Archive for December, 2009

Never mind the homemade, Kirsty…

December 27, 2009

…we’ve had a recycled Christmas!

Well, mostly. We ate off reclaimed plates (Midsummer’s Stonehenge, from the Tip, and J&G Meakin’s Wayside, some still from our wedding but mostly acquired secondhand on Wimborne Market), drank from reclaimed lead-crystal glasses, and pulled crackers made from loo roll inners & covered with some lovely red sparkly wrapping paper we found blowing around outside the recycling centre.  The hats were made from saved wrapping paper. Next year I’ll aim to use entirely recycled cracker presents as well, but at least the jokes were well-used… I’d forgotten napkins, so stamped up some kitchen roll (normally rationed like gold-dust around here) with cheery poinsettias & holly leaves.

And when it came to present time, we’d agreed in advance with my brother that all presents should cost a maximum of £5, and have been bought in a charity shop or homemade. Which was a roaring success with all concerned, and somehow 100 times more in the true spirit of Christmas than any amount of expensive tat.

Our tree decorations were all homemade, re-used, or from various swaps I’ve taken part in over the years. But I did crack & buy some new lights, because it appears that LED lights genuinely use less electricity to run, and our old fairylights gave up the ghost last year. Hopefully they will give us many year’s pleasure, whether in fashion or out. All of our room decorations are either entirely natural – and from our own garden – rescued, homemade or re-used for many years. And our cake was decorated with dried fruit, angels & a tree from several years back, the ribbon my younger daughter wore as an angel in her playgroup Nativity (she’s 14 now) and bits of no. 1 son’s old shirt…

I already have some ideas for next Christmas – I feel a new challenge coming on – but I’ll have to start earlier next year…

The fruit was good, anyway...

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Christmas is on the horizon…

December 10, 2009

Made with fabric, trim & thread from the Scrapstore

…and I’ve been busy with my usual round of Christmas swaps & challenges. I always end up swearing never to sign up for any ever again, but every September Christmas seems so far away & I think I’ll have plenty of time…  

I’m especially happy that I’ve managed to do most of them without having to buy anything new; everything in the stocking above came from the Dorset Scrapstore. But I may have got a bit carried away with decluttering in summer (stop laughing in the back row there, please!) as when I’d finally come up with an idea for the decoration swap, I discovered I’d gone & Freecycled my remaining polystyrene balls & actually had to go out & buy some. But my idea of covering them with “homespun” fabrics cut from check shirts gleaned from the Tip & embellishing with trims & scraps rescued from a discarded workbox worked very well; so well in fact that I then had to go out & buy some more so that we could make some for ourselves, by popular request! I used the cuff ends of the sleeves for this & have plenty left to make a “country” rag quilt, but will happily pick up any more check shirts I come across because more ideas are trickling into my head, now I’ve got the bit between my teeth & my metaphors well & truly mangled…

Festive baubles made with scraps of discarded shirt & trim...