Friday, December 17, 2010

Breathing in Christmas



When I open my front door there’s a heady waft of exquisite which smells like Christmas and I will never mind that I’ll still be finding the odd pine needle in February. I have eaten a mince pie with the crumbliest of pastry. I have beamed at those glorious Grade 2’s reciting 20 minutes of perfect poetry, regaling a story of St Francis and the wolf. I have tackled Christmas shopping purchasings in one three hour stint (until I remember what I have forgotten). I have a mostly manageable list of handmade which will, because it always does and I know how to push a deadline, have me scrambling into the wee small hours of December 25th. Today is the last half day of school.

And... EXHALE.



I bet you didn’t know toilet rolls could be mildly festive?



The Middle and I have been tackling a ‘together’ project which involves cut up loo rolls and pegs and twenty gallons of PVA glue and is inspired by this from this tipster. We’ve stalled, through want of PVA supplies but we imagine this little number could go on forever – thanks to the Small’s exuberant approach to loo paper and donations in the name of craft from this lover of mischief. Everytime the Middle and I work on it, the conversation is peppered with exclamations from both of us: AWESOME!!!



This is the fourth year we have purchased an advent stick from one of the school Mums. Parcels of tissue containing crafted and found loveliness that celebrate the festival of Advent: earth, light, animals, people.



Here is this year’s advent treasure collection in progress...



And finally, because I was itching to try some of the smooth! non-tangly! gorgeously coloured! Cosmos embroidery cotton (found at Amitié) and because I was coming over so festive and because I really am going to push that handcrafted pressie deadline, here is the beginnings of my Christmas Beetle...



Have a wonderful weekend lovelies.

46 comments:

librarygirl said...

Love that pink button ornament and the loo roll beauty. (Threw 4 empities in the recycling bin this am - now I'll think again.)

One Flew Over said...

Sharpe intake of breathe at the loo roll artwork but an even BIGGER intake at what is the beetle in progress.

BREATHTAKING.

I am leaning towards something of the insect variety when we get together in Jan.

Merry Christmas Tan x

Sue said...

Fantastic loo artwork! I think I may even be inspired to use all my loo rolls as the youngest here seems to use so much toilet paper! Love your christmas beetle, they were always so pretty in their colors!

Nikki said...

Would you mind if we swapped lives for a bit over xmas...? Yours is looking SO MUCH more organised and beautiful and downright christmassy than mine is right now.

Loving the toilet roll art. Genius.

katiecrackernuts said...

Awesome indeed. The toilet roll art installation is indeed spectacular.
As is your Christmas beetle.

Kirsty said...

Just so much loveliness going on at yours!

Love the loo roll installation...& the insect stitchery. xxx

Di said...

Heh- a Christmas Beetle. Should have expected that from you!
Enjoy the ongoing art collaboration- looks fantastic.

Holli said...

What a lovely advent!! And the loo roll master piece is just that, A great activity to do together! I will try this one with my little girl, if I can get her away from using them as a trumpet for 2 mins!!

Little Ted Canvas said...

I'm loving that loo roll masterpiece, how fantastic! Breath in that christmas smell, don't you just love it! Mince pies, christmas treasures, class poetry recitals, giggles & gorgeous stitching..such a lovely post!

peppermintpatcher said...

The second best use of toilet paper rolls EVER. (the first best use being to hold toilet paper...)

Christmas beetles are all good fun until one flies clumsily into your hair and then latches on with its prickly little legs. I far prefer your hand stitched version.

Suse said...

I found one of those iridescent green Christmas beetles just today! It was on the road, so I bravely picked it up and relocated it into someone's front garden. It's probably now hopelessly lost, but at least it's alive.

Fer said...

Loving it, just loving all of it! ♥

Leah said...

Awesomeness, love loo role art! I'm a bit of a collector myself and now I know what to do with them! And the beatle is divine....

Kylie said...

OMG! Speechless adoration at your toilet roll decoration - it is beyond awesomeness! Loving your advent surprises too. Just off to check out that floss at Amitié... very smitten with your beetle :) Kx

CurlyPops said...

The middle child is a genius.... I think that creation should be heading to the National Gallery for sure!

Tas said...

I will never look at toilet rolls the same way again. You are going to be known as "that bug woman" soon lol. Love Christmas beetles!

Victoria said...

love, love, love the toilet roll action - given how many we go through in this house it shouldn't take too long to have enough!

Bree said...

Tell your middle that toilet rolls make excellent bon bons (crackers) at Christmas, just wrap some paper around them and insert toy etc. You can buy the cracker/ bang bits from most craft or party supply stores!

