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Yesterday I spent a very happy afternoon with fellow Hebden-ite Sue Leslie, (A Thousand Paper Wishes), who is beautifully skilled in all things paper and specialises in handcrafting paper for special occasions.

Off to Sue’s paper craft room we went (it’s awesome by the way!). First up, we made a gorgeous paper decoration from a section of an old black and white paperback book:

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I was so surprised at how easy it was and how quickly you could get results! So therapeutic too, with the repetitive folding motion. My kinda crafting!

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Next, we made a gorgeous paper heart decoration, again, stunning results for the work of moments!

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I really loved perusing Sue’s work in progress, including the exquisite paper lanterns for fairy lights, fabulous brooches and colourful origami boxes.

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I returned home with a small supply of paper for further projects (including a Booths Christmas catalogue, perfect for making a paper Christmas tree, apparently!) and more folding examples and can’t wait to get cracking.

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You can browse more of Sue’s handiwork down at Spirals on Market St, Hebden Bridge, or find more information on her Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/AThousandPaperWishes

All in all, a wonderful afternoon! Thank-you for taking the time to pass on your skills Sue and for providing such inspiration! A proper paper craft convert 🙂

This year, what with being at home full time and all, I’ve decided to craft a home-made Christmas.

Time is one thing I’m not short of at the moment, so I’ve been having great fun on http://www.ravelry.com selecting free knitting patterns and choosing shade and variety of yarn especially for friends & loved ones.

Without giving too much away you can see some close-ups of items completed to date, scarves have featured heavily but today I’ve progressed onto my first corsage!

It’s been fun so far, as with each pattern selected I’ve learned a new stitch, or technique, or have used a different type of yarn, to keep things interesting.

I’m moving on to baby gifts tomorrow with a boottee-licious knitting session planned with @carafreckles who has been a huge inspiration to me in my recent knitting frenzy!

I found my 2011 Christmas spreadsheet this week (what, doesn’t everyone have one?) and blushed slightly as the costs incurred last year. Hopefully, the expenditure will be substantially less, with a little ‘craftiness’, this year!

Lots more clacking to go to get to the end of the list so I’d better head off….

Happy Christmas one and all!