Wednesday, 21 December 2011

It's nearly Chwreathmas

Went to the Power of Making exhibition at the V&A Museum on Sunday.  This exhibition has been on for some months now and as per usual I'm late in jumping on the bandwagon.

Loved it.  It really took crafting to another dimension.

Get a load of this life size "crochetdermy" bear:

This fabulous dress made entirely of pins:

A giant gorilla made of hundreds of wire clothes hangers:

To quote the blurb in the programme "Making is the most powerful way that we solve problems, express ideas and shape our world.  What and how we make defines who we are, and communicates who we want to be."

Mmmmmm.  Quite who I "want to be" with this make, I dread to think......

Yes, dear readers, it's that time of year again when I show you my plastic bag Xmas wreath fashioned from a  wire clothes hanger and strips of plastic bags (the transparent ones you find in the supermarket for fruit and veg).  I know, I know, it's too exciting for words, isn't it?

Last year, it looked like this:

This year, I thought I'd spruce it up a bit and add a couple of glittery penguins and a pink flocked reindeer:

Mr J and P thinks that I've "really gone and done it this time".

At first, instead of the pink flocked reindeer, I had the pair of purple feathery wings that I showed you in this post.  I'm happy, though, with the pink flocked  reindeer.  On the negative side, it does bang against the door when it's windy causing me to remark on more than one occasion "Who the devil is that at the door!".  Mr J and P has also complained that he's been woken up more than once by the knocking reindeer.

The offending "knocking" reindeer in close-up

My, how we suffer for our Christmas creativity.

Bye everyone. Have a good one. xxxxxxxx


  1. I thought you were going to say something along the lines of it's nearly Chwreathmas and all I want is some new front teef when I read the title...didn't notice wreath in there and thought you were lisping! Glad you've still got your own toothy-pegs Loo!
    That exhibition looks amazing, we never get stuff like that here. Sigh. And I really like your spruced-up reef.
    Not sure if this post is it from you for a while, in case it is, have a lovely Christmas Loo and fantastic holiday. Love to the Mr and Miss too xxx

  2. A searing indictment of food miles, world pollution and the melting of the polar ice-caps, with a nod at the throwaway consumerism of the modern Christmas festivities. I like how you've referenced GM animals too, with the pink peacock. Who along us will listen to reindeer knocking at the door of consciousness before it's too late?

    A powerful work, I bet Saatchi will give you millions for it.

    Merry Christmas! xxx

  3. The gorilla looks a bit strange - wonder how long it took to make! Are you sure its the reindeer at the door and not ... the sprit of Christmas past (hee hee)!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  4. Love the wreath Loo. Have a lovely Christmas all of you.
    Jo xx

  5. I think everything is better with glittery penquins.That pin dress looks amazing!


  6. I like the added touch of campery with the naughty reindeer a-knocking at the window like Cathy's ghost.
    I saw that gorilla at the V&A, isn't he fabulous?
    Have a wonderful Christmas, Loo, along with your Mr and Miss! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  7. I made one of those in Primary School at the age of 10! My mum still puts it up every year!
    The wreath is over 30 years old! A lovely reminder of me cutting up strips of plastic with my friends! Thankyou.

  8. I've been wanting to go and see this but just haven't got round to it, it sounds amazing! That pin dress is extraordinary!

  9. Brilliant wreath, I've a mind to make one this very minute, I refuse to pay the ridiculous price they're asking in the shops for a one..............just hope I don't get arrested by security for 'lurking with intent' near the veggie aisle.........well I have to get those plastic bags from somewhere.

    The Power Of Making Exhibition looks fantastic, especially the dress made out pins.

    lily x

  10. Could you not somehow stick the reindeer to the window to stop it from knocking? I think it looks fab though, who would have thought of making a wreath from carrier bags x x x x

  11. That exhibition looks amazing!!! The pin dress!!!!
    The wreath is great with the pink reindeer, perfect greeting for christmas.

  12. Love that gorilla, he looks fabulous.

    Cool wreath too, I bet it was fun to make. I couldn't be arsed to make one this year, even though I had big plans for a pom-pom wreath. Oh well, perhaps next year.....

  13. oooh I'll have to catch it before it ends! I love your wreath. Can't wait to swap jumble sale finds! x

  14. I've made quite a few plastic bag wreaths in my time - one I made from black bin liners. Not to everyone's taste but it was brightened by a silver bow and looked quite good to my eyes. The green wreaths were made from M&S bags and I never had any of those. I even made a Tesco bag wreath. I won't do that one again!
    My favourite of your pics is the dress made from pins. How on earth do you move it?
    Love from Mum

  15. I love your wreath it is so creative! The pink reindeer really makes it in my humble opinion.

    Wow that dress of pins is quite extraordinary - how many pins exactly? Its amazing! xxx

  16. I would love to see this exhibition, specially the pins dress!!!
    I hope that you and your lovely family and the pink reindeer have an wonderful, healthy and fun Christmas and thank you so much for always taking the time to read and comment on my blog.

  17. Excellent use of recycling!
    Hope you all have a very merry Christmas.
    Lisa x

  18. lol at lakotas comment! i think yer wreath is lovely, bit of cotton woolsnow to stop it knocking? Merry christmas, max x

  19. That exhibition looks amazing, the time that must of gone into making those!
    I like your plastic bag wreath, with the added bright animals and reindeer..I think it is super cute :)
    Have a Merry Christmas!

  20. Hiya, I went to the Power of Making exhibition too and it was pretty amazing, especially the dress and the giant gorilla!

    Love the wreath, very pretty!!!

    Have a Fabulous Christmas xx

  21. Oh My!! indeed it brings craft to another dimension not to mention they're artistic too! but i adore the reindeer on your artistic wreath! you're sooo crafty! who would have thought you could create something out of plastic bags! and here i thought plastic bags are nuisance coz i have soooo many of them and just cant get rid of them and dont know what to do with them! thanks for sharing this, such an inspiration!

    Have a lovely christmas!

    x susan

  22. Merry Xmas to you and yours :) Your wreath looks very fun, maybe you should try the 50s-style DIY flocking thing next year??

    Only kidding!

  23. That's a brilliant use of a supermarket veg bag! Have a fab Xmas. xxx

  24. Wow that dress made out of pin is incredible! I'd love to have seen that. Got to love the pink reindeer and its door knocking antics :o) Have a very merry christmas chickadee Scarlett xx

  25. Merry Christmas amor!
    Your wreath is awesome! loving the pink peacock

  26. Great post.
    Happy New year!

  27. Happy New Year to you and your family! Wishing all the best for you in the new year!!!
    Much love,
    Lovestitch xo

  28. Thanbks so much for your comment, really make me look like an old crumbly doesn't it, but I hope I've still got a bit of life left yet, especially for my crafts.
    Thankyou for bringing my attention to the Exhibition, I wonder if I am too late to go up there, how long is it on for?
    Have a lovely peaceful and healthy new year and your family.

  29. I want that crochet bear!!! Would they notice if I took it?!

    I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, my lovely....and I have so enjoyed your friendship in 2011 - here's to more in 2012!


  30. We had a go at making these with the rangers last year and they sort of worked, except that I mostly uised to shop at Sainsbury's so I had predominantly orange carrier bags, which just didn't look so festive.