Today is the final day of 2013 and I can’t believe we only have a few hours left of this year. Each New Year’s Eve I like to take time to think about the year. I dedicate quite a bit of time to reflection and I really look forward to it. I use a couple of different ways to think about and review the year, and a number of ways of planning for what I hope to achieve in the new year. Over the next few days I’ll share these with you. My New Year’s Eve ritual is all about reflecting […]
During the month of December I try to capture the Christmas countdown in detail taking photos each day. Last December I made a big effort to take photos during the month and added them to my Project Life folder along with some of Shimelle’s Journal Your Christmas journalling prompts, this worked well and I loved thinking back to memories of Christmas. This year I decided to join in with Ali Edwards and complete a December Daily album. December Daily is a memory keeping album project that documents every day up until Christmas. I decided to use my Project Life binder and page protectors, rather than […]
It’s Christmas Eve and I’ve been busy pulling together a few simple table decorations for tomorrow. I’ve used empty jars and added a tea light, ribbon and a few star sprinkles in the bottom to provide some low level light on the table. I’ve made individual place settings using a few Christmas tree off cuts, artificial berries and some red and white gingham ribbon. Wishing you all a very merry Christmas. I hope you all have a fantastic day.
This year I decided to start a few new traditions and making a Christmas cake was one of them. At the end of November I told you about the start of the cake making process. I used Delia Smith’s Classic Christmas Cake recipe found in one of my Mum’s Delia cook books and also online at Delia Online.
For a number of years I have made my own Christmas cards for my family and friends. The process of making has become a bit of a tradition in itself. Last year I made Christmas cards (take a look at my handmade Christmas cards here) and they were quite involved, so with everything going on this year I decided to make things slightly easier for myself and create a set of card designs focusing on the patterned paper rather than Christmas shapes. I made 47 cards in total this year, and luckily I didn’t have to post them all! I […]
During the month of December I have gradually added more Christmas decorations and touches to our home. Mr C and I are going to be at home for the majority of Christmas this year, and rather than being with family on Christmas day, we are spending it with friends. We are waking up on Christmas morning in our own home for the first time so I wanted to make things a little more special for us. I’m so used to seeing my parent’s and Mr C’s parent’s gorgeous decorations and Christmas touches in their homes over Christmas that I wanted to […]
Putting up the Christmas tree and decorating our home is one of my favourite moments on the run up to Christmas. For 9 years I have decorated my tree in red and white, and this year is no different. I love the traditional colours and the simplicity of the red and white theme. In 2003 I bought the tree and started my own collection of decorations. Back then I was a student living in a huge basement bedroom and I had lots of space to fill! Being at university meant that I was away when my Mum and Dad […]
It really is beginning to feel like Christmas is almost here. Work is now finished for the year for me, I don’t have to go back to the office until 2nd January! It will be the longest holiday I have had from work for some time so I’m hoping to make the most of it. I haven’t had a week off since May so I really need the time to catch up on things, relax and reflect. It has been a very busy December with lots of good, and sadly many not so good things happening. I’ve been trying to […]
December has flown by and I have so much to update you on. For starters I managed to finish the Roman blind for our back door!On the 1st December I decided to dedicate the day to finishing the blind and putting the blind up. Since then I have spent some time reflecting on the process of making the Roman blind, it really was one of the most challenging things I’ve ever attempted. The size of the project was huge and I dealt with three pieces of fabric measuring over 1m wide and almost 3m long. This meant rearranging the furniture in […]