Thursday 18 December 2014

The Twelve Makers of Christmas: Amanda of City Girl Gone Coastal

The Twelve Makers of Christmas continues with our lovely line up of crafts, gifts and products all being shared by lovely makers who have popped over to Crafting a Daydream for some Christmassy nattering. Amanda joins us today with her stick Christmas tree!

What is your favourite Christmas tipple?
Umm I’m going to go with a Snowball, I know cheesy retro but I love the cherries on a stick and my granddad made a mean one, with lemonade, felt so grown up having those!

In full agreement with you there. Love a snowball. So a treat; mince pie or Christmas pudding?
Mince pie and a ton of thick brandy cream please.

Tell us a bit about yourself then Amanda.
I’m a mama to twin boys who is still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up. I’m creatively minded and hope to make something of all the random ideas currently flooding my head.

What is the item you are sharing with us?
A Christmas tree made of twigs!

And what was your inspiration for the item?
I love bringing the outdoors inside and this seemed like an easy way to do so, now I’m thinking of making one from my ridiculously vast driftwood collection.

How long have you been crafting and how did you learn?
I don’t have one particular craft style, I do anything from weaving, woodwork to painting and sewing and am self taught in whatever it is I do. I’ve always been creatively minded but it wasn’t until my PND got very bad that I decided to use crafting as a coping tool. It’s been incredibly therapeutic.

I am passionate about crafts for therapy and especially in the context of PND. So where do you craft? Do you have a designated space or room?
My crafting spot is usually on the living room floor or out in the garden if I need power tools, I always make a ridiculous mess so need lots of space!

Where can the Crafty B’s come and find you online?
Blogging here
Daily ramblings tweeted here
My rather sparse FB page here
Daily snapshots here

What big plans do you have for 2015?
It’s all early stages but we’re hoping to start a family business! Other than that my plans are just to be happy.

What will you be doing this Christmas?
I don’t actually know yet.. we might be at home, in which case hubs will do the cooking, or we might be staying with family! Really should make some plans.

Do you have any personal traditions over the holidays?
Not really, I just try to enjoy the moment and not get too bogged down in reflecting on past Christmas'.

What is the best thing about Christmas?
The cosy feeling when my little family are all together.

Complete the following sentences:

I will start my Christmas shopping…
… already started, but still more to do!

My best ever Christmas gift was…
… Ethan being home for his first Christmas, it was touch and go for a while as to whether or not he’d ever make it out the hospital.

My worst (but gratefully received ;-) ) Christmas gift was…
… not sure I’ve ever got a bad present, can’t think of anything, ohhh my mum got me pjs once which were a billion sizes too big, that was kinda bad.

Our Christmas dinner normally consists of…
… so long as there are roast potatoes & carrots, yorkies, pigs in blankets and stuffing balls I’m all good.

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without…
… a little magic.

The best Christmas song is…
… Fairytale of New York and all the cheesy carols too.

My favourite Christmas decoration is…
… a tiny wooden train ornament I got from the family Christmas tree, one of the few things I have from my dad.

My most memorable Christmas was…
… some of my most memorable Christmas’s are memorable for the wrong reasons; deaths and homelessness. I’m slowly but surely making them memorable for better reasons, thanks mostly to my lovely hubs and wonderful children.

Thanks for sharing Amanda. I have a few of these 'pinned' too! In fact I'm so inspired, I've got some sticks drying out for a bit of last minute Christmas craftiness! Have a lovely Christmas and enjoy a good few snowballs ;-)

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