Friday, 20 December 2013

Finishing Touches

I'm so into adding embellishments and trinkets to presents, so I thought I would share some gorgeous ways to finish off gifts and even your household Christmas decorations. Everything from baubles to plush!


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Sunday, 15 December 2013

Christmas Time

The tree is now up, at home! Everything is looking festive, and although we have a few decorations still to put up, our tree is in pride of place in our dining room!

I love putting up the Christmas tree each year. It's one of my favourite parts of Christmas, and the best part is putting all of the presents underneath. Shockingly, all of the ones in this picture are gifts from me to others, so there are still yet to be even more presents going underneath! It looks fab though!

Each year, we go with a gold theme at home, and loads of the decorations of recycled and have been gifted to us from family and friends. There seems to be more on it every single year! The tree itself is older than me (so at least 24 years old) and was bought by my parents for about £40 at the time. Each year another branch falls off and gets stuck back on, but that's all part of Christmas for me! It's funny how you have those little things that make it special.

The other thing that I have yet to actually share with you all (very unusual for me) is my 2013 Christmas gift wrapping! This year I've opted for red and white, and something more fun and casual than last year. As always I have gone with paper from Paperchase, who seriously make the best wrapping paper ever, and then scanned the internet and local shops for embellishments!

Christmas 2013!

As I've already said, the paper came from Paperchase, and I fell in love with it the second I saw it. I already knew that I wanted to go with a red and white theme this year but wasn't quite sure how I'd go about it. This paper really jumped out at me though and I just had to use it. I originally wanted some glittered ribbon, but that came to a disgusting amount of money, so in the end settled for some plain white organza, which I bought from Ribbon Oasis, as recommended by a friend. In all honesty, in hindsight I do think the glittered stuff would have been a bit much and I do like how simple this looks overall. Gift tags are hessian with white felt stars, and came from John Lewis! And you can't really see it too well in this picture, but each present has a candy cane - I bought mine from Mr Simm's Olde Sweet Shoppe, but you can get them all over the place at this time of year! So that's how Christmas is looking for me at the moment!

Candy Canes!

In the next few days we will put up our Christmas cards, as well as some of the cross-stitch samplers that my Mum has made over the years. We also always decorate our fireplace with holly and fairy lights, but will do that nearer the time so that the holly looks fresh. All in all, we are ready to rock!


Everything looked lovely lit up last night. I can now kick back, relax, and enjoy the lead up to the big day! What are you all doing to prepare for Christmas?

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Wreaths

Christmas just isn't complete until you have a beautiful festive wreath for your front door!


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Friday, 6 December 2013

Photographic Passion

I've been getting back into my photography again recently, after a really long and unplanned hiatus due to a lack of time and other commitments, so it's been great to feel the creative urge to get my camera out again. This has been sparked by a couple of elements, one of which being a deal I am working on with Nikki's Nibbles, of Weymouth. I received a message giving me the opportunity to fill some wall space in their café and have been really pleased to oblige! The prints are currently at the sorting office, as I was out when they arrived (sod's law...) but I will go and pick them up sometime tomorrow!

I went on a photo jaunt with Dave at the weekend, after a visit to the Athelhampton Christmas Food Fayre, which was delicious! We went down to Weymouth to photograph the beach and harbour and I managed to get a couple of images that I liked, but nothing that really screamed wow at me.

"WINTER HARBOUR"

I've always found Weymouth Harbour to be very beautiful. It's got such a traditional look to it, and the conditions were perfect on Sunday afternoon, with some stunning clear sky and still waters. We also enjoyed a beachy wander after visiting the harbour.

Dave then suggested that while we were in the area, we took a trip over to Portland to photograph the Chesil Beach viewpoint, as well as the famous Portland Bill Lighthouse. The Bill is one of my favourite places to visit, so I was more than happy to go over the causeway and take some more photographs over there, especially in the evening light.


"SHINE A LIGHT"

I have decided that next time there is a storm, I want to go down to Portland, because it's one of the most insane places to be in bad weather. The sea rushes up in "geysers" where it is forced into tiny channels in the cliffs, and it's a real experience.

"DUSK"

Thankfully, Sunday was very still though and we managed to get some nice pictures of the lighthouse. Some international readers may recognise the names of Weymouth and Portland from the 2012 London Olympics - the Olympic sailing events were hosted here.

Today, I have continued my bout of creative flair, and took a trip to Hardy's Monument, which sits a few miles outside of Dorchester. It can be seen for miles around, and commemorates Vice Admiral Sir Thomas Hardy (not the famous Dorset writer of the same name), who was a commander at the Battle of Trafalgar. You can read more about the monument here.

"HARDY'S MONUMENT"

I find this a very difficult place to photograph. The monument itself, pretty much resembles a chimney, which looks very unusual against the views that surround it. It's a very bleak and weather-beaten place, but unique to the area and I haven't visited in a number of years with my camera.

"A MONUMENTAL MORNING"

I also feel that because of the landscape, Hardy's Monument lends itself very well to black and white. However, I am really pleased with A Monumental Morning, as I have named it. I feel the colour works well, on this occasion.

Anyway, I am hoping that this stretch of creativity continues, and that I will be out taking some more photographs very soon. I have a few places on my list that I would like to visit in the next few weeks - one of which will involve an early start and some frost, so I'll have to sit and wait for the right conditions to occur.

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Thursday, 5 December 2013

165 Squares

I have only made 15 squares in the last month, which is actually quite shameful. But I am back on track and getting into the rhythm of things again.


I am very nearly at the halfway point, which feels good! And, at the moment I am focused on building up my stockpile of squares again, before starting to join more into the blanket, which at present is 19x7 in size (finished will be 19x19). It shouldn't take me too long to get a good backlog of squares together though - I have already replenished the orange pile and started back on yellows (orange, yellow and red were the most depleted squares after my last joining session), so I'm making steady work of it. I'm just so looking forward to seeing it finished and in it's full glory! 196 squares left to go...

Why have I been so rubbish in my square making? I've been super concentrated on Christmas. All of my presents have been wrapped and are ready to rock! It's a really good feeling knowing that all I have to do is write and send my Christmas cards, which I will do next week. So despite the fact that I have done far less blanket work than I would have liked during my time off, I have still been productive in other ways!

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Santa's Toy Shop

My first Treasury of December, and what better way to start feeling festive, than with a selection of Christmas trees and elves!


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