December 6, 2010

Christmas Preparations

I have been busy, but I don't have much to show here. It has been very warm here down under. I prefer cooler weather. I have been  making some Christmas gifts. I know it's almost Christmas and I should have posted them off to my overseas friends by now. My friends are very forgiving and they know handmade gifts take longer to make (wink!). I have been making these mug rugs, as Madam Samm calls hers,  but because I live in Australia I will call mine Mug Mate. Hope you like it! 
My first mug mate has to be in blue and white using the T block made from vintage Japanese fabric and some print leftover from my dress. I hand quilted this one because it's easier for me than machine quilting. My blue and white mug came from an Oxfam charity shop. They came in a box of 4 mugs in different patterns. 
Another one in pink and chocolate brown. I first found this cute mug and I thought I had  chocolate prints fabric, but I couldn't find it anywhere, so I ended up using a scrap of brown fabric I got in my stash. It doesn't look too bad uh? 
Oh yes, I did put my Christmas tree up too. You can see many heart ornaments on it. I have more of them, but they are at the exhibition until Dec. 12th. At the moment the tree looks a bit bare. How is everyone's Christmas preparation going? I still can't get used to having Christmas in the sumer even though I have been here 8 years this time and 5 years the time before that. I must say my Christmas dream is white Christmas, and I have only had that   once! So if you are covered in snow at Christmas just think that Nat would love to be there with you  hehe!


24 comments:

kaite said...

Mug Mates, what an excellent idea, but just as long as you don't mind mug drips on them as well! hah ha, k.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Hey Nat...I like it, Mug Mate!!! They are lovely...and boy look at that header...very Christmasey!!! I have to start doing something too...Dzintra♥x

Sharon said...

Love your mug mates, especially the chocolate one! I cannot imagine celebrating Christmas in hot weather! Have a Merry Christmas!

Lis said...

You are very welcome to have some of our snow Nat, and we could do with some warmth, it's minus 4 here today although the sun is shining so it looks good outside. Love the mug mates! I haven't got all my decorations up yet, just the nativity scene and the door wreath. I'll tackle the tree at the weekend :) Yours look great. We had an NZ Christmas in 2007, very strange in the sunshine and warm as you say but the organist in church on Christmas morning did play "In the bleak midwinter" which made me more comfortable!

Diane H said...

Stopping by to wish you and your a very Happy Holiday Season, dear Nat. It feels Christmassy here today where I am in Canada, we are having a blizzard! Lots of lovely large flakes. Best Wishes.

Needled Mom said...

Your little Mug Mates are so cute. I love that pink mug too!!

Daniƫlle said...

Aren't they cute!!!! Planning on making a few here but hey, do you know a place where they sell time??!! Love the blue mug!! happy sewing, hugs, Daniƫlle

deanna7trees said...

beauties--those mugs and mug mates. no snow here and I'm happy about that. too hard to get around in the snow.

retdairyqueen said...

Your mug mates are lovely
I must have a go at making some

Madame Samm said...

OHH Nat...mug mates..that is a winning description.....and the colors are perfectly befitting of your choice of mugs...Sew you are down under..I had no idea...well gracious me, nice to visit...I will drop under again lol

Laila L S said...

I think Mug Mate is a nice name for these cuties. I wish I was on your gift list because I would have loved to get the pink and brown one, and the mug too. Have too pull out my pink and brown fabrics I think, and go shoping for a nice mug to match.
Have a Merry Christmas!

Grand Purl Baa said...

Gorgeous Porgeous. Lucky friends and family. Gawd. I always forget about Christmas until the last minute. No different this year.

Have a lovely one.

Bev C said...

Hello Nat,

Now that Mug Mate is truly Aussie, Love the colours of them. Sorry can't send any snow. The only snow we have is in some snow-domes.Christmas is usually a hot day here.
Happy Christmas Sewing.
Bev.xoxo

Janet said...

Tha mug mates are a great gift and I do love your seasonal header. I think I'd be happy with just one white Christmas.

QuiltSue said...

Your mug mates are great. I really loved the blue one. As for a white Christmas, we don't often get them but think we will have this year.

Dot said...

Your mug mates are gorgeous Nat. And your tree looks beautiful too. Hope you have a lovely,lovely Christmas.
Dot sx

Willow said...

Hi Nat,

I just love the mug mats you made and your christmas tree is so pretty.

Willow

Ivory Spring said...

Natima,

I absolutely heart your heart ornaments.

Paula said...

Your mug mates are beautiful. I love your Christmas tree and the hearts are great. Wish I could send you some snow, we have a lot.

Terry said...

Love your trees Nice to see my hearts cheering up your house.

Mug Mates are cute seem to be the thing. Placemats for your your cuppa.

Have a good weekend and I hope you get in some time for stitching.

Bron said...

hi Nat. i love looking at your blog because you are always up to something interesting. That yellow dye looks amazingly bright! and the 'mug mates' are looking good too but most of all I'm glad you posted a pic of your lovely tree with all those hearts decorating it. It looks great. We all are so looking forward to seeing you soon. Love and kisses.

Simone de Klerk said...

there's a chance we are going to have a white Christmas, with all the snow we have had until now. So, I'll share pictures with you, if it will be white (o:
Love your mug rugs and how you matched them to your mugs!!!
And your tree looks so happy and bright. Beautiful.

Barb said...

Ohhhh what a fun post...Have a wonderful Christmas!!!

ParisMaddy said...

Nice posting. Joy to you.

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