|A photo of the dog in a Santa hat. Just because...|
I get a real bee in my bonnet about how Christmas seems to take over our lives for such a large part of the year. I see no reason why Christmas cards need to be in shops, carols played in stores or adverts on the television any earlier than mid-November. I don't understand why Christmas fairs need to take place eight weeks before the Big Day. It seems incredibly unfair, especially on younger children who have no sense of future or of time and assume, quite understandably, that Christmas must be just around the corner when in fact there can still be months to go. And spare a thought for those poor shop staff… the Husband worked in retail when I first met him, and for a couple of years after he started a new career he could not listen to Christmas carols or tunes as they'd literally had them on loop in the shop since mid-October.
|Someone sent me this - I have no idea where it came from but it made me laugh out loud|
You’d think I'm a hater of all things 'ho-ho-ho', but in fact in absolutely LOVE Christmas. I just wish we could make it more special by restricting it and celebrating it properly over a shorter period of time. The house will be completely decked out in early December, and I'm already working on a number of Comfy Makes which I'll blog about in due course (but not just yet!). Here's a sneak peak of one though…
However, now that half term is over and the children have started to practice their festive shows at school, it's difficult not to let some of the festive spirit seep into day-to-day life, and of course Father Christmas will be needing those lists very soon…
|My first attempt at stained glass. One of my most favourite makes. Ever.|
I absolutely love it - it is one of my most favourite ever makes and it hangs proudly in our dining room window. Since then I've been on a lampshade making course and produced this shade for our standard lamp…
|The completed shade - I was so excited to take this home...|
|...and here it is in situe...|
|...in our dining room. I love the colours and the feather design of this fabric (it is Michael Miller's 'Birds of a Feather' fabric).|
...and I've done lino printing and designed and produced these four prints which hang in our bedroom.
|My lino prints, all printed off the same lino block which I designed myself.|
And in early December, I'm going to do a paper cutting course which I'm really excited about.
A very small selection of some of the many magazines I've read in recent years;
I keep these for inspiration, to use for decoupage, and for the kids to craft with
So, rather than the present-giving being restricted to 25 December, I got a little gift popping through my letter box every single month. Plus, you quite often get a free gift when you subscribe to a magazine, so that was another gift covered that year. This idea has rolled from year to year and I never tire of it. Clever man…
Feel free to pinch my Husband's fantastic Christmas present ideas for yourself. And I promise - no more talk of the 'C' word for at least a couple of weeks!
Bye for now xxx