Belated xmas craftiness

Magnets made with Urban Source stuff…


Experimenting with sealing wax from Opus…

What I learned…Had to try a whole bunch of different things (cutlery, various pieces of jewellery and knicknacks) before finding something that made a good impression in the wax. Finally settled on a brooch and an earring. The wax doesn’t stick, unless the pattern is intricate, as in the rectangular example above. Made a big mess, burned a finger, but had fun.

Long unfinished screenprint and embroidery project – finally done.


Well, not finished here but somewhere I have a picture of it completed and framed. Screenprinted image is by Raymond Sheppard and comes from More Adventures of Pip, by Enid Blyton (1948).


In the last few years I’ve established a new tradition, which is to make some seasonal decorations on December 1st (or on the weekend day closest to it) and then go hang them in places they’re likely to be noticed by observant passersby. Making (producing) things – decorations, cookies, other food, assorted crafty items and gifts – is about the best way I’ve found to deal with my ambivalent feelings about Christmas and the obscene consumption frenzy that it’s become.

Here are the ones I’ve made and hung so far…materials scrounged from around home and from a trip to Urban Source (love that place) a couple years ago.


The other night I was walking by where I’d hung the decorations, casting a look over to see if they were still there, when a runner who was stretching nearby said to me, unprompted, “Hey, someone hung some cute decorations in this tree. Isn’t that nice?” I was pleased.

Second batch