Thursday, December 27, 2007

Recovering from the frenzy

That's two days of eating frenzy. We aussies have this extra day called Boxing Day, the day after Christmas....where we're supposed to open all the present boxes. I reckon its just an excuse for another public holiday. But who's complaining? There's all that eating (and drinking) to be had.

Anyhow, I can now reveal the present I made for my sis. I'm happy to say she loved it! This is the keyring front......


.....and the back. I'm just chuffed it turned out so nice.


And as usual I wanted to keep it, too, but when you get to the eleventh hour, all the shops have closed and the ones still open are selling crap wares....the "push came to the shove" and I had to put something in giftwrap. Here's the close-up of the stitching.


Lastly, I nearly forgot to share some fabric haul from our mini-break last week. For all you peeps who are fans of the French style of crafting shown in Marie Claire Idees', I found a shop in the middle of the Hunter Valley with lots of long bolts of the most beautiful French quilting fabric. The shop is called Les Indiennes de Provence.....and Sydneysiders, they've got a shop in the QVB. I only managed to walk out with some fat quarters cos' its a bit on the pricey side. But it's one of those situations where if I didn't have the bub running amok or the geezer crossing his arms and tapping his toes outside, I could've easily convinced myself to get some more yardage to make into a summer dress for the little kiddo. Awww geez, as if I need any more fabric!


Okeydokes! I now gotta get us ready to meet a friend for brunch.....hope everyone's having a good week. Cheerio!

17 comments:

mellyandrosie said...

WOW - that keyring is really beautiful, it is no wonder that it was loved!!! Yes, today is back to normal again - no more food to devour (other than those 4 boxes of Chocolates sitting in the kitchen and two gingerbread houses on my table!!!) and time to get back to normal life, for a couple of days anyway before it all starts again - WOO-HOO!!! Enjoy your new year!!! =)

luv Abby said...

ohhhh I luv your key ring... aren't these little russian dools divine. I bet your sister loved it....
merry christmas.luv Abby

leslie said...

the key ring is adorable. yes, you should add it to your list of things to make yourself. for sure. a belated merry christmas to you!

Anonymous said...

What a lovely keyring! Merry X'mas! ;D (li li)

Hollabee said...

Your sister is a lucky person, that keyring is soooo pretty, I love the doll. Your stitching is so accurate and neat.

Good to hear you had a great christmas, and an overcrowded boxing day like me :( now we know for next year.

Have a great & crafty 2008!

Thimbleanna said...

Oh Jade! That keyring is just adorable! I'm so impressed at how you've adapted the pattern in the fabric -- very cool! I'm going to have to google boxing day, 'cause I really don't get it LOL!

de vliegende koe said...

I’m happy we can go back to the normal food and normal schedules next week. In Holland lots of people have a holiday up to January 2nd or even the 7th! The keyring looks really lovely Jade! Your stitchery is so wonderful! Provence fabrics are great! I love them too!

claudine said...

Oh my, that's beautiful! Love the stitching, so neat! Well done Jade!

Corrie said...

oh my gosh what book is that doll from! I simply must have it....I love it and very good stitching!

Corrie:)

Kate said...

Gorgeous keyring!

chik austin said...

Very cute matryoska key ring! I'm really impressed with the stitching. Nice work!

Belinda said...

That is such beautiful work on the keyring!!! You should be very proud of yourself.
And thank you so much for the help in finding the russian doll fabric!!! It arrived on Friday....very quick indeed.

Amber said...

Hi--I just found your site and had to post my comment on your embroidery! Beautiful! I love that keychain. Great work....

monica said...

smashing keyring!!!! no wonder you wanted to keep it for yourself...

have a lovely new year!

Heymcjude said...

Happy New Year Jade! Looking forward to reading more of your artistic adventures through 2008. Love the Babushka - great job!

Suzy said...

That is the best keyring, and your stitching is so tidy! Wishing you a very happy and creative 2008.

suzy

2paw said...

Your blog is just so chock full of beautiful handmade things. It makes me want to sew something right now. Obviously not, as it is 11-42pm, but you know what I mean. Love this keyring!!!