Saturday, 24 December 2011

Happy Christmas one and all

We had a lovely family meal for my mum-in-law's birthday yesterday, but sadly I've come down with yet ANOTHER cold, just in time for Christmas :(  still, not going to let it ruin anything, so lots of cold & flu drinks and tea today me thinks. And I think The Family Stone & Scrooged on the telly tonight :)

Anyhoo, to one and all, I wish you and yours a Very Merry & Peaceful Christmas!  God bless. x

Thursday, 22 December 2011


Said in that famous way by the wonderful Dame Barbara Woodhouse!

We've certainly been enjoying the walks that having a dog brings, and Hubby especially enjoys very long walks each weekend morning.  The two of them go for several hours on the various walks around and about.  Here are some of the gorgeous views he's seen recently. 

Swans and ducks breaking through the ice...

the canal path

the beginnings of snow (which has now gone sadly)

and Dusty the dog trying to eat every piece of snow - he loves anything bright and light


Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Christmas crafting - wreaths & arrangements

I recently arranged for a green-crafting session with my Mum, Aunt and Mother-in-law - to make wreaths for front doors, and a couple of arrangements for family graves.

I was really worried beforehand that we wouldn't have enough greenery to make them as I only had a little holly and some varigated greenery to contribute - along with some glitter spray and some fake roses...

I needn't have worried though as they all came through with some fantastic bits, including holly, ivy, yew, eucalyptus and rosemary.  We had a great morning and both my Mum and Aunt produced lovely little arrangements for our family graves (strangely I don't seem to have photos!).  My Mother-in-law also created some graveside arrangements - she uses a large potato as her base, new to me, but apparently the greenery live off the potato until it's all gone.

I made a wreath for our front door and was very pleased with the results...

My mum-in-law was rather disappointed she didn't have time to create her own wreath, so I made one for her which is now proudly displayed on her hall table with a large pillar candle in the middle...

I'd only made a wreath once before but I really enjoy working with 'flowers', and it's really rather easy to make a wreath - you just need an oasis wreath base (from most garden centres or flower shops), then using your greenery first, you start at the bottom outside edge and work round until you have a complete first circle of greenery, then another layer about that, and so on.  You do the same in the middle circle and then once you have your base you can add any embellishments, such as the fake roses, and pine cones (found on the pavement near us) that you've wired.  I've even used an apple in the one I did some years ago - you just use a wooden bbq skewer to secure the apple.

We had a lovely lunch afterward at a local pub where my Dad joined us.  My lovely Aunt also left me one of her amazing chocolate cakes for us all to share.  We've decided it should be a yearly event! x

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Catch up

Here are a few things that have been occupying my time recently...

Christmas shopping in town - this Christmas tree is HUGE and covered in "snow" :)

some more tins for crafting supplies - both vintage ...

pretty Queenie
 and some fab new ones - with the added bonus of being full of cheesy & sweet biscuits!

oh so cute mouse from Sainsburys

retro radio from Sainsburys
I've also had a great day with my Mum, Aunt & mother-in-law making wreaths - which I'll tell you about tomorrow! x

Monday, 19 December 2011

Time flies...

it certainly does, especially when you've been full of a nasty cold/flu bug.  Pretty much since we got our new puppy, Dusty, I caught some horrid cold bug & it's been 3 weeks of stuggling and coughing, whilst trying to settle in our new addition.

Thankfully he's taken to his new home wonderfully well, but being a cocker spaniel he's completely nutty & gets easily distracted, but we're getting there, slowly!

After only having a dog as a teenager, and as such, only really being involved in walking and feeding him, I really had no idea just how big an impact he'd make on our lives.  But I have to say, despite often feeling completely overwhelmed (didn't help that I was so poorly), it's lovely.  Hubby's certainly loving every minute of it, but then I'm the disciplinarion, and he's the fun! x

Monday, 5 December 2011

Decorate your own Christmas

In addition to making the usual Christmas stuff, I've found these blanks just begging to be decorated & personalised for either your Christmas or as gifts for others...

...I'm thinking lots of different coloured glitter!

Notonthehighstreet - Gilbert13

 Shape express have a multitude of fantastic wooden blanks in various sizes, including baubles & snowflakes...




and this takes me back to childhood, making paper garlands at school & home

dot com gift shop

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Christmas gift ideas 4

Here are a few more Christmas gift ideas:

... for the crafters in your life, Bright as a Button Soaps


The Habdash Box

Seam Star

and the Fabric Hamper
Seam Star

these great wooden post holders from Muji - you could even decorate them if you wanted to.

New York...


or London...


for the Chef in the family - an OCD chef chopping board :)

For the bird-lover in your family, Emma Bridgewater's fabulous Robin mug candles
Emma Bridgvewater

Robin doorstop

and if you're always stepping on bits of Lego, how about this huge Lego head storage box


Friday, 25 November 2011

Christmas crafting - table runners

Another Christmas crafting session recently.

My Mum really wants some Christmas table runners so I offered to make her some from some of her patchworking fabric.

I actually made two the same size to go across her table (mine's wider) as that's what she wanted...

 I'm going to put the instructions on how to make this on my 'Makes' page shortly. x

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Christmas gift ideas 3

More delicious goodies for Christmas...

these sumo skittles from Muji are awesome - we've got two sets to give as pressies :)


these Russian Dolls are actually lip balms
Totally Funky

Home-made biscuit stamp

Cookie "Home Made" Stamp by Velvet Brown

Love this cute ceramic speech bubble magnet

Cox & Cox

Stocking filler - graffiti badges

Cox & Cox

Bee jewellery

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Puppy delight

We're getting a doggy!  Both Hubby & I have had family dogs growing up, but have never really thought about it before seriously.  It's all happened rather quickly, but hopefully by Saturday we'll have him.  He's the brother of Betsy, the little cocker spaniel I posted about a month or so ago (Puppy Love).  His name is Dusty and if it's possible he's even cuter than she is!

We spent the afternoon with him on Saturday and just fell in love with him instantly; we'd been thinking about it all week previously trying to decide if it was the right thing, but we knew as soon as we saw him.

We now have some things to sort for him before my Uncle brings him to us, but we've been to the pet shop tonight & got the basics for him. 

I kept trying to take a photo of him but he wouldn't keep still long enough ...

so this is the best I have so far...

He's black with a white stripe on his chest, and a brownish tinge to his coat when the light hits him.  My uncle has kindly given us an old kennel which really helps us, just got to disinfect it & give it a lick of wood paint.  Hubby's got to put up some fencing so he's got an area outside to play; then he can come to live with us, yay! x

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Christmas gift ideas 2

Some more Christmas gift ideas.

Fab art prints...
a 'Bridget Jones sentiment' - The Gifted Penguin

East of India print - The Gifted Penguin

classic British puddings - The Gifted Penguin

for the book-lover in your life

this book belongs to - Cox & Cox

I just love this - a personalised stamp of your home (this one's on my list)...

Personalised House Portrait Stamp by Bloomfield & Rolfe

and a fab idea, whether you're a child, or a child-at-heart

Doodle duvet - Cox & Cox
and of course, some lovely owls...


and these little guys actually hold hand cream!
Totally Funky
More to come. x

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Christmas crafting - stocking

Amongst my Mum's patchwork fabric boxes she'd started several Christmas projects but never finished them.  I found this fab patchwork stocking piece she'd done, so decided to finish it...

I added a pretty red & silver embroidered ribbon to enable me to hang it up but also tie it to the end of the bed. x