Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Half way to Christmas.....

but first I want to tell you about a lovely, lovely site with the most awesome scarves...

sell handwoven scarves and other goodies 
woven in Mexico and Guatemala in the most incredibly yummy colours
  • Table Runners
  • Teatowels
  • Large Scarves/Shawls
  • Medium Scarves
  • Small Scarves

they have a blog HERE
and if you are a facebooker (like me) you can like them HERE
(I love keeping up with what they are doing over in Mexico)

they are selling from the UK and work with a wonderful group of women weaving the fabric and making the items

Our Weavers

 HERE is the link to the website 

This business ticks the boxes for me, 

great product
enhances the lives of women in underdeveloped countries
creating cooperative businesses
natural dyes
handmade woven
income generation at grassroots level
fair trade

my daughter in law is a workathome mum and is working with her brother and these magnificent women

so if you need some ideas for amazing Christmas gifts go have a look there
(pictures are from the Maya Kotan site)


..... it is only 6 months to go till Christmas...... (thanks for the reminder Cathy)

This month's Christmas items are these gifts for some special little girls in my life....

These Colour and Carry pouches were made using a pattern by Joy from JoyPatch...... aren't they 'gawjus'?

I won the pattern in a give-away Joy had in May..... you can see hers HERE and you can also see Joy's new block keeper bags.... equally 'gawjus' HERE - the giveaways are over but Joy does have a page showing where you can buy her patterns....

I have put some Ausi Animal shapes in for colouring and jumbo crayons and washable markers

this picture shows the handle detail and cute little yo-yo's - one side with an initial and the other side a button

Thank you Joy... these were very different to what I usually try and do.... and I thoroughly enjoyed making them up .....

.... now to get some boy fabric .....

Thanks Narelle for hosting 1 Christmas item a month - there is lots of inspiration over there and you can join in anytime...

I did think these could be used with the older children too..... there is room in there for an ipad, a Nintendo and an iphone!!!!

Meanwhile I have other Christmas sewing I am doing in red and white....
 which is secret .... so you just get a peek.....

but these Christmas Santa Sack Swap goodies are ready to be sent to Cathy ....

there is a special blog for this swap and even if you are not doing the actual swap there is lots of ideas and links to tutorials to give you inspiration...

Pale Headed Rosella's came for a snack
they are very shy birds and have a lovely little peep song - not squawky like many of the pretty birds
and an unusual wavy flight pattern - up and down

Righto, Gotto Go.... cold and wet today - the sewing machine light is on....


  1. Gorgeous gifts and a great idea to keep everything together.
    Interesting sneak peak too :)

  2. Those are wonderful gift ideas, perfect for the kids.
    I just got some more gifts to finish and they are for christmas, so I will be getting a head start with pre made items;)


  3. Some great gift ideas there. Thanks for sharing Fiona. Looking forward to seeing that santa bag hidden undall all those pressies :o) Hugs

  4. Gee you have been busy Fiona,love the kiddies folders they are fantastic and so cute with the owls,the kids will love them,must look into that pattern myself for the youngest two grandies.lots of xmas goodies there also and love the xmas sneak peek,enjoy your day Fiona.xx

  5. Always love to visit you Fiona. Always something new to see! :)

  6. Thanks for the link to all those wonderful textiles Fiona - aren't the colours delicious!

  7. I have several pieces of Guatemalan fabric adorning spots in my house that I acquired when I travelled there 40 years ago or so. They are so beautiful. Looks like a worthwhile mission. Love the pale headed Rosellas.

  8. What pretty birdies.....haven't seen them here! I have a hair clip made from ribbon woven in Guatemala, I wear it often and love the colours.

  9. love the little colour pouches. They look really cute in those fabrics.
    very sweet sneak peak and those christmas goodies are lovely, can't wait to see what is in those parcels.

  10. Lovely little gifts, especially filled with all those goodies. Thanks for the link for the scarves, they will make beautiful gifts.

  11. Lovely colours in the Mayan textiles - may just need to indulge.
    The little creative on the go bags are super cute in those fabrics - lucky little people.
    Mmmm - looks like Santa has been using you. How fun.
    Enjoy Wednesday.

  12. Oh gosh so many things you have shared, thanks for the link to the textiles, I love ticks in all those boxes. I can't wait to see the santa sack that you sneakily hid. The carry bags are fabulous, I love all those treats you have put inside, such a fantastic job.

  13. Wonderful interesting post , the little carriers are adorable ,you amaze me with all you get accomplished . Thanks for the links must check them out.hugs Sheila

  14. I love the owl fabrics, although the project looks versatile enough for any age or fabric - thanks for the link! Those birdies were certainly having fun!


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