It's already Week 3 of our Seven Weeks of Christmas Giving!
That means Christmas is sneaking up on us FAST! This week I have a very practical and pretty gift that you could make. It's the Ruby Red Keycase. It's designed so that your keys actually fit inside the heart and protect your pocket from wear and tear. Of course, with a lovely keycase like this attached, you shouldn't have trouble finding your keys again!
I have actually used silk for the embroidered area, but of course you can use whatever fabric you like - maybe you have a little scrap of off-white tone-on-tone cotton fabric which would be ideal. There are a few techniques that you might like to try in this pattern. I have used the super-easy method of needleturning the embroidered heart. I love the look of needleturn applique but I was never happy with the results when I tried the conventional methods. And then I found the cheat's method! Happy!
You'll also find instructions for making a twisted cord in case you've forgotten how! I hope you enjoy this free pattern which will be available for just one week, when it will be replaced with Pattern 4. You can download the pattern from my website.
Because I travelled by public transport to the recent Creative Craft Retreat, I travelled 'light' so didn't take my camera. Tonya of Crafty Mummy very kindly shared the following photos with me. Check out her blog - she has lots of wonderful things to show you. Here is a photo of some of the items I had on sale at the stall. Space was limited so it was difficult to display everything, but you can get an idea of the bits and pieces I put together.
Thankfully there wasn't much left to put back in crates after the weekend!
Another 'Craft Retreater', Carol, very kindly brought her crochet hexagon rug to show me. Carol was in my Crochet class last year. It was so lovely to know that she had continued with her skills and had done so much on this gorgeous rug. Carol's 'friend', Justin Beaver, also came to Craft Retreat. Check out his blog!
We had a lovely time catching up with four of our grandchildren last week and attending their School Awards Night. All four received awards, with some multiples also - seven awards in all! Very proud grandparents we are!
I don't seem to have had many hours at home lately but I managed to do some work on my apron yesterday and hope to finish it this week. I was also able to put the finishing touches to a wall-hanging which will be going off to a magazine as soon as I get it all together.
I'll leave you with a photo of what we discovered on one of our morning walks last week. A Tawny Frogmouth nested in the area last year in November and we have been keeping an eye out for a nest again this year. We finally found Dad looking after his two babies: