For many years we have draped a green festive garland on the fireplace.
Since painting it white and aiming for a simpler, cleaner look I decided to play around and see what I could come up with. After a couple of hours faffing - in the nicest possible way - I ended up with this...
Charity shop finds mingle with a few new buys from Dunelm, and some ornaments that come out every year, some holly from the garden and some dried hydrangea heads (also from the garden) sprayed silver add to the eclectic mix. Some bargain lights from Asda and a few colourful balls from a bag of pot pouri add a little colour to match the new decor.
The hearts were on the tree.
Milly and I bought them years ago as our *special* xmas baubles we buy every year . We started the tradition many years ago and we love to open them each year and reminisce. These ones are three hearts for the three of us and seemed perfect for here.
You can see the decoration has a way to go yet..hence the rather fetching stripy sheet *curtain* :)
A glittery, festive plant with a couple of lovebirds and the teeniest, cutest little pot with an equally tiny poinsettia decorate the hearth.
The last few days have been busy, filled with Xmas food shopping (which actually turned out to be much better than I anticipated! It was quieter than a normal Saturday as I assume folk were waiting to do it nearer to the big day) visits from lovey family members...some we had not seen for far too many years and had a really good catch up, some we had not seen for only a matter of months but that had also been far too long! Giving my Nephew a big hug on his first visit home from Uni was fabulous! Today we were out with a gorgeous family we have known for most of Milly's life. As always a great time with great kids and whilst they enjoyed hurtling down death slides Lisa and I enjoyed a few hours catch up. There was even some snow at regular intervals :)
Packing some yarn orders last night posed a bit of a problem as my printer wouldn't print a courier label for one of the larger orders! I googled and tried various things before thinking of a friends son who is a computer whizz :)
I sent him a facebook message and although he couldn't sort it by messages we did find a way for him to print it off for me and he dropped it through the door.
Bearing in mind it was 11 at night by this time! I am so grateful. I like to get all orders out as soon as possible and I know there was a pick up on Monday morning...Alan dropped it off this morning and although i know Xmas may cause a slight delay I thought it was worth a try and I hope it might get to the recipient sooner rather than later.
R is a fabulous guy and has arranged to come round tomorrow to help me try to find the cause of the problem.
Stylecraft Special Dk is still on offer. It sells at £1.65 a ball. Buy over ten and quote happyholidays at the checkout and pay only £1.59!! A really great offer on until the 6th January.
A wonderful pile of squishy yarn all ready to pack.
Alan and Milly had been playing black jack one day last week and the cards were left out. I don't know why but I decided to have a game of patience, it is something we tend to do a lot of when on holidays but nor something I normally find time for.
Well, game after game after game as I watch TV has been a really addictive pastime :) I missed my time on Fb and instagram but it has been nice to have a natural internet break.
As a family we are coming to terms with some sad news and the next few months are going to be quite tough for us all.
A reminder - if one is needed - that you never know what is around the corner.
Hold your loved ones close this festive season.
Just in case I don't manage to get on here again..
Have a Merry Christmas and a very happy and healthy New year...