Thursday, 31 December 2015

New Year's Eve Reflections


The Eve of a new year... scary in a way, I'm getting older and time is flying past faster and faster and my kids are growing up and becoming more independent. 

But as I reflect on 2015, I can give thanks for God's faithfulness to us as a family and recall my motto text for the year, 'God is the strength of my heart' and how true He has been to His word!

It has been a good year as we visited a few places on my bucket list, Colonial Williamsburg, Biltmore Estate NC, and closer to home the Giant's Causeway.

I confess though, that I did not finish those WIPs I thought to do but I did have so much fun stitching away at other projects.

Blogging has its ups and downs, but I really enjoy 'meeting' new friends from every corner of the globe.
Thanks to all who follow and comment so faithfully! You are the reason I keep at this!

 Hope you'll all stay for another year of posts!

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!!




Thursday, 24 December 2015

Christmas Joy!


Just a quick post to wish each and everyone the nicest possible Christmas and thank you for all your visits and comments that keep me blogging! To think that we are friends from all arts and parts! This is a great gift to me in itself!

I am so glad to share with you as we celebrate the coming of Emmanuel God with us and that He could die for us, bearing our sin and rising again victorious.  Glory to God in the Highest!




"For unto you is born this day, in the city of David, a Saviour, who is Christ the LORD"



Wishing you all 

HAPPY CHRISTMAS!


Friday, 18 December 2015

O Christmas TreeS!

 Happy Christmas with only one week to go until the BIG day!  I'm way behind in my preparations but I know it'll all come together!  I'm enjoying wrapping some gifts and decorating here and there and watching Christmas movies at the same time!

So here we go with the tree reveal this year!    And there are LOTS of photos!          

This is my main tree in the living room.

Some special photo effects

i like this one as it looks kind of frosted over and wintry


 I do have my own decorations on there as you might see, but when I saw these crocheted doves I knew they'd look great on this tree.


On my hallway table by the front door I put up this small tree with my handmade stockings and mittens.



This is my traditional tree trimmed in red and white with nostalgic ornaments.



In the kitchen a little prim feather tree with rusty stars on the shelf...


And on another table I have a this little tree simply decorated with chenille candy canes!


 Throwing in an extra one of a simple Christmas  pear tree - just love this.


Thanks for your visit and I hope you enjoyed it!

Linking again with Amy of Love made my Home

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Have a blessed Weekend!

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Front step Christmas Arrangement

 It's only a week to go and I'm definitely behind schedule but here's a quick post to show you the arrangement I put together for my Christmas decor on the front step beside the front door.  I don't have a lot of room but I have put a smallish Christmas tree there previously.

I decided to break from the norm and bought some spruce branches and winterberry at the market.

I also cut some branches from our fir tree and added some twigs and pine cones to the centre.

Christmas in a pot and so easy to do!  

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Hope you are enjoying the fun and excitement! Hope to be back tomorrow with my Christmas trees indoors.

Best wishes!


Friday, 11 December 2015

Five Christmas Decorations



It's time for more fun on  and I'm excited to think it's only a few sleeps until Christmas!

Last week I mentioned I was going for a more rustic farmhouse, natural look on my main tree and living room and needed to make more tree decorations.  Well I've been busy and here's what I've come up with so far.

They're cut from stiffened burlap, the same as i used back in my fall acorn and pumpkin banner found here.

A Christmas bell

A cute No-owl! Button eyes and free printable Christmas music sheet for his beak and wings.


A sweet stocking with lace and more music for heel and toe


A star! Of course I have to have stars - super simple!


And a mittens with a wooden snowflake glued on for extra detail.



They are quite quick and easy to make and I might even make more to use as gift tags once I get around to actually wrapping them!!

Here's the set of templates you can reproduce if you like and size to suit your requirements.



I'm linking again with Amy at Love made my Home for 

Five on Friday.


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Happy Friday!


Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Rising Star!


The making of a Christmas star!

This is an easy way to transform a tin star into a Christmas Star that has plenty of Wow!
I had this large metal star laying around looking sad and in need of cheering up, so instead of a wreath this year I decided to make the star the star!

Here are the bits and pieces I gathered up to transform it for Christmas;

Some green wired branches,
some pip berry and winterberry stems,
rusty bells and homespun ribbon
not forgetting the glue gun!


So I  started by gluing the green fir branches out from the middle of the star
Next I glued on the sprigs of berries

And as quickly as that I was ready to tie on the homespun bow and glue on the rusty bells!

Tah dah! Done!
 
But I have to put my hand up and admit I made a basic mistake! OOPS I forgot to check the star was the right way up and have to change it around so the hook is at the top instead of the side!

For now it is set on my mantle shelf, bringing Christmas cheer!


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Friday, 4 December 2015

Five on Friday

 Another week closer to Christmas and no doubt packed to the rafters with activities and shopping for you as well as me!  But then that is the hustle and bustle of Christmas that makes it fun and exciting (not mentioning stressful - this is a happy post!)
But I must warn you that the calorific content of this post is dangerously high and I cannot be held responsible for anything you might consume afterwards!!


So here we go for another Five on Friday roundup!

We went into browse around the continental Christmas markets in front of Belfast City Hall

It was beautifully illuminated

Most of the stalls were food related...uh oh!  FUDGE and I mean that literally by the ton!


Churros and chocolate sauce and marshmallows!  Oh my!


Then we went shopping in Castle Court Mall
More festive cheer!

Thirdly I was able to spend some time babysitting my sweet wee nephew who's 11 weeks old now!
He was as good as gold!


But back to food and I was out for lunch on Wednesday with my badminton group.  We went to a restaurant that was new to me - nicely decorated and rustic inside.


This was my starter, deep fried Brie - one of my favourites - I wasn't counting calories!

 
A very filling turkey and ham main with all the trimmings and I didn't even pause to take a photo of my pavlova dessert!

 
And where did all that lead me? Straight into temptation and I came home and made the kids chocolate chip cookies and might have had one with a cuppa!




Oh I am feeling guilty now but that was my week and I have been truthful! 
Christmas is a time of feasting and I've definitely got off to a flying start!



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hope you enjoy your weekend!

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Curtain Ring Christmas Tree Decorations

 Wow! Here we are on the Ist of December, another year almost gone but, happily another Christmas season to prepare for and enjoy!   We are already practicing Christmas carols for our Church carol service and remembering the coming of the Saviour to a humble stable, born to die that we might live!

Time to take down the Christmas decorations too and this year I'd like to add to my tree decorations but I'm not keen on buying over priced plastic.

So just the other day I had a light bulb moment when I was sorting through a cupboard and found these wooden curtain rings which are spare since we redecorated my youngest daughter's bedroom.

They are so easy to decorated in any style you like!


I didn't have to buy a thing! I just brought out my box of tricks and heated up the glue gun!


This was the first more traditional style mini wreath ornament.  I put a dab of hot glue on the back and stuck down the string and started wrapping round and round.


It was nice enough and reminds me of a candy but I got the buttons out again and added that extra detail


Next I used this vintage crocheted ribbon with buttons already attached. (I bought this on vacation in a prim store called Cocalico Creek in Lancaster County.)


Here's how it looks finished

...and hanging on the small tree for now.


This one is really different for me but I'm loving it's frosty, wintery look.  I had white chenille wool and again wrapped it around the curtain ring.  it would be pretty left like that but I got some crystal beads and glued them on

... some blue too!
  But You know I prefer prim things so I had to do one in jute with rusty bells on it and love it too!

It looks great on the tree and I am making more!


Hope you were inspired to try making these too and hope you share them with me!

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