Tuesday, 30 November 2010

...and now for the kitchen!

The sky this morning spoke
of snow, lots and lots of snow.

George and Ringo were not impressed.

The snow was settling fast.

So I came back inside to begin work in the kitchen.
I found this tree last year. It was identical to one I had as
little girl and just couldn't leave it behind even though
the girls thought it was gross!

Time to update the fireplace.
Out with the pumpkins and in with the lights and greenery.

Stockings were hung, a little early, but they are too beautiful
not to display. Made by Regina Rose they are created using
antique quilts and are two of my favourite things.

A window display.
Apologies for the cat bowl in the corner!

Another favourite are my knitted Christmas trees.

Made by my lovely Mum, as I can barely knit a scarf!

The kitchen tree sits in the window so it can been seen
twinkling as we arrive home.

Oh look there's that spotty Christmas tree again!

Mini stockings made using vintage bits of quilt.

A red toadstool.

Another stocking by Regina Rose.

A tiny snowman.

This is my little homespun angel
that sits with her basket on top of the tree.

Even the mugs have bells on. :)

Our comfy chair.
This is the one that everyone fights over!

This is actually George's hat
but the clock is borrowing it for a while!

The hallway is finished too.

And finally the pew finished with a Christmas
quilt and cushions.

Well it's still snowing outside so back
to the fire, my sewing and another Christmas film.

Thanks for visiting.
Enjoy your afternoon.
Love Daisy xxx

Monday, 29 November 2010

Time for the tree

Yesterday was tree day
thanks to Mr & Mrs Bennett
and their van.

Getting the decorations out each year is always a thrill for me.
Opening the box of treasures and remembering the memories
attached to each one. Here are a few close ups.
An angel sheep because a tree's not a tree without an angel sheep!

A shiny snow globe bauble.

All hearts come home for Christmas.

One of my favourites.
Let it snow.

Mitten with a rusty snowflake.

A Caroline Zoob heart bought from
the Country Living Fair in London.

Twinkle, twinkle little star.

I made this angel a couple of years ago
at a Hope & Elvis workshop and she always
takes pride of place at the top of the tree.

Here it is all finished.

While sorting out the shelves and trying to pack bits
for moving I found this book.
It made me smile, this quiet reminder sent when I least expected it.

This is the page for December
with its seasonal drawing.
So thrilled it found me today.

Back to work!
Then it was the turn of the fireplace.
A general tidy up and dust.
A garland added.
New logs stacked up and ready to keep us warm
on these oh so cold nights.

As evening fell it all began to look quiet magical.

I am forever grateful to be spending another
Christmas in this lovely home.
I hope to make it a good one
spending it with the friends and family who
have helped me through this difficult year.

That thought makes me smile.
I can't wait.
Tomorrow the kitchen!
Enjoy your evening.
Love Daisy xx

Saturday, 27 November 2010

...and then it snowed.

Like many people I woke up to snow this morning.

I said a quiet thank you to the weather Gods.
For a while I've been wishing for a touch of snow before we move.

So I could capture it before we leave.
It was perfect, magical even.

Clear sky and quiet, oh so quiet.

Just a sprinkling but enough to make everywhere look Christmassy.

Another wish fulfilled.

I've changed my plans for the day and I am going to
make a fire and sit and stitch for the day
because that's what days like this are for.

If you have to travel today I wish you and yours a safe journey.

Enjoy your day whatever you're doing.
Love Daisy x

Friday, 26 November 2010

Daisy's Found A New Home!

With less than 7 weeks to my moving date
I have finally got a new place to live thanks to my knight
in shining armour (my darling Dad)

It's on the road that I was born.
It's where my siblings and I grew up.
(See above. Sorry people!)
It's also where my children were born and raised.
It's going back to my roots to take a breather
and gather myself and decide what I want to do
with my life.
My new journey will start from where my life first began
and that in itself is a comfort.
Enjoy your evening.
love Daisy xx

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Christmas Craft Workshop

This picture has absolutely nothing to do
with the workshop but I took it this morning
and wanted to share it with you. :)

Tuesday was spent in Heaths Country Store
making all kinds of goodies for Christmas.
I brought in a wide variety of patterns and books
(I have a few!) and everyone had a browse through and
decided what they wanted to make.

Hot drinks and chocolate biscuits were on offer
as usual. I don't know about you but I just can't operate
without chocolate nearby!

Jules busy making bottle bags with her 'Ho Ho Ho' fabric.

Una went for a 'Winter bird' wall hanging.

Here are the bottle bags finished complete with
a hanging heart too.
Love the choice of fabric Jules. :)

Jane set out on a epic Gingerbread man marathon!
Here they are ready to be tea dyed and made into a garland.

She then started to make a Christmas stocking in
red ticking. When finished it will have a snowman sitting
in the top. Can't wait to see it Jane. :)

Annie decided to make an Annie!
Her first attempt at making a doll and
the christening of Annies new sewing machine.
I think the results speak for themselves.
I just love her teacup dress!

On the last workshop Una made this lovely Angel
for her granddaughter Beth Alice.
I would like to say a big thank you to Beth
for letting her visit the shop so I could
take a picture to share with you all as
she sleeps with her every night.

This is Una's 'Snow bird' wall hanging top
finished and ready to be turned into a sandwich
and quilted. Might have to make this one
myself now!

I would like to thank all girls for coming to the class.
We always have a fun time sharing stories and listening
to Steve's jokes while we busily stitch away.
A big thank you to Heath as well for use of the shop
which is a creative playground for us all.
Thank you all for visiting my blog and I would
love to hear your comments.
Enjoy your evening.
Daisy x