Monday, 24 December 2012

A Merry Christmas to all

I hope you and yours have a very Merry Christmas, and enjoy your holidays!



Saturday, 22 December 2012

Christmas past - part 3

I remember this Christmas, I remember my brother loving that Roman-like shield and toy sword & not putting it down for weeks.  And we both had a huggy bear :) a cute teddy who literally hugged you (if you look at the photo you can see how), he also had a little hole under his chin where you'd put your finger to enable you to move his head rather like an advanced puppet.

I think I still have him somewhere :)

Christmas morning - December 1980
 I also spot a Terry's Chocolate Orange in the picture.  And that orange table was actually a container, which I used to play inside & roll around in!

We always went to the Christingle service at Church, coming home with the usual orange 'world', but we also went to the Candlelight service where we all had our own candle (doubt THAT would happen nowadays?).  Our hands were protected from the wax by a disc of thin cardboard which I remember we decorated ourselves in Sunday School beforehand...

December 1982 - the first Christmas in our new family home - & our first real Christmas tree!
I cherish all these Christmas memories and traditions. x

Thursday, 20 December 2012


I decided this year that I wanted to add a little something extra to the gifts I'll be giving this year.  So I bought some wooden snowflakes online, and the fun began...

I painted them with white acrylic all over (rather fiddly)

Once they were dry, I brushed one side with some glue, then sprinkled it with a mix of two glitters - a white glitter & a sparkly holographic glitter - I LOVE glitter, so much fun to work with & it always gets everywhere (I had a sparkly doggy for a while!)


Leave to dry, then repeat on the other side

Add a length of ribbon, tie a bow & attach the snowflake to your gift :)


Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Christmas gifts, homemade style

Some years ago Hubby & I decided to make all our Christmas gifts for family & friends.  What resulted was a range of gifts, all of which I personally would have loved to receive, and which (so they said) so did the recipients :)

They included a Hot Chocolate gift - which included a bar of mayan chocolate, vanilla pods, cinammon sticks, mini marshmallows, a nutmeg & mini grater and a mini whisk, all in  a small bowl (the old-fashioned way to drink chocolate)

We made up hampers too, full of homemade goodies including: chilli jam, wholegrain mustard, pickles, olives, pears in brandy, flavoured vodka & more

I also made some yummy bath stuff, rose & geranium, lavender, and camomile bath salts

Earlier this year I bought a selection of vintage glass decanters from a charity shop.  Most charity shops seem to have decanters for sale for just a couple of pounds each...

I bought some lovely-smelling coloured foam baths, and filled up each decanter (they took about 750ml)

I popped on one of the glittery snowflakes I've made recently and they look so pretty, and are so simple to do, but I think will look lovely in a bathroom (hopefully so will the recipients) ...

Now, I just need to do one for my bathroom methinks :) x

Monday, 17 December 2012

Christmas past - part 2

I've always loved Christmas, and growing up my parents always made it special for us.

We would write letters to Santa (my Dad still has a couple of these that he treasures bless him) which Mum would "post"; Mum would take us to the amazing Christmas grotto in Lewis' (an amazing department store that used to be in Leicester) toy department, where Father Christmas was waiting at the end ...

My brother & I in 1978, looking smart (love my coat)

Some years we had a fake tinsel tree, but on those years when we had a real tree Dad would take my brother & I to get a tree as soon as school had finished; then we'd decorate it with Mum.  When I was very little I'd was an Angel in the Church nativity...

Angel - December 1978

Christmas Eve & of course we knew that Father Christmas wouldn't arrive until we were fast asleep; I still remember the feeling of waking up in the dark & realising that the sock (one of my Dad's long, grey work socks) on the bed felt heavy.  The sheer joy I felt touching that sock, always full of little surprises from Father Christmas, a tangerine & some brazil & hazelnuts at the bottom, ooo it was wonderful.

My brother and I would wake each other up once we realised Santa had been, and we'd rush into our parents bedroom to open our 'stockings'.  If it was too early we'd then be sent back to bed, but if it was a reasonable hour (ie after 6am) we were allowed to go downstairs to see what presents we had.

Christmas Day 1978 - in the playroom (funky carpet)

 The presents from Santa Claus would have our initials on them, and those presents from family & friends would have their tags carefully removed & kept with the present so we'd know who it was from to enable us to write thank you letters to them the next day.

Christmas Day with Mum - and my new Miss Piggy doll (& wearing my Miss Piggy & Kermit trousers) - the doll had one of those faces that many years later deteoriated (a 1970s thing)

We'd then get ready for Church, and afterward go to my Nan's house for an amazing lunch, playing games & enjoying our Christmas presents (we could always take a couple of them with us, I especially remember taking a new portable tape recorder with me in the mid 80's & taping everyone), then having a wonderful tea - I wish someone had taken photos at the time as I remember it all as looking so amazing. x

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Christmas past - part 1

Look what I found amongst some old bits & pieces...

My Dad might have some better ones (with actual things I hoped for), but this one makes me laugh, and it's nice to see I asked for presents for "us".

Do you have any old letters to Santa? x