Saturday, 27 December 2008

A blue Christmas


No, I am not one of the monkey's in my mother's kitchen this year, as decided to pop over to Holland at Easter instead. The cat is happy, not only are her humans in residence but they are doing a little housework for a change.

No full blown Chrsitmas decorations this year, but the odd little seasonal touch - the bunch of tulips the cat is admiring (or planning to destroy? Who knows what her inscrutable expression really means?) and these swirling angels above a flaming candle.

Some crafting is taking place, amid all the housework being done (well, there is a serious amount of decluttering to do before February around here, as the Study will be painted then... and it is full of STUFF. I won't upset your eyes by showing you the disaster area today). A necklace will be made with this pretty blue Howelite pendant stone, Antique button and glass beads, and - to keep the theme blue - a hat will be knitted in blue mohair (from 21st Century Yarns, perhaps the 'pacific' colourway) and Tussah silk (Nature's Palette Rustic Silk in 'Seascape').

Tuesday, 23 December 2008

We've got visitors . I hope you do too or , better still , are the visitors ! Mind you , my visitors brought Christmas pudding and peeled the sprouts .


Monday, 15 December 2008

One year older


Not a big birthday, but on Saturday I turned:

My partner served me a birthday chocolate croisant complete with candles (at least I didn't have to blow out 41 of them).

Among lovely presents (red boots from Loints), my mother sent me some buttons in a floral vintage chocolate box:I found some stunners in there:

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Soft Christmas Tree Ornaments

Sonata :

I see that Wee Wonderfuls has blogged about her child-friendly Christmas tree, which she's decorated with all sorts of lovely soft ornaments. One is a tiny quilt. By coincidence, I've made a few sets of patchwork Christmas tree ornaments too, some of which are on sale in our Etsy shop. I'm delighted that, for once, I'm so up to the minute !!

They were fun to make, as was a Christmas wreath, which I made for annabie as part of Clasheen's Christmas ornament swap . I always love swaps and this time I got a beautiful felt and bead ornament from annabie of Anna's Painting as well as some pretty handmade cards. It's always wonderful to get treats in the post!

Saturday, 6 December 2008

Christmas Shopping

I have a feeling that the Three Kings didn't leave it as late as me to do their Christmas shopping .The secret is to wear comfortable shoes , ignore the price tags , and not dither . Oh yes , and , halfway through , go to the cafe that serves Apple Strudel with ice cream , whipped cream and vanilla sauce ( yes , all on the same plate ! ) . Strong coffee completes the healing process . Good Luck!