Thursday, 8 November 2018

This and That

The last few weeks have seen a crafting frenzy going on in this little cottage of ours.  I have had so much fun, planning little gifts for everyone.  I love the process of browsing through books and patterns, making lists and then making.  Even better the wrapping and embellishing of the gift, I love to make toppers and bows for my gifts.  A gift within a gift if you will...






I have decided to once again wrap in brown paper, so these bright burlap bows will give a touch of colour.  I did use a bow maker for the bows above and adjusted the rods to get a variety of sizes.  The Christmas music is now on and Gerard can often be heard singing along.  We like to get our jobs done and sit down for a film together about 3 o' clock, it is usually the Christmas channel.


Then I added to the pile some poinsettias adorned with a beautiful button, you do need wired ribbon but again they can be differing sizes.  One very quickly becomes two and so on.



I have also added some more soap, this time small Christmas trees.   Once again using melt and pour base soap and adding the scent of Christmas tree.



These have been put into a couple of glass jars and a linen stamped topper used to finish it off.   The stamp used was a Christmas tree to reflect its contents.  The perfect solution to any gift that needs adding to or spares for those unexpected guests.




Honey our youngest Grandaughter requested a picnic blanket so that she could have tea with her friends.  They all know who to phone when they want something making.  It was quickly made and posted so she could enjoy afternoon tea.





It certainly is a wonderful time of year.  Although I am aware how hard it can be for some.  The list is going down quite quickly as I cross each little thing off.  At one point I was adding more than I was ticking off, the frenzy before the calm.  Are you a list maker?  I have added some more Harris Tweed notebooks for that very thing, list making.  Another little gift, made with love.





Gerard is going across the moor today for his assessment I will go with him and have a walk around the town and the new An Lanntair display.  We are then across again tomorrow as I have an appointment with the Consultant regarding my shoulder which is still very painful.

As always I thank you for your visit, support and comments.

See you soon.

38 comments:

  1. Oh I do love coming to read your blog. I always feel inspired by the lovely things that you make.

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  2. Finally trying to catch up with all I have missed. You have been busy. Such wonderful gifts. Hoping that I can eventually get myself organised and motivated enough to get back into crafting as it always brought me such pleasure.

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  3. I hope the assessment goes well for Gerard and your consultation helps.
    Love seeing your creations, I particularly love the note books, can I ask where you buy the soap making supplies from please.

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  4. Your crafting is wonderful! I don't have the attention span or the fingers for crafting, Knitting, sewing and now crochet in dribs and draps is about as much as I do crafting. I do love those little notebooks :) I hope your assessments go well. Best, Jane x

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  5. What a lot of work you put into your gift giving and how beautiful they are.

    I hope your appointments go well.
    Hugs-x-

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  6. You have so many creative ideas for your gift making. I particularly like the notebooks using your lovely Harris Tweed pieces. You must be very popular as your family know their requests will be fulfilled to their delight. I hope the medical appointments go well. I do make lists. Today we had our central heating boiler serviced and a new kitchen tap unit fitted. I write down questions to ask the experts such as the plumber. My husband is handy around the house, but a plumber is a good asset.

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  7. You are indeed a talented and creative lady ! All your ideas are original and beautiful !!!! Useful too ;)
    Have a quiet day ! If you can ;)
    Hug
    Anna

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  8. Christmas must be totally gorgeous at your house!

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  9. You have been very busy! Yesterday I made two unicorn pillows and washed the fabric to make some pillowcases.

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  10. The flower bows are going to look so pretty on the brown paper wrapped gifts. The notebooks are a nice way to use up small scraps, and useful, too. Great idea!

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  11. I love the idea of simply gluing tweed and items to simple notebooks. Very nice!

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  12. You're so clever! I usually leave the wrapping until last minute, but you're inspiring me to try harder. Love the name "Honey". How "sweet"! People around here have been giving me a hard time for listening to Christmas music so early, but I figure since I'm making Christmas decorations and gifts, the music is appropriate. Nice to know someone else agrees! Happy list making!

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  13. What an inspiring post Lorraine. Your bows are just beautiful. I especially like the poinsettia ones. I can just imagine Gerard singing around the cottage while you’re busy with your making. How fun is that? I think I’m going to stop at the craft store soon and look for the melt and pour soap. That would be a perfect little gift for the ladies at our Bible study. I will be praying for both of you and your appointments. Blessings, Betsy

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  14. You are one of "Santa's Eves"!!!! :-)

    Hope you medical visits are helpful. So sorry about the shoulder.

