Monday, 12 February 2018


I finished 2 gifts this month... Christmas Treats Jar Covers.
Thanks Narelle... I lOve this group... xox
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Thursday, 8 February 2018

Oooops forgot to post ......

..... my finish for January.....
a little Christmas project I did with my Tuesday stitching group....
A Marg Low pattern.....Holiday fun....
candle mat.....

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Snowman Mug Rug

This month, I finished this mug rug that I hoped to finish last year. The "Snowman" is a digital stamp from The Paper Shelter. 

I read that the black ink in most inkjet printers is permanent (though the color ink may not be, depending on the printer.) So, I printed this digital stamp onto a sheet of fabric, colored it with crayons and heat set the color following the guidelines found in a couple of tutorials on-line. Snowflakes and the words were hand embroidered. 

I plan to wash this one before adding it to the gift box, just to make sure the printer ink is colorfast. I hope so, as a similar mug rug is planned for next month. I will let you know then.



My first item in 2018 was a flat & TriAngle pouch set.
Thanks Narelle for the motivation to complete a gift a month.
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Sunday, 28 January 2018

January finish

A day or so late but i've finished 4 heart decorations
Happy stitching

Saturday, 27 January 2018

January Bowl Cozies

After almost burning my fingers on my too hot porridge bowl this morning, I promised myself some sewing time today ... 2 bowl cozies later and I haven't really saved my own fingers just yet. 

You see I had the fabric cut before Christmas to make them up as gifts ... but ran out of time. These 2 will be off to their rightful owners on Monday as belated stocking fillers so I'm sharing here for my January make.

Who else has an item that didn't quite make the finish list for 2017 ... Or have you made an early start for 2018? Make yourself at home here in our 1XiaM workshop with fellow crafty elves, share your makes and look forward to a stress free Christmas 2018.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Christmas 2018 - 1 Item At A Time

Jingle those Bells and Hang the Stockings ... our workshop is open once more as we work our way through 2018, 1 item a month, towards a stress free, handmade Christmas.

Jump right in beginning 25th January if you have a gift or decoration for Cristmas 2018 that you can share. Or if you have a long term Chrissy project, share your progress.

A big congratulations to Elf Cheryll who added to her gift box every month ... Well done Cheryll, I'm sure your gifts were well received.

Merry Christmas Sewing 

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

December by Michell

These were made both November and December but could not show them as secret swap gifts.

A Hexagon Table Mat

a Christmas Table Runner

and a Christmas Ornie

Crazy Quilted Christmas Stocking

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!

Earlier this year, I shared progress on this crazy quilted stocking for my son. I finished it at 9:03 p.m. on December 23rd - just in time for Santa to fill it on his visit Christmas Eve.

Way back in August of 2015, I shared the completed stitching on the Freebie Santa and the Mouse Ornament (retired) from Heaven and Earth Designs. I love the artwork by Scott Gustafson. 
This December, I finally had it framed.

Narelle, thank you for the workshop! 
I have loved seeing all of the creations shared by the other elves.
A list of projects is in the works for each month in 2018.

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

1 more finish

These stitcheries has been done for several years but i'd forgotten all about them. I was looking through a crate for something & discovered them tucked away. Today i turned them into a runner.

Happy Stitching

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Final One

I needed a few last minute stocking fillers... so I made these.
They are called an Ouch Pouch and are filled with the necessities... bandaids, hand sanitizer, safety pin, chap stick...etc...
Thanks Narelle for all the encouragement throughout the entire year. For without this "club" I wouldn't get as much sewn.
I hope we will be doing it again in 2018...
Until then... Merry Christmas & a safe New Year.
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At last some finishes 😊😊

I've been terribly slack this year with finishes let alone anything for Christmas. This week i finished quite a few off. 😊.

Happy Stitching,

Sunday, 3 December 2017

December Bells Are Ringing

Christmas Wishes to everyelf from this very tardy chief elf. Big thank you to those who have continued to post and visit our little workshop ... what can I say but something had to take a backseat and sadly it has been my crafting. I did manage to complete my November block for A Holly Cottage Christmas.

If you managed 1 item a month (or more), or just 1 this year then you made a head start for a less stressed Christmas. Now take the time to enjoy wrapping your gifts or displaying your beautiful decorations.

As its only early in December, there's still time to whip up something special. Joy @ Days Filled With Joy is sharing her "12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts".  Pop over and check out the tutorials for some quick and cute ideas. Thanks Joy

Please continue to share any makes for December and may your Christmas be filled with love and peace xx

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

In November

I wanted to keep the momentum up so even though I am early in the month I managed to finish off another gift.
Its a matching set of a TriAngular & a flat pouch.
Into the box they go... yippee...
Thanks again Narelle....
Next month I will see you for the last time in 2017 ...

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

For OctoBer

I managed to complete a project I've had on hand for years...
A pair of "boys" pillowcases...
Thanks Narelle... my gift box has another gift in it...
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