It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas

Hi and welcome back to the Chrissie Murphy Designs Blog. Well, it’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas! Everywhere you go… and nowhere more than my home and studio. Today’s post is a quick update on what’s been happening behind the scenes as my family prepares for the joy that is Christmas.

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas

It began with Murphy Family Tree Night

1 December is a special day on the Murphy Family calendar, because it’s Tree Night! It’s the night when everything pauses…. tv’s are turned off, phones are silenced and carols are played.

Our Hot Chocolate bar

Hot chocolate is drunk, rumballs are unearthed and the house is adorned in seasonal beauty for Christmas. Here’s a few pics of this years event.

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas
Our Christmas tree, looking a little tired, but very loved
Enjoying our hot chocolates

Then it’s into making things

Next it was full steam ahead with making gifts. In my last post, I touched on the creative heritage of my family. I mentioned that my intention was to try and make things for those I love this Christmas. In doing so, I feel like I’m paying homage to my grandparents who lived a life of creative generosity that I’m ever in awe of.

Crocheted face washer

Well, one of the gifts I’ve been working on is a crocheted face washer. I finished crocheting around it and I’m so pleased with how it turned out. What do you think?

And then it was on to another secret project

I have also been working on another project that I will share pics of shortly. And I am so excited about these!! You are going to love them!

Just like the face washer, they are to be given as gifts for friends and family, but unlike the washer, until they are received, mum’s the word 🤫 I won’t be sharing pics, as I want to preserve the element of surprise for my loved ones.

These are something I’ve had on my heart to make for a while. In 2021, I’m looking at wanting to dive deeper in this area, so stay tuned.

I made some personalised gift tags

Next on the Murphy Family Christmas agenda was gift tags. I wanted to create something personalised this year, and thought that initials would be perfect!

I have the We r Memory Keepers Alphabet Punch Board, and I used it to make all the letters I needed for my family and friends.

Vintage Gift tags

I also have a die cut in the shape of a gift tag, so I run some Quill Board through my Kaisercraft DIYcuts machine to create the tags. A little background stamping, some Distress Ink for an aged affect and woila!…. the gift tags were done.

And some crocheted snowflakes

You know how much I love gift wrapping. One of the things I love the most is burying little treasures in the gift wrapping as an added bonus to the gift. Here’s a pic from last year…. I buried pencils, erasers and candy canes in the wrapping, but this year, I wanted to add something lasting.

Buried pencils, erasers and candy canes from last year

I have crocheted a bunch of snowflakes (someone else suggested Christmas Stars) in Christmas colours. On each one, I added a loop so they can be hung as a decoration on a Christmas tree. And these are what I am adding as buried treasures to some of this years gifts.

Crocheted snowflakes

They tick all my “creative intention” boxes for Christmas

◦ Something lasting

◦ Something handmade

◦ Something beautiful

This years buried snowflakes

And lastly some gift bags

The most recent thing I’ve finished have been these gift bags. They’re just a little gift to say thanks and merry Christmas to my workmates.

Christmas Gift bags

So it’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas

Yes, it really is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas. Over the next week I will be focusing on gift wrapping and cooking. And then Christmas will be here!!

Until next time, whenever that may be, remember you always have a hope, you have somewhere to anchor your soul.

Bless you my friend

Chrissie xx

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