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Thursday, December 6

It was such a hot day here the other day so we kept ourselves indoors enjoying the cool and watching a few Christmas dvds.  The last few days we've been staying close to home, I think the girls are enjoying just resting after a long year, it's certainly fine with me.  I had bought some clay recently wanting to try my hand at making necklaces for Christmas gifts so when it was hot outside I sat inside cool and got busy creating.  It was so much fun sitting there making beads, Miss 8 joined me and made a few herself creating a necklace for Mrs Claus she tells me.  Most of the beads I made were to make necklaces but I also made a set of small pink beads to put into a kit for a little girl so she could make her own necklace.  That's another Christmas present now checked off the list!
On the weekend I was sitting there trying to come up with present ideas, I often find that the hardest part of Christmas shopping is the choosing.  Anyway I did some internet searching and thought a craft kit might be a good solution to the handmade gift giving I enjoy doing but haven't had time to do this year.  I remembered how much the girls enjoyed making friendship bracelets when Miss 13 had her birthday so I thought I could put together a kit for a couple of girls as gifts.  So I went down to my local craft store and collected some supplies, I'll print off some directions to put inside the box too and that's another couple of gifts done now.
Tuesday afternoon I went outside to feed the chickens only to look up and see some sign writing in the sky.  I love the light late in the afternoon and the temperature, it's such a nice time of day to be outside I think even the perfect time for gardening this time of year .
Wishing you a lovely Thursday.♥

19 comments:

  1. I have seen so many pics of clay beads around lately and they all look so pretty. I really want to make some now!

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  2. These clay beads are lovely. x

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  3. Both of your gift ideas really encourage some creativity and are both fantastic! I love the colours of the beads you made and also those gorgeous blue embroidery threads. I think they will be well received.

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  4. That's a great idea... the craft kits. Perfect. Save time and sharing the love of creating. Now to find a way to remember this idea for next year!!!

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  5. i love the idea of the craft kits- wil you share the friendship bracelet directions, pretty please? your beads are gorgeous, too! have a sweet day. :)sarah

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  6. The craft kits are a brilliant idea Catherine and one I must file away for future reference. I am loving all the clay beads I have seen floating around...my daughter wants to have a go herself over the holidays so we have been slowly getting a nice selection of colours ready.
    Instagram was bombarded with the sign writing the other night...it was quite spectacular :)
    Happy Thursday lovely.
    x

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  7. Oh I love working wih clay. It's really just playdough for adults I think :) Such a nice way to spend the afternoon and there's a gift at the end - perfect!

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  8. You are very clever with your different ideas for gifts and activities, thank you for the inspiriation xx

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  9. I love your clay beads - am very interested to know more about them - what clay did you buy and do you need to bake it or is it air dry? I love all the shades you've made, especially the soft yellow. I think your craft kits are a wonderful idea- I was thinking the other day that if anyone asked me what to Grace, I was going to suggest a bag of craft stuff - paper, pom-poms, pipe cleaners etc. You are so good with your handmade gifts, I'd hope to make more myself this year but it hasn't eventuated. Perhaps next year :) Enjoy your Thursday evening x

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  10. Sounds like such a lovely day just pottering and making things for Christmas ... sometimes it can be such a big time for consumerism and its so nice to receive something handmade :)
    Ellen xx

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  11. It's a nice meditative way to spend some time, making beads, isn't it? Lovely. :)

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  12. We are a fan of clay beads as well, and my 12 year old makes the most amazing tiny cakes out of them as well, must post these one day.

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  13. how beautiful. sounds like you are having a lot of fun! i love your blog x

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  14. The bead kits are a great gift idea! I like that you have made the beads yourself - it adds a personal touch.

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  15. I think a little friendship bracelet is the perfect girlie gift. I wouldn't mind learning to do that too (having missed the craze the first time around!). I have some clay at home for necklaces and I really need to get to that for the presents pile. Maybe this weekend? Yours look very fine!

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  16. A craft kit is a great gift idea! So clever. It's still a handmade gift that way, only it's made by the recipient. I love the beads you made too. I recently bought some clay, but wasn't sure what I wanted to do with it. Jewelry making is a fun option. Have a great weekend. :)

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  17. I would have loved one of those kits when i was little {still now to be honest!} beautiful photos, x ashley

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  18. Seriously love those colours of the beads so much. Another wonderful gift idea!
    Ronnie xo

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  19. Oh just beautiful as always Catherine. Would love to know what clay you are using - do you dye the colours yourself?
    xx

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