Tuesday, 24 November 2015

No Sew Easy Christmas Idea!

 If you're like me, you love Christmas decorations and especially Christmas trees.  I'm always on the look out for trees to decorate our home with for the holiday season.

If you have followed my blog for any length of time you might have seen my homespun raggedy Christmas tree tutorial on my side bar.

Having a florist's cone or better yet a cardboard cone from a craft store, you can make any number of fun Christmas trees.

For today's tree, there is no sewing involved - only a minimal amount of glue required!
Can't beat that for time and we all know time is of the essence at Christmas!

So I took my cardboard cone and wrapped it in warm and natural batting which I just simply glued onto the cone, carefully pressing down on the joining edge to seal it well.

Trim the base and turn under and again glue into place.

The fun part is that you can decorate this blank 'tree' in so many different ways!

I love red against the snowy white so I traced some wool felt stars and snowflakes and even an elk to decorate my first cone tree.  All you need to do is glue them firmly into place

For a change up, I tried some cut out letters for 'noel' - you could do JOY or you could simply cover the cone in snowflakes or small Christmas tree cutouts or stars - whatever!!

Just have fun and soon you'll have great, easy to make and cheap new trees for Christmas!

So glad to be linking again with Stephanie at Roses of Inspiration 

Do visit for lots more creative ideas and recipes etc.

Many thanks to you for coming by and it would be great to hear from you!

Enjoy your week and to my dear friends in the USA, 

Friday, 20 November 2015

Oh Deer!

Happy Friday, friends! I didn't think that I would even manage a post this week as I've hardly had time to blink never mind blog! I'm sharing with Amy at Love made my Home and Five on Friday.

With Christmas  well and truly in our sights, I've been working on some Christmas items, reindeer being amongst my favourite patterns, so when I grabbed a few minutes I've been doing some cross stitch deer!

1. this is from a free pattern I found on Pinterest.  Simple but soon hard to stitch on 32t linen - I nearly gave up but it was too sweet not to finish it! Love how the deer gazes at the star!

2. This was easier on Aida another freebie from Pinterest  Grilles De Marise.
Red and white is a classic combination!

3. I decided to frame this one in a simple white frame which will go well with my newly decorated living room

4. This is an idea for a little pouch rather than another pinkeep. I copied a deer shape from free google images and transferred it to some ticking. Just love the leaping deer!

5. Lastly this deer is a special one as it was the first primitive deer I owned thanks to Wendy of Raavenwood Whimzies as I won her giveaway several years ago

 He is one handsome fella!

Thanks so much for visiting and hope to hear from you and return the favour!

Check out more at Amy's Five on Friday!

Enjoy the weekend!

Friday, 13 November 2015

Lighten Up!

 Happy Weekend!  Time is hurtling us on so fast towards Christmas and until I can put up the twinkling Christmas lights, I thought I'd share five of my favourite lamps that light up my home.

1. This is a tart warmer as well as a lamp and you will notice stars feature quite a lot around my home!

I love the smell of these cute little tart melts, a mix of cinnamon and Christmas spices!

2. This is on my hall table, a double black prim lamp

 - simple lines, and so lovely!

3. Just to mix things up a bit, I recently bought this sweet little ceramic candle holder and use a battery operated candle inside.  It goes nicely in our newly redecorated living room.

4. More starry lamps this time a glass fronted rusty red lamp.

Its so pretty to see the stars on the walls

 5. Oh look, more stars on this lamp shade again punched tin on a wrought iron stand.  Its at a good height over my rocking chair, where I can sit and read or sew.

 Lovely to bask in its soft glow...

It's definitely wintry here tonight so the glow of the lamps make home all the more cozy and inviting.

Glad you came by and hope you enjoy the warmth!

Be sure to call over and see more Five on Friday.

Best wishes

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Fireplace Redo - Before and After

 It's only taken months, but at long last we've replaced our old fireplace! I've waited years for this old monstrosity (below) to be removed and this year DH, finally agreed it was time to do something about it so that we could enjoy cozy fires this winter.  I just snapped a quick pic before it was removed and DH had already taken away the mahogany mantel.

Here is the After photo.
We decided to install a multi burner stove and our garage is now chock full of logs!
We chose a black granite hearth which is so much easier to keep clean.

