Friday, 25 November 2011

Have a crafty weekend

First of all she says thank you, thank you most kindly, and curtsies awkwardly. Quite, quite touched, I am sure, and positively overwhelmed by all the kind thoughts.

And now she will set you some homework for the weekend.

Time to get crafting

This rather beautiful book, Christmas Crafting in No Time, by Clare Youngs, dropped through my door this week, courtesy of Cico Books, and in my incapacitated state I thought that I would only be able to look at the pictures and dream of next year.

But I was quite excited to find that there are quite a few projects in here to entertain me and Princess Bunchy over the coming weeks, even with a gammy hand.

Admittedly, I had to resist the urge to set to on some lovely sewing projects such as these little felt owls which would make sweet little presents, or folksy decorations for the Christmas tree (if you want to see some real life examples of the owl pattern in practice have a look at Andamento blog, where you will see some beautifully crafted versions in lots of different colours).


There is also a pattern to stitch some rather sweet owl fodder (not that one should call to mind nature red in tooth and claw when looking at such cuddly cuties).


Actually, I personally am going for the edible owl fodder - there is a recipe for sugar mice, which have been something of an obsession of mine since reading The Tale of the Kittie Poosies when I was a just a little scrap.


The Kittie Poosies have been a seminal influence on my life from the days when I marched my poor mother around every sweet shop in every place we visited in search of sugar mice, and Mama Pudditat's house has had a lasting influence on my decorative style - not to mention the feminist ideas encapsulated in this proleptic tale of a single mother becoming an entrepreneur in order to support her family with not a father Pudditat in sight. So we are definitely making sugar mice in order that I can surf towards Christmas on a wave of nostalgia.


I think Clare Youngs must have read the same books as I did, as she also includes a project related to the other deeply influential text with which I engaged most fully as a child - The Tale of the Gingerbread Man, and to this day the eerie howl of a fox at night, or even the glimpse of one running like the wind across the fields, engenders in me a visceral fear. My children always took the most eager and teasing pleasure in biting the heads and limbs off gingerbread men in front of me, as I felt the urge to run, run as fast as you can, for fear of being chased and eaten (I hope that there are no psychologists reading this - I can feel them nodding their heads in a most benignant manner). Luckily these little gingerbread people do not show a gender bias, there is not a fox in sight, and most important of all they are not edible.



 Perhaps it is better to bring light into my darkness by making some pretty teacup candles, which are definitely within reach of the one-handed, and now that all the decluttering upheavals have tossed up my decoupage scissors in the tide of objets swilling from cupboard to cupboard (No dear mamma, I have not seen them, and if I did use them I put them away in the wrong place where no one will find them for a year and a day) Princess Bunchy can cut me out some white tree decorations to go with my tasteful new white-painted house.


So in sum, I am jolly pleased with this book, and can recommend it as a something for everyone type of craft book, with projects ranging from easy to skilled, and lots of potential for family participation, and holiday activities.

And thank you again for all your lovely comments and emails - I am truly grateful to you all.  I am working my way through to reply to all the emails, but sadly I can't respond to the no-reply ones (this happens if you don't have your email in your Profile) as they come without a return address.

Have a very crafty weekend, don't let the preparations get you down, and if you are the Head Chef, I'd love a box of violet creams in my stocking, just click here.

22 comments:

Isisjem said...

That book looks good! I always ask for violet cremes in my stocking. Mmmm love anything violet related.

Alix said...

I looked at this book from a distance a few weeks ago when I had a book token to spend, but ended up buying a knitting one instead hoping to discover the mystery of the '7-stitch wrap' within. Now I so wish I'd bought this instead (as the 7-s w is still a mystery) as it looks fab. I think I'll have to treat myself!
x

Carol said...

Wonderful looking book and a Ravelry poster found it at The Book People for £3.99!
I was debating about it but now you have shown the mice I must buy it as I've bought some mice moulds from Lakeland.
Hope your hand is improving. I was struggling with my elbow which seemed to have developed RSI from too much crocheting but, after a few weeks rest, it seems to be working again.
Carol xx

Lyn said...

I have this book but have not as yet goy round to making anything from it but it has some wonderful projects inside....have fun!
xxx

susan said...

Love your final sentence and your review of the book. Glad to see your humour and wit were not injured in any way!

greenrabbitdesigns said...

What a gorgeous book!
Violet cremes, mmmmmmm........
Happy weekend,
Vivienne

Twiggy said...

I love violet cremes, proper old lady chocs !
Twiggy x

andamento said...

It is indeed a lovely book and thank you for the mention, we'll see if anyone buys a bargain owl tomorrow!

I've never tasted a violet creme, I take it they're rather nice, if you like that sort of thing. Off now to follow the link...

Little Blue Mouse said...

That looks a great book.

I hope your hand is better soon.

Katy Cameron said...

That book looks lovely! I must confess, that even at the grand old age of 33 I can't bring myself to eat anything like gingerbread men, bunnies or the like. I think the shrinks would just tell you I'm nuts though ;o)

Angela said...

So sorry about your hand - allow the family to do things for you - and enjoy reading [turn the pages carefully!!]

blessings x

Annie said...

Forget violet creams ... it's sugar mice for me! Dear Pomona I too have a sugar mouse addiction (though admittedly one that lies dormant for eleven months of the year). I'm sure they have great hand healing properties, especially the pink ones.

GardenofDaisies said...

What a delightful book. I see several things I would love to try.

Frances said...

Continued good wishes to you on a speedy recovery of your two-handed approach to all things creative!

xo

dragonfly said...

Oh, the owls are wonderful. I'm cracking on with my crafty Christmassy bits. Have a lovely weekend..

Caroline Lovis (Redneedle) said...

I've seen this book and I must admit I am very tempted to add it to my ever increasing Christmas book wish list. I hope your hand is feeling easier

carrad said...

I too have been influenced by the Kittie Poosies but didn't imagine anyone else would ever have heard of it. We spoke of pudditats long before I knew about Sylvester and Tweetie Pie!
That looks a great book too. xxx

Kay G. said...

All these crafty ideas and all I could think of was "Do little girls know how to curtsy anymore?".
Oh, and I am quite happy with any English chocolate, just a Mars bar would do me!

Menopausalmusing said...

The more reviews I read of this book, the more wantable it becomes... time to write to Santa methinks!

PinkCatJo said...

I've seen this book advertised and am really tempted by it. It looks great. Please show us what you create! x

Mrs. Micawber said...

"Violet Creams" - what sublimity of sweetness and beauty is conjured up by those words.

How nice to have found some crafts that are within your current one-handed grasp. A crafter's reach should exceed her grasp, or what's a craft book for? (Which makes no sense at all but I love misapplying quotations.)

Bellgirl said...

Ah, sugar mice!- Milly Molly Mandy bought some for a ha'penny each when she went to visit Mother's friend in the next town!

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