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Shabby chic christmas burlap stockings(hessian!)

Well, its heading for that time of year again and I cant believe its my first post since summer... The children are off and I have got a start on a couple of `crafty` projects I have been trying to find the time to do from my back log of ideas!!
It really is the most wonderful time of the year to me, the smoky evenings have started getting dark and there are suddenly 101 Christmassy places I want to visit with the kids, Christmas markets and the wonderful `Christmas adventure` at stockeld park in wetherby where you can take a walk in a magical forest as the light is disappearing and the woodland is lit up with magical things to find with the kids...
    All the excitement has pushed me into festive mode and so here is a Christmassy craft idea to try...
In the states I believe the trend for burlap in all its rustic charm has been around for quite some time but over here in the uk its started creeping up the last couple of years with certain fabulous items I have seen just not readily available yet without hefty shipping! I LOVE burlap,hessian,jute whatever we are calling the rustic and charming grain sack fabric, I even have it in my bathroom as a blind...
 
 
As you will know if you`ve met me, I am not a sower, I don't have a machine and if I did I wouldn't know how to use it(another thing on the list...) I am a `customiser` and so when I found a basic stocking for £4 in wilko I was quite excited that the part I couldn`t do was already taken care of and could finally have a go at a full size christmas stocking...
I have various lace ribbons, old tags, buttons, mdf cutout shapes(ebay ebay ebay) and without much actual skill I managed to create the stocking I have been after in about 20 mins! You could add endless amounts of things to yours to make it your own, I used an offcut of Clarke and Clarke fabric and pieces of ribbon tied into bows, a wooden key and edged with a ruffle lace ribbon on the sleeve of the stocking.
 I have plans for a couple more and plan to hang them around the fireplace(blog post to come on how to fake a log burning fireplace without a chimney) -though I`m tempted to do some stockings for my bed posts too.( I did some customised mini hanging decorations last month!) I will have a few more christmassy posts coming on soon- I promise...hope your feeling festive too.. x FiFiChic

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