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Monday, 27 December 2010

Reindeer guarding some spices

On the 13th Day of my Advent Calendar I showed you the Mistletoa Reindeer chart, designed by Daffycat. I stitched the reindeer and finished it as small sac. I put some glögi spices inside the sac. Glögi is a Finnish Christmas drink, much like Glühwein or mulled wine. I also added a box of chocolate with the glögi spice sac and sent them to Japan to my friend Michiko. You can find the chart at Daffycat's blog here.

Friday, 24 December 2010

The Advent Calendar - Day 24: Christmas kisses

This is the last day of my this years Freebie Advent Calendar and I present to you: Christmas kisses! :) Here are two charts to celebrate the Christmas. Click the pics to go to the charts.

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, 23 December 2010

The Advent Calendar - Day 23: Gingerbread House

In Finland Santa arrives tomorrow and so many people are happily opening their lovely gifts. :) Some people may have some time to do some crafts still if they have finished all their Christmas preparations. I am leaving after work to my mum's to celebrate Christmas so I have no time to sit down and stitch or sew.

Today's freebie is a delicious looking felt gingerbread house.Click the pic to go to the tutorial.
Happy Christmas!

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

The Advent Calendar - Day 22: Noel heart

I was sewing a gift yesterday and suddenly the needle on my sewing machine broke. I couldn't turn the screw to change it since it was so tight. And I only had one seam to sew! Well this morning when I was leaving for work I desided to try again and it turned! So I can finish the gift today, what a relief! :)

Today's freebie is a Noel heart from Marjorie Massey. Click the picture to go to the chart.

Would you like to move to Finland, we have -20C and it's getting colder?!  
Better keep your mittens on! :)

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

The Advent Calendar - Day 21: Fabric ornaments

Only a couple of days left before Christmas and only a couple of freebies left. I found today's freebie via Lennu's blog. Lennu got one as a surprise gift from her friend and I really liked it. She also had the link to the tutorial at Katrina's Tutorials blog so I went to see how these are made and made four of them! :) They are really nice and quick to make so there's plenty of time to make a few before Christmas. Click the picture to go to the tutorial.

Santa is nearly here, let's be extra nice! :)

Monday, 20 December 2010

The Advent Calendar - Day 20: Christmas reindeers

Today I show you two freebies. This Christmas reindeer pattern comes from Stickeule blog. They are so cute that maybe you'll stitch both of them? :) Click the pictures to go to the blog where you can find the patterns.

Have a great Christmas week!

Sunday, 19 December 2010

The Advent Calendar - Day 19: Winter Caroler

I have lived through a rough weekend and now I will end it with today's freebie. The freebie is from Gingercake blog and it's name is Winter Caroler. These cute singers are easy to sew and you might want to make a whole bunch of them. :) Click the picture to go to the blog and there you can download the pdf-pattern.

Have a great Christmas time!

Saturday, 18 December 2010

The Advent Calendar - Day 18: Sapin 2010

Today's freebie is a very stylish Christmas tree from Chez Elisa blog. The chart it called "Sapin d'Elisa 2010". Click the picture to go to the blog and there you can find the chart.

Yesterday I had a giveaway at my blog and I used the random generator to draw the winner and it's the comment number 6. So the winner is Vinniey! Congratulations! :) I will post the prize next week. I hope it gets there before Christmas.

Friday, 17 December 2010

The Advent Calendar - Day 17: A surprise giveaway

My Finnish blog has a blogaversary today. It's three years since I first started blogging. :) So it's time to have a surprise giveaway. Leave a comment on this post before midnight, Finnish time, check the time here. And as the name says the prize is a surprise. :)

Good luck!

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Christmas exchange packages

I took part in a Finnish Christmas exchange. 
Marja sent me this gorgeous gift! I am so over the moon with this! :) First I saw this wonderful bag that she had sewn from a cutest sheep fabric ever. Then inside the bag was a box that was stitched and finished so beautifully. I love that Tralala pattern. AND inside the box was the card and cute mouse Christmas ornament. I feel so happy, I love this exchange! :) Thank you Marja!

I sent a gift to Ulla. I know she likes American style Santas so I stitched two Santas and finished them as a Christmas card pocket that can be hanged on the wall. The buttons are from my Grandma's endless suply of buttons, real vintage. :) I also sewed Santa's sac for her. I found the fabric picture last year at the Crafts fair and sewed it on the sac.

The Advent Calendar - Day 16: Personalized Placemats

I've eaten the chocolate from my advent calender so now it's time to show you today's freebie. It's a pattern for personalized placemats for your Christmas table from Chris Warnick from Frecklemama blog. Click the picture to go to the tutorial.

Oh it's cold here in Finland! I hope you have warmer weather!

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

The Advent Calendar - Day 15: Angel Wings

Today's freebie comes a bit later at the night again. I have a Christmas flu or something, sinuses (and brain...) blocked and some fever so I've been getting some rest. Now it could be time to stitch something bigger and really cute, like Margaret Sherry's Angel Wings. This cat makes me go Squee! :)

Chart is once again from Coats Crafts' Bulgarian website so finding the link there could be a bit of a challenge. Click the picture to go to the site and there you can find the link with a small pdf icon next to it.

I hope you keep healthy!

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

The Advent Calendar - Day 14: Owlivia

I think Santa might still have some room in is sac for yet another present. So here comes a great free pattern called Owlivia from Sandy Gervais. Easy to sew and still a hoot! :) Click the picture to go to the tutorial.

Have a very merry Tuesday!

