Hobbycraft recently opened a store less than 3 miles from my house. This was obviously a bad move on their part, as it will no doubt bring about my eventual financial ruin, which they will then have on their conscious for the rest of their existence. Their Christmas crafting materials are amazing - usually I spend hours scouring ebay for buttons and ribbon and things, the postal costs of which usually exceeds their cost, so I end up not buying anything. So being able to drive to the store, chuck a load of stuff in my basket, and get back home in less than half an hour is blissful.
That is, apart from the cost. It is fairly-to-very expensive. A multi-pack of felt squares was £6.49, and I ummed and ahhed over it for ages, before leaving it on the shelf. I found a half-size pack in Tesco later on for just a couple of pounds, and since then I've been going felt-crazy. I love felt Christmas decorations. I love blanket stitch. But I've never tried to make any myself, until Pinterest popped into my life, with all its inspiration-providing goodness.
One of my wonderful Mummy-friends moved house recently, and as we were going over there today for our present-swap, I decided to knock up a lovely Christmas decoration as a housewarming present. 3 and a half short hours later, I'd produced this:
Blanket stitch is fun, but for a novice, it isn't quick. I was so pleased with the final product, that this evening I made this for myself. Holly buttons from Hobbycraft, ribbon from stash. And there's more to come. I need more days before Christmas!