My Christmas 2018 makes

Now that Christmas is over, I can reveal the crafty gifts and things I’ve been up to over December.  I never feel comfortable writing a blog post about presents due to be received, in case surprises are ruined. That’s the nice part of Christmas for me. I love the giving of gifts, but even more so when they are homemade…❤️

Not all of my crafts this year has been gifts. I have been making decorations and gift tags too.

First of all, using a video tutorial on Instagram (see my Instagram post here: MadeByNina_ post ) I was inspired to make some all important gift tags. I was blown away to have been mentioned on Love Crochet ‘s Instagram page.

So quick and easy to make, I landed up making dozens and may have to keep the left overs for next year!

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Mandy’s early Christmas present

I don’t usually post about gifts made for others prior to them receiving it, but as Mandy already knows what’s coming her way and most likely already received it, here it is.

Mandy is my cousin. She’d contacted me wanting to order a purse. She wanted a *Blue Cherry Blossom purse, but if it could be made in a slightly darker blue than usual please as she was intending to use it day to day and was concerned the paler color would dirty fast.

When it comes to family, I find it difficult to accept payment for my hand work and agreed to make the purse on condition it could be her Christmas present from me (early or not).

I actually made *Mandy’s Purse in October whilst everyone else was making orange pumpkins, goblins and ghosts. But I enjoyed seeing it develop and quite like the new purse in this new blue!

I may have mentioned in the past, it’s an old custom I’ve heard of which I have taken on board as it is such a sweet sentiment. It apparently brings good luck or good fortune if, when giving a purse as a gift, to include a coin. It doesn’t matter which coin, but I have found some very special “lucky coins” which, on the back reads “Because you deserve all the happiness in the world”.

Mandy, I very much want to give you a big hug and say that everything will be ok. You truly do deserve all the happiness in the world and I really wish you well in everything you do. Have a VERY Merry Christmas and make only happy plans for the year to come. I hope you enjoy your purse and see it as a big ‘ol hug from me to you.

Much Love,

Nina