paint automatically stops at the gutta so you get a really neat outline. It also blends beautifully and adding salt can make a lovely dappled effect. I love the vibrant colours too, they have a translucent quality, a bit like watercolour. Silk painting Christmas Cards

Usually with silk painting the silk is stretched on a frame, however with small pieces you can iron them onto freezer paper instead, much easier! It can then be left on the paper when attaching it to an aperture card. I managed to make three that evening, I’m not sure if my favourite is the town or the penguins…

I finally finished off my card for my OH. I made a little cross-stitch of mistletoe earlier in the month which was flat mounted on card. I attached a hanging ribbon so next year it can go on the tree. To make it into a card I simply hung it on the card and used sellotape on the inside to secure the hanging ribbon. It’s bit bit top heavy so it does need some help (from a candlestick) to stand up but my OH was really chuffed when I gave him it today.Mistletoe Christmas Card in cross-stitch

Whilst I was in town I also called into the mail sorting office to see if there was a parcel for me. There was…it’s my present from my Secret Stitching Santa!!! This has been organised by Sewchet, I took part last year and it was great fun. I sent a parcel off a couple of weeks ago to my recipient and I’ve been eagerly waiting for my Secret Santa present to arrive!

I unwrapped the outer parcel and I couldn’t believe all the little presents inside for me, all individually wrapped. I popped them all in a basket with the card under the tree, I’ve been very good and not squished or peeped at anything, but I can’t wait for after lunch on Christmas Day when we open our presents.

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 Christmas Eve Eve

  1. Danielle says:

    LOVE the penguin silk painting. (But they’re all beautiful!)


  2. katechiconi says:

    I can’t believe you found time for even more creative stuff amongst all your Christmas prep. I don’t believe you can have sat down for days! Lovely silk paintings 🙂 Have a great Christmas, look forward to seeing you back in the New Year.


  3. nanacathy2 says:

    Happy Christmas and enjoy your secret santa gift.


  4. kathyreeves says:

    I love all of those cards, can’t pick a favorite. The secret Santa does sound like so much fun, I may have to give that a try next year. Enjoy having your family home, we sure are!


  5. MrsCraft says:

    Merry Christmas! I love your silk paintings, and you be reminded me I need to make Mr C a card, whoops!


  6. Kate says:

    Your cards are all beautiful! The secret Santa sounds like fun. Merry Christmas!


  7. Oh what fun!! Your secret Santa went all in!! Merry Christmas!!


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