December 19, 2014

Christmas Post I

Still on to Christmas, but nothing much else from me lately. I have been moving stuff into my tree-house studio but the process is not yet complete (sad face!). There are things I don't know what to do with or can't decide if I still need them (decision, decision).

As I said in my last post I'm not doing Xmas decorations in the house this Christmas. The first time in 31 years that I'm having a break from it. Not having my DGC here this Christmas gives me the excuse not to decorate. 

Building the tree-house has taken a toll on us physically. We have been at it for almost the whole of 2014. I have been enjoying it, but frustrating as well because we both have full time jobs. I have settled in and starting to create some small things in the tree-house. I love that I have all my supplies in one place. It's bright and beautiful in there. At least while everything is still tidy! It's bound to get messy. After all it's a place to create not a gallery! 

Not all is Christmas-less! I decorated just a little bit in the tree-house. I used the old step ladder on the wall to hang a few of my small Christmas quilts. I normally use a small tree with redwork decorations. Not wanting to open all the boxes just to find the redwork decorations I made do with hearts (double click to enlarge all the photos).

Christmas decorated wall in the tree-house

Fabric hearts made from
vintage doilies

Mini Xmas quilt is always out

Close up of one of the hearts with
crochet edging and embroidery

An Angel block from one of the quilts
hanging on the step ladder

I saved this one lady holding a wreath. I
gave the rest of my ornaments away. 

Christmas morning-tea table at my work

Now for the non-Christmas activities. I thought I'd show you some creations in the tree-house in the last couple of weeks. 

Bojagi cloth made with eco-dyed silk

I've left wall space in tree-house to hang my Bojagi cloth that I made last year. The wall is too narrow to open it out so I hang it from a corner. Looks quite effective! 

The bookcase is filled and baskets were
rearranged for better fit

I made a book for a dear colleague who left for
overseas. I used an Aboriginal print from
a book for the front cover and end papers

I got a seal made for me by Lucy Patterson
in one of her trips to Vietnam

BORO Furoshiki cloth and handle

BORO Furoshiki boho bag

Ayako's colourful Furoshiki bag

I must tell you about my boro Furoshiki boho bag. I got the red leather handle through my friend Ayako who got it from her Japanese friend. Ayako made one for herself using colourful Kimono fabric. When I saw it I knew what kind of Furoshiki cloth I wanted to make. I only base-stitched the cloth at this stage. I will hand stitch all the seams and will share it again once it's done. 

It's time for me to wish and thank everyone for dropping by to read my blog and leaving lovely comments. I haven't been very active on my blog lately, but you can always find me on Instagram where I post daily photos. 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone. Enjoy and be safe!

Until next time


Terry said...

Sometimes a simplified Christmas is the best.

The new studio is looking very you.

Merry Christmas to you and yours

Needled Mom said...

The Tree House looks so festive, Nat. I know it has been a long year getting everything sorted out, but you will have years of fun up there. Everything looks to mess it up!!! ;-)

I love the red bag!

Janet said...

The tree house looks wonderful. I love the bojagi cloth and how you've displayed it. Love the furoshiki bags too. Merry Christmas Nat!

Bev C said...

Hello Nat.

A lovely festive post. The tree house is looking wonderful
Merry Christmas Nat all the best to you and your family for the festive season.

Françoise said...

Love all these beautiful fabric hearts, and the furoshiki bags too.
Merry christmas to you!

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Your tree house looks wonderful Nat! Love that cloth hanging there! Wishing you and your family a very Happy Christmas and all the best fir 2015...can it be that already!

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Your tree house looks wonderful Nat! Love that cloth hanging there! Wishing you and your family a very Happy Christmas and all the best fir 2015...can it be that already!

Jeanie said...

It's awfully festive and everything in your photos makes me smile! Merry Christmas, Nat!

deanna7trees said...

it all looks very beautiful. hope you have a nice holiday season. hugs.

Penny said...

The tree house looks very festive. Have a great Christmas.

Carole~Quilter on the hill said...

I always love visiting your tree house, what a wonderful space. It seems to be the year for low-key Christmases :) Love your wooden stamp - how perfect! Merry Christmas and all the best for 2015.

Els said...

Bright, warm and festive Xmas days to you and your loved ones Nat, and all the best for the new year !

ParisMaddy said...

Some sweet little treasures and the Furoshiki cloth is so rich and pretty. Merry Christmas to you and yours, Nat.

Nancy said...

Everything looks so beautiful! Enjoy your space and the season, Nancy

Yoga said...

Enjoyed your colourful, elaborate December blog. Anxiously awaiting for year new year blog

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