Friday, December 31, 2010

Say Hello & Wave Goodbye

Happy New Year! I hope you have a fantastic evening whatever your plans and where ever you may be saying goodbye to 2010 and celebrating the start of 2011.

Vintage fashion dress_decor
Wishing everyone a fabulous evening and hoping you have a wonderful, exciting and invigorating new year ahead! xx

Thursday, December 9, 2010

A Little Christmas Cheer

Christmas is fast approaching and I tend to fall on the 'running around like I'm on a sugar high' end of the scale when it comes to the festive season. I love lots of sparkly, shiny things around the place. When my sister Letitia (from The White Shed) and I were growing up, we used to drive my mum nuts with the fake snow - but we did also make a lot of decorations that my mum still displays with pride. Go to our folks house and the wreaths on the door are ones that my sister and I made.

Christmas home decoration

This week, I've started making some Christmas decorations for my house here in England, because unfortunately I'm not going to be heading home as I hoped. I'm a huge Kirstie Alsop fan and as such, I'm determined to do a 'Homemade Christmas'. For any Aussie readers who don't know who she is, one of Kirstie's TV shows is about home decorating, restoring furniture and lots of lovley handmade goodness. As you can imagine, I just adore this show. This week the Christmas specials of her show have been on so I'm trying to find time to make as many of my own things as possible. It's still a work in progress and my decorations aren't quite ready to be revealed to the world yet (read - I haven't got around to taking photos of them) but I thought I'd share some of the photos that have inspired me along the way.

Christmas home decoration

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Modern country style_christmas decorating

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Country style home decor_christmas table decorations

Christmas decorations

Seasonal decorations_home decor

Fireplace_christmas decorations

Home decorations

Are you are ready weeks in advance or do you tend to throw a few decorations up at the last moment?

Hope you're having a wonderful week xx

Friday, December 3, 2010

A Friday Flower - Crafty Style

This week I've started taking part in the December Elves challenge on Folksy. I've followed a lot of other crafty bloggers who make things who've taken part in some of the other listings challenges in the past. The basic idea of it is to list one new item on Folksy everyday for a month. I've always felt in the past that making something new everyday just for my Folksy shop was more than I could probably manage to take on.

Crochet Flower Brooch_green

This month however, I've decided that I'd take the plunge and do it. What made up my mind was when I prepared loads of stuff for a local fair, only to have snow arrive just in time to cut everyone off! Suffice to say sales were a bit slow as a result of the weather turning cold. The UK has been covered in one great big layer of heavy and somewhat disruptive white snow ever since. So armed with plenty of crochet scarves, hats and baby stuff looking of a new home, I'm taking part in this months challenge.

I feel like I've crocheted about 100 flowers in the last 2 weeks - so my crafty Friday Flower for this week is of the crochet kind. I'm dedicating these flowers to all my other December Elves to wish them all good luck with their sales challenge in the lead up to Christmas.

Here are some of my new items that I've started the month off with (click on the photos to view online)....

Pink White Crochet Baby Hat

Blue Ladies Crochet Hat

White with Pink Crochet Booties

Blue Crochet Cowl Scarf

I hope you have a wonderful weekend - don't forget to pop by and join up with Melissa at Miss Sew & So and Laura at A Place for Tea. xx