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Saturday, 26 December 2009

" Hitch free Christmas! "

Another Christmas day gone by and thankfully without a hitch. I don't know how I managed to cook Turkey and all the trimmings without over cooking something or forgetting a major component, but "hey" I did it, tra la la!!! The thing is, of late I have come to rely too much on M&S ready meals and was thinking I may have lost my touch when it comes to "proper" cooking. Mr Tony made the dessert of chocolate mousse and homemade vanilla ice cream, very impressive!!! My daughter Amber bought along this very cute gingerbread house, made by her own fair hands on Christmas eve. Happy holidays xx

Thursday, 24 December 2009

" All I want for Christmas "

Apart from World piece of course, which seems unlikely given the history of Humankind!!! It's the Topshop faux fur leopard print coat as worn by Alexa Chung!! Although, as a veteran maker of faux leopard print wraps and hats, this coat looks more like cheetah to moi! Anyhow, I have missed out in the shops, as it sold out weeks ago and have now saved lots of money by not being able to " win " the blasted thing in ebay, or, " fleabay " as Mr Tony affectionately refers to the auction house, so near to our hearts. Happy Christmas !!!

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Christmas stocking for Amber

Those of you who read my blog regularly will remember I have a daughter called Amber Jade who is 27 years young and still looks like a teenager!! We all like to spoil our children at Christmas and I'm no exception!! Just because she's all grown up doesn't mean she won't appreciate a cute Xmas stocking stuffed with goodies from folksy and etsy!! After all she's a crafty girl and chip off the old block!!
Here's a montage of the stocking, made by yours truly with gifts bought from the following...

owl mirror and tiger note pad by...

oriental paper and stamps by...

Friday, 18 December 2009

Tales from Talulah.. "Last Christmas !!!"

" I gave you my heart and the very next day, you gave it away ". Aah the joy of George Michael and Wham! Still a great song for Christmas. However, back to the real story of " Last Christmas" and how it was for myself and Mr. Tony!! It was exactly one year ago that we flew out for a five day break to Marrakech. The week before we flew, I started experiencing frightening multiple panick attacks, for no obvious reason! The day before we flew out, I realised that I felt strange...my skin was sensitive and prickly and I was glad to finish work. On arriving home, Mr Tony had his head in a bowl and was vomiting profusely!! We were indeed entering the realms of the "Unwell". On arriving at the Hotel in Marrakech, we decided to rest for a couple of days, to speed recovery. It was all in vain though, as on the third morning I awoke with a massive headache, worse than anything ever before, so bad that I was being sick and unable to funtion normally and this was the first day I stopped eating for over a week. The only successful outing was when on the last day we fell into a cab and visited the Yves saint Laurent Majorelle Gardens, as I was determined and took some great photos! We arrived back in the uk just before Christmas, so glad to be home and Christmas day was spent just the two of us huddled on the sofa, too ill to eat or enjoy the day. The next thing I knew, I 'd cracked a rib with all the coughing and spent the first week in January on heavy pain killers!! We don't know for sure what the mystery illness was, but thankfully are both in good health to enjoy Christmas to the max this year !!

Monday, 7 December 2009

" Christmas Wreath"

Over the past 4 years I've enjoyed making my own Christmas front door decoration, which I'd love to share with you. I think the original idea came from the "Sunday Times" magazine! To begin, I made up a framework, with any greenish twigs, not too dry and brittle. I tied them all together with florists wire, then added some fir cones and a little bird in a nest from a local garden centre. This is the basic frame which can be used year after year. I pick fresh leaves and flowers from my garden every year to adorn the wreath. I've used Rosemary and ivy, as they're strong and flexible, which I've pushed through the florists wire. I cut off the flowers from my Hydranger and hung them up to dry slightly, then removed the leaves and also added some Skimia sprigs, as they flower in winter. I finished with a couple of peacock feathers! You can add anything you like, including rosehips and holly, for the berries. It doesn't look as perfect and symetrical as a bought wreath, but it smells of fresh herbs and looks unique!!! Have fun, if you decide to make your own and happy Christmas to you all xx

Saturday, 5 December 2009

" British high tea! "

We're a funny bunch, the British, with our curious customs and pass times. I think "teatime" is one of my personal favourites, a bit like a posh indoors pick nick, where you get to eat dainty sandwiches, soft boiled eggs and cup cakes all washed down with a steaming cuppa, poured from a very heavy teapot! Of course, you don't have to make "tea" yourself, you can go to the Ritz Hotel in London, where they serve High tea every day! I know there are many Folksy sellers who are......shall we say, "fond" of a slice of cake {and the rest!}. Here's my mini treasury to salute the Folksy sellers and all that is great about British High tea!!

tea cosy by http://www.vintagetown.folksy.com/
egg cup by http://www.britishcreamtea.folksy.com/
strawberries by http://www.feltique.folksy.com/
purse by http://www.nelliD2.folksy.com/
cup cake pincushion by http://www.midsummerstitches.folksy.com/
beaded jug cover by http://www.silkyprudence.folksy.com/
fondant fancies by http://www.lupin.folksy.com/
cup cake buttons by http://www.shedraws.folksy.com/

Friday, 4 December 2009

" Highest number of hearts "

We all love to look at our Etsy shops to see who's loving it. I was amazed today when I had a look around my etsy shop to find that one of my items has 43 hearts, yes that's right 43!!!
That seems a bit OTT, even to little old me who is used to getting quite a few, say 10 or so, on many "unsold" items. Wonder if this is some kind of world record, for such a modest and inexpensive piece of work.