Winter sunshine in Brockwell Park

As the song goes 'Baby it's cold outside!'. OH had to go back to work today but I still had one day of freedom left. We woke to an incredibly cold and frosty morning so I went for a walk to my favourite park to take some pictures of the frosty scenes as the sun began to rise.

Made by Me Christmas Special

I haven't done a made by me for a while, mainly because I've been making presents for Christmas and so couldn't share them with you beforehand for obvious reasons. So here's what I've been up to:
First up a selection of this year's Christmas cards. I've been making my own Christmas cards for over 20 years now and many people say that they keep the cards I make them. I figured that if that was the case they should have something useful so I made a range of cards that doubled as Christmas decorations. 
The tree stumps are made from sticks of cinnamon to give them the smell of Christmas. 

 The decorations were great for those I was delivering by hand but I realised that the Christmas trees were too fat to post, plus the cinnamon sticks might have been crushed so I made 2 different sorts of machine appliqued robins which were much more practical. 

Next up is Gruber, made for my friend Sophie who has a birthday straight after Christmas. The design is from a magazine I bought a couple of years ago and is by The Felt Mistress whose work I adore (and whose new book I got for Christmas - yay). I've been meaning to make him for ages and finally pulled my finger out. 
 I must admit he did take a lot longer than I thought he would be I loved the little details I could give him.  

My dad is notoriously difficult to buy for but mum had suggested he'd really like a picture of a Bee-eater so this is what I came up with. I only realized after I'd cut him out and stuck the fabric down that the legs aren't really correct but apart from that anomaly I was really chuffed with the result. 
And finally I made two brooches for my mum (above) and niece (below) using the new skills I learnt this year in cutting silver though I cheated a little and got my dad to solder the brooch back. 
So that's your lot for the time being. I'm looking forward to making more in 2017.

Christmas at Kew

OH and I have a new Christmas tradition, Christmas at Kew. We went last year and it was such a magical experience. This year we went with OH's family and a close friend of mine which meant we were a party of 7 - not idea conditions for taking pictures as it was very busy and it's easy to loose people in the dark so the photos aren't my best but they give you an idea of the trail which we meandered through in just under two hours:
 If you're in London I can't recommend this highly enough. You need to book early as it does book up quickly but it is such a joy and sets you up for the Christmas holidays.