Festive Face Off

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A couple of weeks ago I received a beautiful hamper of crafting goodies in the post, via Country Baskets in order to create a decoration for a national blog competition- the Festive Face Off:


I opened it up and discovered a box of delights:


I then spent a little time drawing very rough sketches, thinking up themes and wondering how I could add a bit of yarn to the mix:


I then got to work with bark and glue to create a stable and everything to go with it. ..on the theme of my favourite verse from In the Bleak Midwinter:

‘What can I give him, Poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb,
If I were a Wise Man, I would do my part,
What can I give him? Give my heart.’

I crocheted a beautiful heart frame for ‘Mary’ to hold and crafted a wee manger from bark and glue. Lined with soft leaves it was perfect for a tiny crochet baby complete with his own swaddling bands, made from scraps of soft shetland yarn:

I popped to the Range for pliers and wire cutters to make wire sculptures to form crowns, , Mary, 2 shepherds and the stand for the star. And to create a beautiful angel added a delicate butterfly to make her wings and lace to create a gown:


Wrote a title onto another heart:


Then out came some more yarn and a crochet hook and with a spot of glue, ribbon, buttons and shiny beads a pile of gifts from travelling kings took shape:


I lined the stable with frosted leaves and wired snow flakes around the door to create a frosted theme:


Then added some twined wire, berries and leaves to add an au naturel touch









And sent it off to the garden for a photo shoot:

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And on Monday its off to Headway as a gift to add to their Christmas decorations 🙂