This year’s new baubles

Hello All

Every year we have a happy little family tradition. We each get a new bauble for the Christmas tree. Consequently we never have a particular colour or style instead we have a hotch potch of all sorts on our tree. Every little trinket telling a story or recalling a memory.

This year I was thinking of buying (eeek!) our 3 new decorations for the tree. Then I got to wondering whether a shop bought  what-not would quite capture the spirit of randomness our annual tree embodies. Don’t get me wrong there are many shop purchases swinging gaily from the needly branches. But most were donated by family or chosen when our small tribe of three were together to select them. From these I remember the people that gifted them or times when my big people were little folk and insistent that a blue elephant fairy would sit comfortably next to Piglet on a peg (what were the school thinking?!).

Rather than battle through the Black Friday…Pink Tuesday…..Lemon Thurdsay…..whatever…..crowds and pick up anything that would get me out of there fast I had a little think. And when I had thunk the idea of needle felted baubles was born. I already had my needle-felting goodies out for the wreath-making-needle-felting-styrofoam adventure (don’t ask!) and was glad to put them to a happier use (I said…don’t ask).

Combining the idea of needle-felted baubles with Wool Buddies I set off. First a Herdwick body DSCI0292 then a little red tummy (you can see where this is going)

a pair of wild Marty Feldman eyes

and there we have him. The scourge of the Christmas garden that feisty little chappy Robin Redbreast. I can’t wait to see him staring out from the branches of our tree. Ok ok he is a bit scary – lucky my children are grown up – but I like to think he’ll make us chuckle. He will dangle perfectly next to the glass painted acetate Santa (we were hard up that year). By the by he is very light which is perfect for hanging from delicate branches.

Next I worked on a scrap of hand-dyed fleece, DSCI0306 and as it reminded me of a stormy sky I added a few stars.

In time honoured fashion I have saved the best for last,

colourful merino tops felted into a ball and then randomly covered with a swirly pattern. Definitely my favourite. I think I have certainly upheld the tree tradition of quirky-ness. Only problem is they are sort of addictive. Can I stop? or will we need a bigger tree?

Before I go. I went to a wonderful leaving ‘do’ at the library on Friday night and as you have had an occasional glimpse of AW’s sugar-craft I thought you might like a peek at her latest creation made for HWh who was leaving the library after an amazing 44 years!

I think you’ll agree it is beautiful. Sweet dreams.

Until next we meet. Moke x

11 comments on “This year’s new baubles

  1. sewchet says:

    Yes, I do agree – it IS beautiful. So are the baubles in all their eccentric gloriousness. I made my very first needle felted robin brooch last night with the silk fulling I bought at Yarndale which I will show on the blog later:)

  2. Moke says:

    I’m looking forward to seeing your robin brooch. My little fella is a bit of a brute he will definitely be the tree’s ‘guard robin’. Mxx

  3. vuchickens says:

    Beautiful ornaments! I want to needle felt something for our tree this year too. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Moke says:

      It’s very cathartic! I’m now working on a blue ball with mustard spots. Have fun. Can’t wait to see the results of your needle felting. Mxx

  4. Wow, 44 years at one workplace is impressive! And it feels good to see what you felt 😉 I like your tree’s new ‘bird guard’ 🙂 ♥ ❤

    • oopsie… ‘guard robin 😉 ♥ ❤

      • Moke says:

        Hi as always lovely to hear/read from you. No 1 Daughter who seems to have this year’s Christmas organised is pleased that we are upholding the tradition and I’ve made one for her boyfriend who will be joining us. I wonder who will choose what? I think I may be left with the stormy sky. Mxx

      • Well, the stormy wool sky will give way to clear family skies at Christmas 🙂 ♥ ❤

      • Moke says:

        No 1 daughter has it all sorted country cottage and menus included! She’s looking forward to this year’s baubles. No1 son and daughter’s partner are deputed to peeling, mashing and washing up. Bless ’em. Fingers crossed. Hope yours all goes well and that yarn arrives in good time! Mxx

      • Sounds like your very merry (and organized) Christmas with family is shaping-up nicely! My truckload of yarn has me working around one particularly anticipated ball. Our nearest family lives a day’s drive away, so we’ll be staying home to enjoy our cozy Christmas for two 🙂 ♥ ❤

  5. Moke says:

    That sounds snuggle-y and lovely. Have a cozy time. Mxxx

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