82. the one with the elves

in 5 days time i’m hanging up my sewing hands for the year, packing up mah precious stuffs, and putting on my hardhat. it’s time to tend to my tumble down house & get on with the building works.

but before i start moaning blogging about DIY hardships again, i thought i’d post about my last sewing project of 2013 – festive christmas elves :)

(***this is not any kind of “how to” – please do not copy and PLEASE do not pin any of my photos onto effing pinterest. thanking you.)

when i was a kid… at christmas, we had these slightly cool / slightly creepy christmas elf decorations of mom’s that came out every year. (i think they were from germany from when she was a kid… mom? and pictures?)
anyway, my half-remembered mind-picture of them was my sort-of inspiration for these…

christmas elves

i knew before i started them, that they’d be my last project of the year, so it was a conscious decision to build them really, reeeeeally slowly and add all the teeny tiny details that make them so fun (for me to make).
instead of worrying that at 23746368576587 hours they weren’t really economically viable.

product development.
(although, tbf, i was also finishing off other projects during this time) = supernatural, season 5
design development
(it’s hard to believe how much polyester fluff fits inside such a tiny creature!)

cutting & sticking.
(i spent EPISODES hours cutting out miniature eyeballs,buttons & little pink cheeks. i didn’t end up using the green buttons but i can’t bring myself to throw them away)
cutting & sticking

knitting & stitching.
once i’d made up the hat pattern, they were kind of addictive to knit – they looked so pretty in a heap :) i tend to hoard wool, so i had plenty to choose from – i think the teal ones were my favourite, a super luxurious merino / cashmere blend.
i made far more than i’d need = grimm, season 2
elf hats

embroidering.
i screwed up loads of these at this stage – i blame senile collie dog (lack of sleep. for me.) and the winchesters (the end of season 5 is hectic).
elf face

there’s quite the sad little pile of unfinished rejects that didn’t make the ocd-cut

elf buttons

sewing.
by this point i was back in the zone. and *suddenly* part way through supernatural season 6
elf limbs

sometimes i have to do hand sewing at the window where there’s better light. i hate having my back to the tv. i had to suspend supernaturals while i did this bit.
sewing up eyeballs

making.
this is the worst part (if they don’t turn out right)
this is the best part (if they do turn out right)
elf birth 01elf birth 02elf birth 03elf birth 04

accessories.
teeny tiny backpacks for elves to carry gifts of chocolate = house, md season 1
elf satchels

finished! elves have occurred!
chocolate elves

i’d hoped to watch supernatural seasons 7 & 8 too… i wonder if i should make a few more elves before ripping out the fireplace?

52. the christmas one

“and this is for you, merry christmas!”
christmas

^ see how she reads the gift tag so she’s sure it’s for her. clever collie!

(of course, by this point – christmas day – she’d already been in and helped herself. a couple of times. so on christmas eve, presents had to be re-wrapped and several trails of rum-flavoured dogsick cleaned up… festive!)

“this soft toy is nice, thankyou. but when will i be getting my thorntons rum chocolate truffles back?”
anakin presents

all too soon, christmas was over and we were back on the M1 heading home :(
homeward bound

^ “end,” it says. end   end   end   end :(

but ha! the festives didn’t end there.
because yesterday i attended (at my house) another indoors picnic with my internet crazies ladies :)

reason no. 385658748735687 of why strangers you befriend off of the internet are the best:
fb picnic

^ supernatural season 7. <3

i had spent all morning preparing a feast for my very special guests
pineapple hedgehog


and here is a photo of us enjoying it whilst having an amazing time
spesh picnic
l to r: archies beard, anakin, Husband, me, odd sox, caroline rose art, little black heart, siansburys & mister siansburys.

merry christmas, internetland!
now plz excuse me, i have to go & watch supernatural season 6.