Monday, 13 December 2010

The Advent Calendar - Day 13: A Mistletoe Reindeer

The 13th day comes with much waited design. Thank you Daffycat for another adorable reindeer pattern! :)
She just published this one yesterday and I just had to add it here as soon as possible so many of you can have a change to stitch it before Christmas. So here comes A Mistletoe Reindeer by Daffycat. Click the picture to go to her blog post and there's a link to the chart.

Can you hear the jingle bells?

Sunday, 12 December 2010

The Advent Calendar - Day 12: A Pea Pod Purse

Today's freebie post comes a bit late at the evening since I've had so much to do today, mainly sewing. If you like to sew something nice here comes a lovely purse pattern from Ottobre Design. The Pea Pod Purse's pattern and instructions are in English, Finnish, Swedish, Dutch and German. Click the picture to download the pdf-file.

Have fun and enjoy the Christmas time!

Saturday, 11 December 2010

The Advent Calendar - Day 11: Santa Claus is Coming to Town...

... or maybe not just yet but we might have just enough time to get this Santa stitched and ready for the Christmas. :)

Gazette94 blog's chart "Bon Noel" can be found by clickin the picture.

While you are stitching you can listen to this Christmas carol and wonder our language since it's in Finnish. :) You can also find the lyrics if you click and watch it in Youtube and wonder even more when you see how we write our language. :D

Warm thoughts and hugs to everyone!

Friday, 10 December 2010

The Advent Calendar - Day 10: Scrappy Christmas Stockings

I hope you have found something nice to stitch or sew from my Advent Calendar. Or since there are many so days left the favourite project is yet to come. :)

Today we sew some Christmas stockings. This Our Cozy Nest's pattern "His and Her Scrappy Christmas Stockings" is sewn from Christmassy fabric scpraps. Click the picture to go to the tutorial.

Happy stitching days! 
(I just noticed that I had accidentally written this text yesterday in Finnish. My mind is just all over the place... Word to word it means Happy Christmas wait.)

Thursday, 9 December 2010

The Advent Calendar - Day 9: The Crown of Cherries

Today's freebie chart has a beautiful name: Crown of Cherries. Well, it's Couronne de Cerises really but it sounds so pretty in English too. And in Finnish it's Kirsikkakruunu, I like that one too. :) The chart is from the Grilles Anciennes site. Click the picture and you'll get to a site that has other freebies too, the Crown of Cherries is on the left side. Clicking it will open the pdf-chart.

Iloista joulunodotusta!

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

The Advent Calendar - Day 8: Oopsie

Today's freebie is something to sew again. I could see this as Christmas gifts in all the colours of the world. :) So cute is this Oopsie the Octopus by Melly & Me. Click the picture to go to the tutorial. Have fun sewing!

Funny and whimsical December days!

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

The Advent Calendar - Day 7: Winter Biscornu

Thank you all for your support and kind words. They are really appreciated in this hard time. *hugs to all*

Today is the seventh day of my calendar and I will show you this gorgeous biscornu pattern called "Winter Bircosrnu" by The Victoria Sampler (designer: Thea Dueck). Click the pic and you'll see a couple of different versions and you can download all three versions from the website. Have fun stitching!

Keep yourself warm on the cold winter days!

Monday, 6 December 2010

The Advent Calendar - Day 6: Little Lamb Pillows

Today is Finland's Independence Day. It has also been a very hard day for me since my dear grandmother passed away last night. That is why I haven't got around to post today's Advent Calendar post until now.

Today's freebie is a Little Lamb Pillow pattern. Click the picture and you'll go to the tutorial on The Purl Bee blog.

In memory of my grandma.

Sunday, 5 December 2010

The Advent Calendar - Day 5: Christmas Alphabet

On this lovely Sunday, the fifth day of my Advent Calendar, I will show you a big bunch of charts! I found this from the Bulgarian site of Coats Crafts. The chart is called Коледна азбука, Christmas alphabet. Click the picture to go to the site and there click the link "Схеми за работа (zip)".
The chart is packed and it's a .zip-file. On most of the computers the Windows has it's own unpacking program but if you can't unpack it you can also download a free evaluation version of WinZip here, scroll down to see the button "Click here to download now". Email me if you have any problems.

Great stitching days to all!

Saturday, 4 December 2010

The Advent Calendar - Day 4: Casserole Carrier

Day four and another freebie! :) This handy carrier bag is designed by Jenny Garland and it's called Casserole Carrier. You can use it to carry food at Christmas time if needed or make something really delicious, put it in the carrier and give as a gift. And it can still be hot and you still won't burn your fingers! :) I just loved the idea when I first saw this. I hope you like it too. Click the picture to go to the instructions.

If you get inspired to sew or stitch something you've seen here I would love to see some photos. Please send me an email with the picture and detaisl and I'll blog about it. Or leave me a comment and a link to your blog if you have blogged about it yourself.

Have a very merry December! :)

Friday, 3 December 2010

The Advent Calendar - Day 3: Mr. and Mrs. C

On the third day the Mr Christmas himself will make an appearance. With his Mrs of course. :) Brooke's Books chart "Mr. and Mrs. C" has lovely portraits of our Christmassy couple. Click the image to download the pdf-file.

This morning we had the draw among all the lovely comments that were left here and in my Finnish blog yesterday. The grand master of the draw was my colleague Lasse and in our nerdy way we used a smartphone box. :)
The winner is Katri. Congratulations to Katri and a big thank you for all the nice comments!

Santa's coming, let's be nice! ;)