Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Sweet Crafting

Last minute finishing touches before Christmas. I am so glad we were right on time to complete our first ever Gingerbread House before Christmas Eve. Oh, how much happiness and fun it was to work on this project.


Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Surprise Mail

The Winter Sparkle ATC swap is almost over. Most of the cards have been completed and sent away to their final destinations. I am still waiting to hear from my partner if the card I made arrived. I hope it won't get lost somewhere on the way.

I was lucky last week to found something so sweet in my mailbox that arrived all the way from UK. A "whole street" of pretty, festive and very sparkly houses right in time for Christmas. I was Alison's at Patchwork Fairy secret partner and she made this card for me.


I love the way Alison captured the night sky with all the sparkly shiny stars. The way the tiny houses are decorated with a bit of silvery thread and all the shades of purple. It's such a lovely, winterly and happy card. Thank you very much, Alison!


The card is going to join my slowly growing gallery of ATCs. I like to keep them in my little sewing corner on small easels on the shelves among my fabric stash, buttons, ribbons, cute jars and all other pretty things. Every time I look at any of the cards, they make me smile and remind me about all the happy feelings I had while working on my ATCs, checking out the progress of all the participants and anticipating the arrival of my card and never knowing which one I would find in my mailbox.

It's been a great year of ATCs swapping organised by Ali at VeryBerryHandmade. So much to be inspired by, so much to learn and so many lovely and creative people to meet. Check out the gallery on Flickr to see it for yourself. Thank you very much, Ali! Larisa xox

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Sewing Gift Wrapping

A few days ago I was wrapping some Christmas gifts when I got stuck a bit. There was one small present, oddly shaped that I simply couldn't wrap up the way I planned. I needed a break, you know, gift wrapping can be an exhausting job sometimes. I thought it was a good excuse to check out some of the blogs I enjoy. I was lucky because Dina at Little by Little by Bossymamma just published a new post How A Stitcher Should Wrap Christmas Gifts. I loved the idea and it worked perfectly for my small and oddly shaped gift. I liked it so much that I decided to wrap the most of the presents this way this year.


Tuesday, 9 December 2014

A Test Run

Remember my practice in free motion stitching? Those tiny pictures? Well, I turned a few of them into something small, very simple and as always very easy to make. Key rings with reverse applique.


Thursday, 4 December 2014

Tutorial: Birdhouse Hanging Ornament

A cute hanging ornament with a reverse applique. These houses are so quick and easy to make and it's a lot of fun too. They would look lovely on a Christmas tree or hanging on a door knob, they even can be used as gift tags. If you would like to make one, here is a step-by-step tutorial for you.