Just back from a most enjoyable few days in the Lake District, where we stayed in a super log cabin.
We had perfect weather and, after days out visiting many of the lovely places, I managed quite a bit of crafting.
I'm sure you know the story of the Elf and the Shoemaker ......well I'm sorry to disappoint you, these little elf clogs did not appear in the morning by magic.
I made them!!!
I found the pattern on pinterest but I reduced the size to make them cuter. They are so easy to make from felt and can be blanket stitched or simply just over stitched.
The little tag says, "Somewhere a tiny elf has lost a shoe" but it would have to be "Somewhere a tiny elf has lost his shoes" if you display a pair.
Bells or bobbles, added as trims, make them extra special.
Some are going to be posted off to my family in Brighton and Germany and will have little chocolate treats popped inside before they go on their Christmas trees.
You can judge the size by this collection which is in an A4 box.
I also found these little angels on pinterest.
Also easy to make, from lined circles of fabric cleverly folded to make the angel's robes with a felt heart shape for the wings. Different colours, fabrics, ribbons and trims give them character.
All the spare ones will go to my grandchildren's schools as fundraisers or little gifts for their teachers.
I also had the idea to make a Shepherd and a King from the same pattern.
Here's the view from our lakeside cabin window which was an idyllic spot to see the birds on the lake and the amazing skies at sunset and sunrise with all the reflections on the water.
I kept forgetting to take photos so I missed capturing the best scenes and
these inferior pics were taken from indoors.
The two large dots on the windows were to stop the birds flying into the panes.
The birds swirled in patterns around the lake each evening at sunset.