Saturday, December 24, 2011

Wishing you all a Very Merry Bumpkin Christmas!

Merry Christmas to each and everyone of you and may your New Year
be filled with magical moments and days of hope and friendship.
Bear Hugs from the Bumpkin Bears, Friends & me!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A Heartfelt Bumpkin Christmas!

Recently in a shop I saw some needle felted decorations that costed so much I decided I could try my hand at creating some myself for far less and getting the extra pleasure of making them!  To share a little love at this time of year I thought you'd all enjoy this little christmas craft project, so have fun :)

For this Heartfelt Christmas Decoration you will need:
Polystyrene (styrofoam) Balls
Small amount of wool roving in red (or your colour choice)
Wool felting needles (be careful they are sharp)
Piece of foam to needle felt onto (stops you holding the base in case you poke the needle too hard!)
Scrap pieces of felt to cut into hearts
Red Embroidery Thread
Long Needle

♥ Wrap wool roving around the ball bit by bit and gradually using your felting needles poke the wool so it catches into the ball.

♥ Keep going until your ball is covered and the wool feels nice and secure to the ball.

♥ Cut out little hearts or your own shapes from felt and using fabric glue stick them around the centre of the ball.  I did alternating sizes of hearts, so one large, one small..

♥ If you would like to embroider using a very long needle (often called doll needles) carefully sew on little motifs to the felt (this part was very tricky and be careful you do not split the ball by coming out too close to where the needle has gone in).  If you did not want to do this you could always cut out smaller red hearts and stick into centre of white felt.

♥ To secure a hanging loop make a large knot (leaving some thread) on one end and using the long needle go up through centre of ball, leave a loop at top and then insert needle back to the base and tie off with the knotted end.

I hope you'll have fun creating these, I'd love to hear how you get on.
 Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas, Catherine & the Bumpkin Friends

Monday, December 19, 2011

Twinkling moments in Bruges

Getting in the festive spirit we visited Bruges at the weekend which always looks so pretty at Christmas with all the lights twinkling.  They twinkled a little more this year with the reflections in the rain!  Tricky to get photos from under the umbrella but I had to share them with you all to wish every one of you a very Merry Christmas wherever you are in the world.  I'll let the photos do the talking...

Can you believe this is chocolate!

Wishing you Magical days 

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

A blue & white Christmas

Last weekend we visited Delft, the Dutch city famed for their Blue & White china.  There were some wonderfully wonky old buildings, many with their toes dipped in the water!

This wee little bird chirped up at me from a basket in this shop above and I couldn't resist, I do love birds and this one has got a sweet little windmill painted on his chest.

We are hoping to visit Bruges soon too so will be sure to take some christmasy photos to share, it is always so pretty there at this time of year.  

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Just imagine....

... living in a place like this!  On my recent trip back to the UK we visited this beautiful property, Ightham Mote, a 14th Century Moted Manor House nestled amongst the hills of Sevenoaks, Kent.  You can imagine the stories this building could tell, in 1953 it's future was secured by an American saviour, Charles Henry Robinson, who had been smitten by this dream house since seeing a picture of it as a young man.  Much of the inside was closed off for the winter season but the living quarters downstairs were open and they gave a wonderful nostalgic feel as to how he lived, couldn't you just imagine reading a book by the fire with the christmas tree all decorated and old tunes on the radio?!  It certainly whisked me away to times gone by.  I'll let the pictures talk for themselves so I hope you'll enjoy this festive post now that December has joined us!

Thanks for visiting

Monday, November 28, 2011

Feeling Crafty?

I always love to create gifts at Christmas and as a child (well I still do!) loved to get presents where I could get creative.  My Dress Me Up Bunny Kits  have been hopping out of the Shop for Christmas presents, I think they would be really cute in a stocking and would keep little hands busy, which is always a good thing!

My PDF Mini Bunting would also make a fun stocking filler, delivered straight to your email, easy to print and give as a gift with some pretty twine, cut out and put together.  Available in 4 different hand illustrated designs in the Party section.  What fun to decorate a bedroom or office, they look so cute hanging over mirrors or frames and great for cake bunting!

For those that love sewing how about trying my Embroidery Patterns, again delivered as a pdf to your email, so print out and either wrap sweetly as a gift set of patterns or make a cup of tea and relax stitching some yourself.  Just imagine all the lovely items you could embroider, pillows, stockings, quilts, framed pictures, little outfits .... 

If you ever have any photos of items you've embroidered with my Bumpkin patterns I always love to see them.

Time is dashing past as fast as Rudolph flying through the air, so don't forget -

Last Postal Dates for Christmas (but the sooner they are sent out the better!)
5 December: Australia, New Zealand, Africa, Far East..
9 December Eastern Europe, USA & Canada
12 December Western Europe

See you back soon, Catherine x 

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Love of Books Gift Guide

Firstly Happy Thanksgiving to all you that are celebrating today, have a fabulous time.

I just adore books, especially vintage ones with beautiful illustrations in them, where you can just loose yourself into their worlds.  For sometime I have been wanting to design bookplates from my illustrations and I'm excited to share a range of 3 designs ready to hop into your favourite books.  If you are treating those you love to a book or two at Christmas these friends would love to join them.

They make lovely sets with my illustrated Bookmarks -

Do you have a favourite place in your home for reading, then how about sharing it with these friends?
They couldn't choose just one book at the woodland library!

For the Love of Books Print
Every Print that is purchased before Dec 5th receives a free Christmas Card & Gift Tag.

See you back soon in a few days time for some fun Gift Guides for those that love Crafts & Gardens!