Hello, my name is Dionne and I have been crafting for a very long time. As a very young child my mother tried to teach me to knit, it was a disaster. However, it must have sparked an interest in making things and, partly to prove that I was not totally useless and partly because I really wanted to make things, I taught myself to crochet. Over the years I have developed a love of cross stitch and all types of paper craft ..... I eventually even taught myself to knit.

I am married to a very understanding man, thank goodness, because I spend all my time either crafting, thinking about crafting or talking about crafting. I am hopeless at housework and dinner is often late!

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Wednesday, 26 December 2018

Advent Countdown - Day 26

How was your Christmas Day?  Have you noticed how most of us tend to create all sorts of traditions around Christmas, how do you spend your Christmas Day, with family and friends?  Do you have a traditional Christmas dinner?  Do you enjoy a day of peace and quiet on your own, watching TV in your PJs?

My friend and I have a tradition, one which we have been doing for over twenty years now.  Each year, at the beginning of December, we exchange 'Advent Calenders' to mark the end of the year, they contain 31 small, wrapped gifts.  Obviously, we open one present every day.

In recent years I have taken up knitting and I have made my friend a number of teddy bears and rabbits from the Mary Jane's Tearoom range.  So, this year I have made her bears some winter clothes and in the lead up to Christmas my friend has received one article of clothing for her bears Donovan and Daisy (or occasionally something for her Elf on a Shelf, Elvin).  Here are the complete outfits.

(Models supplied by Dee's Craft Room)

I regularly inflict my knitting on my poor friend and over the past year or two I have also made her a number of the little animals from the Little Cotton Rabbits Collection and today her Advent gift is two new outfits for them.  A pretty pink dress and a pair of shorts with a contrasting top.

I enlisted the help of yesterday's Little Cotton Rabbit monkey and Lucy's Little Monkey to model the clothes for us, don't they look cute?

The clothes are made in soft 4 ply cottons to my take on the Julie Williams' Little Cotton Rabbit patterns.

I hope you have a very happy Boxing Day.



  1. I love all your little knitted outfits they look so cute and well done to the models too lol.
    Well it was just me and John this year again but we saw everyone Christmas Eve day then Matthew,Rosie and Grandaughters yesterday aft and today
    Carol x

    1. Well, that is a bit of a coincidence, it was just the two of us on Christmas Day but we saw family on Christmas Eve (when the little ones got to open some of their presents) and on Boxing Day we travelled to see other members of our family.

      Enjoy the rest of the holiday.

      Dionne xx

  2. What a lovely collection of outfits and great to see all those items you have been teasing us with matched up in their sets. I think my favourite is the reindeer one but I would happily wear any of them xxx

    1. Thank you, I thought that you might enjoy a sneaky peek at the different outfits and a chance to see them all together. I find it hard to have a favourite but, if pushed, I would probably say the red hearts.

      Dionnr x


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