    So nice to have little rituals. Like watching a Christmas film, in the afternoon. :-)))

    ✨🍁✨🍎✨🍁✨

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  15. Gob smacked at your ingenuity and skills. Wonderful.

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  16. Wow! Your cottage is buzzing with activity . . . I love how you make the fabric caps for your jars. They are so pretty! The Christmas tree soap is such a sweet idea and looks amazing in the jars.

    On the comment that you made about my watercolor quilt. I just want to tell you . . .Thank you, and while I was experimenting with the paints on the fabric I figured out that if I got the fabric sightly damp the paints blurred out and had more of a watercolor effect, otherwise they just looked painted. Just a tip for you to try.
    Have a sweet day.
    Connie :)

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  17. I do believe I know where Santa's workshop is! Not the North Pole, but the Isle of Lewis! Your gifts are lovely and so creative. Love the sweet little tea blanket for Honey--darling♥

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  18. You are so creative and industrious.. a real inspiration! I love all the things you made, the notebooks are so neat! I hope the doc can figure out why your shoulder is not improving. I jammed my shoulder in a fall several years ago and to be honest it took a long time to get better, but it did. Can you have Gerard massage it for you? That helped mine. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  19. You are such a hardworking and creative lady.. you are an inspiration to me..

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  20. Your little cottage is a veritable Santa's workshop!! ( Except 'Santa" is you!!)

    Sorry about your poor shoulder. Hopefully the person you see will have some helpful advice.

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  21. My friend,
    I wish I could spend an afternoon or two with you in your cozy cottage. I could learn so very much from you!!! You are so talented. Enjoy your cozy afternoon, and prayers you both get good words on your health. : )

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  22. hope your appointment works out well for you!! You are so busy with a painful shoulder!

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  23. I love those bows. You have found so many pretty ribbons. Those poinsettias are great too. I just bought my first Christmas gift this week. There is no time or energy right now for making. I am so jealous. I hope your shoulder gets well soon.

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  24. WOW! You have been busy with your gift making. The harris tweed notebooks are nice and so are the poinsettias! Good job! I need to print out photos for my calendars, hopefully this weekend! I am doing less this year...maybe next year...half again as much although people like them for gifts at Christmas and my boss expects on every year! Hope all is well my friend!

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  25. Those are happy ones who made it into your gift list. You have so many beautiful gift ideas and they all make wonderful gifts.

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  26. So inspiring, makes me feel lazy, lol
    BRiony
    x

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  27. You have been so busy and productive. I like the little tree soaps and the way you have packaged them:)

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  28. Nov. 9th

    Thank you so much, for your Congratulations, on our 60th Wedding Anniversary!

    Hugs..

    ✨🍁✨🍎✨🍁✨

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  29. Great post dear!You have a nice blog.
    I follow you can you follow me back?
    I will appreciate that. Thank you.
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    Kisses :)

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  30. Thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind comments!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  31. Love the wonderful poinsettia bows...they have such presence. Hope that the appointments went well.

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  32. شركة تنظيف منازل بالجبيل افضل شركة خدمات منزلية بالجبيل نظافة شاملة مع التعقيم والتلميع وابادة الحشرات شركة تنظيف بالجبيل شركة المثالية هي افضل شركة نظافة بالجبيل والمنطقة الشرقية تقدم لعملائها افضل جودة وارخص الاسعار بالاضافة الي تقديم الخدمات من خلال عمالة مدربة وذات خبرة كبيرة بمجالات التنظيف ومكافحة الحشرات , فلا تتردد في الاتصال بشركة تنظيف بالجبيل للحصول علي كل ما هو مميز ولضمان الحصول علي منزل امن نظيف راقي خالي من المواد الضارة والميكروبات

    شركة تنظيف منازل بالجبيل
    شركة تنظيف بالجبيل

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  33. I am inspired to see all you have been making, and love that you made a tea blanket for little Miss Honey :) Praying for healing for you two. xx

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  34. oh what great gifts. I love the poinsettia bows.

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  35. Enjoyed yet again seeing all your holiday crafts, Lorraine. I do not make lists of holiday gifts as we are cutting down on buying things, but looking for other ways to gift give.

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  36. Wow, you have been busy, my friend. Your creations are always so beautiful and they must bring a smile to the faces of those you give them to. Your poinsettia bows are simply delightful and ever so festive.

    Hugs to you!

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