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Sunday Sevens!

After the busyness of the previous week, this one has seemed quite calm. I put up our tree

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I would love a real tree, but a) I feel guilty uprooting/hacking down a tree and b) I got fed up of choosing and planting one all by myself as no-one else could be bothered, so we have had this magnificent one complete with artificial snow for some years. It made me sneeze this year, how do you dust a tree?

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He may looked battered but he has seen forty one years and survived three boys, two cats and two dogs!!

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And there is my lovely angel from Rainbow Jane, the decoration from Claire 93 and one of the hearts I made.

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This beautiful glass icicle which reflects the light so prettily was given to us in Dorset by our nephew and Godson, another Mr T and his wife Mrs A, to mark that they are expecting a baby in May. It was made by Bristol Homemade Glass

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I don’t like to tempt fate but we  have finally exchanged contracts on the sale of my Dad’s house. I have started the final clear out of the property. I came across my Stepmother’s button tin and the package to the left contains needles. No way were they going to charity/the tip! A nice momento, although my Step Mum did not do sewing!! She had people who did that for her!

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Busy crocheting a replacement picnic blanket for Mr J, who gave the previous one to his puppy for bedding. I am using up loads of oddments and it is fun to create something colourful, useful and economical!

Lastly but not least, I won some lovely yarn  a while since from the yarny robin . Three balls of Sirdar Faroe Chunky have been transformed into an adult slouchy hat, a pair of fingerless adult mittens and a  child size hat. The pattern was Sirdar 9906. The remaining yarn made a pompom just the right size to go on the child’s hat, which I had adapted from the child’s slouchy hat. Thank you Yarny Robin

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Linking with Natalie for Sunday Sevens


Hearts and buttons!

I rewrote one of my 15 for 2015 ideas, so that “attend three craft workshops” became “do my own craft workshops”. Last year I attended a Christmas workshop in which the tutor simply gave us the instructions from a magazine, demonstrated what to do and off we went. So for my first craft workshop at home, I did the same. Took an idea from a 2010 Women’s Weekly magazine and made these.

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Christmas decorations which I think might work just as well as Valentine Day decorations. Hearts are about  9cms at the widest point, sew on a selection of buttons, sew two heart shapes together with blanket stitch adding stuffing and a ribbon at the top as you go. Time taken, 2-3 hours, one craft workshop at home.

Nearly ready….

I charged at today, have been here there and everywhere. And an hour ago finally hand delivered local Christmas cards, and slowly it’s dawning on me that I can now relax, I either will or won’t fit in everything I planned ,so, I can enjoy the final days of preparation for a great big fat family Christmas. The adrenalin is draining away and I feel chilled and oh so HAPPY.

I have finished the “teddy” for Master H

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Thank you Jean Greenhowe for your wonderful patterns.

I made a simple , very simple table decoration

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From the top

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This was inspired by the materials I had to hand and a blog I read earlier this week- wish I had written down whose blog it was so I could thank them too.

One vanilla candle, in a glass pot and basket which had a hyacinth  in last year, anchored into some dry oasis, surrounded by glass beads, a string of beads and some baubles,. Simple.

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And this so effective vase of baubles- vase from a flower arrangement which I was sent for  a Mother’s Day a few years ago and baubles originally used when I went on a flower arranging course for Christmas two years ago. Again inspired by a blogger whose name I didn’t record.

Thank you.

How come this turquoise came out when Mopsy Rabbit looks blue not turquoise? ?

If you are looking for inspiration for Christmas decorations let me recommend two completely different bloggers approach..

First go to Penny for some fabulous mind blowing vintage treats


Then for a different natural approach try Annie






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