I have to thank hubby for working hard after he came home from work to get the room back into shape
 Another couple of views of our new mantle piece which is from an architectural salvage firm near us

It's got that 'character'! Inotherwords lots of chips, cracks and old rusty nail holes in it!
  a new willow log basket to complete the fireplace.


Hopefull I will try to share some more pictures of our living room makeover with you in the next week as and when I find a few spare moments!

Happy to be linking with Share your Cup Thursday Thanks Jann for Hosting!

But sincere thanks to all who visit and take time to comment.

Have a great week!

Friday, 30 October 2015

Five on Friday

 A happy Friday to you!  Glad you could join me for another fun Friday link up with Amy for Five on Friday.

We've had a very full and diverse week of activities here, with it being half term break so I had to entertain my three and was thankful there was only one day of persistent rain.

However my first mention this week has to be that we celebrated my hubby's birthday this week.

Sorry but he's too shy to make an appearance here and doesn't want his age publicised!!!

Anyhow, we went out to one of our favourite restaurants and had a beautiful dinner and scoffed his cake before I took photos!!

I love getting out whilst the weather is still pleasant and we took a trip to a forest park to enjoy the views.

This is Castlewellan Castle in County Down about a half hour away. its a private conference centre so sadly no tours inside.

The walk around the lake was well worth it though!
 There's also a maze which was fun

A third outing this week was to The Fairy Glen which is really for younger children.

We did smile at the sweet wee make believe fairy homes!

Fourthly we had fun carving pumpkins.  My daughter saw this one and did a great job of carving the VW camper

Mickey Mouse was a bit trickier to do but still looks good!

Lastly I just had to share my latest little woodland creature cross stitch that I've nearly finished!(Well we have been out a lot!)
Little squirrel gets ready for winter. I'm finishing it as an acorn!

Thanks for your visit and don't forget to comment!

Thanks to Amy for hosting and be sure to click on the link below to see more!

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Cute little fox!

 Happy mid week friends!  Just wanted to share a quick little x stitch I finished today!

Its always the way, though, isn't it - it's only the end of October but we have to move on to Christmas!

So this cute wee fox is an early Christmas decoration

The bright orange still has that autumn feel to it, so I just might keep it out for the next few months and enjoy!


Hope all is well with you and enjoy the rest of your week!

Best wishes

Friday, 23 October 2015

Five on Friday!

Welcome to another Five on Friday link up with Amy at Love Made my Home!

I think Ive managed to pack in quite a variety of activities this week so the week has flown by!

As you can see, I'm thinking Christmas already! I have been working on some cross stitch freebie patterns that I found on Pinterest.  I love red on white! So traditionally christmas for me!

Whilst the weather is still fairly mild, I'm making the most of the outdoors and took off on my bike again!

It was lovely to cycle along over the autumn leaves and hear the crunch!

Thought I'd share a few of the sights along the way

  A heron in the river watched me warily!

 I passed a small apple orchard - don't they look delicious?

Thirdly this week I had to visit an antiques warehouse near my home and really enjoyed the variety of items they have so here are a couple of the weirder ones - a 4ft suit of armour?

 And the Chinese cupboard is lovely but I nearly laughed out loud when I saw the dogs on top!

  I love reading and my SIL and I swap books regularly and at the moment our favourite author is colleen Coble, a Christian writer of mystery with a bit of romance thrown in. This is the box set I read this week, all in a similar vein but good clean light reading .

 And finally what would I do without comfort food or more precisely CHOCOLATE!
I love this stuff and it doesn't last long in our home!

It's Crunchy Peanut Butter and Chocolate bars made as a traybake

Melt 2oz of butter, 1oz of caster sugar, 2 tbspns golden syrup in a saucepan.

Remove from heat when melted and add 4 tbspns of crunchy peanut butter. Mix well.

Crush 6oz of rich tea biscuits or similar and add to the peanut butter mixture. Stir in well.

Press firmly into a 1" deep baking tray and leave to cool completely.

Melt about 6oz of milk chocolate and pour over the cooled base and leave to set and then cut into squares and try to stop yourself !

Thanks for visiting and know that I appreciate you taking the time to comment!

Have a great weekend!

Check out more Five on Friday here