A fabulous Christmas - with a handcrafted surprise under the tree…
There were quite a few presents under the tree on Christmas morning, including one I had no clue who it was from! The week before Christmas the postman brought a mysterious envelope to the Let Fire Inspire workshop… and I knew immediately that it must be my #CraftBlogClub Secret Santa pressie!
We were away with family for Christmas, staying in a gorgeous rented beach house in a glorious spot at Selsey, West Sussex. The owners had really spoiled us by decorating the house with festive garlands, swags, fairy lights and a Christmas tree, and the view was absolutely spectacular. My Secret Santa pressie was added to the stash.
Early Christmas morning saw low tide, and Mr LFI and I hot-footed it (those feet wouldn’t stay hot for long, mind!) down to the water in rolled-up pyjamas and Santa hats for a yuletide paddle - it was an absolute hoot, with a great deal of giggly splashing involved. To my regret neither of us took our phones or cameras with us, so you’ll just have to take my word for it and instead enjoy laughing at this picture from our Christmas card shoot near Normans Bay across the border in East Sussex a few weeks before that… brrrr!
Pressies waited until Christmas evening, and when I opened my Secret Santa envelope I knew exactly who it was from! I tipped onto my lap a beautiful gift bag containing the cutest piece of chainmail I have ever encountered - Oscar the Owl, who had been made by the fabulous Tracey Arnold of Tracemaille Jewellery! You’ll find Tracey and her lovely work @tracemaille on Twitter.
Tracey and I know each other in real life too - she was a student on one of the first courses I taught at Surrey Jewellery School a few years ago, and then followed up with two courses with me at the Let Fire Inspire workshop. It’s been lovely to reconnect with her on Twitter this year - and I’m going to be staying in touch!
Back to the matter in hand - let me introduce you to Oscar!
Oscar is a superb example of what I love about Tracey’s chainmail work - she selects such vibrant colours and clever designs. He isn’t just made up of rings - he’s also got a gorgeous pair of flippy flappy copper wings, and I’m delighted to report that my workshop keys haven’t gone missing ONCE since I clipped him on to the bunch!
Oscar and I are already an excellent team - thank you so much Tracey for being my Secret Santa! I’m absolutely thrilled!