"We are not amused with the hat..." :-)
Don't worry Annie, I saw Grandma 'feeding' her Christmas cake yesterday - it looks scrummy and I'm sure there will be enough to go round!
The Christmas dining table just has to look good doesn't it? But I don't favour the perfect look that is shown in glossy magazines - it's expensive and definitely not fun.
And let's get real, there is going to be red wine, gravy and bits of greasy food all over it by the end of the day, so I prefer a quick homespun table that guests can enjoy and not worry about. Young and old can join in with making table decorations too - nothing has to match or be perfect - indeed a mishmash is preferable!
This placemat was very quick to make and a different one for each guest would be fun.
It's just a piece of cobwebby felt on scrim from my stash, backed with iron-on stabliser to make stitching easy and to give rigidity to the mat. The free-motion stitching was done with black thread and the stars are hand stitched with pale gold perle cotton. A scrap of white dupion silk was roughly appliqued on to make the snowpeople and the colours were added with ordinary felt tipped pens.
And a quick coaster.