These are my lovely friends (and Father Christmas) at our Crafty Time Out Christmas party this morning. We stitched until about 11.00 a.m. (and I finished my "Life's Journey" holdall pictured below) and then we put the needles away and hit the chocolate cake. Crafts and cake are such a lovely combination.
This is the holdall I finished which will hopefully be my carry-on bag for our forthcoming trip to Australasia. It's pieced with a bargain selection of fabrics all with a retro-travel theme and is the first bag I've made. The pattern was from Blue Willow Cottage based in Australia, which seems appropriate.
Returning home I found the lovely postman waiting with a parcel for me to sign for, all the way from Japan. Please pop over to my sashiko blog to see what was inside and while you're surfing around please go and see the lovely work in Natalia's Show n' Tell.