First, there was the idea to make an advent calendar, with 24 little felt mittens. I started a week before advent, giving myself plenty of time until Xmas eve for the last one.
It started out according to plan, but, like all the best-laid plans, this went horribly wrong. It was just way, way, way too addictive!!! Honestly, as soon as I had a pair done, I was cutting a new pair, and just ate, drank and slept colour-coordinated mittens. Sad really. But FUN!
And before I knew it...
I was a third done.
Wait. Hang on. Three more nights before December 1st? I can do this!!!
And now it's December 7 and the first 7 are up. Enjoying this immensely!!!
Actually, I enjoyed that small-scale stuff so much, I got out the scraps from Jamieson's of Shetland and the sewing machine... and then this happened...
Step 1... Try and fit your shell pieces onto scraps of tweed... Skip steps 2, 3 and 4 of the quilting laws and just sew everything together. Oh, I did baste. That really helped. Decorate the shell with embroidery stitches.
Make a head, tail and legs.
Watch two old episodes of Silent Witness. You know, the ones you don't remember watching until right at the end when you realize whodunnit.
And then the next day, forget to wrap it up and see how the Xmas recipient kidnaps Theo. Who was rebaptized Garry. After Garry from Jamieson's. Of course.
Steal it off him again to take some daylight pictures. And then send these to Garry.
Unfortunately, the turtle is spoken for, but maybe - who knows - it will be making a trip back to where it was born...