Friday, 16 December 2016

Snowmen Candy Wraps for a 200th Friday Smile

I am getting things together for Christmas and I've managed to put up two Christmas trees, an easy fibre optic one in the living room and a bigger one in the dining room. I've decorated the living room windows with a swag of greenery with some lights and also fastened a wreath of lights to our front door so in the grand scheme of things I am doing OK with my festive plans.
Next week I will enjoy a Christmas dinner with my quilt group so I made all the 20 members one of these little chocolate bars with snowmen wraps instead of a card. They are so easy to make and there are plenty of free printable templates on pinterest if anyone wants to make some. I have made these little characters for many years now and I use scraps of fleece for the hats and scarves, which only need a few stitches to seam the hats, as it doesn't fray. 
If I am in need of more fabric I buy a red felt sack or a Santa suit from a £1 shop to cut up, as it is far cheaper than buying felt from a fabric store.

 I also made the table cloth above right for the Christmas dinner table from a fabric remnant. It doesn't look much crumpled up there but it only needs pressing before I use it.
I can't believe how time has flown since last week when I was in Germany visiting part of my family.
We enjoyed the Christmas markets especially the mediaeval market in the old town where all the stall holders dressed in period costume and they only sold traditional crafts which would have been made for that time.
We couldn't pass this stalwart mediaeval mob through to the stalls, until we had dropped money into their coffers, which I presume and hoped was for charity.
I am popping over to Annie's blog to join in her weekly Friday Smile but this week is a very special day as it is the 200th time she has brought her smiles to us and invited us to share our own smiles too. Annie is such a lovely lovely person and we got to know each other through blog land and we have subsequently met up in real life too. She really is a ray of sunshine, the kindest person who is always willing to help and it makes me smile just to think about her.
Huge Happy Friday Smile 200th Anniversary
 and thank you so much for giving so many of us hundreds of smiles. 
It makes us all realise how lucky we are even when we are feeling down.


Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I love those chocolate wraps. They are very clever. So is the idea of getting a felt bag or suit. But our DOLLAR shops have nothing with that much fabric. You are lucky to have that option.

I thoroughly enjoyed the photos. We don't get Christmas markets here, but they seem to be very popular in Germany. And of course, I laughed at you not even asking if the cups were for charity. Shows how good hearted you are.

I fear Annie has gone MIA for her 200th post. But I'm thrilled you posted because it's been far too long since I visted you. Happy holidays (and happy weekend). Have fun with your quilt group.

tilly said...

Christmas well under way at your end lol... love Germany at Christmas time.... off to get ready for the U3A party, happy Christmas and good health for both of you in 2017
Christine xxx

Annie said...

Oh Jo. You are such a lovely friend and your comments have reduced me to tears. Bless you. I must admit that I've let you down today though cos we are only just home from a few much needed days away with the family so I missed to do my Friday blog....I will do it next week all being well. I really love the crafty bits you make ready for Christmas and your Christmas fair pics are fab.
Annie x

Angela Radford said...

Hi Jo, great photos. I think Annie is on her way back from their holiday, sure we will find out next week what she's been up to. Your wrappers look like a great idea and make a simple gift look great. The market looked good too. Take care and Merry Christmas, Angela xXx

Helen said...

Love your chocolate wraps! My dream is to visit a proper Christmas market one year; especially in some warm sunshine like you enjoyed!

Robyn Oliver said...

Happy weekend Jo, sounds like you're really getting into the festive spirit with all your decorating, love doing the same myself. And those santa wrapped chocolates are super fun gift ideas. Have a wonderful weekend Robyn

Neet said...

Oh heck - I have made a cock up in my attempt to join in with Annie this week.
How I envy you the German Christmas Market, we made do with York (never again - too crowded especially for my chariot) and then Manchester which was lovely to do with Paul as it always is.
Lovely to see your little 'makes' for the quilting group.
Have a lovely Christmas.
Hugs, Neet xx

Mystic Quilter said...

Looks like you have been busy since you arrived home from Germany. Great idea for wrapping blocks of chocolate!

pearshapedcrafting said...

What a brilliant idea! Loved seeing the pics of the Christmas market too! Hugs, Chrisx

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Cover snowman wraps for an expensive but effective thoughtful gift, wonderful idea and love your cloth too, Jo.
Blessings upon you as we remember Jesus' birthday and a healthy 2017.
Happy WOYWW!!
Shaz in Oz.x #3

{Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

Twiglet said...

Lovely festive posts Jo - Happy Christmas to you and your family xx Jo