Tanya said...

I am rather astonished at the loo roll loveliness, I confess. Impressed. Who would have thunk it?

silverpebble said...

You've made bog rolls beautiful. I take my woolly hat off to you. Bloody marvellous!

A Christmas beetle? Does he hang out in the sweetie bowl and pretend to be a soft centre? That might give Aunty a shock.

Jo said...

Now that's the sign of a true creative spirit - able to make something so lovely out of toilet rolls!!

Maggie said...

who knew butt paper rolls could be so lovely. I love your Christmas beetle too.

june at noon said...

The toilet paper roll artwork is pretty awesome indeed! Best keep that beetle away from the fly, though, or you might have a problem.

teddybearswednesday said...

THe TP installation is beyond brilliant! But I'm also loving the collection of advent treasures.I find it hard to go past a pet rockxo

Tricia said...

I'm so impressed with that loo roll art. I'm going to copy :-).

Our lounge wall is bare and has been waiting for an artwork for years. We just hadn't seen (or couldn't afford) anything that would work. This would!

Thank you. Oh, and the contents of that advent calender are so sweet.

Sandrine said...

Brilliant brilliant brilliant Tania!Everything...you are all so clever!Wishing you all a fab school holiday.xx

Posie Patchwork said...

Talent, all around you, ahhhh, love Posie

Chantal said...

Oh wow. Your toilet roll art work puts what I just posted to shame! Yours is very cool and stylish : )

Andi said...

And she does it again .... blows me away with much inspiring (and inspired) crafting.
xx

Stomper Girl said...

Gawd HOW did you do your shopping in 3 hours, HOW!?!?! Never mind I've finished now apart from a bit of knitting, so like you I'm exhaling and relaxing now.

Love that beetle and the loo roll thing. Good luck hitting your deadline xx

sooz said...

I'm hoping for the runs all round just to get me some toilet rolls! That is absofuckinglooty the best thing I've seen in ages.

Catherine said...

I think you may well be responsible for a whole lot of world-wide toilet roll-saving from now on - love it!
Enjoying the Christmas Beetle too...

Madeline said...

Love the loo rolls...and love that y'all call them loo rolls. It sounds so much nicer than toilet paper rolls. :) Happy Christmas crafting crunch!

Thea said...

I have to admit that I am very impressed by the toilet roll project. He knew he was collecting them for a reason. x

Mel said...

Good lord you've written three posts that I haven't known about! My radar is off - I usually 'feel' and M&E post. But I thought everyone had stopped blogging ... or was that just me!?

Gosh I love the AWESOME toilet roll deco, especially with the light captured though it. Very well done mum and middle kid!

And the Christmas beetle! Stunning! That brings my total count so far this season to a whopping TWO. What the? Where'd they all go?

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

your Middle needs a job in the Playschool art department- supreme talent!!
good bug work... I miss stitching I must find the time...

Ooty said...

All looking great - love the wall art =)

grrl + dog said...

now the dunny roll thing is truly, as middle says, awesome..

I want to do one too.


Hope you have s smooth time of it.

jo so and sew said...

I usually save the toilet rolls (nearly wrote trolls) for inside the bon bons - but we've been usurped by the shop bought ones this year! I LOVE what you've done with your toilet rolls - makes me wonder what you do with... icy pole sticks...???

Alison said...

Lovin the beetle.
Lovin the toilet roll art work.
Lovin all the arty crafty goodness.

heather said...

i've been collecting tp rolls since i saw your sons collection a few months ago. thought it seemed smart and weird! now i am so excited. we have so many and this is cool.

we were listening to beatles for sale today. i think listening to the beatles while stitching would be a good idea.

A Peppermint Penguin said...

Awesome - very. Most extremely cool, you can tell him I said so!!

Hope your beetle resurfaces eventually - looks pretty good. But then it's green, I would say that.

Amanda said...

I skimmed through this post last week and I haven't been able to get your tp roll art out of my head.. I love it so much I must duplicate. With all the tp we go through in this house it surely won't take long to get a good star..Your button ornament and beetle are awesome too of course. Love all the detail in the beetle..Isane..

tali said...

the paper roll looks awesome. thanks for linking back. i am very happy to find your blog. great stuff
tali

Sally said...

your bog rolls are gorgeous!

San Trash said...

Hi!
I love your toilet-rolls-project, so I linked it on my blog (http://freshtrash.blog.com/), hope you don't mind! Feel free to sniff around there; I'm gonna continue to do so here, in search for other great ideas!

Have a nice day!