Handmade Christmas Gifts

Now the holiday season is officially over (come on, who still has their decorations up?!) I can finally share some of the gifts I made for Christmas presents.

2012 was the year I went crazy for crochet, so whilst in Canada I visited Michael’s and stocked up on yarn. G had given me birthday money to spend  specifically on crafty items abroad!

I’d seen a lovely pattern on the blog Sew Chatty for a one skein infinity scarf, so decided to go crochet scarf crazy. You can find the pattern in Elizabeth’s Etsy Store. I changed colours each row which wasn’t in the pattern, so I hope she wont mind my modification! Had to keep the one second from the right for myself though hehe!

The repetitive pattern was so good for my relaxation. I remembered to do some regular stretches to prevent my neck strain which usually triggers my migraines.

Crochet Infinity Scarves

I also took my granny squares blanket on the plane as Air Canada allowed hooks and small scissors HOORAY! I think the check-in lady thought I was a bit mad when I told her I was so happy I’d be able to crochet on the plane. I was particularly happy when the entertainment system failed for 5 hours and we couldn’t watch any films. I made so many squares!

I also spent some Christmas time teaching Lauren  how to crochet and she was awesome at it! It’s so satisfying helping someone learn and seeing the ‘click’ moment. We each made two of these crochet headbands/ear warmers from this pattern on Etsy. We found some lovely aran yarn from the Martha Stewart range on sale.

Crochet Headband

When in Canada we stayed with Lauren and Aaron who have recently moved to Vancouver. Before they settled, they travelled from East to West across the country. I thought for Christmas it would be cool to get them a vintage style map and embroider their  route. I LOVE paper embroidery. Here’s how it turned out:

Embroided Map of Canada

Embroided Map of Canada

We had it framed and veerrrry carefully packed it in foam to take across the seas. Luckily it arrived in one piece and they loved it. (The map print was from art.com if anyone is wondering).

I made tons more presents but I wont bore you with more today, except to share some more pillows I made from my favourite knitted cushion pattern! I have made 4 of these now.

Knitted Cushions

What did you make as Christmas gifts this year? Link in the comments below if you have blogged about your makes!


Crafty Creatives Box 6 – Icy

Hello craft lovelies! It’s been a mad mad week, but I’ve finished work for 2012, completed my wholesale orders and found teeny bits of time for crafting, yey!

The final Crafty Creatives box of the year arrived a little earlier than usual, in order to beat the Christmas post rush.

As ever, the items are of great quality and value and the theme is truly inspired. After an icy week of cycling to and from work in below zero temperatures and hard frosts, it was a lovely to have a pretty collection of icy themed craft items to cosy up with.

Crafty Creatives Box 6 contents Icy

The box included glass beads, snowflake stickers, glass pendants and hearts, paillettes, gemstones, elastic, choker wire, an art card and furry white wool.

The kit was for a mini bath bomb DIY which I was chuffed about as making them has been on my craft bucket list for a while. Check out the youtube video tutorial for making them as you don’t need to have the kit to try!

I made a fireplace garland with the furry yarn by crocheting a chain and adding my handmade Christmas ornaments along it. I had already made a felt Christmas ornament (using this tutorial) and wanted to jazz it up a little, so I am currently stitching the paillettes around the edge.

Crafty Creatives Box 6 makes Icy

Have you made something with a Crafty Creatives box?


Crafty Creatives Makes: Boxes 4 and 5

It’s been a while since I shared my Crafty Creatives box contents, so I thought I’d share the most recent crafty makes from the Gothic Halloween themed Box (CC Box 4) and the Nostalgia Christmas themed Box (CC Box 5).

If you are new to the concept, for a fee of £12.95 (including P&P). Crafty Creatives deliver a themed box of craft supplies to your door once a month. So far, they have been winners everytime! Have a look at my previous box posts here.*

The Gothic Box included a kit to make a masquerade mask and lots of dark papers, fabrics and jewellery making items. I used these purple resin roses to make some rings.

Crafty Creatives Holiday Boxes

The nostalgic box included Christmas themed items and some lovely paper and wood pieces I will likely use in my smash book. I couldn’t resist making a Cinnamon Stick Candle with the bundle they provided. Any excuse for glue gun action. I added a festive ribbon too.

The pendants and jewellery supplies included in the boxes were really quirky and fun. I particularly loved the teacup and saucer so fixed them together and onto a chain to make a teacup necklace. I made earrings and pendants with the other items.

Crafty Creatives Jewellery claireabellemakes

The Crafty Creatives boxes are great to push you out of your crafting comfort zones and I loved the holiday themed boxes. Not to mention that the recent one included a kit to make a cute little crochet mouse eek!

What do you think of my makes? Have you made anything from the Crafty Creatives Boxes?


I am sharing this post at Handmade Monday, come and see what others have been up to!

*Please note, this is not a sponsored post, I just enjoyed the Crafty Creatives boxes so much I felt compelled to share them 🙂

Sew Chatty