Sunday 18 December 2011

Little Red Beads

Hello Lovelies,
a couple of weeks ago I picked up these little red wooden beads....aren't they gorgeous. There were loads of larger beads to choose from in the craft shop but I knew which lovely project I needed these for.......berries to go with some Attic 24 Holly leaves I wanted to make using Lucy's tutorial.......

I was not sure what I was going to do with crochet holly at that point, but inspiration usually strikes at some stage.
Once I got the beads home and looked at them again I realised they were actually a tad on the large side .......

Ummmmmmmmm         11mm ...ooops. Never mind . I thought if I made the holly leaves using double knitting yarn they would hopefully turn out big enough to look ok with my giant berries......thankfully I think they just about do.............

And , also thankfully, inspiration did strike about what to do with that fab holly.......

put it on top of a crochet Christmas pudding decoration to hang on the tree :0) Weeeeeeee, pretty cute and festive don't you think ?

The only problem was those big holly leaves , caused by the big "berries" , needed a similarly large pudding to sit on I didn't follow a pattern , just guestimated the size and made up the pattern as I went along. I'm really pleased with how it came out , especially the way the brandy sauce is running down the sides . The only problem being it turned out even bigger than I planned......

What a whopper , here it is next to a standard sized bauble ......

Huuuuge !! It does look a bit ridiculously  large but that just makes me chuckle and wonder how many other Christmas trees have an almost life size pudding hanging from their branches ........

And I still love those beads with Lucy's fab Holly, thanks so much for the wonderful tutorial Lucy......

Enjoy your Sunday lovelies
Jacquie x


  1. Jacquie, those beads look so delish I want to eat them.........
    Haven't had a Jaffa in years, hehe ...

    Your holly and pud have turned out beautifully even if they are a little oversized. When things don't go quite according to plan it's good to be able to see the funny side of it.

    Claire :}

  2. I adore your pud! It's absolutely gorgeous!! You clever thing.

  3. That is the cutest pudding I've seen in a long time. It's just as good as a mantel ornament! Loverly!

  4. Very clever, it looks gorgious now!!

  5. Oh tee hee!
    I just love your pudding.
    The bigger, the better, I say!

  6. Perfect little pudding. I loved the Holly leaf tutorial and have not stopped pondering you think you could crochet berries....I love your beads...

  7. It's good to be different ;) The pudding looks great and I love the way the beads add a bit of gloss

  8. Wow! That is a gorgeous Christmas Pud! I love the way you have made the topping run down the looks yummy! I had forgotten about Lucy's holly... that will teach me to keep my 'to do' list by me! I shall have ago this evening. :)x

  9. Just love that pudding :)

    I need to improve my crochet skills in 2012 as I feel my house needs a crocheted pudding and holly for next christmas!!

  10. Ha - I love your pudding. It is so jolly and fat :o) Brilliant!
    I have been meaning to have a go at that holly pattern too - seem to be running out of time in the run up to Christmas though!
    Have a lovely week xx

  11. You never cease to amaze me!!

  12. It's fantastic, looks so cute on the sideboard!

  13. Ohhhhhh looks good enough to eat :D
    Karen x

  14. That's a brilliant decoration Jacquie, hilariously huge an instant classic decoration to be put on the tree FOREVER! ♥

  15. Oh My goodness! What a beautiful pudding, I love it! Have a wonderful Christmas and a fulfilling New Year in which all your hopes and dreams come true! love Annie xx

  16. woweeee that really is lovely- perfect rosy red berry beads ;0)...merry christmas xx

  17. Wow that is huge but gorgeous and fun to ;-)) Love it clever you. Enjoy it and have a wonderful christmas, dee x

  18. Oh my goodness, so cute. Love it.

  19. It's a wonderful holly topped pudding! Love it!!

  20. I love those beads, they look lovely in with the holly.
    Your pudding is fantastic, I believe that big is always better especially if has anything to do with puddings!!!

  21. Looks good enough to eat Jacquie! Love that it's a super sized Christmas tree decoration, it will bring memories and smiles to come in the years to come no doubt. I also hooked up some of Lucy's holly leaves and put them on a wreath. I didn't have any beads but used some charity shop frosty berries instead. Enjoy the rest of this week xox

  22. A few years ago as I left for work, I said to my husband "why don't you get some chocolates for the christmas tree when you go to the supermarket later?" I came home to find full size mars bars, crunchies and cadburys hung from the tree with silver thread... the branches straining with the extra weight. My husband informed me that they were "better value" than the christmas tree chocs. I still take the mickey out of him for that! Our tree did look comical that year. Seeing your lifesize christmas pud on the tree brought back that memory and gave me a little smile...

  23. I love your blog, always full of you, inspires me and invited me to dreams.Thank you so much, for sharing your passion.
    Hugs and kiss,Jacquie *.*
    God bless you
    Merry Chritsmas and Happy New year!

  24. I do love your holly and Christmas pudding topped with the bead berries....gorgeous!
    Helen x

  25. Fabulously plump and gorgeous!!!

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