Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Getting there...

I finally finished the Nativity wall hanging that I've been planning on making the last two years. I love the panel and all I had to do was some light quilting and add some gold glass seed beads to the centres of the stars. It's backed with red felt which helps it stay put on our brick interior walls. This is the centre of our Christmas, the birth of Our Saviour in the humblest of places, a manger in a cave in Bethlehem. Simple, beautiful, the greatest gift, a reminder hanging in the centre of our home of the true meaning of every Christmas Day.

For a certain male member of our family I have been working on this dragon wall hanging. He loves dragons, and as I am not an illustrator I did a google for a dragon colouring page. There are loads of them, mostly cutesy kiddie ones, but I found this one which was far more adult for my intended recipient.

The variegated thread came up really well on the mottled grey fabric, and I chose to add the prairie points to reflect the spikes of the dragon's tail.

Blossom had bought a stash of buttons when we lived in Alice Springs and these ones matched well, having that medieval appearance I was after.

Of course once this was made another family member happened to ooh and aaah a lot so I may be making more after Christmas. ;-)
Two more far-and-away gifts to make for extended family and I can finally make the placemats for Christmas lunch.
It's quite amazing how once I decided not to make so many gifts, that I'd buy them instead, my enthusiasm and joy returned and I've been creating daily... it was my attitude change that did it.

Happy Advent!


Sarah - Kala said...

Again, fantastic work!

Anne (aussieannie) said...

Wow, the nativity scene is magnificent! All your work is beautiful, thank you for sharing it all with us.

Myra said...

Wonderful Nativity scene! Perhaps it is time to set mine up? Yup!
That dragon would be a joy to receive for many a young man...
Happy stitchings! 8-)

Sew Useful Designs said...

he he he... Jenny - great minds think alike eh?!!! xxxxx

I'm just enjoying having coffee, chocolate and reading your blog!