Friday 25 December 2015

Advent Calendar 25

* A Merry Christmas to you all *

Love from

Thursday 24 December 2015

Advent Calendar 24 - Days Left 1

Now you have all the letters which, if I've done them correctly should spell out a Christmas greeting. Happy puzzling, thank you for visiting and/or playing and puzzling and have a wonderful day tomorrow.


I'm linking my Advent Calendar with Julie's Scrapbook.

Wednesday 23 December 2015

Advent Calendar 23 - Days Left 2

There's a silver and white theme going on around here from the tree to the lights to the decorations. When Christmas is over and the decs are taken down I will leave some silver and white around to brighten the month of January. I may add a little bit of green towards the end of the month in anticipation of Spring.

I liked the way Ikea have just dressed up a plain wreath with a little bit of silver.

I decorated my fir cone wreath with some silver and white bells. It's resting on a white plate stand.

Ikea dressed up a silver plate with a few glasses and a glitzy bottle cover.

Here's my take on the silver plate theme.

My crocheted Christmas tree is resting over a mini bottle
of wine. The silver and green snow flakes, red pom poms,
and glass tea light holders are from the CS.

The silver lantern was only £2 from - have a guess. The answer begins with I.


I'm linking my Advent Calendar with Julie's Scrapbook.

Tuesday 22 December 2015

Advent Calendar 22 - Days Left 3

The house is ready for our guests who are arriving today. Everything (hopefully) has been cleaned to within an inch of its life and the fridge and freezer are full of food. Beds have clean sheets, presents are wrapped, plans sorted and we are waiting patiently to welcome our tired travellers. The family will be 'home' this year for Christmas and we hope for a relaxing and restful time.

Welcome home

We are very lucky. I hope your Christmas time will be how you want it to be.


I'm linking my Advent Calendar with Julie's Scrapbook.

Monday 21 December 2015

Advent Calendar 21 - Days Left 4

Wrapping a very large present.

I was with Father Christmas the other day and he was in a bit of a dilemma. He had this huge box which he wanted to wrap but he didn't want to waste a whole load of wrapping paper on it as he had millions of other presents to wrap and didn't think he'd have enough for this big box, so we got our thinking caps on and came up with a novel way of wrapping the box which would suit the recipient of the present. I had picked up a magazine from the CS and we tore out some pages and stuck them together in a long line. We had 3 strips of 9 pages which we used for wrapping round the sides of the box. the top was covered in 4 pages stuck together.

FC was particularly impressed with the shabby chic of the torn pages and the fashion style of the pictures. I had to keep chivvying him along as he kept sitting down perusing the pages and not getting on with the job!

Once the box was covered it needed a little glitzing to make the present wrapping complete. From my bits and bobs box I unearthed a fluffy pink feather boa, a pink butterfly hair clip and an off cut of tinsel.

Wow, he was impressed.

He was so impressed he forgot what was in the parcel and had to ask me. I said that he had to wait until Christmas morning and no peeking before then!


I'm linking my Advent Calendar with Julie's Scrapbook.

Sunday 20 December 2015

Advent Calendar 20 - Days Left 5

I'm Christmas tree collecting today - not all mine I hasten to add - because I like a tree at Christmas time. I flicked through my pics and just chose a few (a lot) at random. Enjoy.

Whoops, that's not a Christmas tree!

Neither's this one but it would look good
with lights on.

DH's unusual plant looks like a
Christmas tree.

Real ones.
These are the best.


I'm linking my Advent Calendar with Julie's Scrapbook.

Saturday 19 December 2015

Advent Calendar 19 - Days Left 6

Once the everlasting cards are full of greetings a new one has to be made. This one was sent to me this year from my friend. She has sewn small pieces of material together and embellished with silver thread and green embroidery cotton. Some of the material has been frayed and some white embroidery stitches  create a latticework a latticework of frost. It's beautifully done.

I'm linking my Advent Calendar with Julie's Scrapbook.

Friday 18 December 2015

Advent Calendar 18 - Days Left 7

Socks for Christmas?

I just had to do it, yes, I just had to. I wonder if it was last year's resolution to finish off all my WIPs. I keep saying I'll not start anything else until I've completed them but I just had to do it! Give me my due, though, I did intend to finish the pair of socks I'd started but my heart was not in it because
a. The first sock was a bit tight at the top and the second one I'd casted on with a stretchy cast on so they were both not the same.

b. I'd mislaid one of my needles and couldn't find another. (I didn't look very hard.)

oh, and

c. I saw a Ytube video on knitting 2 socks together on circular needles. Now that got me hooked and I just had to do it. Finding some suitable yarn in my stash I made a start, got in a fix following the instructions, and made a start again, got in a fix following the instructions and had a 3rd try.
Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! two socks began to emerge.

They look rather like a small bra, don't they?

They may be too big for DH, as I wasn't really following a pattern and was working with a guessed number of stitches (live dangerously), but I'm really enjoying the challenge. Who knows they may be ready for Christmas.

Perhaps Christmas 2016. Yeah, everyone can have a pair of socks next year!


Here's the video that got me into all this mess.


I'm linking my Advent Calendar with Julie's Scrapbook.

Thursday 17 December 2015

Advent Calendar 17 - Days Left 8

Spot the decs in the kitchen and spot the photos which satisfy nos. 1, 5, 7 and 8 in the Scavenger Photo Hunt - a Robin, a Snowman, Berries and a wreath. Are they in picture A?

Picture B?

Picture C?

Picture D?

Picture E?

Picture F?

Picture G?

or Picture H? Some items can be found in more than one picture.


I'm linking my Advent Calendar with Julie's Scrapbook.

I'm also linking with  Daisy Row who is hosting the Photo hunt.