It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like…

CHRISTMAS!

Okay it’s definitely not but now that summer is nearly over I am already beginning to think about the things I want to make over the autumn and winter months in time for Christmas. Last year I overt-stretched myself with university work, my job and crafts and didn’t get to make everything I had planned. This year, however, is different as I no longer have university to worry about and I am going to start making cards and bits and pieces very soon.

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Christmas supplies

There are several sources I am going to turn to in order to decide what to make the Christmas.

First of all are last year’s issues of CrossStitcher. The Christmas and winter issues of this magazine are packed full of ideas for decorations and gifts.

xmascrosstitch5I also have a book of Scandi-style cross stitch which came free with an issue of CrossStitcher which contains 3 patterns I am definitely going to stitch up for my Christmas hampers.

xmascrossstitch3For cards I am going to stitch up some designs which came in a free gift with an issue of CrossStitcher. They are meant to be for Christmas gift tags but I thought they would make great designs for Christmas cards. I also have a free gift which came with this month’s CrossStitcher to stitch up a Christmas decoration to get the house into the festive spirit.

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My main source for gift ideas will be from my “book of Christmas ideas” I made last year. I also have several additions, such as chutneys, pickles and cookies to add into the mix; pickled onions, pickled red cabbage, pickled gherkins, apple, plum and onion relish, and mint chocolate thumbprint cookies.

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What will you be making this year over the festive period?

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