Friday, January 16, 2009

Christmas has come early at our house

My friend Fiona and I have been crafting. Me....who never does any sort of craft work! We made Christmas banners for two of my mirrors.

I must thank Terri at Windlost for the idea. I was struck by her lovely banners and thought they looked like something I could tackle (with a little bit of help). And I know it is 11 months til Christmas season starts, but I wanted to do it while it was fresh in my head, otherwise it was very likely it would never get done at all.


I'm really happy with the results. There's no way I could have done it on my own. Fiona is a very talented crafter who taught me lots of tricks and she has every crafty gadget known to man! We even made the freshwater pearl garland that the 'joy' tags hangs on.


Here's a close up of the letters. You can see I chose paper embossed with Christmas words. Little details like this matter to me. It was Fiona's idea to stitch around the edges, and I think it added that finishing touch.

And here's the other one.


We went for an aged look with this banner. I chose a caligraphy paper, written with Christmas phrases for the background. We scanned and photoshopped the paper because I didn't want the original blue colour - we went with a soft grey instead. Once we cut the paper, Fiona taught me how to 'age' the paper using a couple of different types of ink.

We used black velvet to string the letter tags up. I used a hot glue gun for the first time - a very useful gadget!


I love the little pewter brad on each letter. I didn't even know what a brad was when I first started!

Now I can't wait til Christmas so I can put them up!
But the best thing about the whole event, was getting together with my good friend Fiona and chatting and laughing while going through 'the creative process', with our kids playing happily in the background.

11 comments:

mondo cherry said...

Very pretty, and very impressive making decorations for Christmas in January! It is much more fun crafting with a friend, or in my case my sister and mum - we tend to talk and eat a lot too.
Now we just need to see what Fiona made!
Clare

Life in the Philippines said...

For a first attempt in crafting, it is quite excellent. i looked up brad, now i know what the word means too:)

Screaming Meme said...

I love those! You are amazing! Could you teach that on our blog...Project: {Create A Home}...A blog I created for all of us! We work on it together...Learning and empowering each other! :) Let me know! Screaming Meme...My blog is Screaming Meme...I teach how to's on there as well...

~ Lisa @ AbidingThere~ said...

WOW! Love them - they are absolutely adorable. Go ahead and start taking orders . . .

A-M said...

Oh goodness. They are absolutely exquisite. I agree... make lots and sell them on Etsy! I'll be your first customer! A-M xx

Fiona Taylor said...

They look better on the mirrors than I even thought they would! It just shows that there is a little crafter in all of us, and hopefully I have helped to fire up yours :) We will have to be on the lookout now for more projects to do together. My word verification would make a good shop name...joyism!

MelsRosePlace said...

They look absolutely fantastic, i love things like that and always admire them. Were they hard to do? I would have no idea where to begin! I am like you and still have xmas on my mind, i just bought some xmas cards and a banner from etsy..hopeless, oh well we will be organised for 2009! Mel xxx

Terri said...

Oh, they look lovely - much nicer than mine! Yes, the possibilities are endless with the right tools and technique - that is the hard part - learning how to do all this stuff. But they look GORGEOUS and I might just copy you back! Yes, aren't there some gorgeous brads out there?
Fantastic job Catherine! xo Terri

ness lockyer said...

You clever little Duck! Where, oh where did you get that embossed paper? It is beautiful. I may have to put in an order, I love them.
Ness xx

DomesticDivasFancy said...

I love these...That is a good idea to do something while it is fresh in your mind...Do you know how many things I would have to do then...Holy moly I would be crafting all the time. I LOVE my hot glue gun...it is my better half.

Ashley Nichole

Millie said...

Righto Catherine - where & when can Fiona organize a Craft Workshop 'cos I'm first in line! These are just amazing - big hats off to you & the very talented Fiona.
Millie ^_^